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Ray from Auburn
09-29-2009, 01:14 AM
Just looking for some friendly thoughts on my setup. Have a 09 Bengal set at 50# with 29" draw. Shooting CX Maxima 250 (30") with 100gr Thunderheads. As close as I can figure my total arrow weight is 342.70grs. I also shoot with a Parker Trailblazer XP at around 53#, Mission Eliminator 54#, both of these at 29" draw. Am I a tad light on arrow weight? Do I need a weight forward arrow?

09-29-2009, 01:19 AM
That depends on the use of the arrow?

Your arrow is heavy enough to not void the warranty on any of those bows. If you want to hunt those arrow weight might be okay - depending on what game you want to shoot. If you are using a lighter arrow for hunting you will need to tune it perfect and you will be good to go.

A forward weighted arrow? Do i remember right when i think that those are the CX arrows? I do not think this is necessary.

Ray from Auburn
09-29-2009, 02:32 AM
strictly whitetail deer.

09-29-2009, 02:56 AM
Maybe you should add some weight to you arrow as this will make it easier for you to be successful. You could get a arrow in a 'heavier' spine and use a 125gr or even 150gr BH. This will give you some additional mass which will lead to a slighty hiher momentum and higher penetration.

But i still believe that your arrow will be good enough if everything is tuned properly.

09-29-2009, 06:26 AM
That's 6.85gr/#. That's in the 6-7gr/# range that I prefer for a compromise between mass and speed. I'd say use them.

09-29-2009, 08:43 AM
I shoot less grains per # than you and have no problems, you should have plenty of mass and speed to do the trick with whitetail, your not trying to shoot a water buffalo, I would not go up in weight at all.

09-29-2009, 08:53 AM
You most certainly could get away with that light of an arrow but I'd opp to go heavier. For me I like a min of 400 grains for whitetails, a little extra oomph in case of a hit with some bone.

Ray from Auburn
09-29-2009, 05:09 PM
thanks for your guys input, I think I'll keep it as is.

10-01-2009, 06:24 PM
I live out west, and have hunted everything from black tail deer to elk black bear, and even moose up north, and have never used over a 350gr arrow, and that was when i was using a 60#bow,now that I'm older I'm shooting 50#-53# bows I hunt deer with 305gr.and bear and elk with 330gr, and get pass thru every time,it's shot placement not arrow weight that counts,use a good broad head and put it in the right place.

Ray from Auburn
10-01-2009, 11:44 PM
I went to local Gander mtn and used chrono. I took my Parker Trailblazer this time and used the cx max 250 and got avg of 232fps. Had some Walmart cx terminator 4560s w/me and got a avg of 215fps. Hope to get out in the woods by next weekend. By what everyone says I think I'll be ok with this setup. I thought my Bengal had a peak of 60#, but apparently it's a 50# peak. I think I screwed up when ordering, I wanted a 60# peak set at 50#. Casualty of ordering on-line.