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    Not new to archery, but new to owning my own bow. I hope this question isn't too silly. What is the formula for selecting the propper arrow length when getting new arrows? I just bought a PSE Nova compound bow. The draw weight is set at 70, with a 28 inch draw length. There is no overdraw bar on the bow. For the now I will only be target shooting using feild tip arrows and using a release.

    Thanks in advance for your help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cloverwolf View Post
    Hi all.

    Not new to archery, but new to owning my own bow. I hope this question isn't too silly. What is the formula for selecting the propper arrow length when getting new arrows? I just bought a PSE Nova compound bow. The draw weight is set at 70, with a 28 inch draw length. There is no overdraw bar on the bow. For the now I will only be target shooting using feild tip arrows and using a release.

    Thanks in advance for your help.
    I like to leave about an inch of arrow length in front of the rest at full draw. Draw your bow with a full length arrow nocked and have a buddy mark the shaft about an inch in front of the rest with a sharpie...
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    Quote Originally Posted by bullfiddle View Post
    I like to leave about an inch of arrow length in front of the rest at full draw. Draw your bow with a full length arrow nocked and have a buddy mark the shaft about an inch in front of the rest with a sharpie...
    This is what I was gonna say...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bullfiddle View Post
    I like to leave about an inch of arrow length in front of the rest at full draw. Draw your bow with a full length arrow nocked and have a buddy mark the shaft about an inch in front of the rest with a sharpie...
    so what happens if its a 35/55 gold tip or a CX100??
    I cut things up and split them down!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cloverwolf View Post
    Hi all.

    Not new to archery, but new to owning my own bow. I hope this question isn't too silly. What is the formula for selecting the propper arrow length when getting new arrows? I just bought a PSE Nova compound bow. The draw weight is set at 70, with a 28 inch draw length. There is no overdraw bar on the bow. For the now I will only be target shooting using feild tip arrows and using a release.

    Thanks in advance for your help.


    we are gonna need some more info to properly set you up, bud.......

    string loop or no??

    what are you looking to spend on arrows??

    do you have a brand and model in mind??

    what ACTUAL pounds will you be shooting it at??

    did you verify the weight on a scale??

    what point weight?

    what rest??

    are you thinking about hunting at some point or no??

    alluminum or carbon??

    do you want fat shafts or normal sized shafts??

    answer some of these and then we can better help you select a shaft and length they will need to be.......to get your equipment shooting the best that it can.......
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    Quote Originally Posted by BUNNYMAN View Post
    so what happens if its a 35/55 gold tip or a CX100??
    Nobody shoots those arrows but you........
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    Quote Originally Posted by bullfiddle View Post
    Nobody shoots those arrows but you........
    thats besides the point.......now, are you gonna try and help him/her......
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    Here's the Easton shaft selector link just plug in your numbers and it will give you a good start.... http://www.eastonarchery.com/products/selection-target
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    Quote Originally Posted by BUNNYMAN View Post
    we are gonna need some more info to properly set you up, bud.......

    string loop or no??

    what are you looking to spend on arrows??

    do you have a brand and model in mind??

    what ACTUAL pounds will you be shooting it at??

    did you verify the weight on a scale??

    what point weight?

    what rest??

    are you thinking about hunting at some point or no??

    alluminum or carbon??

    do you want fat shafts or normal sized shafts??

    answer some of these and then we can better help you select a shaft and length they will need to be.......to get your equipment shooting the best that it can.......
    Hmmmm... Ok, here goes.

    No sting loop

    Well since for the now I am only target shooting I don't need the most expensive arrows in the world, but I dco want ones that are durable enough to last a while. I'd say mid range price should do it.

    Brand or model doesn't matter to me.

    I'd like to start training shooting at 60 LBS.

    I have not verified the weight on a scale.

    I have no idea about point weight. What would you suggest for the bow I described? Target shooting outdoors.

    Arrow rest is a quick tune arrow rest.

