Re: [SCA-Archery] New Toys & A Good Day
- Personally, i never liked the New woodchuck. I prefer the older version
from Horizon before being bought out that had the plastic type tubes that
you insert the shafts into to guide them to the correct angle and depth.
Same motor as the woodchuck, but doesn't have the long 5/15 degree taper
grooves. Mainly I don't like the way the woodchuck tapers down more than
it needs to. With my older Horizon I can taper the shaft right down to
where I want it and give myself a litte collar to but up my tip so that
there is no metal overhang onto the shaft to catch up on the retrieval of
arrows. Less target destruction from ripping, and almost 2 finger
retrievals. Now if I only hadn't lost my 23/64 sleeve.....
As for Blitzenberger Fletching jigs, I have a reacurring problem and I
would like some input. If I am shooting a set of arrows that consistantly
drifts to the left no matter if I shoot with the target style stance or
the Instinctive style stance, am I using too much of an angle on my
fletchings? It only seems to do this with the Helical fletching and
doesn't do this with the "straight" clamps. (They still have a little
helix to them) I'm not really shooting anything relativily fast, could it
just be that my bows don't have the speed to keep them from drifting
over? The bows I am shooting them out of are a 60# Fred Bear Takedown
and a 50# PSE Firebird, with my anchor point to the very front of my
lower jaw. Please nobody get on my case for porr form, I know I have
terrible form, but its consistant :) I am predominantly a rifleman
"The main problem is that we have about 3 dozen arrows and no 6 match.
My first goal
today was to get together the 11/32" shaft arrows and make them all the
length. Arrows from 28" to 31" all got whacked off at 27". I am not
match spine weights for these arrows, but at least having them all the
length is a good start."
Caedmon, where are you getting your shafts? Are these leftover shafts or
are they all bought as the same poundage package ie 35-40# shafts? I hope
your chopping them of after finishing them, I know the sealing process I
do for my open class shafts I waste about 2" on the tip end just to grip
the shaft for dipping in the sealant. If this is the case for you as
well, you'll end up with a nice set of 25 1/2" shafts at longest. Plenty
short for you I believe.
RT, known as Whelp :)
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- No advice from about the arrow drift, except maybe that the arrows are spined
too heavy/too light and are just bending funny on you, but since the straight
fletched arrows shoot straight, I don't know if that would be an issue.
As for the shafts, the loaner arrows that Erin and I have are
donated/found/mutts from 2 years of collecting extra arrows. I don't know their
spine weights. Oh, and I don't dip. I use steel wool or light sandpaper to
allow the fletch tape to grip something, then use paste wax to seal the shafts.
Did you happen to notice the arrows I shoot off my crossbow and longbow? They
are plain and undipped, no cresting. Just some paste wax to seal them from
wetness. So, as a result, I have the entire 27" of shafting left.
- Are you using the same size and cut feathers for your helical and your
straight fletches? I assume you are a right handed archer. In this case
I suspect that you have a slight pluck in your release. A right handed
archer who plucks on release will send the arrow to the left. The
helical fletch will have a tendency to spin the arrow faster and maintain
its attitude better. If it is slightly yawed on release (as from a
pluck) it will tend to fly in the direction of the yaw. The straight
fletching will tend to allow the arrow to follow the point better and
straighten in flight thus showing less tendency to travel to the left.
Try paper tuning your bow. With the paper about 5 feet in front of your
bow I suspect that you will find both skew to the left initially (the
fletching will pass to the right of the point)
You might try using a mix of 50-50 baby powder and corn starch on your
glove/tab to make it slicker and ease your release. Also make sure your
tab/glove is free of grease..
In service to the dream
Carolus von Eulenhorst
On Sun, 9 Mar 2003 14:59:28 -0600 robert1015@... writes:
> As for Blitzenberger Fletching jigs, I have a reacurring problem and
> would like some input. If I am shooting a set of arrows that
> drifts to the left no matter if I shoot with the target style stance
> the Instinctive style stance, am I using too much of an angle on my
> fletchings? It only seems to do this with the Helical fletching and
> doesn't do this with the "straight" clamps. (They still have a
> helix to them) I'm not really shooting anything relativily fast,
> could it
> just be that my bows don't have the speed to keep them from
> over? The bows I am shooting them out of are a 60# Fred Bear
> and a 50# PSE Firebird, with my anchor point to the very front of
> lower jaw. Please nobody get on my case for porr form, I know I
> terrible form, but its consistant :) I am predominantly a rifleman
> afterall :P
> RT, known as Whelp :)
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