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Old 07-18-2006, 06:06 PM   #1
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Question Are the arrows to light??

I have a 2006 Fred Bear Element i am not getting the speed i want and should be getting out of it, i am shooting beman ics 400 and want to go to the carbon revaloution arrows that weigh 6.2gpi. Will these damage my bow??

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Old 07-18-2006, 06:40 PM   #2
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We need a little more information.

Do you know the total weight of your arrows???

If not how long are the arrows and what weight of tips are you using???

What draw weight is your bow at???


Then maybe we can get you in the ball park.
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i shoot 63# at 29'' and have 85 grain tips but thinking about going to 100 grain
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Old 07-18-2006, 08:29 PM   #4
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Most of todays equipment will take almost anything you give them to shoot...that being said it will probably void any warrenty if you shoot arrows that are too lite for the set up.....what speed are you trying to reach????

If your trying to up your speed then I would not add the 15gr, by going from 85 to 100gr heads......
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i wouild like to have at least 275-290 i am only getting 252 now and am very dissapointed
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not real familier w/the Element, what are the rated speeds????

Shooting a Switchback 63lbs, 27", 323gr arrow I am getting 260.....
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70# at 30'' its rated at 305 i know i am not gonna get that fast out of 63# but i would like more than i have now
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What do you have on your string???? Peep, kisser, silencers,????
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Hmm, just looked it up and IBO is 302 FPS. on that bow..

Just to clarify, are you actually shooting a 29" arrow or is that your draw length? Because even if you're shooting a 29" arrow @ 6.2 GPI thats only 180 Grains.. Then add the 85 Gr. for the tip, and say about 30 Gr. for inserts, knock and fletching.. and that's still only 295 Gr. give or take.

At 63#, you would be under the 5 Gr./Lb. standard given by most bow manufacturers by about 20 Gr. with a 295 Gr. arrow and I wouldn't recommend shooting that light an arrow in that bow.

Now, if your draw length is 29" and you're shooting an arrow that is even shorter, then that would drop your arrow weight even more and that can be down right dangerous at that poundage. As far as speed goes, I used to shoot a 335 grain arrow @ 63# in my Rytera that's IBO rated at 305 FPS. and it would easily shoot 277 FPS @ 29" draw.

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You need to get your arrows weighed before shooting them anymore. By my calcualtions you are about 15-20 grains light. These new bows are extremely powerful and can blow an arrow to peices or the limbs,cams,or strings can explode and do alot of damage to the shooter of anyone around. Remember its all about having fun but we must always BE SAFE.
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Some very good advice here Yarddog, Take that bow to a shop and have it checked. I have seen the damage an arrow blowing up will do to someones arm. Believe me, it's not worth it.
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thank you to all who posted my question was answered i am not going to shoot these arrows however if any body has any seggustions on what arrow i could shoot and get more speed SAFELY that would be nice
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You could shoot the arrows that you wanted to shoot originally, but you just need to make sure that you don't break that 5 grain/lb. limit. Meaning that for every one pound of draw weight you shoot, your total arrow weight should weight at least 5 grains.

As as example, if you were shooting a 63# shooting weight then your total arrow weight (that includes shaft, insert, tip/broadhead, fletching, nock, etc...) would have to be at least 315 grains at the minimum.

63 X 5 grains = 315 grains total

If you need to shoot a specific arrow length, then you would have to drop your bow's peak weight accordingly. Say if you need to shoot a 26.5" arrow with 85 grain tip. Then it would be figured like this:

arrow shaft at 6.2 GPI would be: 26.5 X 6.2 GPI. = 164.3 grains
tip weight: 85 grains
misc. weight for all other parts (inserts, nock, fletching): approx. 30-40 grains

So, total approximate arrow weight would be:

164.3 + 85 + 40 = 289.3 grains

So, you divide that by the 5 grains per pound and you get:

289.3 / 5 = 57.86# or say 57 pounds max. (even though shooting about 5-10 grains under would be better) or say 55 pounds max.

Just plug in the numbers to get an idea, but it's always a good idea to actually weight your arrows once you get them built, just to know for sure.

Anyway, there are alot of factors that determine the ultimate arrow speed you'll achieve such as your draw length (the longer it is the easier it is to get a fast arrow), total arrow weight, and bow poundage.

Hope that didn't confuse you..
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ok another question on the same matter my grandpal shoots a '05 switchback "that will be mine by the end of the year" he shoots 65# at 28" he shoots carbon revaloution arrows that weigh 5.5gpi is that bad for the bow??
he is getting amazing speed out of it 309fps just wondering
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Hmm, I googled the Carbon Revolution shafts.. From what I can see on their website it appears that with their shafts you can shoot an underweight arrow and still be OK but I would have to research that a little bit more before I personally would feel comfortable with it.

309 FPS. @ 28" draw out of a SB at 65# sounds phenominal! That's blazin'!
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Ok, I went to AT and looked up what people have commented on the Carbon Revolution arrows and here is one thread:

Carbon Revolution

I don't know, I'm kind of in the camp of 5 grain/lb. mininum.. I don't think I would shoot an arrow that light out of my bow. But, to each his own.
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Old 07-20-2006, 07:59 PM   #17
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I would say Grandpa's bow is screaming for some relief. Do not know all the variables but I would guess he is about 25grains light. Your bow will appreciate it if you stay above the 5gpp minimum. I like to stay about 40 grains higher than the 5gpp minimum. To me speed is'nt that big a deal. Good luck and have grandpa's arrows weighed also.
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