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How do you know what length(inches) arrows to shoot?

Question by bgreen902. Uploaded on August 18, 2009

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from mattreney wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

some bows have the suggested arrow length to use it not it depends on the length of the pull back

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from micropterus wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

My philosphy has always been this: When you knock an arrow and draw it back, the tip (broadhead or field point) should be about an inch away from the end of the arrow rest. If you use an arrow that is too long, you will get unwanted and unnecessary wobble upon release; too short--well then it just falls off the back of the rest when you draw it.

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from micropterus wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

or is it "nock"?

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from 2Poppa wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

Draw back an arrow that is longer than desired,and have someone stand to the side and mark the arrow an inch from your riser.

If a longer arrow is unavailable,have someone with a tape measure,measure from your "anchor point" to 1-inch in front of your riser.

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from weve_25 wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

Base it on your draw length and the type of arrow rest you are using.

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from 270WSM wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

It will depend on your draw length. Take yourr setup to an archery shop and they can help you. If you do not have a shop close by and are ordering the arrows yourself do as explained above by micropterus and draw your bow, have a friend measure from the string to the rest, then add 1/2 inch to the measurement. With broadhead or field point added to this it should give you the correct length. If you order the arrows order them arrow length only do not included the point length. I shoot carbon arrows and my arrow tip where the insert is, is approx. 1/4-3/8 of inch from my rest at full draw. You do not want the arrow the same length as the draw length or the tip will come in contact with the rest.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

I always suggest taking all your gear to a reputable bow shop. They will inspect and setup your equipment to your unique specifications. I have seen shooters with accuracy of “MOB” (Minute of (side of a)Barn”) size groups reduced to tack driving groups at 50 to 60 yards that would rival a rifle. And yes just a little minute adjustment can make all that difference!

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from bgreen902 wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

well the closest reputable bow shop to my house is about 30 minutes away. THere is one very close to my house but his prices are ridiculous and labor is xtremely expensive.

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from NYhunter wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

Bgreen902, it might be worth it to take it to the expensive shop , it's better than no shop. The season is almost here , times a wasting!!!

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from hjohn429 wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

Put the arrow on the string and draw the bow. Hve someone else mark the arrow about an inch infront of the far end of the arrow rest. This will be about the right length.

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from Del in KS wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

I'm with Clay on this. Take the bow to a proshop. They can measure your draw length and cut the arrows if needed. If you draw an arrow that is too short and try to shoot it you can put an arrow into you bow hand or cut your self pretty bad.

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from FishontheFly wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

Absolutely go to a bow shop or a sporting goods store that sells bows. They should be able to measure your draw length and let you know what the size of arrow that will suit you best. And they shouldn't charge you if you just ask them to measure.
Good Luck!

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from Edward J. Palumbo wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

When I was in retail, we had a simple accessory, an "arrow" with inch marks on the shaft. We simply asked the customer to come to full draw and read the inch mark on the shaft. These can be made with dowels from a hardware store.

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from RobinHood wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

Once you get the right length arrows from the tips above, be sure to tune your bow. There are plenty of free guides available online, and a great one written by Easton, to prevent you from having to spend your hard earned cash. Plus, it is always better to learn the fine tunings of your bow on your own in order to become an even better hunter. Best of luck buddy.

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from rudyglove27 wrote 3 years 37 weeks ago

Agreed with 2Poppa and + 1 for you sir!!!

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from 2Poppa wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

Draw back an arrow that is longer than desired,and have someone stand to the side and mark the arrow an inch from your riser.

If a longer arrow is unavailable,have someone with a tape measure,measure from your "anchor point" to 1-inch in front of your riser.

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from hjohn429 wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

Put the arrow on the string and draw the bow. Hve someone else mark the arrow about an inch infront of the far end of the arrow rest. This will be about the right length.

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from mattreney wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

some bows have the suggested arrow length to use it not it depends on the length of the pull back

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from micropterus wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

My philosphy has always been this: When you knock an arrow and draw it back, the tip (broadhead or field point) should be about an inch away from the end of the arrow rest. If you use an arrow that is too long, you will get unwanted and unnecessary wobble upon release; too short--well then it just falls off the back of the rest when you draw it.

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from micropterus wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

or is it "nock"?

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from weve_25 wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

Base it on your draw length and the type of arrow rest you are using.

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from 270WSM wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

It will depend on your draw length. Take yourr setup to an archery shop and they can help you. If you do not have a shop close by and are ordering the arrows yourself do as explained above by micropterus and draw your bow, have a friend measure from the string to the rest, then add 1/2 inch to the measurement. With broadhead or field point added to this it should give you the correct length. If you order the arrows order them arrow length only do not included the point length. I shoot carbon arrows and my arrow tip where the insert is, is approx. 1/4-3/8 of inch from my rest at full draw. You do not want the arrow the same length as the draw length or the tip will come in contact with the rest.

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from bgreen902 wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

well the closest reputable bow shop to my house is about 30 minutes away. THere is one very close to my house but his prices are ridiculous and labor is xtremely expensive.

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from NYhunter wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

Bgreen902, it might be worth it to take it to the expensive shop , it's better than no shop. The season is almost here , times a wasting!!!

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from FishontheFly wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

Absolutely go to a bow shop or a sporting goods store that sells bows. They should be able to measure your draw length and let you know what the size of arrow that will suit you best. And they shouldn't charge you if you just ask them to measure.
Good Luck!

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from Edward J. Palumbo wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

When I was in retail, we had a simple accessory, an "arrow" with inch marks on the shaft. We simply asked the customer to come to full draw and read the inch mark on the shaft. These can be made with dowels from a hardware store.

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from RobinHood wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

Once you get the right length arrows from the tips above, be sure to tune your bow. There are plenty of free guides available online, and a great one written by Easton, to prevent you from having to spend your hard earned cash. Plus, it is always better to learn the fine tunings of your bow on your own in order to become an even better hunter. Best of luck buddy.

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from rudyglove27 wrote 3 years 37 weeks ago

Agreed with 2Poppa and + 1 for you sir!!!

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from Del in KS wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

I'm with Clay on this. Take the bow to a proshop. They can measure your draw length and cut the arrows if needed. If you draw an arrow that is too short and try to shoot it you can put an arrow into you bow hand or cut your self pretty bad.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

I always suggest taking all your gear to a reputable bow shop. They will inspect and setup your equipment to your unique specifications. I have seen shooters with accuracy of “MOB” (Minute of (side of a)Barn”) size groups reduced to tack driving groups at 50 to 60 yards that would rival a rifle. And yes just a little minute adjustment can make all that difference!

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