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The Impartial Archer
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Like you I cull some and that's why I shoot EVERY arrow first. I need practice arrows to so I could troubleshoot the arrow and sometimes I do IF I need it to hunt with. Other times it's seems like no matter what you do they won't fly with the others so I put an X on them and use them for practice.

Not a bad idea to use a mechanical head on them but I'd still want to verify that it fly's well.
 

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Love the thread premise.

I鈥檝e got some that should be hung from the rafters with infamy for how many they鈥檝e killed and a few I鈥檝e rebranded and should never look for post shot regardless of the engagement.
 

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There's always the possibility that there's damage in the arrow making the spine weaker giving you the wonky arrow flight. If it's flying weak or if you hit it with a hard target previously I'd play it safe.
Wack your forearm with the arrow a few times and take note of any "rattling" noise. Last thing you want is a carbon shaft stove piping out of your forearm.
 
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