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    Am looking at purchasing a new Alien Nitro bow and debating over 60# or 70#, what is approximate % drop in speed if I go with the 60#? My only use is hunting whitetail deer

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    You lose aprox 17 FPS from 70 to 60 pound

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    But that assumes you use the same arrows. If you maintain the ratio of arrow weight to draw weight it won't be nearly as much. Possibly as little as 3 fps. Even so, if you are just hunting deer where shots are within 30 yards or so that 17 fps won't mean much either. 60# is certainly enough to get pass throughs on deer. Heck. I've done it with 40# and a light 315 gr arrow. Just knowing this Iwas more careful picking my shots. Its' called self discipline and a narrow cut broadhead.
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    Ted Nugent shoots 53 pounds and hunts, deer, bear, elk, hogs and every thing else.

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    Go with the 60#er, your shoulder will thank you, you'll shoot better, and take more deer. As Barry said, with the proper sized arrow the speed diference is very small. The benifits of shooting a lighter weigth bow far outweigh what little speed you may possibily lose. By the way, welcome to the site!
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    I'm with the others above.! I hunt everything I can get a tag and the time for, I have 4 bows that I shoot all the time and only one is a 60#, the other three I shoot at 52-53#.

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    I am with the others I shoot 63lbs and could shoot less with no problem


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    X4 I see a lot of guy think that they have to shoot 70 lb bow but when your in the stand for hours and it's getting cold you will wish you had that 60 lb bow, most of today bow will shoot 290 fps+ at 60 lb with a 350 grain arrow with a 29 inch draw
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    I used to shoot 70lbs but backed down to 61lbs on my Onza and 49lbs on my cougar and my groups became tighter and more consistent then when I shot at 70lbs and my shoulder thanks me . Speed is an illusion being acurate is all that matters shot placement over speed any day.

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    SPEED ADJUSTMENT RULE OF THUMB

    2 fps / 1 # of draw weight
    10 fps / 1” of draw length
    1 fps / 3 grains of arrow weight
    1 fps / 3 grains of weight on the string

    Whitetail deer are not overly hard to put down. Few states have deer exceeding 200 pounds. Florida, a 110 buck is consider pretty good size and Texas is almost the same. Illinois and Iowa do produce some heavy weights, but not what you call of the norm, 250 to 300 pounds and over. My largest went over 310 pounds. Last year I took a 11 pointer that weighed 250 pounds. I'll have to look, but I think I had my bow set to either 55 or 58 pounds and got a complete pass through at a measured 28 yards. Now, fast as bows are today, the average kill distance still remains at 19 yards.
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