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Which pattern do you prefer for small (2") vanes

  • Straight

    Votes: 6 8.8%
  • Offset

    Votes: 28 41.2%
  • Helical

    Votes: 34 50.0%
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I'm curious as to what is the most popular method of fletching small (Blazer, Vanetec, etc.) vanes, straight, offset, or helical.
 

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I go with Helical. With the fall away rests used these days, fletching clearance is not a problem...so I try to get as much spin as possible.
 

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I go with Helical. With the fall away rests used these days, fletching clearance is not a problem...so I try to get as much spin as possible.
So here's another question for you, what degree helical do you use? I've seen some arrow builders say they offer "right helical" and "3 deg helical."

Is there a difference? Why would they list both as options?
 

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Which fletching, straight, offset, or helical, works best.

I have been using the Flex Fletch Flash vanes this year and have been extremely happy with the performance of these vanes. For vanes longer than 2" I had been using a Bitzenburger jig in a right offset. But I tried all the short vanes, and from my testing I liked the Flash vanes better than anything using a plastic Bohning Helix jig for 2" or smaller vanes. Lancaster archery had them on sale for $35, so I thought I would try one. That jig doesn't compare to a bitzenburger, but it works fine, and is set up for a 3 degree right helical fletching out of the box and I was really impressed with my arrow grooping including broadheads. I am getting a right helical clamp for my bitzenburger and see if I can duplicate my performance using the Bitzenburger. With some of the 2" vanes the manufacturer, like NAP, recommends a right offset. So you have to test them for yourself, to really know what works best for your set-up.
 

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Always a helical for broadheads it has been proven time after time projectiles need to rotate to give the best accuracy. Thats why they don't make most rifles with out rifles. Arrow in no differant no matter what fletching you use.
 

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Offset

With a helicol I found it hard to get good vane contact, so I use the offset now:smile:
 

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I use right helical with the max offset I can get with my Bitz.:darkbeer:

I use flex-fletch 187s & gorila glue super glue & they stick great. :darkbeer:
 

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L or R offset ????

What is the way to tell you have a right or left offset on an arrow? Looking down on a bitz is the bottom cocked to the left and the top to the right Or is it the other way around? Thanks for any advice in advance:darkbeer:
 

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This way or that, it will not have a big difference with the shorter vane. But I put as much as I can, that is why I use the helical.
 
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