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Good cheap vanes to experiment

Messages posted to thread:
pipcount 11-Aug-20
fdp 11-Aug-20
6bloodychunks 11-Aug-20
George D. Stout 12-Aug-20
George D. Stout 12-Aug-20
George D. Stout 12-Aug-20
tradmt 12-Aug-20
George D. Stout 12-Aug-20
Jon Stewart 12-Aug-20
grizz 12-Aug-20
George D. Stout 12-Aug-20
M60gunner 12-Aug-20
NY Yankee 12-Aug-20
tradmt 12-Aug-20
dabob 12-Aug-20
Wapiti - - M. S. 13-Aug-20
pipcount 13-Aug-20
Viper 13-Aug-20
tradmt 13-Aug-20
tradmt 13-Aug-20
Elkaddict87 14-Jan-21
Chairman 14-Jan-21
HEXX 14-Jan-21
From: pipcount
Date: 11-Aug-20




Simple inquiry, not a debate over feathers vs. vanes or such.

Bows I use are ALL recurves, centershot, with Hoyt super rests.

I have only shot feathers, would like to experiment with vanes.

What is a good, yet inexpensive, vane to start with?

Note- I think this rules out Bohning, AAE, etc..

From: fdp
Date: 11-Aug-20




What ever you can find at the sporting goods store or on line. If you look you can find them for %15.00 per hundred. Haven't bought any in a while.

From: 6bloodychunks
Date: 11-Aug-20




when i used to shoot vanes out of a compound i loved the norway zeon fusion vanes, like little fiber optic tracers on your arrow, or a poor mans lighted nock lol

From: George D. Stout
Date: 12-Aug-20




Lots of Ebay sellers that are small business shops all over the US sells them. I have some Vanetec that work well and I can send you some to try if you like...no charge. They are 4" green and generally sell for about $12.00 to $15.00 a hundred. They do have a logo on each one and that turns some folks off. Lots to choose from though over on Ebay. Just type in the size you want and look them over. You don't need to spend feather prices on vanes to get good ones. Also check out the Bohning vanes at Bowhunters Superstore in Wellsville, Pa. ... less than $20.00 a hundred.

From: George D. Stout
Date: 12-Aug-20




I shoot about the same setup as you and getting clearance is no problem and usually only requires nock location adjustment in most cases.

From: George D. Stout
Date: 12-Aug-20




I shoot about the same setup as you and getting clearance is no problem and usually only requires nock location adjustment in most cases.

From: tradmt
Date: 12-Aug-20




What do you folks that like vanes consider the best quality vane?

From: George D. Stout
Date: 12-Aug-20




Usually the ones that have been around for several decades. I think most of them are likely the same, but Bohning, for instance, has been selling vanes for forty-plus years...Marco also, and AAE, etc.

From: Jon Stewart
Date: 12-Aug-20




I have some green, yellow and white in 4" if you want some to try. Make unknown. Just PM me a mailing address and you can have some. Keep in mind the USPS has been terrible lately tho.

From: grizz
Date: 12-Aug-20




I always liked Marco when I was using vanes. Might try the new AAE Trad vanes, 3Rivers sells a dozen for 5.99. Cheap enough for experimenting. But reviews are pretty mixed.

From: George D. Stout
Date: 12-Aug-20




Bohning vanes at Bowhunter's Superstore in Wellsville is $19.95 per hundred shipped through their ebay store. That's about $2.95 a dozen including shipping.

From: M60gunner
Date: 12-Aug-20




Used a ton of Marco’s when I made arrows for six of us shooting compounds. Not to soft and not to stiff like some were. Cheap as well.

From: NY Yankee
Date: 12-Aug-20




I have a bunch of orange and yellow if you want them. PM me.

From: tradmt
Date: 12-Aug-20




I always used bohning with the old compounds but I don’t believe I ever used any other brand, I remember some white ones I had that were very soft and green transparent ones that were pretty ridged and seemed to tear fairly easily.

From: dabob
Date: 12-Aug-20




Pipcount I was a member of a archery club and many members were hunters and most used vanes for hunting, however in our indoor range we found feathers were more accurate in what we called 'dead air'at twenty yards.If this is news try it.

From: Wapiti - - M. S. Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 13-Aug-20




Used Bohning vanes also out of older compounds,haven't used newer type of vanes.I had other brands also that tore easily.

From: pipcount
Date: 13-Aug-20




Thanks fellows.. so much kindness and offers of "I will send you a handful".. I hesitate to buy unbranded.. for consistency over time, you know?

Vanetec sound like a reasonable, consistent, low cost solution.

The Bohning 3" parabolic Bronco (formerly X-vane) at <$13/100 for white blew my mind..I just bought 100 white and 36 green for $24 shipped to my door.

So all you kind fellows that offered to send me some vanes.. got it covered!

From: Viper
Date: 13-Aug-20




pip -

The problem with cheap (large) vanes is their weight. 3 5" feathers can weigh about 10 grains, 3 5" plastic vanes can weigh 45 grains. That's (spine wise) like removing 90 grains of head weight (actually more like 70, but you get the idea).

For target, you need a lot less fletch than you think. If you have a big-ass broad head, or using light weight heads, then you have to think about it a little harder.

On my target rigs I use 2.25" Van-techs, 1.75" Easton or AAEs. Pretty much all are the same or cheaper than feathers. Just buy one bag, forget the odd color cock feather thing, and see how you like it.

Viper out.

From: tradmt
Date: 13-Aug-20




Now that’s some useful info, thank you Viper.

From: tradmt
Date: 13-Aug-20




I never weighed any vanes, had no idea what they weighed, never cared but I should have. Probably caused me some spine issues along the line. Then when I started shooting traditional bows, off the shelf, the common consensus was that feathers was the only way so that’s what I did. I wonder how mis-information like that gets started? Lol

From: Elkaddict87
Date: 14-Jan-21




From: Chairman
Date: 14-Jan-21




I have shot plenty of blazer vanes off my recurves with a raised rest,. If anything would have clearance issues they would. The point is , shoot anything you can get.

From: HEXX
Date: 14-Jan-21




I have shot flex-fletch, low profile you can get direct from the factory, soft and exreamly durable.





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