Hello folks. For the past 17 years I have been hunting elk in Colorado with a 1997 Mathews Feather Max. My Feather Max has been a trusty, faithful, and deadly companion, but, she's showing her age a bit, she doesn't move arrows as fast as she used to, she's developing more noise and vibration in her joints, and she's just not as sexy as she was 17 years ago. A guy deserves a new toy every now and then, right?
On Tuesday, I picked up my 2015 Hoyt Carbon Spyder ZT Turbo. Talk about smooth, fast, quiet, and SEXY! I will keep my Feathermax for it's sentimental value, and as a back up bow in case my buddies see that youtube video of the guy driving over his carbon riser to show how strong it is (btw, if you're on this site, you're crazy man!).
Looks like there are multiple ways to calculate your adjusted draw weight based on IBO/ATA rating, brace height, cam style, arrow length....I'm having a hard time determining which spine is best. Some charts lead me to a .340 spine, others suggest a .300 spine. I picked up 6 Gold Tip XT Hunter, Camo, 7595/340 with 100gr tips just to get me started. The bow shop said I need to wait until after 300 shots to paper tune, so not sure how the GTs are leaving the bow.
Here's my set up, I could use some help on hunting arrows. I'd like the finished arrow to come in around 425-450 grains for a good mix of KE and speed. Ideally with a 10 - 13% FOC.
Hoyt Carbon Spyder ZT Turbo (350ATA)
70lb draw weight (set at 66 now, going to crank it down to the limb stops, 70 plus a few?)
29" draw, can go down to 28.5" arrow (nock groove to tip of insert)
I'm open to 100gr or 125gr points in order to tune the FOC and finished weight
Thanks all for your help.