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Bruce Smithhammer
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eidsvolling wrote: What if you turned the arrow around and shot it back-assward? Wouldn’t that give you the best of both worlds?

Well, I know that sounds like a crazy idea, but I actually did try that as well. A few things that I found with this approach:

1) Since it was no longer an EAOC arrow, but the exact opposite, I had to re-adjust the nock or else I’d get a lot of nose-diving, even at close range. I know this “opposite of EAOC” approach can work as well, but I think it would be wise for me to save those experiments for another time, so that I don’t confuse my results.

2) Cutting a notch in the field point, in order to be able to place it on the string was problematic. I ended up splitting quite a few field points this way.

3) Plastic nocks aren’t durable enough for this ‘bass-ackward’ approach, in my limited experience so far. When they didn’t explode on impact, I would lose them in the target when I attempted to pull the arrow out. I’m thinking about approaching a few manufacturers with an idea for a new, much more durable nock for these kinds of setups. Fletching also seems to limit penetration.

I don’t expect this idea to gain a lot of acceptance, at least not yet. But I think it’s interesting to stretch the limits of what’s possible, and what has become clear to me is that a lot of it just comes down to properly tuning the arrow to the bow.