Hmmmm, when my pockets are deep and I feel the need to mindlessly break up otherwise perfectly good arrows, I can bust up a dozen in a short practice. Fortunately for my wallet I have learned to shoot one arrow per dot for the most part. I have no desire to break nocks and arrows at 10-15 dollars a clip just so I can toss another robin hooded shaft in the trash. The first dozen were pretty cool and definately soemthing to hang onto for braggin rights, but these day they reflect moments of stupidity.LOL
Todays equipment is so fine tuned and easy to keep there for most practiced shooters that its pretty much foolish to group shoot. Not to mention with alot of folks shooting carbons these days its a pretty dangerous practice. I met a guy at a SC wma one day that had a shaft blow up in his bow while roadside practicing before his hunt. He had apparently damaged one of the carbons on a previous shot and wasnt aware of the damage. He found out real quick on the next shot when it sent carbon shards all through his forearm.
I voted the bag but honestly if I would just behave and not shoot my arrow in groups here and there the dozen would most likely out last the bag by a long shot.
With all due respect, what does good have to do with it? If you count out lost arows as the poll suggests,and if your shooting the guts out of your bag your very likely group shooting and breaking/bending shafts not just cuting a fletching and breaking a nock here and there.. I dont know about you but very rarely do I break a nock that I dont either bend or shatter the arrow holding it as well. Thats just a matter of shaft type there but none the less carbon or aluminum it puts a pretty good hurting on an arrow when your slamming another into the back of the one in the target.
Bottom line...if you want optimum life out of both the bag and the arrow set you dont group shoot. Spread the damage to the bag and avoid the obvious and regular damage that occurs when you stack arrows in tight groups.
good has everything to do with it. If you are a poor shot you wil tend to hit the dirt more and miss your block or bag, or possibly as you stated put arrows into each other. When I stated shooting the guts out of it, I meant shooting around the target as not to place all arrows in one location. So yes, you have to be good not to spend a ton of money on your arrows and targets. I was once in the not so good stage and was wondering if it was worth it, but as time went on and I continued to shoot, the cost came down significantly
Ok I guess I have just never heard the term guts used to refer to a method of moving my arrow placement around the bag avoiding other arrows in the target. Must be a local flavor in dielect I am not familiar with although suprisingly enough , I did spend a good bit of time around some seriously proficient archers in Lewiston this spring and cant recall ever hearing it put quite that way.. When you said guts I just assumed you were saying the middle of the bag being hit so much the center and target innards get punched out. Round here thats what we would take that as, in fact everywhere I have ever been thats the way it would be construed. Thanks for the education on the new uses for the term guts. If its all the same to you, I think I will skip the use of the term gut shooting in my references to skilled archery shooting.
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