Traditional Archery Discussions on the Leatherwall


Feathers

Messages posted to thread:
Tradbo 04-Dec-18
kwikstik 04-Dec-18
Brian waters 04-Dec-18
Brian waters 04-Dec-18
Jon Stewart 04-Dec-18
deerhunt51 04-Dec-18
George D. Stout 04-Dec-18
Barebow52 04-Dec-18
Scoop 04-Dec-18
RymanCat 04-Dec-18
Bowmania 04-Dec-18
GUTPILE PA 04-Dec-18
lawdy 04-Dec-18
Babbling Bob 04-Dec-18
MStyles 04-Dec-18
M60gunner 04-Dec-18
Bassman 04-Dec-18
Pdiddly 04-Dec-18
Snag 04-Dec-18
fdp 04-Dec-18
Archre167 04-Dec-18
Sipsey River 05-Dec-18
RonG 05-Dec-18
Therifleman 05-Dec-18
CLAYBORN 05-Dec-18
Viper 05-Dec-18
CLAYBORN 05-Dec-18
Kodaman 05-Dec-18
gluetrap 05-Dec-18
Therifleman 05-Dec-18
CLAYBORN 05-Dec-18
Jim 05-Dec-18
Wispershot 05-Dec-18
Tradbo 05-Dec-18
UK Woodman 05-Dec-18
oldgoat 05-Dec-18
Therifleman 05-Dec-18
nomo 06-Dec-18
David McLendon 06-Dec-18
HedgeHunter 06-Dec-18
David McLendon 06-Dec-18
Flint knapper 06-Dec-18
Zepnut 06-Dec-18
Journeyman 06-Dec-18
stykzz 06-Dec-18
Bender 07-Dec-18
George D. Stout 07-Dec-18
George D. Stout 07-Dec-18
Jon Stewart 07-Dec-18
Flint knapper 07-Dec-18
mahantango 07-Dec-18
From: Tradbo
Date: 04-Dec-18




What's your opinion on the differences between tru- flight and gateway feathers

From: kwikstik
Date: 04-Dec-18




I've had good luck with both, but I really don't like the looks of Gateways barred feathers

From: Brian waters
Date: 04-Dec-18




Both are equal. Tho i prefer sagatarius archeries colors.

From: Brian waters
Date: 04-Dec-18

Brian waters's embedded Photo



From: Jon Stewart
Date: 04-Dec-18




Gateway has a thicker quill and I have to sand them down quite a bit.

From: deerhunt51
Date: 04-Dec-18




Both work the same for me.

From: George D. Stout Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 04-Dec-18




I buy the cheapest, and sometimes it's neither Gateway or Trueflight. Sometimes it's AMG, or Ozark Feathers out of Missouri...sometimes Bearpaw. There isn't just two feather companies.

From: Barebow52
Date: 04-Dec-18




I prefer tru flite

From: Scoop Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 04-Dec-18




I'm with George. I've bought them from about all of the companies. While I think Trueflight has been the most consistent over the many years, I really don't see a heck of a lot of difference between any of them, except for color. The new Gateways I've been buying seem to have the thinner quills. I usually buy by price unless a specific color is needed.

From: RymanCat
Date: 04-Dec-18




Same thing no issues with either me self.

From: Bowmania Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 04-Dec-18




I like Truflight better. AND it's a problem for me. I live in WI and they can't sell to individual in WI. The feather I used is not carried by anyone I could find, so I have to have an out of state hunting buddy buy them and send them to me.

Bowmania

From: GUTPILE PA
Date: 04-Dec-18




The same!!!

From: lawdy
Date: 04-Dec-18




I make my own out of wild turkey wing feathers. Unaffected by snow or rain but very hard to find if you miss.

From: Babbling Bob Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 04-Dec-18




Use 4-inch shield cut Gateways and like'em…..a lot. Gateway has a great flo-yellow color and a real good hue of red.

From: MStyles
Date: 04-Dec-18




Sagittarius .

From: M60gunner
Date: 04-Dec-18




Same as George. I look for sales, buy by the hundred if possible. I have the time so I can make them work. I only buy white AMG feathers as the colors fade in the sun. If I was to judge a company by its product being 100% at least 98% of the time then Tru Flight gets the nod.

From: Bassman Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member
Date: 04-Dec-18




I cut, and use a lot of wild turkey feathers for self bow wood arrows.Buy what ever I can find for alu or carbon arrows.

From: Pdiddly
Date: 04-Dec-18




I buy what I can get for a good price and that's not just Gateway or Truflight. Don't see much difference.

From: Snag Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 04-Dec-18




TrueFlight is the standard for quality and looks. From there you just sacrifice. Cheap is cheap. You get what you pay for like all things in life.

From: fdp
Date: 04-Dec-18




I buy only white full length Sagittarius feathers and dye and chop my own.

From: Archre167
Date: 04-Dec-18




Best luck with Truflight. The rest did not last as long and were very soft feathers. I prefer nat turkey feathers and my friends keep me in stock!

From: Sipsey River
Date: 05-Dec-18




Unless things have change with Gateway, I found that the bases on the True Flights are thinner which I prefer. But, I have not used any Gateways for several years. I have tried other brands in the past and found the True Flights bases are more consistent.

From: RonG
Date: 05-Dec-18




If you shoot your arrows a lot I think any feather won't last forever, but Tru-Flight is my favorite for many reasons.

