August 22, 2013 at 6:27am
Back in the 1986 era into the early 1990’s, summertime 3d shooting was very popular here in La. Many people had overdraws and short arrows in an effort to flatten trajectory and lessen the need to be able to judge yardage. However, the bows were grossly out of tune with those rigs. What happened was, in October these folks wanted to go hunting. They screwed in one of the popular heads of that era, such as the Thunderhead, and they suddenly discovered that they had severe flight problems.
It was already almost October and they needed a quik fix. Rather than take the overdraw off and throw it in the garbage can, and the short arrows, they went to a band aid approach, and screwed in a mech head. That was the era where the popular phrase “ Fly like a field point “ was born. And it stuck around. However, the bows were still grossly out of tune, and were noisy and destroying themselves. The energy had no where to go. It usually is absorbed by the proper arrow, but these short , too lite arrows would not absorb it, so everything rattled. THIS is where the Sims Vibration rubber got popular. Another Band Aid. See, it never ends.
Had these individuals gotton rid of the overdraw, the out of tune short arrows, and used proper spine arrows with steerable fletching, such as 4 inch or 5 inch, one of the great fixed heads would have flown correctly and the bow would be quiet & in tune.
It is not too much different today. I think the need to belong peer pressure plays a big part. A lot of people want to use what the group is using, even though it may be against tune physics. I would ask myself, am I rigging my bow for correct tune or am I following the popular band wagon ?
I would use a good fixed head, and keep it very sharp. See my Broadhead Sharpening thread on this board. Make sure you have correct arrows, I would stay in the high 7’s or into the 8’s as far as arrow weight grains per pound of draw weight. I would use at least a 4 inch vane or feather to steer. I would offset vanes or spiral feathers. Never mind the popular fad of 2 inch. Remember the above story. Don’t worry about losing FPS. So what.
Get it tuned right with a good reliable fixed head, kept sharp, then move on with your time. Scout, glass ag fields, get your woods time in instead of at the pro shop.