    I'll think about hunting when I'm good enough with my bow that I am confident I can take down my "prey" as quickly and painlessly as possible.

    Alluminum or Carbon? Again, I'm open to suggestion for outdoor target shooting.

    I'd prefer normal size shafts.

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    First of all welcome to the site


    I would highly recommend using a loop on your string as your are using a release. It will save wear and tear on the string.

    I would also recommend using carbon shafts.

    Figure out what you want to spend on the arrows. Go to a Pro shop and have them check the poundage (Draw Weight) and draw length of your bow. Then have them mark the arrow while you are at full draw. Most shops have an arrow that is marked similiar to a yardstick that they use. I like leaving appx an inch beyond my rest. I would also suggest using 100 gr tips on the arrows. The spline and arrow weight selection will be based on the above measurements and the correct spline is VERY important. I cannot emphasis enough that the correct arrow is very important and if not correct can be dangerous to you and your bow.



    My best advice I can give ANYONE starting out is to go to a reputable Pro Shop and make sure that the bow is properly fitted to you (Draw length, Draw weight, Arrow length,weight and spllne etc). An improper set up bow will decrease your enjoyment, decrease your abilities and INCREASE the possible dangers. It isn't that expensive. I would stay away from your bulk stores such as cabelas, bas pro etc as they mean well but aren't always the most knowlegable.

    Also I would suggest going to Huntersfriend.com and read in their "tech Help" section. It will explain many things about arrow selection, draw weights etc.

    Good luck and keep shooting.
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    Just in case you don't know, arrow length must be known before the proper spine can be chosen prior to buying the arrows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J.Blay View Post
    Just in case you don't know, arrow length must be known before the proper spine can be chosen prior to buying the arrows.
    Just so you know.......NO IT DOES NOT.....

    come out of the dark ages and stop cutting your arrows off an inch beyond the rest
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    Quote Originally Posted by MoSkeeter0311 View Post
    First of all welcome to the site


    I would highly recommend using a loop on your string as your are using a release. It will save wear and tear on the string.

    I would also recommend using carbon shafts.

    Figure out what you want to spend on the arrows. Go to a Pro shop and have them check the poundage (Draw Weight) and draw length of your bow. Then have them mark the arrow while you are at full draw. Most shops have an arrow that is marked similiar to a yardstick that they use. I like leaving appx an inch beyond my rest. I would also suggest using 100 gr tips on the arrows. The spline and arrow weight selection will be based on the above measurements and the correct spline is VERY important. I cannot emphasis enough that the correct arrow is very important and if not correct can be dangerous to you and your bow.



    My best advice I can give ANYONE starting out is to go to a reputable Pro Shop and make sure that the bow is properly fitted to you (Draw length, Draw weight, Arrow length,weight and spllne etc). An improper set up bow will decrease your enjoyment, decrease your abilities and INCREASE the possible dangers. It isn't that expensive. I would stay away from your bulk stores such as cabelas, bas pro etc as they mean well but aren't always the most knowlegable.

    Also I would suggest going to Huntersfriend.com and read in their "tech Help" section. It will explain many things about arrow selection, draw weights etc.

    Good luck and keep shooting.

    its not SPLINE by the way, just so you know.......
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    Cloverwolf, PM incoming.......I will run the numbers for tomorow and get you some, starting points.....
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    I decided to find you a few different shafts you could use at 27"........

    27' arrows
    100gr tips
    caliper release
    60lbs


    CX
    Terminator 45/60
    Maxima 250's
    Aramid KV 250's
    Nano Pro 400
    Nano XR 380

    Carbon Impact
    Fat Shaft XLT (NOT REALLY A FAT SHAFT) 6000

    Easton
    Axis 400
    Excel 400
    X10 Protour 380

    Gold Tip
    EXP hunter 55/75
    Ultralight Entrada 400
    Ted nugent ALL

    Victory
    V-Force 400


    If you pick a different shaft and size let me know, and I can run the numbers for you.....
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    Thanks for that list. I'll definately look into those to make my selection.

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