What's the minimum arrow weight in grains per pound (GPP) of a Bear Archery Grizzly? It's a 2015 model with 35# if that matters.

  • You mean for the "too light=dry fire" thing? As for the actual selection on charts it doesnt matter whats on the label: you have to take in account the draw weight at your actual draw length. Apr 12, 2016 at 14:30
  • @ErikvanDoren The model matters a lot. The GPP is different for each manufacturer and sometimes even for the models. A Bear bow has normally 8,5 gpp which is pretty high compared to other manufactures. I just wanted to make sure that the 8,5 applies to the 2015 Grizzly. I'm afraid that I could save some arrow-weight (what results in speed of course).
    – OddDeer
    Apr 12, 2016 at 15:07
  • Lets clarify: I didnt mean the model, I meant the label poundage, as per finding the right arrow etc etc etc. and that was a separate comment from my question about the completely different issue of using an arrow so light that its as bad for the bow as dry firing, since I wasnt sure if you referred to that. My comment above was referring to two different issues Apr 12, 2016 at 15:22
  • Oh okay, sorry, misunderstood that. However, I knew that I have to use the actual draw weight and not the #@28" of course.
    – OddDeer
    Apr 13, 2016 at 6:08
  • AFAIK, there is a standard rule is aprox more or less 5GPP. So, as long your arrows are "same" weight, you should be good but if you want to be that precise, your best bet is to contact the manufactures.
    – Desorder
    Apr 14, 2016 at 3:03

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Most recurves and selfbows I have shot behave best with an arrow that is close to or at 10GPP. My definition of behave though is related to performance related to hunting - I want a heavier arrow to have more kinetic energy downrange. I shoot no less than 9GPP, the lighter arrows just have to much string twang for me and makes me nervous.

I'd start with 10GPP and then work my way up or down depending on your arrow flight and penetration.

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