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4 or 5 inch vanes?

Old 11-16-2002, 01:41 AM
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Default 4 or 5 inch vanes?

I just switched to carbons w/4" vanes and have tons of 5" vanes from my aluminum arrows. I would like to be able to use the 5" vanes.

What should I expect to see if I switch to 5" vanes on my carbons? Should I even bother?
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Old 11-16-2002, 02:19 AM
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what type of arrow rest are you using,you might have trouble with clearance with 5inch vanes , 4inch vanes are plenty for carbons...matt
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what matt said. 5 inch vanes aren't really necesary unless one is shooting plunger or shelf type rests and in those cases, you should probaby use feathers too. They will work so long as the cock vane doesn't hit the shelf if you are using a two prong type of rest.

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Old 11-16-2002, 04:49 PM
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Do yourself a favor and put them back in the drawer.

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Old 11-17-2002, 08:33 AM
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I have been using carbons with 4" vanes and NAP mechanicals. Recently went with 3 blade Muzzys. When I would shoot the Muzzy they would consistently hit about 12" low and 6" left of my aim point. The field points were right where I wanted them to be. Went to Smithfield Archery here in North Richland Hills and talked to Stan. He suggested that I refletch with 5", a slight offset and align the broadhead with the fletching. I did that and they are dead on. No adjustment of my sights were necessary.

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Old 11-17-2002, 09:26 AM
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Im not tryin to change your mind in any way. But, an option. Go to feathers with your carbons. First off, they'll stableize your arrow in a matter of feet instead of yards like vanes. Second, if u do hit somethin with your arrow or fletching, the feathers will straighten it out much faster than vanes. They make broadheads fly so much better. With the carbons, your probably shooting more speed, if your not use to that speed then feathers can help straighten out radical misses(they did me). People say feathers are louder, it doesnt matter if the deer hears the arrow go past him. Stand down range and have someone shoot a feathered arrow and one with vanes. Feathers will sound different with more of a woooosssshhhh to them, but vanes have a low rocket type sound. There both loud. Another thing, feathers are cool lookin :-) u can customize more with them. And about them gettin wet, a couple drops of rain or huntin in mist wont hurt them, if its pouring put a bag over them or dont. THey shoot pretty good wet.

This is just my opinion on the subject, if u stay with vanes, stay with 4 inch slight offset.
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Old 11-17-2002, 10:02 AM
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Aligning your broadhead with your fletchings is a wivestale, I would not recommend a 5" vane or feather unless you are shooting over a thiry inch arrow, and if your bow is tuned properly you don't need more than a straight to slight offset, helicals are for people with bows that are not tuned properly, or do not have proper consistent shooting form and want a more forgiving arrow. Don't bother with the 5" vanes
If you are shooting carbons, I prefer vanes, but it's up to you.
From my experience vanes are very durable, The pros of feathers do out weigh vanes, but with a good carbon you don't need them.
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Old 11-19-2002, 12:25 AM
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Default RE: 4 or 5 inch vanes?

Sorry so late with this.

Just wanted to thank you guys for your replies.

I'm going to stick the 4" vanes. If it were not so wet here in Oregon I would go to feathers in a heart beat. My dad used to really likem until we moved to the Pacific NW.

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Old 11-20-2002, 12:43 AM
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Default RE: 4 or 5 inch vanes?

Hell, I shoot 2 7/8" vanes (Kurly vanes) and 1 1/8" 4 blade heads (Slick trick) I get the same point of impact with my FP as with my BH to 40 yars (as far as I have tested).
Oh yeah, I don't align heads with fletch, and I shoot 29.25" arrows.
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