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Care of wood arrows

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Osr144 26-May-22
Osr144 26-May-22
Osr144 26-May-22
ottertails 26-May-22
carpenter 26-May-22
Buzz 26-May-22
Live2Hunt 26-May-22
Kisatchie 26-May-22
Kisatchie 26-May-22
cut it out 26-May-22
M60gunner 26-May-22
Pdiddly2 26-May-22
Osr144 26-May-22
From: Osr144
Date: 26-May-22




Just wondering how you folk care for your wood arrows.Pre shoot I check each arrow over knock s,fletchings wood integrity .straightness and head.Post shoot I do the same inspection and put aside the arrows that may need repairs or discarding.Once that is done I rub down all my arrows with wax polish and put them away.I try to do this religiously.This has served me well for many years.There may be better ways that you folk use.Love to hear them please.Also any constructive criticism of my methods I use. Cheers Osr

From: Osr144
Date: 26-May-22




Just wondering how you folk care for your wood arrows.Pre shoot I check each arrow over knock s,fletchings wood integrity .straightness and head.Post shoot I do the same inspection and put aside the arrows that may need repairs or discarding.Once that is done I rub down all my arrows with wax polish and put them away.I try to do this religiously.This has served me well for many years.There may be better ways that you folk use.Love to hear them please.Also any constructive criticism of my methods I use. Cheers Osr

From: Osr144
Date: 26-May-22




Just wondering how you folk care for your wood arrows.Pre shoot I check each arrow over knock s,fletchings wood integrity .straightness and head.Post shoot I do the same inspection and put aside the arrows that may need repairs or discarding.Once that is done I rub down all my arrows with wax polish and put them away.I try to do this religiously.This has served me well for many years.There may be better ways that you folk use.Love to hear them please.Also any constructive criticism of my methods I use. Cheers Osr

From: ottertails
Date: 26-May-22




Osr...old school Ritchie...where you been?! Good to see you posting again mate!

I used to be super anal about checking my arrows, and I still do somewhat.. especially those I make for my grandkids who are rough on them. When I build arrows, I don't slap them together, I've bought a couple thousands of raw shafts and culled hundreds from them. Put a lot of work into them woodies. So once I have an arrow built, I expect it to perform the same whether after 10 or a thousand shots. I shoot heavier weight bows and thus need heavier spines which I know adds to their durability. Straightness checks....yep, after a missed mark .. it's always me not the arrow. I have a lot of confidence in my woodies.

I use a lacquer finish mostly that has held up great thru the years. My absolute favorite arrow wood is POC.

I have no criticism mate, you got it down. I appreciate and learn from your posts.

From: carpenter
Date: 26-May-22




Richard, what type of wax do you prefer to use on your arrows?

From: Buzz
Date: 26-May-22




When I shot woods I broke more than a few.

Can only recall repairing maybe a couple dozen, new fletch, new point.

I was pretty caught up making them new, from scratch.

Still have quite a few, stored, in an old letter file box on end. POC shavings in the bottom of box. No waxing though.

I personally haven't shot a wood arrow for almost three years since the last NALS at Logan Lake here in B.C.

From: Live2Hunt
Date: 26-May-22




I used doug fir last year. Went full bore making a cresting machine, staining, finishing, etc. It was fun and I do like using, making, and shooting them. But, out of 2-1/2 Dozen I have 7 left. Some broke in the straightening process, some broke hitting the target, some broke pulling out of a bag target, some broke stumping, one broke on a deer, yay!!. Anyway, I carried an arrow spinner with me and checked straightness before going on stand or just shooting. For me it was that critical. I knew while shooting if they were bent. May be a long draw thing and how much shaft I have to deal with. I love them, but they are touchy.

From: Kisatchie
Date: 26-May-22




I shoot nothing but Douglas Fir. I rarely ever break one. I check each shaft after a hard hit and after I get done shooting I give them a look before storing them. I take them out of the back quiver and put them point down in a PVC tube about 20” long. I wax my arrows with regular turtle wax also my bow but only occasionally as it lasts awhile.

One tip I’ve found if you hit your wood arrow with another arrow and take a chunk out you can fill it up with super glue. The wood soaks it up at first but the second coat you can fill up the ding or missing chunk till flush with shaft. It’s water proof and flexible. I’ve repaired lots of arrows like this and never once had one break, the glue is stronger than the wood.

From: Kisatchie
Date: 26-May-22

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From: cut it out
Date: 26-May-22




Personally I just check them through out year for any signs of damage is all. Probably should check after each shot

From: M60gunner
Date: 26-May-22




When not in use I keep them in an arrow rack I made years ago. I seem to break, my fault, Hail Mary shots, more than I repair. If I know I used the old point glue I will reglued the points. Also if nocks have been on shafts more than a couple years. This dry, hot climate makes some nocks brittle. I also reseal the bottom part of shaft if finishes have worn off in targets. I wax the shafts with MinWax Furniture paste wax.

From: Pdiddly2
Date: 26-May-22




I no longer shoot groups with any arrow, especially my Forgewood Battleshafts.

That eliminates a lot of potential damage…

From: Osr144
Date: 26-May-22

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Furniture wax but any wax is better than none.Currently using natural bees wax .Got 2 blocks for free.Works on strings too Osr





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