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What is the minimum draw weight needed to kill a deer using a size 400 arrow and 100 grain broadhead?

Question by Alex Grimaudo. Uploaded on September 19, 2012

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from whitetailfreek wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

Check your state's regulations. I believe that in PA the minimum legal weight is 35 lbs.

As far as minimum weight there is a lot to figure in. Most of all is range to target. Sharpness of broadheads is also something to think about.

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from Sarge01 wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

WV dosen't have a min. draw weight. My Grandson has killed two deer, both at 20 yards, with a bow set on 36 pounds. He uses fixed broadheads. I don't know what size arrows or weight broadhead he uses.

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from buckhunter wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

40 lb minimum in Ohio.

A 400 spine with a 100 grain head makes for a very stiff arrow. Most likely will not shoot well out of a lower poundage bow. Might work well with a 55lb bow. Depends on your style of shooting.

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from chuckles wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

buckhunter is dead right. Check the charts for that arrow and see how it matches up with your bow's draw weight. Then check your state's regs for the minimum. Most states have them, WVA still does it the wild and wooly way:).

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from steve182 wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

I agree with buckhunter, that arrow weight is likely not right for the poundage. Most states have a 35 or 4o# minimum. The other posts also make good points. Shot placement, limited range, and sharp broadheads are key.

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from Savageshot wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

I think buckhunter right about draw weight on a 400 spine arrow, going to be around 50-55 lbs. And your should chose your head weight based on the arrows front of center. 100 gr. head may not be enough to be able to have consistant and accurate arrow flight especially at longer ranges. you need to find a comfortable draw weight for yourself you dont need to pull a bunch of weight to look "manly" then chose an arrow with a spine matching that weight, then find a tip weight that will give you a goof front of center.

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from Savageshot wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

*good front of center. once you have that find your effective range, this is where good sharp broadheads will come in and although you can shoot an arrow to 40 yards it doesn't mean that you can kill at that range. lower draw weights i would suggest fixed heads b/c they get better penetration, macanicals work best with high draw weights when theres enough extra energy to easily get the arrow to pass through.

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from hawndog wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

I dont know. but you are approaching this wrong. find the bow you want to shoot and then match right arrow for bow.

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from buck freak wrote 1 year 26 weeks ago

it is not the draw weight you should be looking for, it is the kinetic energy of your arrow. I would go to a bow shop or cabelas or something where they can set you up on a chronograph and check the energy. It will take at least 25 ft. lbs. to kill a deer clean.

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from whitetailfreek wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

Check your state's regulations. I believe that in PA the minimum legal weight is 35 lbs.

As far as minimum weight there is a lot to figure in. Most of all is range to target. Sharpness of broadheads is also something to think about.

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from Sarge01 wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

WV dosen't have a min. draw weight. My Grandson has killed two deer, both at 20 yards, with a bow set on 36 pounds. He uses fixed broadheads. I don't know what size arrows or weight broadhead he uses.

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from buckhunter wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

40 lb minimum in Ohio.

A 400 spine with a 100 grain head makes for a very stiff arrow. Most likely will not shoot well out of a lower poundage bow. Might work well with a 55lb bow. Depends on your style of shooting.

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from chuckles wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

buckhunter is dead right. Check the charts for that arrow and see how it matches up with your bow's draw weight. Then check your state's regs for the minimum. Most states have them, WVA still does it the wild and wooly way:).

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from steve182 wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

I agree with buckhunter, that arrow weight is likely not right for the poundage. Most states have a 35 or 4o# minimum. The other posts also make good points. Shot placement, limited range, and sharp broadheads are key.

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from Savageshot wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

I think buckhunter right about draw weight on a 400 spine arrow, going to be around 50-55 lbs. And your should chose your head weight based on the arrows front of center. 100 gr. head may not be enough to be able to have consistant and accurate arrow flight especially at longer ranges. you need to find a comfortable draw weight for yourself you dont need to pull a bunch of weight to look "manly" then chose an arrow with a spine matching that weight, then find a tip weight that will give you a goof front of center.

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from Savageshot wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

*good front of center. once you have that find your effective range, this is where good sharp broadheads will come in and although you can shoot an arrow to 40 yards it doesn't mean that you can kill at that range. lower draw weights i would suggest fixed heads b/c they get better penetration, macanicals work best with high draw weights when theres enough extra energy to easily get the arrow to pass through.

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from hawndog wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

I dont know. but you are approaching this wrong. find the bow you want to shoot and then match right arrow for bow.

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from buck freak wrote 1 year 26 weeks ago

it is not the draw weight you should be looking for, it is the kinetic energy of your arrow. I would go to a bow shop or cabelas or something where they can set you up on a chronograph and check the energy. It will take at least 25 ft. lbs. to kill a deer clean.

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