What arrow weight do you prefer?

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

350 grains
375 grains
400 grains
425 grains
450 grains
475 grains
500 grains
525 + grains
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Re: What arrow weight do you prefer?

Post by hunter with MS » Tue Mar 21, 2017 11:35 am

I use 375.

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Re: What arrow weight do you prefer?

Post by JUDGE » Sun Apr 02, 2017 1:13 pm

Been shooting 400gr since I started no reason to change.
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Re: What arrow weight do you prefer?

Post by Michiganhunter » Sun Apr 02, 2017 5:12 pm

I like the 400 range. I currently shoot 388 gr total arrow and head at 378 fps out of my 380 Matrix.
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Re: What arrow weight do you prefer?

Post by Moon » Tue Apr 25, 2017 12:49 pm

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.
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Re: What arrow weight do you prefer?

Post by SEW » Wed May 03, 2017 2:49 pm

Average is about 440gs.

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Re: What arrow weight do you prefer?

Post by Ferguson Outfitters » Sun May 21, 2017 12:28 am

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!

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Re: What arrow weight do you prefer?

Post by sgtkersh » Wed Jul 12, 2017 6:16 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.
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Re: What arrow weight do you prefer?

Post by Back strap » Fri Jul 28, 2017 10:23 pm

385 gr
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Re: What arrow weight do you prefer?

Post by Equinox » Wed Aug 09, 2017 6:58 pm

I'm shooting 430 grain Spynal Tapps. With a lumenok they are 459grains arrows.125 grain broadhead.
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Re: What arrow weight do you prefer?

Post by bluehills » Tue Sep 12, 2017 12:15 am

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).
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Re: What arrow weight do you prefer?

Post by vpsaline » Sat Sep 23, 2017 10:23 am

360GR for speed 385 for energy. My main hunting rig uses 385.
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Re: What arrow weight do you prefer?

Post by 76chevy » Sat Aug 11, 2018 12:34 pm

I like the diablos with 150 gr slick tricks for hunting

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Re: What arrow weight do you prefer?

Post by Bolt Outdoors » Thu Sep 20, 2018 3:54 pm

I'm new at this so please take it easy on me :-) I am using the good ole Diablo 18 inch 250 GR + NAP Spitfire XXX Mechanical Broadhead 100 Gr. Does that put me at 350 GR or are there other pieces I'm missing in my math?
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Re: What arrow weight do you prefer?

Post by Island Hunter » Mon Oct 01, 2018 11:32 pm

Stock 18" Diablos average,
400.5 gn with 150 gn field tips and aluminum nocks.
410.7 gn with 150 gn bolt cutters and Lumenoks.
10.2 gn difference, doesn't sound like much.
Don't guess POI shouldn't be that much different :?:
Can anyone verify, I don't have a broadhead target.
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Re: What arrow weight do you prefer?

Post by Rmturner54 » Tue Oct 02, 2018 1:02 pm

I just bought a bulldog 360. Shoots great. I started w the bolts that came with it. Victory xbolts 188in with excal flat nock. I like to shoot with a lighted nock. So i bought the diablos with lumenocks already install.
The xbolts w 150 gr broad head is 426gr, . dioblos is the 408. I either continue to shoot the diablos or cut the standard 20in xbolt to 18in.
I found that black eagle carries an 18 in executioner pre fletched and front brass insert at 286hr. Add 29 for lumenock and 150 for BH making total wgt 465gr.
Is that too much weight if I go tjat route.

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