What arrow weight do you prefer?

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What total arrow weight do you prefer using in your crossbow?

350 grains
23
8%
375 grains
37
12%
400 grains
131
44%
425 grains
63
21%
450 grains
21
7%
475 grains
9
3%
500 grains
5
2%
525 + grains
8
3%
 
Total votes: 297

hunter with MS
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Re: What arrow weight do you prefer?

Post by hunter with MS » Tue Mar 21, 2017 10:35 am

I use 375.

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JUDGE
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Re: What arrow weight do you prefer?

Post by JUDGE » Sun Apr 02, 2017 12:13 pm

Been shooting 400gr since I started no reason to change.
Retired from the Working World
Matrix 380, Bolt cutter Broad heads, Diablo Arrows
50 CAL Traditions Pursuit
Mosburg 100ATR 30-06
Henry Lever 22lr
Mosburg 500
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Michiganhunter
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Re: What arrow weight do you prefer?

Post by Michiganhunter » Sun Apr 02, 2017 4:12 pm

I like the 400 range. I currently shoot 388 gr total arrow and head at 378 fps out of my 380 Matrix.
380 Matrix Extra
Hawke XB 30 Compact
Easton 2216 19 " 388gr... 378fps
100gr Spitfire/Wasp Jak-Hammer
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Moon
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Re: What arrow weight do you prefer?

Post by Moon » Tue Apr 25, 2017 11:49 am

Around 400 grains for most crossbows but when using some slower crossbows I'll kick the arrow weight up quite a bit for increased penetration.
Been there Done that

SEW
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Re: What arrow weight do you prefer?

Post by SEW » Wed May 03, 2017 1:49 pm

Average is about 440gs.

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Ferguson Outfitters
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Re: What arrow weight do you prefer?

Post by Ferguson Outfitters » Sat May 20, 2017 11:28 pm

I like the Diablo with 125gr VPA Non Vented, total weight is 375gr. Now I like the 400gr setup with the bolt cutters too but then I had to go and weigh the bolt cutters. No two bolt cutters weighed the same and had as much as 20gr difference betwixed them which dissapointed me. They both go slam through in the right spot but the VPA will do it in the wrong spot.

I have to believe the recommended setup by Excaliber was thorough and presents the best compromise. I feel accuracy and penetration trump all else.

I think terms like "kinetic energy" should be dropped from the terminology concerning archery, it sounds so uninformed.

I think any Matrix between the Grizzly and 330 with a Nikon Bolt or ACOG using a stock string and 375-400 grain bolt, is a Nightmare!

sgtkersh
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Re: What arrow weight do you prefer?

Post by sgtkersh » Wed Jul 12, 2017 5:16 am

I'm new here, just bought an Excalibur Matrix 350SE. This is only my second bow season and I hunted last year with a Carbon Express compound bow, but really wanted to get a recurve. So far arrows I plan on two things, both around 400 gr.

First, the stock Diablo arrows with the field tip for normal target practice and then the Excalibur Boltcutters for turkey and any coyotes I see.

For deer, I really want to make sure my shot is on target and really like the NAP Spitfires and bought them in 125 gr. To keep the 400 gr total I had Wyvern Creations build me custom Double Eagle Executioner 18" arrows with an 80 gr brass insert and then lumenocks. The total weighed out to 409 gr. They should be here tomorrow so I will dial in my bow/scope then and start looking forward to bow season in October.
Matrix 350SE, Hawke XB1 SR, R.E.D.S., Guardian ADF, Diablos with 150 gr Boltcutters, Black Eagle Exectutioners with 125 gr NAP Spitfires, JBK String

Back strap
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Re: What arrow weight do you prefer?

Post by Back strap » Fri Jul 28, 2017 9:23 pm

First crossbow, first set of bolts, 413.2. Very accurate happy happy :twisted:
Matrix 405/ air brakes/ Twilight scope/ Vixen master string/ Munch mount/ aircurve 3 kwikee kwiver/ 18 in spinal tapps/ aluminum nock/ sk300 vanes/ 110 brass insert/100 grain ramcat. Huntin Fishin Lovin everyday. AKA-BUCKY

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Equinox
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Re: What arrow weight do you prefer?

Post by Equinox » Wed Aug 09, 2017 5:58 pm

I'm shooting 430 grain Spynal Tapps. With a lumenok they are 459grains arrows.125 grain broadhead.
Excalibur Equinox
S5 bumpers
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Spynal Tapps 20inch with 92 gain inserts
Wasp Jakhammer 125gain
Munch mount
Force 10 string with cat whiskers

bluehills
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Re: What arrow weight do you prefer?

Post by bluehills » Mon Sep 11, 2017 11:15 pm

475 grains.....Gold tip lazer IV 16'' long @ 13.9 grains/inch, blazer vanes, 60 grain brass insert with 50 grain rear weight screwed in back for a total of 110 grain insert, 100 grain original rocky mountain gator expandable broadheads (now called blackout gator sold and owned by Bass Pro).
Shooting a matrix 405. Not sure how to vote in survey.

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vpsaline
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Re: What arrow weight do you prefer?

Post by vpsaline » Sat Sep 23, 2017 9:23 am

360GR for speed 385 for energy. My main hunting rig uses 385.
Micro_335 - Nikon Bolt XR - 15.5'' Zombies - Dead Ringer Rampage 100GR 3 Bades
Matrix Grizzly: Back up + Camp tramp

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