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Aluminum or carbon

I shot 2216's in one bow and 2314's in the other.
I tried a quality, name brand carbons this year. The sights did tighten up a hair. There was no noticable difference in the groups. Tuning was easy enough. They either fly well or they are trash.
What I didn't like was. I wore out a half dozen before the season started. The outer skin was frayed. I also shot two of them with other arrows and they splintered. Leaving splinters in my fingers that I had a very hard time getting out. They didn't seem to hit with as much authority. I felt more confident with the aluminum.
I also build my own arrows and find it much easier to build and refletch on the aluminum shafts.
They're OK but, I'm going back to the aluminum. I can tweak them if they are a little bent. If I strike one with another arrow. It may still be usable. Where as, I wouldn't trust using a carbon that has been scared.
Both of my bows are very fast. In excess of 310 and 320 fps. With a 5 pin site on one and a single pin site on the other. The trajectory and velocity difference, between the aluminum and carbon wasn't enough to shake a stick at.

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Aluminum or carbon

carbon are deffinately the way to go, strong and durable , the almuinum will bend very easily and for almost the same price why not get carbon arrows, they will not bend , and only bad if you break them

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I can't even believe this is a discussion. First and formost, aluminum carries more kinetic energy because they are heavier. KE= stopping power. Second, look at the guarenteed straightness when you go out and buy your next set of arrows. You cant get carbons at +- .001 straightness. With aluminum, unless you hit something that you shouldn't be shooting at, your arrows will stay straight, I shoot almost every day. I buy a dozen arrows at the end of hunting season every year, I use 6 to target shoot, and shoot 3D leagues with, and I fletch up 6 for hunting the following season, by the beginning of season, the target arrows that I have been shooting, are still as straight as the day that I bought them, unless I miss what I am aiming at, or hit one with another arrow. and when either of these 2 things happen, carbon or aluminum, these arrows should not be shot anymore. Just my 2 cents worth.... Go out and buy yourself a good dozen Super Slam Selects, I prommise you will not find a better arrow.

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I personally have never shot carbons, but I agree about the KE. Faster is not always better(for hunting anyway).

I would say experiment and make your own decision. I will probably never switch to carbon since I am more than happy with aluminum. They just don't let you down.

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i would deffinately go with the carbons
1st u get the durabilty
2nd u get the speed for long distance shots and more penitration

but thats just my opioin i shoot carbon express 200's and they go about 275fps with the # at 63 and draw at 28 1/2"

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switched to carbons last season...and love them!

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I've debated the same issue. I don't know why because i've always shot super slams and have had great success. didn't think about the KE angle. I'm convinced. I'll stick with the super slam. why change something if it works.

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i would personly go with carbons. i hav never had one break shooting at a deer. ive shot logs with them and they are still good to go. when they said carbons hav less penitration thats not true. ive had plenty ofcarbons go rite through a deer.
i shoot teh Easton Axis arrows. they hav very good penirtation and they are fast. they say they are strong but they arent any stonger than any other carbon. the strongest and best arrows out there are your GOLD TIPS and RADIAL X

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I shot a pse nova vector 4 bow and I have never shot carbon .I have always shot aluminum .the arrows are 6oo grains .and travel 202 feet per second It carrys 52 ft lbls of canetic energy at 25 yards that's enough energy to drive the arrow through any large north american game animal I like the easton camo hunter 2219 I'm not conserned with speed .I want canetic energy .Those light arrows dont cut it .
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The lighter arrows also puts a lot of stresson your bows
thenail

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