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    • Stephen Graf
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      So when I practice, I usually just use one arrow. I shoot it, retrieve it, and shoot again. About half the time, I’ll also bring my bare shaft along and shoot 2 arrow groups just to see if things are staying in tune.

      And here’s the thing that needs ‘splainin. I would say that about 9 out of 10 times, my bare shaft ends up closer to the mark than the feathered shaft.

      I figured it must be the feathers hitting the shelf or something. I’ve tried putting the cock feather in every degree around the clock, and different length feathers, etc. There is no wear on the feathers indicating contact.

      I Don’t really think of it as a problem, just a curiosity that has persisted across the years and bows.

      Any ideas?

    • jpcjpc
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      Never heard bare shafts more accurate than arrows with feathers , never saw bare shafts for competition or bowhunting

      So, why not to look at this problem from the other side ?

      I mean have a close look at what can be wrong with the way you set feathers on your shafts

    • Jason Wesbrock
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      Which arrow do you shoot first, the fletched one or the bare shaft?

    • Stephen Graf
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      Normally I shoot the feathered shaft first. But I switch it up enough to rule out a pattern. Doesn’t seem to matter which arrow I shoot first.

    • David Petersen
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      Do you shoot the same two arrows each time? Try it with half a dozen of each. Or strip the feathers from the feathered shaft and shoot it bare, and fletch the bare shaft. In other words, it could be something integral to the two shafts, feathers notwithstanding. It’s oddly gratifying that even a space engineer can have such a problem as this. 😛

    • RalphRalph
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      I wonder what’d happen if you bare shafted a rocket? Steve?:lol:

    • Stephen Graf
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      R2 wrote: I wonder what’d happen if you bare shafted a rocket? Steve?:lol:

      I’d probably go to jail if I did it in public 😯

    • Stephen Graf
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      David Petersen wrote: Do you shoot the same two arrows each time?…:P

      Yes and no. I use the same bare shaft, but I switch up the feathered shafts. It has happened to me over the years with different bows and arrows.

      David Petersen wrote: …It’s oddly gratifying that even a space engineer can have such a problem as this. 😛

      I don’t really see it as a problem since the arrows are mostly together acceptably close to the mark. It’s just that the bare shaft is usually the closer arrow. See how I did that? Sign of a good engineer. When in doubt, change the specs 8)

    • RalphRalph
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      I worked with lots of electrical engineers. They always blamed it on Vegas. Or R2:wink:

      Just curious but if you increase distance does the difference of impact increase?

      Might tell you something. Wouldn’t me tell anything though cause increasing distance spreads groups. Just an R2 thing :D…..

      R2+D=>G.

      I think probably R2 the variable in that formula.

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      R2 wrote:

      R2+D=>G.

    • Stephen Graf
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      R2 wrote: … Just curious but if you increase distance does the difference of impact increase?…

      That’s a good idea! Never thought to increase the distance past my effective range of 3 ft. I’ll give it a try and let you know how it goes, if I can find my arrows after I shoot 😕

      In truth, I’m not much good after 20 yds, and so don’t shoot long distances much. But I did shoot out to about 25 yds yesterday and the pattern didn’t hold up. Not sure what that means, other than I suck.

    • RalphRalph
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      Steve, maybe it’s just a clue that one arrow groups are the tightest. 😀 No matter the distance.:roll: Feathers or not. 😉

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