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    OK i just don't want to get to heavy of an arrow and have to slow of of an arrow. As long as i"m within 280 and 300 feet a second i'll be happy.

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    Thats a tough one for others to figure out. What bow are you shooting? Speed isn't everything. In fact I have a short draw length and my setup shoots right around 285 fps. I like that speed, instead of the pins being stacked one on top of the other my pins have a little spacing between them. I would rather have the right arrow/bow combo that shots great than a fast arrow/bow combo that doesn't shoot well at all. The best thing you can do is go to a archery shop and shoot a few different arrow field tip combinations.

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    OK i just don't want to get to heavy of an arrow and have to slow of of an arrow. As long as i"m within 280 and 300 feet a second i'll be happy.

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    Right now i am shooting a hoyt spyder turbo with a 3 pin black gold ascent.

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    I have had a pass through on elk everytime I have hit one broadside with my set up, and I shoot just regular Gold tip arrows. I shoot a 340 grain arrow with 100 grain slick tricks out of a 332 fps bow with a 30 inch draw. Granted, my actual speed is somewhere in the 305-310 range. I know my arrows are not as near as heavy as some, but my experience shows that I dont need any more weight. Plus, I like having the exra speed to keep my arrows from dropping as much further out. I would rather have a flat shooting arrow and be accurate as I can be...

    I wouldnt add too much weight that causes you to lose too much speed. Broadheads will affect your pentration just as much as adding weight in my humble opinion.

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    For elk this year i am using fmj 340, 474 grain @ 280 fps, i feel safer with a heavier arrow for elk.

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    I'm weighing in at 470. These things are blowing through targets.

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    I would have to agree that it is a good idea to lean on the heavy side on the arrow weight. Realistically how far are you going to shoot at a Elk? I hunted many years like others here with a turtle of a bow. I sighted that bow in just like I do the one I shoot now. If you know your yardage and If your bow is sighted in properly shooting a slow bow is really no different than shooting a fast bow. I really don't get the whole "I want to get 10 more fps out of my bow." discussions. It really doesn't make that huge of a difference. Light arrows have their own set of issues especially on big animals.
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    Realistically i don't plan on shooting much past 50 yards maybe 60 yards if everything is just right.

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    I am shooting a total weight of 440 grains with my Slick Trick 100 Magnum broad head. My brother is shooting a 370 grain weight arrow with same broad head. Last, year, he shot a big bull slightly quarterly away and got terrible penetration. Shoot seemed perfect, penetration terrible. I ended up shooting a big bull and got pass through penetration. His shot was 25 yards and my shot was 35 yards. I have no idea how fast my Mathews Swithcback is pushing the 440 grain areas. My brothers bow is new and smoking fast, but something went wrong, hit a rib maybe and he did not get adequate penetration. Year before last with my exact same setup, I got complete pass through on another big bull at 30 yards and hit a rib.

    Based on my experiences with elk, I prefer a little heavier arrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by COLORADO View Post
    Realistically i don't plan on shooting much past 50 yards maybe 60 yards if everything is just right.
    Don't worry about speed. I am around 270-280 with my rigs and that's with my 463 grain arrow. I could go heavier. Next year maybe I will bump up the foc a touch with a 125 head and put me at 490. All I care about is momentum and KE. Speed is the last thing to care about.
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