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Selecting the Correct Archery Bow Arrows

  It has been proven that having the right archery gear can help you to become a better shooter. Now, that does not mean that simply having the top of the line bow accessories will ensure your success. You also have to practice diligently and consistently refine your shooting. Your hand position and stance would be a good place to start. If you have been practicing your butt off and are looking to tighten your groups, then the next step to take should be to check your archery bow arrows. It always amazes me that archery arrows have gone through as much innovation as they have. I always thought that there was not much more that could be done to an archery bow arrow (in terms of manufacturing), but I was clearly mistaken. Manufacturers are focusing on every aspect of the arrow; straightness, stiffness, kinetic energy, front of center, flex, dynamic spine, etc. All competitive shooters are religious with their arrows. While all of these factors are important, for now, you should focus on getting arrows that are the proper weight, spine, and materials for what/how you are shooting the arrows. Archery bow arrows can potentially take your shooting to the next level.

Archery Bow Arrows, Spine, & Weight

The spine and grain weight for your arrows are going to depend on what draw weight you are shooting. Most arrow manufacturers have a corresponding arrow chart that will tell you what you need. You want to make sure that you follow these recommendations as having an arrow that is too light could cause damage to you or the bow. If the arrow is too heavy it will get better penetration, but will decrease speeds. This is more optimal for hunting situations. I usually suggest somewhere between 6-8 grains per poundage on grain weight. That means that the shaft should be no lighter than 330-440 grains on a 55 pound bow like the SAS Siege. What really matters is the archery arrow spine weight. So, make sure that is squared away before focusing on grain weight. It is always good to go with arrows that are stiffer.

Carbon Arrows are Optimal

When it comes to the material for the arrows, your options are essentially going to be aluminum and carbon. I always recommend carbon, because the consistency is the best, in my eyes, but I understand that they can be pricey. The thing about carbon arrows is that they are either straight or broken. There is no in between with carbon arrows. If you are going to to purchase them, you need to make sure that you are constantly checking them for any abnormalities. I always suggest that you tap, flex and twist them to ensure that they are good to go each and every time that you shoot.
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