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Who does there own fletching?

Let me guess.

Arizona EZ Fletch for carbon.
A tube or two of Fastset Gel. A note: Don't fold the tube as you use it. It will crack and you end up with a very, very, very sticky mess. Get the small tubes.
AAE Elite 4" vanes.
A tube of 24 hour epoxy..
A couple dozen carbon shafts w/inserts and nocks.
A small high speed chop saw.
A brass barrel brush for the inside of the shafts.
A can of denatured alcohol for cleaning.

That should get you started for the carbons.

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I'm going to print that off and give it to my wife Big smile

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You may want to emphasize that it is just a starter list.
If mine saw that list. She would be asking why I have a room full of arrow making stuff.

So far I've gotten away with.
I need a special arrow for each one of my six bows.
Each arrow takes a different fletching.
They charge a buck a piece to cut the arrows to length. Look at the money I'll be saving.
I saved forty dollars by buying 4 dozen.
I got a great deal by buying two.
etc......

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What do you guys think of the vanes that are designed for better spin, like the quick spins?

http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/product/standard-item.jsp?id...

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Quik Spins are nice. They work as well as any other. I use what I use because if it ain't broke don't fix it and I get a good price by buying them by the bag of 100. I make a lot of arrows, for eight different bows plus arrows for some of my friends.
I've never personally used them and i couldn't tell you wether they do or don't fit in an Arizona EZ Fletch. I wouldn't think they would as, they have a small lip at the parabolic radius of the vane. I do know that they stabilize an arrow with target tips and they have some popularity with compound shooters.

Any vane or feather will work on any shaft when they are shot off a rest that supports the arrow, such as the compounds have. Feathers are a requirement when shooting off the shelf. The key is to have just enough fletching to stabilize the broadhead but, the more fletching the quicker the arrow slows.
A small profile head like oh, a NAP Nitron may or may not require as much fletching as a Magnus Stinger.

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Are you opposed to the Bitzenburger Dial-o-Fletch? or what do you think of this one that Cabela's offers?
http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/pod/vertical-pod3.jsp?id=000...
I kind of like the versatility they offer.

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I use the equipment that I have because I have been doing this for some time and it still works as well as it did when it was new.
I know of one archery shop that uses Bitzenburger jigs. They have two large rotating pads with a dozen jigs on each.
They work very well for these guys and they have a steady flow of arrows going out the door.
One of the guys at this shop shoots competition and has set up some of his arrows with the Quik Spin vanes. I would assume that he used the Bitzenburger but, you may want to ask if all vanes and feathers can be used in these jigs.
I don't buy anything from Cabelas unless they are the only store that has what I'm looking for. I can't tell you anything about their label.

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I use Dura-loc on carbon arrows. When I used aluminums, it seemed that fletch-tight worked very well. It doesn't work well on carbons though, in my experience.

To tell you what kind of fletching jig I use I'd have to go down to the basement to look. It's too cold down there and I'm feeling to lazy, so I'm just gonna tell you that I got it from Cabelas.

One thing I always do when fletching arrows, and this is just personal preference, is that I I use sheild-cut feathers in the tightest helical that I can get. I finger shoot, though, and the tight helical seems to stabalize the arrow flight a little better. Also, I use white and yellow feathers. I just alternate which one I use as a cock feather. White and yellow seem to be the easiest to find in the grass. That's the only reason I use those colors.

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hehehe Yeah them green n brown ones are kinna hard to find aint they sage Laugh

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Yes

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