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    • David Coulter
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      Hi Folks,

      I’d bet this thread is redundant, so steer me as needed.

      Back a ways Steve Sr. posted a thread on fletching and EFOC. In it he put the link: http://tradgang.com/noncgi/ultimatebb.php?ubb=get_topic;f=1;t=057257;p=1 (copy and paste the entire link, please).

      It’s about finding the quietest fletching that’ll still do the job. That’s one long thread to be sure, but an interesting read. I was looking in the Ashby Library for a concise view of the findings and didn’t find it. Am I missing it somewhere?

      Thank you for all the work you guys do.

      Best, dwc

    • David Petersen
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      David — Poke around, not all that far back, for threads discussing A&A (Adcock and Ashby) fletching. They are short with abrupt rise from front to back and perpendicular backside, used mostly in conjunction with very high FOC. If you need full-sized feathers, like 5″, goose is the quietest I’ve used and somewhat naturally waterproof, but didn’t last long. I’m sorry I lack the memory to recall where every previous topic has been discussed here … I depend on Ms. Robin and all you younger fellers for that. Happy hunting (for the topic) …

    • Fletcher
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      If shape is what you are asking about, most of have found parabolics to be the quietest. Most feather noise seems to come from a flutter in tall or pointed sections of the feather. The A&A has a sharp rear point, but is reported to be very quiet as well, which may be the result of being 1/2 inch tall and still a fairly stiff feather.

    • David Coulter
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      Dave & Fletcher,

      Thanks for your notes. I’ll dig a little more. I’ve run across the info before and did a little testing myself. I cut some four and three inch shields to an A&A style and they flew great. I just got in some four inch parabolics to try, too.

      I don’t mind the digging and reading, I just wondered if there was a compilation of the information in the Ashby Library that I was missing.

      Also, is there a story in the archives about OL ?

    • Raymond Coffman
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      DWC–

      Did you see ? — go to Bows& trad equip in forums and look at

      A long look at fletching and efoc – by Steve Sr

      Scout

    • David Coulter
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      Hi Scout,

      Thanks. I’m taking another look at that thread. I’m starting at the top now. Much appreciated. dwc

    • Raymond Coffman
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      DWC –

      You bet -anytime

      there is another chat between Doc Ashby and I believe kingwouldbe about the AA,dont remember exactly where its at?

      PS/found it — coues kill –arrow set up, has more discussion near the end-

      Scout

    • David Coulter
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      Beauty, thanks. I’ll recheck that thread also. Maybe we can get Doc to put this all compiled in his library…. in his “spare time…”

      Hunting season is basically over here for me, so the fun continues in further refining my arrows. dwc

    • Troy Breeding
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      DWC,

      It will several more days before we hear from Ed. He has already headed north for the K’Zoo Expo. I got an e-mail from him this past Sunday stating that he would be out of touch for approx the next 12 days.

      Troy

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      I’d say that more so than parabolic vs. shield, it’s a matter of how tall the feather’s profile is. Taller shields are definitely noisier than lower profile ones, in my experience. I’m using 4″ shields and they are as quiet as any parabolics I’ve used. I think offset is also a factor to pay attention to.

    • David Coulter
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      Troy,

      Thanks for the note. I’m sure not asking Doc to do anything, as he’s already working his butt off for the like of me.

      Smithhammer, thanks for your input. I have 4 inch shields on now and some parabolics to try, too.

      Much appreciated. dwc

    • Squirrel Master
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      So, with all this exciting reading on FOC and disscusions on fletchings, I go to a-wonderin. How do all you fella’s put your feathers on your arrows? Are jigs used, if so, what kind (bitzenburger is the only one Im familiar with) or are ya’ll glueing by hand? Thnx. SM

    • David Coulter
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      Hey Squirrel,

      I’m using a BPE jig with a straight clamp and fletching tape. A drop of Beyond Bond up front and to the rear to keep it in place and you’re good. I’m too impatient for glue, not to mention I’d have it all over the place with my fumble fingers. I know there’s one guy on this site with a pretty good reputation that uses the most inexpensive jig out there with fine results. You just have to pick what you like and have some fun. dwc

    • skifrk
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      I don’t know if the jg I use is still made, but I like the Jo-Jan jigs I have mounted a little portable board I move around in the garage till when I need to use it.

    • David Coulter
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      My first jig was a jo-jan and it worked just fine. It was a multi-spot jig that I didn’t have use for, as I use tape instead of glue. dwc

    • David Petersen
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      I use an el cheapo Bohning plasti jig that can be adjust for feather angle or helical, and 3 or 4 feathers. Had it forever and it seems bulletproof. Just one feather at a time, but I rather enjoy stringing out the fletching process between other stuff that’s going on.

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      I’ve been using a Martin J8. Easy to use (3 or 4 fletch), easy to adjust for offset, and you can find them for <$50.

    • Squirrel Master
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      😆 Awesome guys, thanks. Will all these jigs roll straight fletchings too?

    • David Coulter
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      Sure will. You just need to order the straight clamp when you buy the jig. dwc

    • kingwouldbe
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      DWC: Quietest Fletching?

      Answer, is Owl feathers 😯 sep, Fish & Game frowns on their use.

      A few lifetimes ago, I found a barn Owl that got hit on the side of the road, I pulled the wings off and made some arrows with them 3×5″ they was vary quit.

      Then I found out you cant use anything from a bird of pray, so, they went the way of the dodo bird.

      I would have to say the A&A fletching is the quietest so far, I might try and make some up say, maybe 3 or 4″ long but 1/4″ tall.

      That’s the fun of it, playing around finding new ways to skin the same cat.

      I will tell you that 90+% of the arches/bowhunters are so over fletched it’s not even funny.

      I shot a 3D shoot with no fletching, with a tuned arrow you don’t need them, why in the world would I shoot 5 1/2″ nanners, all I need for broadheads is enough to overcome my broadheads from trying to steer my arrow.

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    • David Coulter
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      That just might be the quietest of all. Nice shots, too. I just cut 4 inch parabolic to A&A 3 1/4 and mounted them a little farther back and used a turbulator 1/4 inch ahead. We’ll see how they fly. Thanks! dwc

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