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I just purchased a Blistzenburger Fletcher. I am planning on making my own arrows. Just wanted some info on making arrows before I get started. I want to have a slight helico in the feather. On the Blistzenburger fletcher I set the top setting just to the left of the line. The bottom setting was set just to the right of the line. Does it really matter If the settings were set the opposite direction. I have made arrows in the past but it been a long time.

Nest question - Shooting a long bow what do you feel is the max disance in taking an animal. Thanks Pappy

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As long as the helical is slight, I do not think it makes much difference.
My personal comfort range with a longbow is a max of 25 yards. I havn't had a problem getting game to come within this distance. Of course I hunt in the heavily forested upper Great Lakes.

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Welcome to BGH and the traditional thread.

Check and make sure that the glue surface, of the feathers, is making complete contact with the shaft.
I prefer helical on my arrows. The more spin. The greater the stability, with large heads.
Left or right helical, makes no matter.
Be sure to place the cock feather out.

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Thanks for the info. I figured one thing out. I have a right handed fletcher and I ordered left handed feathers. I thought something looked a little different on the arrow when I finished the first one. So Iam sending the feathers back and will be ordering some right handed feathers. I also shot a two blade Zuwicki broadhead the other day and it flies very nice on the wooded shaft. I am Just getting back into shooting a bow again, I use to shoot a compound for years, the long bow is very fun. I just have to let go of the bow string a little faster. Sure enjoy shooting a long bow, a lot of less tunning compaired to a compound bow but a little more challenging.
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How's the arrow making going.

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fuzzybear wrote:
How's the arrow making going.

Wood arrows came out good. I fletch some 50 to 55 spine and they flew ok. I noticed that the 45 to 50 seem to fly faster and some what better. I had a question maybe you can answer. Is it better to shoot a wooden arrow with a heavier spine or one with less spline. My bow is a long bow and I pull approximately 49 to 50 bls. So is it safe to shoot the 45 to 50 spine and would I get enough of penetration into an animal.
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Shoot the arrow that flies the best.
Spine can be affected by many things. Type of bow. Quickness of bow. Materials in manufacture. Release of arrow. It's best to try several combinations (shaft, head) and keep your release consistent. Keep track of what your testing.

Are you spine testing these or going by what the label says? The spine isn't always what is stamped/tagged. Especially if your using a heavier/lighter tip/broadhead.
If you want to use the heavier spine arrows. Use a heavier tip/broadhead.

When hunting with Traditional equipment. I prefer heavier arrows. To retain energy. One of my bows shoots a +-650 gr arrow at +-65 lbs. and gets great penetration. The broadheads weight in at 175 grs.

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fuzzybear wrote:
Shoot the arrow that flies the best.
Spine can be affected by many things. Type of bow. Quickness of bow. Materials in manufacture. Release of arrow. It's best to try several combinations (shaft, head) and keep your release consistent. Keep track of what your testing.

Are you spine testing these or going by what the label says? The spine isn't always what is stamped/tagged. Especially if your using a heavier/lighter tip/broadhead.
If you want to use the heavier spine arrows. Use a heavier tip/broadhead.

When hunting with Traditional equipment. I prefer heavier arrows. To retain energy. One of my bows shoots a +-650 gr arrow at +-65 lbs. and gets great penetration. The broadheads weight in at 175 grs.

I am going off of the manufactors spiine weight. I am shooting a 125 grain broad head. It seems to fly quick and stright on the 45 to 50 spine with 4 inch feathers. With shooting a 50 lb bow I hope to get good penatration with this set up. I am planning on shooting some deer and Elk.
Pat

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Best of luck.
Sounds like your set and ready to go.

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I use a Jo-Jan Multi-Fletch.

Max Distance.... Whitetail probable 25 yards is my max. Elk it is out to 40 yards if all feels good. Turkey 15-20 yards.

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I have a couple of Jo Jan's fletching jigs. Use them exclusively.
Nice looking arrows.

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