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I know a lot of archers who emotionally prefer wooden shafts:

  • More "traditional"
  • Environmental-friendly if lost
  • Just general personal preferences

However, do they (the arrows) have any rational characteristics which can make them superior over carbon ones?

Edit: Besides that they are generally cheaper :)

  • is being environmental-friendly (not only if lost, but to manufacture too) not a rational reason? – njzk2 Dec 17 '15 at 15:34
  • @njzk2 I would say it's relative. – OddDeer Dec 17 '15 at 15:42
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Certain styles of archery, like some traditional longbow styles, will actually prescribe that you must use wooden arrows. Example: British Clout Archery

Apart from this and the couple of side effects you mentioned (cheaper, more traditional, ...) I don't think there are any benefits in using wooden shafts.

I dare say that you could find any wished for ballistic or other relevant attributes in carbon and/or aluminium arrows. Or at the very least you could manufacture such shafts.

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