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Old 06-28-2010, 03:14 PM
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Default Traditional arrow Q

I have always thought that my recurve doesn't get the penetration that it should. After doing some research, I think my problem may be the weight of arrows I'm shooting. I can't find the original box, so I'm not sure exactly what I have. They are gold tip carbon arrows tipped with 100gr. I think this combo may be too light for the low speeds my bow is shooting. Apparently when using traditional bows it requires a heavier arrow with more weight forward to get good penetration. What weight do I need to be shooting?? I have a 30" draw and the bow shoots and advertised 55lb. Looking into broadheads shows the popular sizes from 85 to 125 gr., but there are some much heavier broadheads. There are also weights to put inside the front of the arrows. What do you guys think is a good arrow weight for my setup?
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Old 07-02-2010, 12:49 AM
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Just a bump for you flexj hoping someone sees this thread. Im clueless when it comes to recurves. Hopefully your not our only recurve man and someone can help you out.
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Old 07-02-2010, 11:37 AM
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When I had my last Bruin T/D recurve at the time it was fast for a recurve 200-212 fps, when compared with today's compound bows at 300-330- they are pretty slow. Velosity is how modern bows subsitiute for mass/arrow weight = penetration. Heavier arrows are a must for recurve hunting to compensate for low fps. My opinion 125 gr broadheads are a good start. I know my memory isn't what it once was but I think arrows weighing 500grs might have been the norm??? My Bruin bow was a 58# @31" draw. Flexj, I think your arrow speed will be fairly low, under 200 fps with a hunting arrow/broadhead combination. You will have to substitute more mass. You may have to go to aluminum?? I'm going to have to find out the weight of the new wood arrows I'm getting to see what they weigh. I'm not sure if I will hunt with the recurve or just play in the back yard with it. Good luck!

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