Traditional Archery Discussions on the Leatherwall

Old bows and modern arrows

Messages posted to thread:
reddogge 14-Feb-18
George D. Stout 14-Feb-18
Greyfox 14-Feb-18
Therifleman 14-Feb-18
BATMAN 14-Feb-18
fdp 14-Feb-18
George D. Stout 14-Feb-18
Babbling Bob 14-Feb-18
Jon Stewart 14-Feb-18
M60gunner 14-Feb-18
From: reddogge
Date: 14-Feb-18

We shot old bows with aluminum with no effect and carbons are not much different. They flex like any other arrow material.

From: George D. Stout Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 14-Feb-18

Bows were just made to shoot arrows period. Back in the day the lightest we had would have been thin walled aluminum that would equate to the weight of a modern carbon. That said, carbon absorbs energy more quickly so in my opinion it's a wash. I think the bows will do just fine with carbon if that's what you want to shoot. Actually, some carbons have plenty of weight anyway without adding to them even compared to some aluminum.

From: Greyfox
Date: 14-Feb-18

I have a 1945, Pearson 700, and 1966, Pearson 707, that shoot GT carbons great. No fan of aluminum hear. Shot them for over 20 years. To each his own.

From: Therifleman
Date: 14-Feb-18

I believe that if you dont go below 8 or 9 gpp the bow will never know what the arrow was made of. I usually range more like 11 to 12 gpp.

From: BATMAN Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 14-Feb-18

X2 on The RIFLEMAN....You have to have ENOUGH GPP so that the arrow will absorb the energy released by the limbs without harm to the bow. I ruined a BEN PEARSON by NOT knowing that my arrows were too light.

From: fdp
Date: 14-Feb-18

No. And I don't believe there's anything magical about a particular grains per pound number either.

From: George D. Stout Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 14-Feb-18

Howard Hill hunted with arrows that were about 7 gpp when he was in Africa. People tend to get enamored with numbers. Feet per second, grains per inch, grains per pound, yada..yada..yada. In the mean time some folks live their whole life not knowing how fast there guns or bows actually were, but did quite well in their ignorance of numbers. Now people can't get out of bed without knowing KE, MO, FPS, GPP, GPI, and FOC. It's a shame really; not because of the numbers, but because of the paralysis those numbers cause in people.

From: Babbling Bob Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 14-Feb-18

Call my favorite bows old rosewoods, but in reality they're just 59 to 57 years old, and that ain't so old. Some were designed with heavy risers for target shooting in regard to their design, but bet they were not designed for specific arrows. Easton 24srt aluminums, Microflight fiberglass, and Rose City cedars all shot just fine from those bows when they were manufactured.

As George said above, never heard to much about numbers relating to arrows, except for length, broadhead and point weight but many of us played around with our arrows to get them to fly good. We thought we were scientists then too, but funny, I had to look up some of terms used now for arrows when I got back into shooting again.

From: Jon Stewart
Date: 14-Feb-18

I use to shoot wood arrows out of my compound. Fast and quiet. But they were the proper spine for the bow and like any other arrow if they are correct spine for the bow they will shoot.

From: M60gunner
Date: 14-Feb-18

I shoot carbons from my 72 SK. Same arrows I use in my newer SK. Bows same weight, 500 grain, 55# bows. Only difference is I went to a B-55 string on that old bow. Maybe my imagination but I think it has more zip these days.

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