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    As I have posted before I am interested in getting in to some competition shoots. As of right now I use Easton Full Metal Jacket arrows which are some of the smallest diameter arrows I have ever shot with. I have ran in to some guys at the local archery range from time to time and noticed that they are shooting quite large aluminum arrows. So my question is why do they use such large arrows? Also I noticed they will have almost 3' long stabilizers on their bows why is that? In my opinion it looks quite goofy having such a long stabilizer but hey then again my knowledge of competition shooting is almost nonexistent. Thanks again for the help guys it is much appreciated.

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    Smile response 2 question about arrows& stabilizers

    Hey, most archers are shooting either the most popular carbon arrows or aluminum mainly. Some shoot small diameter arrows but most folks are set up with a weight of arrow to draw weight of bow.Its a matter of rest on the bow also. The reason they shoot long stabilizer bars is for greater balance and control which equals greater accuracy for more of a steady shot. that's why u see Olympic style shooters allow the entire bow to rotate forward like its falling forward or a follow through after they release the arrow. In my opinion when you see a archer who's using a regular size stabilizer and allowing his or her bow to rotate forward like an Olympic shooter its just nonsense! The weight is so forward on the 2'-3' stabilizers its natural for the bow 2 rotate forward but not on regular sized stabilizers.If you have never tried a half dozen gold tip carbon arrows they are super tough and extremely accurate for half the price depending on the specific model or line of arrow. Hope some of this helped a little? Quicksilver34SS-343fps, Winchester 2013, 74lb. draw, qad rest, archers choice truglo range rover single pin adjustable sight, apex quiver, g5 meta peep, truball release, gold tip carbon devastator arrows 340's, At 125 yards bow shoots 12" arrow groups all day! killed over 100plus deer w/ archery bows, its a deer paradise in northeast of country.

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    The larger diameter shafts are sometimes called line cutters. Often a larger diameter will get you rubbed up against a line for the higher score where the smaller diameter will just miss it.

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    Lighter arrow shafts are faster but you need to be sure the arrows are suitable for your draw weight. I prefer arrow of 60 lb or less draw weight. If you want bow up to 70 lbs then you need to use different arrows. It is ery important to follow safety rules during shooting.
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    Let me touch on the long stabilizer issue if I may. A tight rope walker looks funny and ungainly with a 20' pole dangling from his hands, but he knows it allows for better balance and control to keep him from falling. Long stabilizers on a bow do the same thing, assuming the right length and weight on the end.

    They serve another purpose, too, and that is adding mass weight to a bow to make it heavier and less apt to move around. This is why many people add back weights, too. They add weight and counter the weight on the front of the bow and when angled correctly (by feel) counter balance the weight of a sight or other accessories.

    It's all about weight, balance, and stability.
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    when I was shooting competition I was using Easton1814s and 1816s X7s with one of those 3ft stabilizers with my old PSE Citation, Hunting I'd use 2216 Easton gamegetters and port orford cedar shafts, Always bought bare shafts and fletched my own ether plastic vanes or feathers

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    In competitions the main objective is accuracy and shot to shot repeatability. Fat shaft arrows are as mentioned, more likely to get you a higher score if your accuracy is off a tad but they also have a higher drag coefficient. If you are shooting circle targets or field archery you will see more quivers loaded with 10x arrows (small diameter) since it is possible to pack more of them into the 10 ring. Stabilizers are for setting up the balance of the bow with as little movement and vibration both during and after the shot as possible, hence the long (up to 40") shafts on the forward rod. Weights are added to the end so the hold is steady, back weights counter the shooters tendencies for canting the bow to the left or right and also aid in overall balance and shot dampening. You will almost never see a field shooter let the bow drop the way an Olympic shooter will. This is simply because more of the field shooters use compound bows, which just don't recoil (rebound) as much after the shot.
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