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Old 02-07-2002, 10:13 PM
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What are the advantages of a 4 or 5 inch vane. Over the other?
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Old 02-07-2002, 10:34 PM
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Default RE: 4 inch or 5 inch vanes

As I understand it, greater vane surface area equals greater control (stabilization) of the arrow so a 5 inch vane would give you more control. However, 4 inch vanes are smaller (less drag) and lighter and do not decrease arrow speed as much as larger vanes.

I am using 4" vanes with a straight offset. My fixed blade broadheads seem to fly just fine and I am getting good clearance through my prong style rest. I think the 5" vanes would be difficult to clear my rest if they were offset at all.

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Old 02-07-2002, 11:53 PM
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Default RE: 4 inch or 5 inch vanes

The 5" vane would be more stabile but the vane clearance would be more critical. A lot depends on the broadheads you are using and what will work best with them. I use expandables with Acc 339 arrows and get away with only using a 2 3/8" vane. I also use a drop away arrow rest.
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