# Quick Answer: Do Heavier Arrows Fly Better?

## Is a heavier arrow better for hunting?

Heavy arrows penetrate better.

The first reason why it’s important to choose the best hunting arrow is because once an arrow leaves the string it ceases to be propelled.

That force has a greater effect on the faster arrow (see Newton’s Second Law of Motion) so it decelerates faster than the slower arrow..

## How heavy should my arrows be?

Overall Arrow Weights I think a good average hunting arrow should fall in the 6 to 8 grains per pound of bow weight, with lighter bows maybe even closer to 9 to 10 grains per pound. A typical 60-lb. bow should be in the 360- to 480-grain range, a 70-lb. bow in the 420- to 560-grain range.

## What happens if your arrows are too long?

Yes the longer the arrow generally the lighter the spine. … Yes the longer the arrow generally the lighter the spine. If the arrow spine is to stiff at the draw length of the bow leaving it longer can help match the spine to the draw weight of the bow. Adding a bigger heavier point to the arrow can do the same thing.

## How fast does a 40 lb bow shoot?

The nock attaches to the string and when you release the string, those 40 lbs are set free. The string launches the arrow forward and transfers the energy from the string to the arrow, which is now travelling at around 240+ fps. This is where the broadhead comes in.

## How do you tell how fast your bow shoots?

To calculate arrow speed, measure the distance in inches between the two groups of arrows you shot from 20 and 40 yards. Granted, this is not as accurate as a chronograph, but it’ll give you an idea. Once you have this figure, you can calculate the kinetic energy produced by your bow.

## Is a 60 lb bow enough for elk?

60 is plenty… there are 50 pound bows today that will deliver as much energy as old 70 pound compounds. No one questions shooting a 55 pound longbow with 500 grain arrows at elk, I certainly wouldn’t hesitate to shoot a 50 pound modern compound…

## What happens if your arrows are too lightly or heavily spined for your bow?

Every arrow shaft has a degree of stiffness called spine, which is its resistance to bending. … If your arrows are too lightly or heavily spined for your bow, the “archer’s paradox” movements will be extreme, resulting in poor arrow flight and loss of accuracy.

## Would a bulletproof vest stop an arrow?

Hard armor will stop it in it’s tracks. Soft armor IS CAPABLE of stopping an arrow, however it has to be a very slow traveling arrow or blunt pointed bolt. The armor that is stab resistant will stop arrows as well. It’s a meant for corrections officers, stab proof.

## Is a 600 grain arrow too heavy?

Arrows weighing 600-900 grains really aren’t necessary for compound shooters chasing deer and even elk-sized game. … Your bow will be noticeably quieter when shooting heavy arrows, but a rangefinder is vital to compensate for increased trajectory.

## How much does arrow weight affect speed?

1. Dropping your bow weight by 10 pounds will reduce your arrow speed 15-20 fps. Said in a slightly modified way based on our results, “You will lose approximately 20 fps for every 10 pounds of draw-weight reduction.” 2. For every inch you reduce your draw length, you will lose roughly 10 fps of arrow speed.

## How heavy should my arrow be for elk?

420 grainsFor elk, I recommend a finished arrow weight of 420 grains as a minimum for hunters drawing 60-70 pounds. Although bows are becoming more efficient and lower-poundage bows are capable of taking down big game, higher poundage will certainly help you on large game animals.

## Is a 350 grain arrow too light for hunting?

the lightest you can shoot is 5 grains per pound of draw weight… so as long as your above 350 grains shooting 70 lbs of draw weight your good to go!!!!!!!! I personally like to shoot the lights arrow I can get so I shoot as fast as I can shoot… increases accuracy and many good advantages to shooting fast!

## Are heavy arrows more accurate?

All factors remaining equal, heavy arrows always are more reliable, more durable, than lighter. … This has nothing to do with kinetic energy (a poor measure of arrow performance on game) but momentum (which leans more heavily on mass than velocity).

## What is considered a heavy hunting arrow?

There are basically three shaft weight categories: light, mid-weight, and heavy. … A mid-weight arrow weighs between 6.5 and 8 grains per pound of draw force (455 to 560 grains for a 70-pound bow) and a heavy arrow is anything weighing over 8 grains per pound of draw force (more than 560 grains).

## How long should my arrows be for a 29 inch draw?

While most people go for 27.5-inch arrow length for a 29-inch draw, a beginner would be happier with a longer arrow. While this offers less power, it is considerably easier to aim with.