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#1 boyscout862 OFFLINE  

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Posted April 17, 2016 - 02:10 PM

I've been toying with practicing Archery in my backyard. I haven't shot since Boyscout Camp. I picked up a nice bow with some arrows but no string. Yesterday, on an impulse, I bought 4 dozen, new in the box, fiberglas arrows at the tractor swap meet(everything shows up there). My son thinks that they are too short at 33". What length should I be using? I have been looking for my box of spare strings(they were on clearance for $1 each so I bought an assortment years ago when my son was shooting with scouts). Thanks, Rick 

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Posted April 17, 2016 - 02:56 PM

   I am not a pro by any means but I think your draw length sets what your arrow length should be, if it is a compound bow then the draw length will be pre set in it and should match your own.


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Posted April 17, 2016 - 04:16 PM

You can determine your draw length roughly by placing the nock on your chest and extending your arms and place your fingertips together.  When shooting a recurve bow my draw length is 26 inches while anchoring at the corner of my mouth.

I am 5 ft 8 inches and around 150 lbs.

The arrow spine(flexibility) is determined by the draw weight of the bow.

There are archery sites that will explain all this better and have charts to guide you on draw length, arrow spine,string length, etc.

Edited by JD DANNELS, April 17, 2016 - 04:23 PM.

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Posted April 17, 2016 - 05:58 PM

Go to an actual archery shop. When I was shooting bows a decent amount I went to cabellas and they measured and cut me arrows to fit my draw lenght and sized to my bow.
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Posted April 18, 2016 - 11:37 AM

Your lucky i have no bow now brock the practice bow and im no longer left eye domanite

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Posted April 19, 2016 - 07:47 AM

What kind of bow do you have? Recurve or compound? If compound, do not attempt to shot those fiberglass arrows unless you want some of that fiberglass in your arm!

You can also measure your draw by using a length of string held in the crook of your thumb and pointer on your weak hand and then mock draw to your anchor point (I use the corner of my mouth). Measure the distant between the two.

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Posted August 09, 2016 - 07:26 PM

Arrows have a "spine". If they aren't strong enough for the draw weight of your bow, then at best you will shoot erratically. At worst, the arrow will shatter in front of your face.

Go to a bow shop and have them set you up properly for both the draw weight and your draw length. Draw length is affected by your rest, too.

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Posted August 09, 2016 - 07:49 PM

It has been said before (and this is an old thread)... go the a bow shop and get measured, and bring your bow. You didnt mention the brand of bow or the age. All the moving parts wear out and effect accuracy. A cheap bow will shoot like a cheap bow, no matter how much money you put in it.