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    Arrow Building

    Who builds their own arrows and to what degree do you build them?

    I haven't been bowhunting that long, but I would like to start building and putting together all of my arrows rather than buying two packs of six that are already done for me or paying someone to do them (hopefully) the way I want them done. I have been custom reloading rounds for all of my rifles for several years now and would like to do the same sort of thing with my bow. Is there any cost savings to doing it yourself? Does it help with accuracy that much? What are the positives of doing it yourself? How picky are you with weight of an arrow (both the weight tolerance of the arrow itself and when all of the components are added... +\- 5 grains or something like that)?

    Last, does anyone have any updates on how the "deep 6" style arrows and components are holding up out there? I believe in the idea, but I'm not sure if I'm completely convinced of them being sturdy enough. I have heard stories of the tips breaking off if shot at an angle.
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    I've been building my own arrows for a couple years. I am very picky about my arrows and don't trust any one else to build them. When I do them I know they are done right and up to my own standards. You don't really save to much money but you can definitely do it 10x better than the guys at big box stores who just cut them quickly and throw the inserts in. If you have any questions about it feel free to pm me.


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    I think it's more a matter of pride in doing something for yourself. The only thing I do is fletching. The reason being is that you would have to build many, many dozens of arrows to offset the cost of equipment and supplies. And after all that, the differences in quality would be minimal.
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    The difference in quality is huge. You will get much better broadhead flight out of an arrow that has been squared while the spine is marked and fletched accordingly. Not to mention most all factory fletching is straight which is not conducive to broadhead flight either. You can offset or put helical on self fletched vanes...


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    Quote Originally Posted by nvarcher View Post
    The difference in quality is huge. You will get much better broadhead flight out of an arrow that has been squared while the spine is marked and fletched accordingly. Not to mention most all factory fletching is straight which is not conducive to broadhead flight either. You can offset or put helical on self fletched vanes...


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    Also IMO, building your own arrows is all part of the bow hunting experience.

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    There's no doubt that with the right tools a guy can make a better arrow than you can buy. I just bought 2 dozen beman hunters from a guy on ebay for about 65/dozen. Pretty sure they're just cut and glued, but they look good and have 6 degree helical vanes in my choice of color. About the only thing left is squaring and spining, but the average archer probably wouldn't notice the difference at the range. I let somebody else make my rangefinders, boots, and bows, I guess they can make my arrows, too.
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    I have found many don't know how to build arrow correct. Maybe a good shop, but the box stores are garbage (my experiences).

    I highly recommend building them yourself if you see yourself shooting archery for a while.

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    Just start buying the equipment over time. You will be glad you did.


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    I want to start building my own also.

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    I do all of mine as well, on my traditional arrows I make the feathers too, from the turkeys my friends and I kill. The compound arrows I use Blazer vanes normally, though sometimes they get feathers too. I have a fair amount of money invested in equipment but I bought used stuff when I could and didn't buy everything at once. All you really need for carbon or aluminum arrows are a fletching jig and some way to cut the shafts.

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