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    • mojohand
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      Ok. SO I am finally ready to start making my own arrows. I have shot a few and think I know what I want. My question is this…If I want to make cedar arrows with feather fletching and L helical configuration, what jigs do you folks recommend. They seem to run form dirt cheap to really expensive. Which one’s work best for feathers Vs. plastic

    • Stephen Graf
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      There have been several threads on this topic, do a search on fletching jig and you will find them.

      There are as many opinions as there are jigs.

    • Patrick
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      mojohand wrote: Ok. SO I am finally ready to start making my own arrows. I have shot a few and think I know what I want. My question is this…If I want to make cedar arrows with feather fletching and L helical configuration, what jigs do you folks recommend. They seem to run form dirt cheap to really expensive. Which one’s work best for feathers Vs. plastic

      Do you really want left helical or just left wing? Personally, I prefer using a straight clamp, because:
      1. I can still put a mild helical on it if I want (I don’t want).
      2. If I ever want to fletch right wing feathers, I still can.

    • Sam S
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      I find the Cabela’s Arrow Fletcher is easy to use and alows your to Use. I now have three of them. I just bought one for $30 on ebay & also bought the other two on ebay for around the same price. I use them on wood, carbon & aluminum. I don’t find it does vanes (plastic) very well.
      From Cabela’s Our 3-Feather Fletcher is among the finest on the market. An innovative design allows you to complete one arrow every 15 minutes because all three feathers can be cemented at the same time. Our fletchers accept the largest-diameter aluminum arrows down to the narrowest carbons. An infinite number of feather angle choices results from an ingenious, easy-to-use adjustment at both the top and bottom of the fletcher. This precision-cast fletcher has indexed clamps for your convenience. Available in helical or straight models. Helical and straight clamps also are available. 😀

    • mojohand
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      Thanks for the help. The arrows I have been shooting have a L helical and the arrows fly very well from the bow. It seems better than the straight fletched. But I would like a jig that I could be flexible with…one that allows for straight, helical, slant, etc. Also one that could accomadate BOTH feathers and vanes.

    • Fletcher
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      I used to have one Bitzenburger jig, now I have 30. All you need to go from one style of fletching to the other is a different clamp. The Bitz has different nock indexers available, but if you start with a standard (or straight) you can cover it all. The BPE is probably the most adjustable I’ve used, but you still need different clamps for left and right helical.

    • makesmoosecry
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      i bought a Bitzenburger jig and it’s great! i got the right helical and use right wing (for no peticular reason cause it doesnt matter anyway),, so ive stripped old arrows and re-fletched them, bought new and fletched them.. fun to just change them up every once in a while, some i crest some i dont… but the jig itself is easy to use and does a PERFECT job..

    • LimbLover
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      If you are looking for something cheap – the Grayling puts a pretty wicked helical on an arrow but they also put a death grip on the fletching. You have to tweak it just right but they work great once you find a setting that works.

      I just switched to a JoJan I bought on clearance and I love it. The fact that the clamp depends on gravity to keep the feather on the arrow rather than a magnet is wonderful.

      Again, you have to tweak it to get it to work right.

    • Bigbearclaw
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      3 BITZ for years

    • rayborbon
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      I got 3 second hand Bitzenburger jigs from Suzanne St. Charles a few years ago. They served me fine.

    • RalphRalph
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      I’ve had a JO Jan for 35 yrs. + and I have never had a problem. I have it set like I like, left wing helical, and it works great for anything I fletch. The left wing helical, I’m right handed, is only because that is the way I was taught by the old timers back then and it works for me. I guess I’m saying that now that I’m an old timer……………… 😆
      Actually since I’m nearly 66, some of my ‘dear’ friends are calling me “older timer”.

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