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Double S
11-21-2011, 11:15 AM
I just received my order from Louie at Gator Vanes. This is my first time using or fletching feathers. I was getting ready to glue them on when I found out my Favorite glue was all dried up. Anyways, I had some other glue lying around so I fletched a few up for testing to see which one will fly best with my setup. The Vanes come in 6 inch increments. You can cut it down to the size you like. I'm trying 3, 2 and 1. Pink and White feathers. Lou was great to chat with and very friendly. I'm gonna let the glue cure all day and try it out tomorrow if it doesn't snow. I wanted to share some pics with you folks first. once I find the best Combo, then I'll add my Battledrum arrow wraps.


http://i285.photobucket.com/albums/ll52/Northwest75/Starrlfight%20Fobs/Arrow%20Fletching/GatorvanesPinkandWhite3.jpg

http://i285.photobucket.com/albums/ll52/Northwest75/Starrlfight%20Fobs/Arrow%20Fletching/GatorvanesPinkandWhite5.jpg

http://i285.photobucket.com/albums/ll52/Northwest75/Starrlfight%20Fobs/Arrow%20Fletching/GatorvanesPinkandWhite7.jpg

http://i285.photobucket.com/albums/ll52/Northwest75/Starrlfight%20Fobs/Arrow%20Fletching/GatorvanesPinkandWhite1.jpg

Don B
11-21-2011, 11:23 AM
Simon,
They look awsome.
You might want to trim the single down to about 3/8" tall, I got my best flight at the hight.
Don..

Double S
11-21-2011, 11:38 AM
Simon,
They look awsome.
You might want to trim the single down to about 3/8" tall, I got my best flight at the hight.
Don..

Copy that Don. I'll give it a whirl tomorrow if it ain't wet out.

ElkSlayer
11-22-2011, 07:23 AM
looks cool let us know how they group as well as fly to the target....

Don B
11-22-2011, 07:31 AM
Simon,
Sue likes the color. She almost went with the pink and white, but went with pink and black instead.
Don.

ElkSlayer
11-22-2011, 07:39 AM
Don... how well do they group and whats the flight like...any noise... i have 5" shield cut gateways on for the recurve grouping and flight is great just a of noise..

Don B
11-22-2011, 07:48 AM
Don... how well do they group and whats the flight like...any noise... i have 5" shield cut gateways on for the recurve grouping and flight is great just a of noise..

For me they have always flown and grouped awsome. They are all my wife and I shoot.
They do have some noise, nothing I would worry about for hunting though. I have never had anything duck or jump the flething noise, just the twang of the string. My theroy is that by the time anything would hear the fletchings, the arrow would be going out the other side anyways. For me I cut the height dow from the standard 1/2" to 3/8". They don't drop out around 60 yards like the untrimmed do.
Don.

ElkSlayer
11-22-2011, 07:52 AM
good to know thanks Don, may have to give them a try on some new shafts, thats if i can find some more camo vapors 32" like i have now...

Don B
11-22-2011, 07:57 AM
I have shot all the Ca. State Championships, NFAA Southwest Sectionals and Vegas last year with Gators. Placed in the top 3 in all the shoots except Vegas, finished 16th there.
Needless to say I am a Gators fan.
Don.

Double S
11-22-2011, 08:05 AM
No go for trials today. 35-40 mph winds. :(

Don B
11-23-2011, 11:41 AM
Well????
Simon, get in any shooting today?
Don.

Double S
11-23-2011, 03:33 PM
Well????
Simon, get in any shooting today?
Don.

I was only able to take about a dozen shots this morning before i got ready for Thanksgiving feast. We are still having 35-40 mph winds. The winds are coming up from California...they say. Anyways, I shot the three different gators in groups. they always stayed in a 1 1/2 inch group even out to 40 yards. I was shooting off to the left. But I had bad winds. Not the best for trying out fletching. I did get a vane rub on one of them.

jnordwell
12-02-2011, 03:46 PM
those look cool... where can a guy get some??

Double S
12-02-2011, 05:47 PM
those look cool... where can a guy get some??

The contact info is on this page.
http://martinarchery.com/mtechforum/showthread.php?20111-Gator-Vanes-introduces-Gator-Feathers.&highlight=gator+vanes

gravedigger
12-02-2011, 05:47 PM
those look cool... where can a guy get some??

here ya go
http://martinarchery.com/mtechforum/showthread.php?20111-Gator-Vanes-introduces-Gator-Feathers.

MLN1963
12-02-2011, 06:24 PM
Simon is faster!

gravedigger
12-02-2011, 08:20 PM
Simon is faster!

ya well im younger.:p

elkslayer4x5
12-03-2011, 07:47 AM
ya well im younger.:p

And you live in Oregon, not further north east. :p
Don , how are you trimming these Gator vanes down, got a feather burner?
It's funny how we've almost come full circle, back to feathers. Heck, I began with full length feathers, pre cutting a 5" and two 3" fletch from each, or two 5 inch. Ah... the smell of burning feathers in the evening.....will get ya chased out to the garage. :D

Don B
12-03-2011, 07:56 AM
And you live in Oregon, not further north east. :p
Don , how are you trimming these Gator vanes down, got a feather burner?

No burner, I just use a pair of scissors to trim them down in hight, same for snipping them to length.
I like the way they fly better at 3/8" tall over the 1/2". Out to longer yardages they don't drop as bad. When I shoot them 1/2" tall I hold the tip of my arrow on the top edge of the target face at 50 yards, trimmed down I hold with the tip under the top edge of the target face.
Don.