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rbell420
11-21-2011, 07:11 AM
Decided to keep my 2009 Firehawk rather than sell it to buy a Mathews Z7. Dropping it off Friday for a tune-up. Also going to have the poundage turned down to 53lbs. Here is the question. By dropping down draw weight should I consider going to an 85 gr. broadhead/field tip from 100 gr.? Also, should I be looking at a lighter shaft? Currently using Beman 400s. Thanks.:confused:

96xjclassic
11-21-2011, 07:32 AM
I just had my draw weight turned up to 55 lbs. And the Beman 400's were what was recommendation for me.

elkslayer4x5
11-21-2011, 08:13 AM
It all depends upon your draw length. I've shot Beman Bowhunters 400's at 29" ( back of insert to bottom of nock grove ) at 63#s, with great flight. If you cut them shorter than that, they will have stiffer spine, needing more draw weight. Here's the Beman shaft selector. :)

http://www.beman.com/products/shaft-selector

rbell420
11-21-2011, 08:16 AM
I just had my draw weight turned up to 55 lbs. And the Beman 400's were what was recommendation for me.

Guessing you shoot a 45-60# bow? What size broadheads do you use?

HawgEnvy
11-21-2011, 11:28 AM
I shoot 400 spines out of a 70# binary cam bow w laser like flight @ 28" DL,26.75" arrow length and 100gr tips

bowgramp59
11-21-2011, 12:58 PM
i would stay with the 100 grain broadheads and field tips, i have gone down to 45 lbs. from 60 lbs when i had shoulder replacment , just kept on useing the same arrows. shoot them if they shoot good stay with what you got.

96xjclassic
11-21-2011, 02:03 PM
Guessing you shoot a 45-60# bow? What size broadheads do you use?

Good guess. Exactly right. Bow tech at local hunting shop recommends 100 grain. I have yet to fire any bh's though.

rbell420
11-22-2011, 04:30 PM
i would stay with the 100 grain broadheads and field tips, i have gone down to 45 lbs. from 60 lbs when i had shoulder replacment , just kept on useing the same arrows. shoot them if they shoot good stay with what you got.

Thanks. I'll give them a try once the poundage is cranked down a bit. Shoulder problems here as well.

rbell420
11-22-2011, 04:33 PM
Good guess. Exactly right. Bow tech at local hunting shop recommends 100 grain. I have yet to fire any bh's though.

Thanks. I just figured in order to maintain the arrow speed, I should shoot a lighter total grain arrow to offset the lower poundage.

elkslayer4x5
11-23-2011, 05:03 AM
Thanks. I just figured in order to maintain the arrow speed, I should shoot a lighter total grain arrow to offset the lower poundage.

You could switch to Gateway Rayzrs, which weigh 1.4 grns each or 4.2 for all 3 instead of ( for instance ) Blazers which weigh a total of 18 grns, a weight saving of 13.8 grns, that would lower your total arrow weight by almost 29 grns, also increase your FOC. Just another thought.

rbell420
11-23-2011, 10:57 AM
You could switch to Gateway Rayzrs, which weigh 1.4 grns each or 4.2 for all 3 instead of ( for instance ) Blazers which weigh a total of 18 grns, a weight saving of 13.8 grns, that would lower your total arrow weight by almost 29 grns, also increase your FOC. Just another thought.

Thanks. Hadn't even considered it. Great idea.

elkslayer4x5
11-24-2011, 08:04 AM
Thanks. Hadn't even considered it. Great idea.

Well thanks, when you've been around as long as I have, you think of all sorts of things, and have always had a fondness for feathers, Nothing will stabilize an arrow quite as well. Maybe fobs, but just too space age for me. What can I say, I'm an old geezer. :)