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Old 09-16-2012, 09:21 PM   #1
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Hi, this is probably a stupid question and I apologize. I am learning to shoot and at first I had a very simple youth longbow so I could see if I liked archery. The fletchings were always aligned so the "odd" color pointed towards me. Right now I'm using a Hoyt Excel recurve with the default arrow rest (which is wicked flimsy, what's up with that?) But the arrows I have don't line up that way when they are loaded onto the bow. Does it matter since I now have an arrow rest, where my old bow did not? Mr. Howlindawgs, who is teaching me to shoot a bow but uses a compound bow with a whisker biscuit, (so it doesn't matter for him) doesn't know. I love this bow, I'm not very strong or good yet but it is WICKED FUN!!! Thank you.
P.S. I think it's even helping my running cause I put in extra mileage chasing lost arrows around the yard

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Old 09-17-2012, 08:52 PM   #2
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If your using feathers you can get away with almost any rest. They "give" better than vanes if there is a contact or spine issue. Recurves and longbows traditionally shoot odd vane out (to the left, for a righty) but I've seen little difference shooting off the shelf using the opposite, odd feather in. Some shoot odd feather up also. Arrow spine(stiffness) is a big factor in how the arrow clears the bow being shot w/out a release.
What rest are you using?
I think if the arrow spine is in the ballpark it won't make much difference as long as YOU are consistant.
Mr so-and-so's buiscut is suppose to be shot odd vane up if his buiscut is one of the newer ones with dark wiskers under the arrow.
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Old 09-17-2012, 09:50 PM   #3
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Thanks! I will pass it on to "Mr. Howlindawgs"
I was using the default rest that came with the bow but it is very flimsy so I just replaced it with a metal one that looks a little like a paper clip. The pro at the store I got the bow from managed to rearrange the notches so the odd feather points out but I don't see a ton of difference yet because I'm not very accurate yet because I have to build up my arm strength so my "pushing" arm (right arm for me, I'm one of those wierdo southpaws) doesn't shake!!
Thank you for your patience with a n00b
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Old 09-18-2012, 08:25 AM   #4
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The original whisker buiscuts had the same fibers all the way oround and he would be correct that it did'nt matter how you oriented the fletching. The newer ones have dark stiffer fibers to support the weight of the arrow at rest and the vanes should oriented to avoid going through that part, so odd fletch up.
Sounds like you have a wire rest. Are you using a plunger button with it or is it one that has the metalic bump-out on the side? Either works fine.
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Old 09-21-2012, 08:45 PM   #5
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I guess I have a bump-out, it looks like a paper clip lying flat and angled out. I'm afraid I don't know what a plunger button is...(blush) I have a different one ordered though, with this one the vane still drags along the riser and it deflects the arrow to the left. I've just about figured out how to correct for it though
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Arrows that are too weak, or too stiff can brush or bounce off the riser (youtube archers paradox) They can really get noodle like if too weak . Stiff arrows (for a righty)tend to hit left of where you aim or expect, and can slam the riser. What arrows and lenth are you using? And what fix are you talking about.
My appaulogies, welcome to 3dshoots to you and Mr Howlindawgs.Are the leaves turning up there already? (I have family in Brandon) Just the swamp (small leaf) maples here.
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