Traditional Archery Discussions on the Leatherwall


Feather change

Messages posted to thread:
Desperado 13-Oct-21
SB 13-Oct-21
olddogrib 13-Oct-21
olddogrib 13-Oct-21
M60gunner 13-Oct-21
Downcanyon 13-Oct-21
Corax_latrans 13-Oct-21
Bob Rowlands 13-Oct-21
Matt B 13-Oct-21
Desperado 13-Oct-21
George D. Stout 13-Oct-21
Corax_latrans 13-Oct-21
Desperado 13-Oct-21
Two Feathers 13-Oct-21
garnet65 13-Oct-21
Matt B 13-Oct-21
From: Desperado
Date: 13-Oct-21




Continuing my nonscientific fletching research....Have any of you ever changed feather size, length or configuration and found much better arrow flight with just a feather change????? If so, from what to what...Thank you for your time & be safe !!! Des

From: SB
Date: 13-Oct-21




5"shield to 4" parabolic....quicker,still as stabil w/broadhed.

From: olddogrib
Date: 13-Oct-21




No, my experience has been if I've got the spine, length and point weight dialed in, a feather size. length, config. makes little difference.

From: olddogrib
Date: 13-Oct-21




The only exception was when I used the trailing edge of the shield cut cock fletch as a draw-check/second anchor point. If a fletch dimension is engrained as part of your form....it will make a difference

From: M60gunner
Date: 13-Oct-21




Only when I tried high profile 5.5” banana cut. Noise and I could visibly see the arrow slowed down. Like the difference in watching a flu-flu vs. watching a parabolic feathered arrow fly.

From: Downcanyon
Date: 13-Oct-21




Haven't seen much difference with new fletching sizes, especially shooting. 20 yards out of a tree. However no matter what size I start with, after some hard use they tend to begin to lay down, lose pieces or become less significant than they were when new. I get the best long-term results when I begin with 5" parabolic and in a year or two down the road, usually have enough feather for the arrow to fly right, and to be visible. Not very scientific but it works for me. Fletching has became pricey and I'm cheap.

From: Corax_latrans
Date: 13-Oct-21




It REALLY depends on how good your tune is to begin with.

If your bare shafts fly as well as fletched, the only difference is the amount of drag, which is pretty much a non-issue at short range.

I like the visual on an arrow with 3 big, yellow shields as it drops into the center of a target 40 yards out. And good thing, given the amount of extra time you have to just take that in….

From: Bob Rowlands
Date: 13-Oct-21




I know from experience that 4-5.5" shields oriented 75/105 on an arrow that is even close to tuned for your bow, is gonna give straight flight, regardless of shaft material, or form glitches. I mean dead straight flight.

From: Matt B
Date: 13-Oct-21




I have found that 4 fletch works better in wind. 4-3" feathers is better tha 3-4" feathers. The amount of feather is the same, but the cross section is smaller, so less wind interference (that's my opinion). On my non-wood arrows I have gone to 4-2" feathers and they are wonderful.

From: Desperado
Date: 13-Oct-21




Thank you all for your kind responses and time....I will experiment with your advice !!! Be safe.....Des

From: George D. Stout
Date: 13-Oct-21




What do you want to use Kerry? All will work for hunting from 2" to 5 1/2". I have some arrows with 3" shields and a couple with 3" parabolic and they will handle broadheads fine. I do like a little bigger than that but mostly for visual reasons. I've killed many deer though while using 5", helical feathers, so I will likely have those as well...maybe even mostly. :) It's all about tuning well, not feather size. Enjoy the experimenting, it can be very eye-opening.

From: Corax_latrans
Date: 13-Oct-21




“ I have found that 4 fletch works better in wind. 4-3" feathers is better tha 3-4" feathers. The amount of feather is the same…. “

Are you sure about that “amount of feather” part?

If the height of the fletching is the same then I would buy that… but if the proportions and profile are the same, then my back-of-the-napkin numbers suggest that 4X3” is actually a fair amount smaller than 3X4”.

Which does not necessarily mean that it creates less drag in direct proportion.

Just set me to pondering….

From: Desperado
Date: 13-Oct-21




I really have no preference with fletchings...I split, chop & grind my own fletchings from wild turkey wings my buddies give me from their kills. I have several choppers and can make several heights & lengths. I tune a lot and I just want to be the best I can be because the game deserves it...It is never "just good enough".Thanks for the help....Des

From: Two Feathers
Date: 13-Oct-21




The only change I've made has been 5" to 4".

From: garnet65
Date: 13-Oct-21




Mike Fedora (Senior) put me on to 4" parabolic (for my 1916's) many years ago, and I have no regrets.

WMM

From: Matt B
Date: 13-Oct-21




Corax: my statement of "amount of feather" was approximate. I'm sure they are not exactly the same, even at the same height. But they are pretty close, both are 12" long, start at zero height and end at the same height (?") and both with a shield back.





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