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    Ideal Arrow diameter for hunting/ back yard shooting?

    So I just broke my second last victory Vap arrow and will soon be in need of a fresh half dozen arrows.

    The Vaps shot well except the inserts have a tendency to bend and donít stand up to shooting groups very well.

    Thinking that maybe a standard size shaft with pin nocks might be a better choice for durability. However, Iím concerned that Iíll miss out on the extra Hunting performance(?) of the micro diameter.

    Are microís worth the extra hassle and cost or are they all hype?
    Whatís a good all round arrow for hunting that will take some back yard abuse?

    Any recommendations would be great.

    shooting a prime black 5, 65lbs @ 28.5Ē

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    Re: Ideal Arrow diameter for hunting/ back yard shooting?

    I dont get the whole micro hype. A well built standard diameter arrow will do everything you need and will be more durable. I have been through Gold Tips, Black Eagles and now onto Maxima Reds. I would say the GT Hunters were the most durable, Black Eagle Carnivores were garbage and I haven't put the Maxima Reds together yet.

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    Re: Ideal Arrow diameter for hunting/ back yard shooting?

    I see Big Game Archery in Abbotsford is advertising “red trail arrows”. Not much info on the web about them, I wonder if they’re any good.

    The gold tip Hunter was my go to before shooting the Vap’s. Great arrows

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    Re: Ideal Arrow diameter for hunting/ back yard shooting?

    Quote Originally Posted by WWBC View Post
    I see Big Game Archery in Abbotsford is advertising “red trail arrows”. Not much info on the web about them, I wonder if they’re any good.

    The gold tip Hunter was my go to before shooting the Vap’s. Great arrows
    I know a few people who have had good luck with Wayne's arrows. I wouldn't count them out either.

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    Re: Ideal Arrow diameter for hunting/ back yard shooting?

    I swear by Gold Tip ProHunters. Super durable and very consistent and straight. Pricey though...
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    Re: Ideal Arrow diameter for hunting/ back yard shooting?

    Thanks for the reply’s

    Thinking the GT hunters will be the arrow of choice. Probably drop down a spine and get some 100 grain Brass.
    inserts. Maybe 50 grain aluminum and build up weight with fact weights so I don’t end up under spined

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    Re: Ideal Arrow diameter for hunting/ back yard shooting?

    I’m trying the 5mm Easton axis arrows this year. From what I’ve read the smaller diameter is better in wind but you can still use regular sized heads etc. Apparently they are the most consistent out of the box for spine and weight.
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    Re: Ideal Arrow diameter for hunting/ back yard shooting?

    dont be hyped up on weight.
    Lighter weight usually means lighter spine.
    Shoot an arrow that is properly spined for the draw weight and broadhead/target tip you are using.
    I had a buddy thinking the way you are and it nearly cost him his left thumb and index finger as on release the arrow shattered and splinteed into his hand
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    Re: Ideal Arrow diameter for hunting/ back yard shooting?

    Quote Originally Posted by Blacktail View Post
    dont be hyped up on weight.
    Lighter weight usually means lighter spine.
    Shoot an arrow that is properly spined for the draw weight and broadhead/target tip you are using.
    Very good point.
    I’m shooting 340 spine right now with 100 grain points and they fly well. However, If I put 125 grain points in those same arrows the spine acts soft and arrow group poorly. Big difference a few grains can make. That would be scary to have an arrow explode on the string!

    If anything I’d want a heavier arrow ( 450 grains) still relatively good speed and a bit more momentum.

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    Re: Ideal Arrow diameter for hunting/ back yard shooting?

    I put together some Gold Tip Hunter XTs with 70gr inserts to add more FOC to my hunting arrows (500gr total weight). They seem more forgiving at longer ranges. I use the mobile version of OT2 for selecting the right spine. Penetration is really important. Speed is great but I think momentum has alot to offer in the penetration department.

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