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Making matched arrows
« on: August 31, 2017, 12:10:38 pm »
I'm trying to make matched arrows. I want the spine, weight and FOC to match. Is there a sequence of doing this so I don't keep going round in circles? Every time I correct one thing I seem to mess up something else.
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Offline jeffp51

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Re: Making matched arrows
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2017, 02:12:01 pm »
What tolerances are you willing to accept?  My experience is something has to give a little.   I make one arrow the way I want it then I sand down the next constantly measuring spine and weight.  I sand the mittle to reduce spine and the ends to reduce weight and maintain spine.  Like everything else, go slow and measure often.

What material are you working with?

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Re: Making matched arrows
« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2017, 02:40:21 pm »
I want to get it as close as I can. I'm just making three. Maybe I should have asked what tolerances are acceptable. I'm using bamboo. I'm finding the a boo shaft that weighs 300 grains can be anywhere from 30-50# spine.

When matching arrows does the length matter? Assuming of course that spine and weight etc. are the same. Put another way, if I have a matched set of arrows, will they all be the same length?
« Last Edit: August 31, 2017, 02:44:55 pm by DC »
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Re: Making matched arrows
« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2017, 02:48:03 pm »
Within 20 grains of each other.Within 5# of each other spine wise.With three I'm sure you can get them closer than that.Shooting 20 yards and under you won't see much diff elevation wise at all.I'm always told to put the stiff side of the bamboo shaft against the handle.
Sounds like a nice practice set.
When harvesting dogwoods from the same patch they usually always become the same length with matching spines and weight.When buying bamboo from other regions you don't know about unless assured from the sender I'm not sure they would be the same length.No one can know that except the arrow maker which is you.Generally I would say they would be.
When matching flight on arrows off the same bow length does'nt matter.As long as they hit where your looking with clean flight that's all that matters.
There are a few different types of shaft bamboo out there too.I always liked tonkin bamboo for arrow shafts.
« Last Edit: August 31, 2017, 06:12:17 pm by Beadman »
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Re: Making matched arrows
« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2017, 08:21:06 am »
I've never had an arrow hit where I'm looking. I look right at the little "X" in the ten ring and I've never hit it. Must be the arrows fault, eh ;D ;D ;D
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Re: Making matched arrows
« Reply #5 on: September 01, 2017, 03:05:36 pm »
Not even once???....lol.Might be operator error.I've run into that a time or two.
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Re: Making matched arrows
« Reply #6 on: September 01, 2017, 04:20:09 pm »
I did hit the "X" once but it was on the target beside the one I was aiming at :-[ :-[ :-[.
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Re: Making matched arrows
« Reply #7 on: September 01, 2017, 04:34:53 pm »
Here's my set. Bamboo garden stakes. 28" long. Tips are modified duplex nails. The spine/weight are 34/346, 36/347 and 34/342. I only made two arrows. I copied the third. I didn't have any contrasting color for the cock fletch so I bleached the rear corner of the cock fletch with beauty salon hair bleach. The one arrow has white fletching wraps because it's the one I copied and I never noticed the different color until I was editing the pictures. They shoot very well but still don't go quite where I'm looking. :D
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Re: Making matched arrows
« Reply #8 on: September 01, 2017, 05:06:34 pm »
Hey DC.... I really like those points .........just what did you do to those points I can't tell much from the pic's.
As far as hitting where your looking .....I've been making cane/boo arrows for a long time and I still can't get three hitting the same place at the same time....could be the arrow, the bow , the shooter who knows.... :)
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Re: Making matched arrows
« Reply #9 on: September 01, 2017, 05:31:33 pm »
Hey DC.... I really like those points .........just what did you do to those points I can't tell much from the pic's.
As far as hitting where your looking .....I've been making cane/boo arrows for a long time and I still can't get three hitting the same place at the same time....could be the arrow, the bow , the shooter who knows.... :)
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I cut the outside head off. I have some 3/8" round aluminum that I rifle drill slightly smaller than the shank of the nail. I cut 1/4" lengths of the aluminum and drive the nail into it. Then I turn them on my lathe. My first batch I put the aluminum on the outside but now I put it on the inside. Top pic is old way. I used old tips on the group of arrows because that's what was on the one I copied.
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Re: Making matched arrows
« Reply #10 on: September 01, 2017, 05:39:21 pm »
Looks good but I'd put a little more thread wrap around the end of the shaft. Just incase I hit any brick walls...:) :)
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Re: Making matched arrows
« Reply #11 on: September 01, 2017, 06:11:18 pm »
I use Kevlar thread and I cut a shallow groove in the shaft for it to sit in. There is more thread than it looks like and it's stronger thread. It's sorta flush with the surface so it pulls out of the target without a lot of fuss or noise.
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Re: Making matched arrows
« Reply #12 on: September 02, 2017, 07:11:55 am »
Very nice looking arrows.
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Re: Making matched arrows
« Reply #13 on: September 02, 2017, 09:10:01 am »
Not as nice as yours Ed :D
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Re: Making matched arrows
« Reply #14 on: September 02, 2017, 10:07:40 am »
Very nice DC, I'd say from those numbers they'd make a good consistent set.

What do your points weight?
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