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    • Etter1
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      Okay, last question about my new bow. I promise!

      I’ve got her shooting great with field points and big big broadheads.

      I don’t know what the actual draw weight is but it says 57lbs at 28 inches. I shoot at 26 inches.

      My arrows at this point are 28″ 5575 gold tips. I’m shooting a standard insert of 12 grains or so and 170-190 grain heads.

      This puts my total arrow weight around 450-460 grains before feathers, which I can’t imagine weigh very much.

      I’m not concerned about penetration, as my lighter bows have been shooting lighter arrows than these and just zipping through deer and pigs. My only concern is: Will shooting an arrow of this weight be harmful to the bow? I can’t imagine, because a lot of guys shooting compounds shoot a lot more weight and a much lighter arrow. Just wanted to make sure.

      She’s shooting big 2″ broadheads like field points at this point and every arrow just spirals right in there! Love this bow!

    • Wexbow
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      Etter1 wrote: I don’t know what the actual draw weight is but it says 57lbs at 28 inches. I shoot at 26 inches.

      Etter, do you have a luggage or fishing scales? You know the type with the spring loaded gauge. As long as it reads over 60lb you can use it to get a pretty good estimate of draw weight at your draw length without having to have a bow scale. Just a thought if you have one lying around. I’ve done this and it really helped when getting proper spined arrows. Good luck!

    • Etter1
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      Wexbow wrote: [quote=Etter1]I don’t know what the actual draw weight is but it says 57lbs at 28 inches. I shoot at 26 inches.

      Etter, do you have a luggage or fishing scales? You know the type with the spring loaded gauge. As long as it reads over 60lb you can use it to get a pretty good estimate of draw weight at your draw length without having to have a bow scale. Just a thought if you have one lying around. I’ve done this and it really helped when getting proper spined arrows. Good luck!

      I have fishing scales but they only go to 50lbs. I don’t think I’ll catch a striper bigger than that. If I do, I’m sorry, but he’s getting killed and I can weigh him at the tackle shop.:D

    • Alexandre Bugnon
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      Since your draw length is 26, then you are pulling 51-52#. time 8, that’s 416gr. It’s the minimum weight arrow BW says you should shoot. So you’re cool, I’d say.

    • Etter1
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      I’m gonna go up to 7595s. Just don’t feel right about shooting at the bottom of the recommendations.

    • Alexandre Bugnon
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      Good. Although 8gr per pound is minimum, 10 is the norm I think. Mine are always 11 and 1/2 to 12gr.

    • Etter1
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      AlexBugnon wrote: Good. Although 8gr per pound is minimum, 10 is the norm I think. Mine are always 11 and 1/2 to 12gr.

      Again, I’m not concerned for hunting, as this bow hits a lot harder and still has heavier arrows than my other bows, but I can’t risk hurting it. Just love it too much!:D

      Thanks for all the info guys!

    • Alexandre Bugnon
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      Sorry Etter, I should have bothered to read your initial post to the end. My impatience! 😀 I thought you were talking about hunting weight. good luck with that great bow! Alex

    • Etter1
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      AlexBugnon wrote: Sorry Etter, I should have bothered to read your initial post to the end. My impatience! 😀 I thought you were talking about hunting weight. good luck with that great bow! Alex

      No, at the ranges I shoot deer, I’m not concerned. Last year I shot 5 arrows through big game animals. Most were with a 50lbs at 28inches bow that I draw to 26 inches. I was shooting 30″ 3555s with standard inserts and 170-190 gr broadheads that were 2″ wide.

      Sharpen em right and they’ll go through like butter!

      I never would have believed just how deadly traditional bows really are.

    • Jason Wesbrock
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      Alex is absolutely correct about the gpp. Your current arrows should be somewhere between 8 and 9 gpp, which with a 26″ draw length, shouldn’t even begin to approach causing a problem. I’ve shot wood bows with that gpp at my 32″ draw length and never had a problem. Truth be known, with your success thus far, I wouldn’t change a thing.

    • Etter1
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      Thanks for the help guys. I did end up biting the bullet and ordering a dozen 7595 blems.

      It’s pretty amazing the difference in speed between a 28″ 5575 and a 32″7595. It’s a lot slower now, but it’s also much quieter and penetrates deeper into the target. In the long run, they’ll be better for hunting. I don’t see myself shooting past 15 yards anyway so the difference in speed is negligible.

      I figured with this setup, I could always take on much bigger game too and some of the bears we’ll be after in september could be up to 600lbs.

    • BuckyT
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      Etter1 wrote: Thanks for the help guys. I did end up biting the bullet and ordering a dozen 7595 blems.

      It’s pretty amazing the difference in speed between a 28″ 5575 and a 32″7595. It’s a lot slower now, but it’s also much quieter and penetrates deeper into the target. In the long run, they’ll be better for hunting. I don’t see myself shooting past 15 yards anyway so the difference in speed is negligible.

      I figured with this setup, I could always take on much bigger game too and some of the bears we’ll be after in september could be up to 600lbs.

      Sounds like a great setup!

    • Etter1
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      Lackey,

      I even went as far as to bare shaft them.

      This is not the easiest task for somebody that doesn’t shoot groups at targets well and who fights target panic on every shot, but I learned what I needed to. Bottom line, it’s ready. Shot a couple tree sharks to make sure they could shoot the big heads and they flew great.

    • skifrk
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      Etter there used to be a standard that for most recurve and longbows that you go up or down by 3lbs for every inch you gain or lose in draw from 28#. For some bow makers this holds true. I have seen where it might be as low as 2.5 and one up to 3.25, so it is pretty close to 3 in my experience.

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