From: Therifleman
Date: 05-Dec-18




I agree with the guys that noted Trueflights are more consistent and a bit better quality. Trueflight is more than twice the cost for me at times as i use full length and can easily get two fletchings out of most feathers--- except the Trueflights ive gotten lately are a bit shorter and i sometimes only get 1 depending on length im making. If you like barred feathers, only wild turkey feathers beat Trueflights for looks.

Sometimes bargains are not all they're cracked up to be--- i once got a pack of buggy bearpaw feathers that went right back.

I do like Sagittarius white and dye and burn my own.

From: CLAYBORN
Date: 05-Dec-18




I'm looking into trying goose feathers. Grind them and chop them and should be a quality feather. I would think. You guys correct me if you think I'm off base. The price would be right if one lives in the central flyway like I do.

From: Viper
Date: 05-Dec-18




Guys -

In My experience, Tru-Flight feathers will be more consistent in quill size and overall shape than Gateway. That being said, the small amount of culling required on the Gateway feathers usually compensates for the price difference.

Short story, I've used both and both are fine.

Viper out.

From: CLAYBORN
Date: 05-Dec-18




Gateway/ Bulleye/ Trueflight/ Sagi/ or GOOSE WING???

From: Kodaman
Date: 05-Dec-18




Seems more folks like Trueflight than any other and I agree. They last a long time.

From: gluetrap
Date: 05-Dec-18




I like thick or thin bases . I cant shoot the difference to justify the higher expense.

From: Therifleman
Date: 05-Dec-18




Goose feathers work great! They are understandably very water resistant. Color choice (dark grey) is about the only drawback i can think of.

From: CLAYBORN
Date: 05-Dec-18




Thanks for the response Therifleman yep color is a drawback. Wonder how one could change that. Bleach?

From: Jim Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 05-Dec-18




Gateway can’t even come close to a Trueflight feather.

From: Wispershot
Date: 05-Dec-18




True flight

From: Tradbo
Date: 05-Dec-18




Thanks everyone

From: UK Woodman
Date: 05-Dec-18




Trueflight for me, Gateway seem to have too thick a quill and can be inconsistant but they do have some nice different colours. The worst feathers that I have brought are Bearpaw bared,they are cut with a inconsistant quill width. Predominatly wide and are cut at to much of an angle. I Have 2 of their fletching jigs which I love useing but to fit their feathers has taken a lot of experimenting. the only solution has been to ues a taped on packer on the top edge of the magnet that holds the clamp. This kicks the feather over so the quill sits flat to the shaft, this is also needed when fletching helical.Brian

From: oldgoat
Date: 05-Dec-18




Truflight has a more uniform grind and I like there colors a lot better, but I wouldn't hesitate to use either or!

From: Therifleman
Date: 05-Dec-18




Clayborn, i thought about bleach or peroxide, but never did try it. I'd be interested in results if you give it a try.

From: nomo
Date: 06-Dec-18




I like Trueflight. Gateway quill too thick and varies in width. In my eyes, colors are not as sharp/vivid. Some of the others might be OK. I just have experience with those two.

From: David McLendon
Date: 06-Dec-18




Gateway is pretty sloppy on the quill and requires sanding, Trueflight costs a lot more. After doing some testing with Marco Vanes and comparing the difference in noise, I have put on an elevated rest and probably won't be buying any more feathers.

From: HedgeHunter
Date: 06-Dec-18




Wild only. Goose, turkey, sandhill crane, etc, etc.

Cut em how you want em. Shoot a 900 grn alligator arrow; put some nice sandhill banana fletch on them with a snow goose cock feather.

Sand quills thick or thin no matter.

HH~

From: David McLendon
Date: 06-Dec-18




Dreamer

From: Flint knapper
Date: 06-Dec-18




I've been grinding and cutting wild turkey feathers for years along with Sandhill crains and snow goose.

Even sold a few to members here!

From: Zepnut Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 06-Dec-18




Have to go with Trueflight also. Gateways quill required some sanding.

From: Journeyman
Date: 06-Dec-18

Journeyman's embedded Photo



Truefight, Bear Paw, Gateway ,all good feathers

I found a Colour from the gateway I liked with white reflective wrap .

From: stykzz
Date: 06-Dec-18




What color are Sandhill crane feathers?

From: Bender
Date: 07-Dec-18




Trueflight. Just don't like the thick quill on the Gateways. But if they've gone to a thinner quill, I will have to look into that.

From: George D. Stout Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 07-Dec-18




Feathers only requirement is to keep an arrow on track, so I will always opt for the cheapest. And as for 'you get what you pay for'...that is BS and always has been. Sometimes you pay for high priced advertising and royalties on brand names. Yeah...that adage is pretty nonsensical nowadays.

From: George D. Stout Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 07-Dec-18




I should have added that my last post was in the quality context. You always get what you pay for literally, but it doesn't mean the higher price the better the quality.

From: Jon Stewart
Date: 07-Dec-18




Be careful with bleach. Sometimes it doesn't quit working, ie when use bleach to whiten bone. Modern feathers were white, then washed then dyed. Bleach is just another process that weakens the feather.

From: Flint knapper
Date: 07-Dec-18




I have an add in the classifieds for natural turkey feathers if anyone is interested.

From: mahantango
Date: 07-Dec-18




Always preferred Truflight. Natural turkey are great, but beware, at least in my experience, Canada goose feathers really hiss in flight.





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