Re: [SCA-Archery] Re: Helical or Straight?
- Helical or straight is an old argument. Some will say it's the same
difference as shooting a rifle against a musket. I tend to agree with
that. Even if you are using straight fletching, your arrows will spin a
bit, maybe not as fast, because that is what they want to do because of
the natural arc of the fletching. You don't want an arrow to glide down
range because then it will really be affected by the LEAST little wind
current, a bit of a spin, no matter how slight will help to guide your
arrow to it's mark, like rifling.
I can't believe an archer can't tell the difference in shooting
straight or helical. It does have an effect on arrow flight. Just like
shooting left wing fletching and right wing fletching, you can tell the
(I have a lot of mundane credentials as well, and I won't bore you with
them.) I think that you can get accustomed to a particular style and
tackle and then you are personally comfortable with it, and that's a
good thing. But there is a different feeling when you change the style
of fletching cut, how helical it is(or straight), the balance of the
shaft with point weight, the balance of the shaft by tapering, adding an
additional fletch, you will notice something different in how the shot
feels, and that is why we choose those changes for our own individual
styles and tackle.
I wish I had a nickel for every time I've heard a crossbowman shooting 2
fletch bolts complain that they were shooting against another crossbow
where the archer was using 3 fletched bolts, and what an unfair
advantage it gave them. On that point I would say that we each play the
game we choose and after making that choice, we shouldn't complain (I
personally don't like limb markings and sights,..my choice). But this
brings out the point of a subtle change giving a more advantageous
result. There will be a difference in arrow or bolt flight, perhaps
small, but noticeable.