Weight or velocity?

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Weight or velocity?

Post by XB I GO » Tue Apr 02, 2019 9:28 pm

Would you rather have 25 grain more broadhead or 25 more FPS? I am trying to decide what to use for hunting if I make a change.

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Re: Weight or velocity?

Post by BrotherRon » Tue Apr 02, 2019 10:09 pm

Depends on what you are currently using...
I prefer a heavier arrow over a few fps.
My hunting arrows weigh in at 426 grain when tipped with a 125 grain broad head.
I took the longest archery shot I have ever taken last fall and was a complete pass through at 42 yards with my matrix 310.
She was relaxed and standing broad side eating and never flinched until the arrow had already done it's job.
I only took the shot because she was in an open field and there were no trees or branches within 20 yards of her.
Most older bucks would be on high alert in her situation and I would not have tried the shot. ;)
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Re: Weight or velocity?

Post by Ferguson Outfitters » Wed Apr 03, 2019 12:04 am

I started out with 150gr heads and went to 100gr not because I needed the extra fps but because the change caused my Grizzly to match the Nikon bolt ballistic reticle exactly. I haven’t noticed a difference in penetration between the two boltcutters. Even at ranges 60-70 yards I still get many passthroughs on big hogs.

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Post by gerald strine » Wed Apr 03, 2019 7:06 pm

I prefer a heavy stiff bolt with a heavy broadhead some times you hit a shoulder blade say on the exit side and I want to pass through it.
But if you are practicing with your broad heads and getting good groups with the current set up I would stick with it.
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Re: Weight or velocity?

Post by janesy » Thu Apr 04, 2019 6:50 am

XB I GO wrote:
Tue Apr 02, 2019 9:28 pm
Would you rather have 25 grain more broadhead or 25 more FPS? I am trying to decide what to use for hunting if I make a change.
Well if I was below 400 on arrow weight, I would prefer the extra 25 grns. If I was above 400 grns I'd go for the extra 25 fps.
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Re: Weight or velocity?

Post by Boo » Thu Apr 04, 2019 8:32 am

There isn't a whole lot of difference in momentum or velocity between the 2 weights of broadhead.
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Re: Weight or velocity?

Post by nchunterkw » Thu Apr 04, 2019 12:11 pm

Boo wrote:
Thu Apr 04, 2019 8:32 am
There isn't a whole lot of difference in momentum or velocity between the 2 weights of broadhead.
To tag on to this..............using a Micro at rated speed of 335fps for a 350 grain arrow, and losing 1fps for every 3 grains of weight..............

400gr arrow will go 318 fps and have 0.564 slug of momentum
425gr arrow will go 310 fps and have 0.584 slug of momentum

Momentum of 0.6 will go through about anything you can think of so for the 8fps, I'd go with the heavier arrow because as was mentioned....your goal is always a complete pass through and sometimes you hit stuff your not necessarily aiming for (ie shoulder on the far side).

Many guys chase speed because they are looking for a flat shooting arrow.....but trajectory is heavily affected by FOC as well.
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