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Arrow penetration vs. weight

Old 06-23-2007, 01:13 PM
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ORIGINAL: Len in Maryland

Let's see if I've got this straight. You're taking two 2216 arrows of different weights, which means that they would have to have different lengths and/or tip weights to attain the weight difference. In any event they could well have different spines. You're comparing them to an unknown length, unknown spine and unknowndiameter Beman carbon arrow (unknown at least to us).

We also weren't told as to whether or not they were even shot out of the same bow and if that bow was properly tuned to any one of those arrows. And as stated, the medium into which the arrows were shot even complicated the puzzle. A better test would have been to build a set of identical arrows and increase the weight of one in a variety of ways.
Been gone for a while and most likely will not be back for a while, but here's all I was looking at.

What I have heard is heavier will penetrate better. So I made up 3 arrows. The 2216'swith different headsand vanes. The beman, the arrow I use and have for a season was what it is.

I shot it into a target, back yard bucky, out of the same bow. No funny business. Just a guy shooting some arrows at a target and seeing what would happen. They all shot well from 20 yards.

If there's more to penetration than weight so be it, but the arguments I've read here don't deviate much from that. As it is if I was to just take it for granted that heavier was better and knew nothing else much about things I'd be heading into the woods with what I thought and was told was the ticket. Things may have turned out just as good but the story wouldn't have been penetration of the much heavier arrow. Most likleyunder shooting an animal for no good reason is whatI concluded.Still fun to shoot.

I don't think I shot broadheads at first even though I think I did later and the results were the same. They would have been thunderheads. 100's and 125's.

I really just shot some heavier arrows expecting them to plow through and they didn't. End of story. They all shot very well and I don't think anyone would have had a problem using them just the way they were. None of that tuning stuff was an issue.
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