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Offline DC

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Straightening Arrows
« on: November 24, 2017, 08:26:14 am »
I'm taking some minor bends out of some arrows. It just takes a very slight bend to straighten them, very slight. Just a slight push with the heel of my hand. What I'm wondering is if the first time I shoot them or pull them out of the target isn't there a very big chance of the bend coming back or of putting a new one in? Bamboo arrows if it matters.
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Offline Pat B

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Re: Straightening Arrows
« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2017, 12:39:48 pm »
Dc, do you temper the cane shafts after straightening? What I do is start at one end adding heat while rotating the shaft and move along the shaft to the other end then lay them flat to cool. I sometimes have to do a light straightening like you said and that usually helps keep them straight. Be careful when you reach the far end because of steam coming out that will scald you.
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Re: Straightening Arrows
« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2017, 01:15:14 pm »
Does tempering help normalise stresses?
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Offline jeffp51

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Re: Straightening Arrows
« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2017, 05:16:45 pm »
When I do that, all of the corrections I made come out-unless I continually straighten as I heat.  Burnishing with a steel screwdriver will take out those minor bends after a shot.

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« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2017, 06:34:11 pm »
For me it stabilizes the shaft. I do it with hardwood shoots too and sometimes add coloration for a camo effect.
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« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2017, 07:20:13 am »
I'll give that a try on the next batch. I've always been afraid that reheating them would take out all the heat  straightening I'd already done.
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Offline BowEd

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« Reply #6 on: November 25, 2017, 06:06:07 pm »
DC.....I've seen an over amount of moisture onto a heat straightened shaft bring it back to being crooked.
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Re: Straightening Arrows
« Reply #7 on: November 27, 2017, 08:04:05 am »
Yeah, that's kind of normal around here. The ground is usually wet from Nov-April and no matter how hard I try some arrows end up on the ground.
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