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Preferred vane length

What is your preference for vane length for your arrows?  Did you have a specific reason for choosing the vane length you did?  I have 4" plastic vanes with a 4 deg right offset. 

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vanes

I shoot 2" Blazers.  I like the size and weight for those longer shots we take out west. 

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I'm also shooting the 2"

I'm also shooting the 2" Blazers, I like them because my arrows recover faster and I have a lot less cross wind interference. I have them straight. They tend, atleast for me shoot better at distances beyond 40 yrds.

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I also shoot the 2" Blazer

+1000 to what numbnutz has said ! Thumbs up It doesn't get any better.

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Great question and answers. I

Great question and answers. I have not yet started archery shooting again but am learning a lot of new things to shorten my learning curve.

To be honest the last time I hunted with a bow nearly 20 years ago I was still using 5 inch feathers.

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Thanks everyone for the

Thanks everyone for the feedback. 

I admit that when I purchased my arrows a few weeks ago, I picked the 4" vanes because I thought that was what an arrow was supposed to look like.  Since then, I have read a few articles that, like the other posts, make a strong case for the shorter vanes.  One of the other benefits I read is that the smaller vanes are less affected by the wind while the main redeeming quality of the longer vanes is that it is supposed to stabilize your arrow in flight better.  Between everyones comments thus far and my research, I think I might have to give the 2" blazers a try. 

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What you really need to do is

What you really need to do is to go down to a archery center and find some arrows that will match your bow as far as length of pull and draw weight.  Then shoot them to see just what they will do.  An old bow that I have will not shoot arrows with only 3 vanes on them plain and simple I had to go to a 4 vane arrow along with a 4 blade broad head to stabilize the arrows.  Now my newer bow shoots 4" 3 vane arrows with no problems but I have never shot the shorter vane arrows either.  Perhaps they will make me a better shooter but then again they might not. 

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I have shot 4", 3" and now

I have shot 4", 3" and now the 2" Blazers.  I recently just switch to the 2" Blazer to lighten up my arrow a bit...500 grains with a 4" vane was just a bit too heavy.  After I made the switch I wish I had done it along time ago.  My arrows seem to fly better and my groups have increased....now that could be because I have been shooting more...who knows but none the less I am very pleased with my Blazer.  Now I did try the 2" Fusions and did not get the same group results.....???

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