Understanding Aluminum Arrows
Super Slam Select.jpgAluminum arrows sail toward more game each fall than all other styles combined.  There are several reasons for aluminum's popularity.  First, it has been around for along time, much longer than other shaft options with the exception of wood.  The wealth of hands-on experience and tech information surrounding their use provides the basis for a solid comfort zone

Second, aluminum shafts offer the bowhunter and 3-D shooter several shaft options for the same stiffness and spine rating.  This provides flexibility in selection, allowing the shooter to determine exactly what performance range he wants and then choosing a shaft to make it happen.  For example, 2413, 2314, 2315, 2216 and 2219 are all properly spined for use with a 60-pound soft-cam bow at 30 inches of draw.  These many options give the shooter a selection of shafts nicely spaced over a 100 grain weight range; 2413 is the lightest with the 2219 the heaviest.  All will fly true.

The third reason for aluminum's popularity is its larger diameter.  Most bowhunters find it easier to tune aluminum shafts because they can spread their rest wider to allow the fletching to pass cleanly while still supporting the shaft securely.  The nock on an aluminum shaft is less likely to contact the rest causing poor arrow flight than with other styles.  Of course there are tricks to tuning smaller diameter shafts, such as carbons, to avoid this contact, but not all hunters want to be bothered. 

Aluminum shafts are available in a number of grades.  For most bowhunters, only three grades make sense: Gamegetter III (Yukon), XX75 and XX78.  The Gamegetter III is the more economical and is slightly less straight.  However, there is no difference in weight or in features.  All three grades accept Easton’s Super Nock and Uni-Bushing.  The greatest strengths of aluminum shafts are price and their larger diameter.
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