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Old 06-09-2012, 06:57 PM   #1
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When I shot today, I noticed a lot of my arrows were fish-tailing(wiggling horizontally at the rear) during flight. What causes this, and is it a problem? If it's a problem, how can I fix it?
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Old 06-10-2012, 03:38 AM   #2
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Several causes, although watching the arrow in flight can be deceiving.

Read Easton's Tuning Guide, it thoroughly covers this topic.

http://eastonarchery.com/img/downloa...ning_guide.pdf
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Old 06-10-2012, 05:30 AM   #3
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I agree with Praeger. No question it's a tuning issue. And yes it's important to get it fixed. It absolutely kills you on penetration, no matter how fast your bow is. Lots of things to consider depending on what kind of now you are shooting(single cam or binary cam). I can go into details if you are interested. Just let me know.


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I had this same problem. Most of the time it is a tuning issue. But with mine it was too stiff of an arrow. I did everything I could to get it in tune and it never changed. I used my shooting machine and it still wouldn't change. So I changed the arrows to less stiff ones. That solved the problem.


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I agree with Praeger. No question it's a tuning issue. And yes it's important to get it fixed. It absolutely kills you on penetration, no matter how fast your bow is. Lots of things to consider depending on what kind of now you are shooting(single cam or binary cam). I can go into details if you are interested. Just let me know.


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I'm not particularly worried about penetration, I'm a target shooter. As for tuning, I'm pretty limited. I'm shooting a bare recurve. I'd love some more details though, if you're willing.
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tell us a little about your set-up. what is the draw weight listed on your bow and what is your draw length, what spine arrow are you shooting, how long are they and what is your point weight.
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Also, what type of recurve. Not brand, but type. 1 piece wood bow, modern alloy riser with ILF limbs?, etc.
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#28, 26in draw takedown with wood riser and laminate limbs. I'm shooting 28" Beman hunter jr.'s, with 75 grain field tips. People are saying they're 500 spine and 7.2 gpi, but I can't find anything official.
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