Re: [SCA-Archery] Straight vs. Not Straight
>Has anyone ever sat down and actually experimented by comparing straightI have never done an official scientific test on the subject. But, I noticed
>helical fletching of feathers?
after I started helically fletching my arrows that my accuracy seemed to
Works for me. *shrug*
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I too, cannot believe the claim of three revolutions in 6 inches (
I'm not saying it isn't so, but it sure is hard to believe). Are you
sure it didn't say in 6 feet? I'm gong through my copy of the "Witchery
of Archery" by good old Maurice and I can't find it in there. Is it in
there or in an article or letter that he wrote?
I personally prefer helical fletching with a heavy arrow and a
heavy arrow head. Most don't agree with me on this, but it really works
well for me. I shoot a real heavy draw bow and I get great range and
speed and a real flat trajectory at 100 yards. For most of the ranges
that we shoot at in the SCA the targets aren't so far away that the loss
of range is an issue, and I feel that the increased spin of a helical
fletching significantly improves accuracy, even for those shooting light
weight bows but that's a personal call.
As for me, I'm a right handed shooter that shoots only left wing.
Why? Because they are cheaper and I go through a lot of arrows. (Good
enough reason, eh?)
BTW, does any one know why "right wing" are more expensive? (I can just
feel a "Conservative" joke coming)
Later, fellow archery folk,
- The legend is that the average fellow that trims turkey wings so they won't
fly the coop is right handed. Due to the way they grab the bird the right
wings are the ones that get trimmed, thus rendering right wing feathers a
bit more scarce.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: jrosswebb1@... [mailto:jrosswebb1@...]
> BTW, does any one know why "right wing" are more expensive? (I can just
> feel a "Conservative" joke coming)
> Later, fellow archery folk,
- (Phelan asked)
Just to throw another log on the "which is better, right or left
fletch" fire that is near and dear to many of us fletchers,
in kyudo (Japanese archery), they shoot two arrows, one is right
fletched and the other is left fletched. This makes for good
use of all of the feathers. Has anyone ever wondered why
right fletches generally cost more even though there should be
an equal supply of both right and left fletches?
(and Ygraine replies...)
I have heard that turkey farmers clip the right wings of their "crop" to
prevent them flying away. Combine this with the myth of right-handed
archers should use right-wing fletch, left-handed should use left-wing, and
the fact that there are more right-handed than left-handed people. The
reduction in the supply of right-wing feathers, plus the higher demand for
them, results in their higher price.
Unless specifically requested to do otherwise, Li and I use only left-wing
fletch. The handedness of the archer does not require the fletching to
match, but the nock point and shelf of the bow *do* need to be set up
- Greetings all,
I found this listing while wandering around on ebay. A very light weight
British Long Bow is not easy to find. This would be a great first bow for
some petite person who wants to try this style of shooting. Note the draw
length is also short.
I am not affiliated with Mr. St. Charles, who is selling the bow. I do
have one of his bows which has been serving me well for years. I just
thought I would point out this unusual find.
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