My most important hunt of the year is fall black bear. Though rarely, they can top 500#, >400 is relatively common.All this info is great but we are just trying to kill a thin shinned whitetail aren’t we?
So the heavier shaft dropped 3” more?Here I just went out and shot the Excalibur Bulldog 360. Yesterday I shot twice with a 100 gr wicked trick broadhead 100grs. I tried to set the tape on the hole it made yesterday. The arrow that’s barking at 3” low I just shot. Same arrow other than I screwed on a FOC 170 gr broadhead. That’s a ballpark drop of about 23 fps.
If I want to hit my mark I need to know that the target was 50 yds and it was. Regardless of the difference in speed of my bow/arrow I needed to know that. Once the scope is sighted in with the arrows. Then the end result would be the same. I shoot the light arrow it hits the bull. I shoot the heavier arrow it hits the bull.
the question then is what one is more accurate. Over time shooting like I might hunt wind for example.
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Don’t know what you mean by more. But it dropped about 3” same arrow 100gr swat x mag vs 170 gr Foc.So the heavier shaft dropped 3” more?
It wasn't my goal to accomplish anything. Other than to show how much it really matters. Info to use.But what did you accomplish?
You're like ... about 90% of the hunters out there. Around here the guys are like about 1% of the hunters out there. They're good hunters, but not your normal hunter...lol Everything is figured, calculated and debated 8 ways to Sunday. They're "into" the minutia. And most of these guys are superb at the way they do things. For example, some like a heavy somewhat slower arrow and kill everything they shoot at. Some like a normal weight and faster arrow and they too kill with all their shots. The key is they understand the limitations of their setup. The thing that gets lost in most of these discussions is "all these crossbows are carrying exorbitant quantities of energy for killing a deer." "If you can hit it, you will kill it." Light fast arrow or slow powerful arrow are both zipping through the deer.Wow looks like I opened a can of worms! Honestly until I joined this website in Jan I never really gave a lot of thought to arrow weights. Maybe over thinking it. I have shot at least 25 deer over last few years since I started using a crossbow. Usually would shoot maybe 20-30 arrows just before season opened. I think getting the Fury peaked my interest about arrows and the impact on accuracy. I am strictly a hunter so I would be satisfied with groups that I am sure target shooters would not be.
Lots of good info has been provided much of it way over my head I just don't dig that deep into it. Just an old fart who loves to deer hunt.
And taking shots a deer at unknown ranges/distances. Is how you end up with wonded and lost animal's.The loss ... of "accuracy" is not at known ranges. The loss is at UNKNOWN ranges. As arrow weight and arc or trajectory increases, the envelope of Point Blank Range,(Kill Zone - or parameters of distance that a center hold will still be in the vitals) shrinks. For hypothetical example a 400gr/400fps arrow may stay in the vitals between 20-40 yards, whereas a 700gr/300fps arrow may only stay in the vitals between 20 & 30 yards. You lose 10 yards of sure kill zone. Therefore your range estimation becomes increasingly critical. More deer are wounded by incorrect range estimates than anything else. In the real world out in the field, with deer popping up all around and moving hither & yon, a hunter often has no opportunity to rangefinder it. We can see why faster and flatter is a huge benefit. Heck, 3/4 of the hunters out there probably don't even own a rangefinder! Remember "accuracy is the combination of equipment and shooter under the conditions he's working under." "Precision is simply the performance capability of the equipment." You can have a 1 MOA setup on the range off a bench on a balmy 70° day, and that expands to 6 MOA right before dark, sitting in a treestand with 15mph winds and snow blowing in your face.