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    • SteveMcD
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      Thinking of trying Hickory shafts for new arrows. But, I’d like to hear about both the positives and negatives first. Appreciate the feedback!!

    • David Petersen
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      Sir Steve — I think we had a thread on this recently, but of course I have no memory (a blessing in many ways) and rely on Robin for brain cells. I can say that the first clean pass-through shots I ever experienced on elk, and the first two elk (after killing at least a dozen before that with stickbow) I watched die within a few yards, were with the same hick shaft (recovered and used again) at 743 grains as I recall (2-blade head). These were very skinny shafts, not easy to warp but not easy to straighten. I may still have a couple. But since then I’ve proven to myself that a lighter shaft, 650 or slightly more, with EFoC gets even better penetration without the total weight, thus a bit flatter and faster, etc. So while I once praised hick shafts, in my own little bowhunting world I’ve gone beyond that, seeking 650 or so overall with as little of that as possible in the wood and as much as possible in the broadhead. But then, keep in mind that my whole world is designed around killing elk, and what works for me in that world may not be the best bet for others hunting deer, pigs, etc. But I think it’s safe to suggest that for most purposes hickory is more weight than it pays its own way for. dave

    • SteveMcD
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      Thanks, Dave! 8)

      P.S. please don’t call me Sir.. I work for a living too!:lol:

    • William Warren
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      I shoot 5/16″ hickory in my 45-50 pound bows. My complete arrows weigh 450 -500 gr. I use 3 fletch shield cut. Probably the straightening and the constant checking for straightness might be considered a con. I can put up with that for the toughness in all conditions. In addition to the polyurethane finish I wax mine with beeswax to make them easy to pull from my targets and further waterproof them. I think of them as my utility arrows. If I were a 3D shooter I would use another type of shaft for better consistency of wieght and spine but you might have to pick through the hickory shafts to get a consistent set.

    • Jason Wesbrock
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      Several years ago, Bob Mayo (owner of Ace Archery Tackle) and I took a break from squirrel hunting to do some stump shooting. He was using hickory arrows. If a more bomb-proof shaft exists, I haven’t seen it yet.

    • aeronut
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      I make and shoot them. Haven’t ever broken one yet.

      Dennis

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