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Old 04-24-2005, 12:21 PM
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One of the members of this board (I can't remember who) suggested using weed eater string to increase the weight of arrows by putting it inside the shaft. Sounded like a good idea at first, so I tried it out.

I would not recommend doing this! I used pieces approximately 3/16" long weighing 2 grains. Everytime I shot, the piece travels inside the shaft and blows the nock out of the arrow on impact with the target.[:'(]

A couple of drinking straws inside a shaft gave me the weight I needed, and do not seem to provide the same results. I need to do more shooting to be sure.

The person who recommended this had good intentions, and I thought it was a good idea at first, but finding nocks on the garage floor is a pain in the butt everytime I shoot.

Any other homegrown ideas on how to add a couple grains to arrows?
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Old 04-24-2005, 12:25 PM
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Any other homegrown ideas on how to add a couple grains to arrows?
Yep, dip and crest your arrows.
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Old 04-24-2005, 12:56 PM
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i've heard arthurp say he does that with his gold tips. i'm sure he must have a way to keep the nocks from popping off.
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Old 04-24-2005, 01:08 PM
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I remember reading that myself but don't remember who posted it, I don't think it was Arthur though, if memory serves me he uses only CX carbons, I know he recommended them to me are they are some super shafts. I think the dipping and cresting is a pretty good idea but it may throw your FOC off. I'm not sure but don't a couple of arrow companies sell inserts specifically for adding weight?
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Old 04-24-2005, 01:27 PM
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I think the dipping and cresting is a pretty good idea but it may throw your FOC off.
Personally, I think FOC is overrated as long its between 7 - 13%. However, if FOC bothers you, why not increase your point weight a few grains to even it out, AND increase your weight. Just make sure your spine can handle it.
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Old 04-24-2005, 07:22 PM
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I tried that once also but cut mine into long strands 26 inches long. It worked better with ACC's than
with Gold Tips. I use Carbon Express weight tubes now inside my Goldtips and it works very well.
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Old 04-25-2005, 06:57 AM
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Yeah, I've done it with GoldTips, like gromage said. I've also used aquarium tubing, worked great for a little while, until the tubing started to shrink. Not good!

With weedeater line, you don't just stick little pieces of weedeater line inside the arrow like that. You use a hank long enough to go from the end of the insert all the way to the nock when it's bent in half. It won't move around when both the insert and nock are holding it in place, not to mention the light 'spring action' of the line itself, pressing against the walls of the shaft.

I've heard some folks are doing the same thing with soft rope or cord. I haven't tried it myself. I haven't had to figure out ways to weight up carbons since JeffB turned me on to CX Terminator Selects.
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