Traditional Archery Discussions on the Leatherwall

.166 & .204 arrows

Messages posted to thread:
Boker 06-Dec-21
reb 06-Dec-21
fdp 06-Dec-21
Brian waters 06-Dec-21
Buglmin 06-Dec-21
SaddleHill 06-Dec-21
Stuart 06-Dec-21
Corax_latrans 06-Dec-21
pipcount 06-Dec-21
From: Boker
Date: 06-Dec-21

How do y'all feel about using the small diameter arrows on a trad bow?

What fletching do you use?

I am just curious and had thought about Experimenting with some victory vaps after season.

From: reb
Date: 06-Dec-21

I use them. I have tried 5" 4" and 3" feathers @ 3 fletch 4 fletch 5 fletch and two fletch. They all seem to fly very well. I shoot them out of a 40 lb longbow.

From: fdp
Date: 06-Dec-21

They work as well as any as long as the proper spine is chosen of course.

I fletch all my arrows right offset, but feather shape and size changes with my mood.

From: Brian waters
Date: 06-Dec-21

Im shooting target with .204 victories, and hunting with vaps. Both have half outs. And im using 3 4" straight fletched para's, just cause IBO requires 4". But i have shot 2" fletching with great success. In my opinion nothing shoots as good as a victory.

From: Buglmin
Date: 06-Dec-21

I shoot them and love the .166 micro diameter shafts. With Ethics Archery outserts, they build a tough arrow. I run Gateways 2" bat wings. Sometimes three fletch, sometimes four fletch.

From: SaddleHill Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 06-Dec-21

I run 4 3" parabolics fletched 90x90 on .204 shafts and get perfect flight. Medium helical.

From: Stuart
Date: 06-Dec-21

It shoot Easton 204s with with Ethics’ inserts and really like them. Have used 4 1/2” 3 fletched and just switched to 3” 4 fletched 90*. To me, they aren’t too small, are extremely durable and fly really well.

From: Corax_latrans
Date: 06-Dec-21

I have some A/C/Cs that I got in a trade…

They are an excellent quality arrow, and they shoot absolutely fine… They are far better as arrows than I am as an archer, of course…

The only thing I do not like about them is that they require some special components which I don’t need for anything else, and the thought of dropping close to $30 on a dozen half-outs when I only need three or four really does rankle a bit… LOL.

From: pipcount
Date: 06-Dec-21

wow.. I just commented on this on the multi fletcher thread...

I have been shooting the Skylon Brixxon (4.2mm/0.166") and Performa (3.2mm/0.125") arrows. Cheap and good quality.

For reference- I went to 0.125"/ 3.2mm to 1 get lightest GPI arrows for my relatively low draw weight bows (~30# on tips, at 31.5" draw) so my reach could extend to slightly greater distances or put more weight in tip and less in shaft for FoC // 2 effectively get slightly better centershot on my OLD bows (Wing Preso, Bear B and C risers, etc) / try to get consistent offset on all my older bows. // 3 expected thicker sidewalls would lead to greater durability.. and I do find these things more durable for my spine choices. I shoot about 10k shots annually, have only broken a few arrows this year. These things are very tough.

Offsetting challenges make me wonder if I made the right choice: 1 harder to fletch accurately // 2 harder than heck to reuse as a hunting arrow/knockaround arrow as need expensive outserts/etc, // 3 availability right now is very bad as I wait 3 months to get arrows now that used to ship in days, etc.

There is a lot to be said for having simple, easy to use arrows you can buy pre-fletched. Maybe I am just getting old, but easy is very attractive. For simplicity it is hard to beat the Black Eagle Vintage or Easton Legacy.. but it is hard to give up 40-50 grains into shafts on my 32" long shafts.

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