What arrow weight do you prefer?

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

350 grains
18
7%
375 grains
36
14%
400 grains
115
45%
425 grains
52
20%
450 grains
15
6%
475 grains
7
3%
500 grains
4
2%
525 + grains
7
3%
 
Total votes : 254

Re: What arrow weight do you prefer?

Postby nchunter » Thu Mar 16, 2017 5:58 pm

I made a pretty radical change last hunting season that may be of interest to some:

For the last 15 years my set-up was 100-gr Rocket Hammerhead expandables with a total arrow weight of 425 grains. I've harvested about 35 deer with this set-up, using my 2001-vintage Exocet. Velocity is 273 fps.

Last hunting season I switched to Centaur Battleaxe Broadheads. These are enormous, 242-gr two-blade, single-bevel fixed-blade heads that appear ridiculously over-sized at 2 inches wide. And my total arrow weight now is 577 grains! Velocity is 249 fps.

Sounds (and looks) crazy, but by fletching with 2" Blazers or Quickspins at the maximum LW Helical that my fletching jig allows, these over-sized heads actually group with field points out to 40 yards.

I took three deer with these last season. I got complete pass-throughs in every case, no matter what bones were hit. In one case the pass-through was length-wise! And the blood trail is instant and profuse.

I now can do straight-down spine shots at deer directly under my stand and get a pass-through heart shot. I could never risk that shot with a conventional expandable broadhead.
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Re: What arrow weight do you prefer?

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

I use 375.
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