Re: [SCA-Archery] Digest Number 1703
> Date: Wed, 11 Aug 2004 14:25:48 -0000Actually to start with, rule of thumb states 'start' at 15lb below bow weight. I did that on mine, and because
> From: "Cyan of Storvik" terry@...>
>Subject: A tip on longbow arrows
>To anyone new to the english longbow,
>I was informed this past weekend that english longbows (or any bow
>that has an off-set bridge from the, e.g. native american, saxon,
>mongol recurves etc.) should use arrows with a spine weight 5 to 10
>lbs. lighter then the bow's spine weight.
>I was always under the assumption that you should always use a spined
>arrow that is 5-10 lbs. OVER what the bow is rated at, and that you
>really can't go with too heavy a spine. But this was advice from
>modern hunting recurve and compound bow users.
>I have for weeks been shooting arrows that were 10-15# over the
>english bow weight going on this advice and experiencing dismal
>consistancy in accuracy, especially at the 30 & 40 yd ranges.
>After practice this weekend, I put the same arrows that I scored so
>poorly with in a bow that was 42lb. and my grouping increased
>drastically, even though the 42 was a great deal harder to bring to
>full draw and difficult to keep on a target point for more then a
>fraction of the time as the 30 lb. Also I was experiencing a bit of
>recoil (flinching on release from the heavier pull) the arrows were
>definately increasing in grouping...even at 30 and 40 yards, the
>grouping difference was amazing. At 40 yards I could repeatedly shoot
>2 dozen arrows and missed the target butt only 1 or 2 times out of 24
>This was actually the second time I loosed arrows from this 42# bow.
>The first time I tried it, I didn't understand picking a target sight
>and so was over-shooting the target like mad then. The first time I
>used it, I think I loosed about a dozen arrows before my shoulder had
>given out on me as well. So my experience with the bow was minimal.
>I realize this is probably common knowledge for most of you, but
>after purchasing 6 dozen arrows, I realize that my arrow selection
>was very poor and made a large impact on my accuracy. I hope this may
>help some other english bow users.
>P.S. I got my arrows from Teagus at Kingslayer Armory. Thanks Teagus.
>I've had a lot of positive comments from people on the quality of the
>arrows you've provided. (Shameless plug)
of all the other variables: physical weight, length, FOC (front of center) of the arrows...for my 60lb hickory
backed yew laminate, it likes to shoot 56-58 spined arrows, which is pretty close to the pull weight.
So it helps to have several different spine weight arrows to try.
I also shot bare shafted arrows, (no fletching) at different lengths, once I found the spine weight, just to
try and get closer and more consistent performance.