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How to distinguish "bad shooting" from "bad spine"?

According to this guide, it is recommended when testing to first shoot with fletched arrows before shooting with the unfletched ones, always aiming at the same point. It gives you a control group to ...
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How to kill a bear with a bow?

To answer this I need to split up your question a little bit. I'd like to know which kind of arrow would slow down or kill a bear Every arrow with a broad-head (= hunting point) attached. It doesn't ...
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Applying enough heat (120 ° C) to shrinking tube without damaging the fletching

A direct flame isn't a good way to set heat shrink tube as the flame is much too hot, making it very difficult to apply heat evenly without just melting the tube. The ideal thing is a hot air gun. ...
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What is a lumen nock used for?

They are usually used for making your arrows easier to find in low light / cloudy conditions. Also they give a certain flair if you happen to be filming your shot. Imagine hunting in a forest, light ...
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Why are plastic vanes used instead of feathers?

Artificial vanes are heaps more durable than feathers and being artificial, they are weather resistant. One of the things I most see in the field on a wet day is long bowers covering arrows with a ...
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Protection while working with acetone

If it stings your eyes you're probably working too close, but glasses wouldn't help (goggles might). If you're using it a lot you may find it dries your skin so you could choose to wear gloves (or ...
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Why is there a cock vane/feather?

This one is actually much simpler than you might realise: On a three feathered arrow, the nock is at 90 degrees to one feather, and at 30 degrees to the other two feathers. If the cock feather was ...
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Protection while working with acetone

Acetone is often used in nail polish removers, if it's at this strength no you would not need a mask, just make sure you're in a well ventilated room. For high percentage acetone cleaners used to ...
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What's meant by F.O.C.in archery?

FOC is "front of center", which is a term for how far the center of mass is relatively from the midpoint of the arrow. There doesn't seem to be a consensus on what an "ideal" FOC ...
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How should I clean epoxy out of the insert that goes in an arrow shaft?

Heating can help, but you have to be careful, infact an "insert removal tool" is basically a brass bolt as tip of a soldering iron. However if you have a soldering iron with bent needle tip for ...
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Protection while working with acetone

Acetone smells scary but is really one of the less dangerous chemicals used for dissolving stuff. Main nasty effects: Drying skin almost instantly, not damaging it if cleaned quickly though Temporary ...
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What is a lumen nock used for?

I use lighted nocks on my arrows because it helps me judge the quality of the arrow strike on an animal. When the LED on the arrow tip flies across your field of vision, it leaves a trace in your ...
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What is a lumen nock used for?

Dynadin is correct. Also, I would add, the arrows with fletching, broadhead tips, and tuning become very expensive. Losing a $20 arrow does not make sense when you can add $3 (per arrow) to the total ...
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Why are plastic vanes used instead of feathers?

An arrow's fletching should balance between providing good spin and minimizing drag. See the video here. Feathers: Superior in-flight characteristics: recede well at high airspeed (decreases drag) ...
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Why is there a cock vane/feather?

Actually, it is done to minimize the possibility that the feathers will contact the arrow rest. Since there are different types of arrow rests, the direction pointed will depend on the type of rest. ...
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Broadhead tuning

No offence, but if your bow is properly tuned you'll literally feel no difference from field tips to broadheads :) Broadheads intensify any tuning issues. That's why you may experience a supposedly ...
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How to measure strike plate position?

ShemSeger has a great explanation. If we zoom into the graphic you can see where the measurement is made: From blue line to blue line.
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How to measure strike plate position?

How to measure the strike plate position for the purposes of this calculation is given in the instructions for the calculator:
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Downsides of a bullet point for 3D archery

They didnt give you any reason for that suggestion? Sometimes depends on clubs, one club I was member of years ago was extremely fussy about which were allowed and which not. There is a difference in ...
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Is there a rule of thumb, how many fps is added per missing grain of the arrow?

I do not know any rule of thumbs but I do have some knowledge in physics and math, so lets see what we can do with that=) Let's assume the energy that is put into an arrow is independent of the ...
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What exactly is meant by the diameter of an arrowhead point?

It's the big part of the point. You match it to the diameter of the shaft (or widest part of the insert or shaft reinforcement). If you get a diameter much larger than the shaft it can bug you when ...
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Are wooden shafts competitive to carbon ones?

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 ...
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The thread of my point broke while being screwed-in. How to get the insert out of the shaft?

What you need is a screw extractor. Usually they are sold with reverse threaded drill bits. You drill into the screw that is recessed and then stick an object in that hole like a flat bladed ...
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Why is there a cock vane/feather?

It affects accuracy. There's something in archery known as the archers paradox. If you think about it, you never actually shoot an arrow straight in front of you, you have to shoot it around the bow....
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What exactly is meant by the diameter of an arrowhead point?

The size most buyers would be interested in matching is the outer diameter of the tip, the insert, and the shaft. From a casual search, the thread size of the insert is standardized at 8/32 (8 gauge ...
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What exactly is meant by the diameter of an arrowhead point?

disclaimer I'm not an archer The following seems to be only half the story: I need points with a diameter of 17/64 From easton archery's frequently asked question page: What does the numbering ...
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Which arrow inserts to use?

Each Axis shaft has the "Hidden Insert Technology" (short HIT) and therefore you need a HIT-insert. Normally these shafts are already delivered with such! So be aware that you don't buy additional ...
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Protection while working with acetone

Unless you are exposed constantly, you can probably deal with this by setting up reasonable ventilation. Either work outside, and stand crossways to the wind, or set up an exhaust hood or fan to pull ...
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Minimum arrow weight of a Bear Archery Grizzly bow

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 ...
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