To me, one of my most important accessories is my arrow. Arrows – after all – are what it going to hit your intended target, so making sure you have a reliable arrow is a must. Arrows are similar to binoculars as far as pricing is concerned – the more you pay, the better the quality of the arrow and the less inconsistencies (which means greater accuracy) you will find. I would recommend a minimum of a straightness of +/- 0.003 and a weight tolerance of +/- 2.0 grains. These just so happen to be the specs of Easton’s ST Axis arrow.
I also prefer to purchase arrow shafts and build my own arrows. The time consuming process of building arrows can be relaxing and enjoyable. What’s more is you have complete control over the consistency and weight of each arrow.
I used to swear by aluminum arrows and refused to switch to carbon arrows for a long time. My main concern was that carbon arrows couldn’t get as tight of a tolerance as aluminum arrows could. Once I made the switch from aluminum to carbon, however, I realized that the carbon arrows were consistent enough for hunting and a lot more durable and accurate than I imagined. Another critical advantage of carbon over aluminum – no need to check for bent arrows, the arrow is either straight or its snapped in half or splintered.
To choose the right arrow the first thing I recommend doing is to calculate how heavy of an arrow your bow requires based on your draw weight. It is recommended to use 6 grains per pound of draw weight. I shoot a 65 pound bow and am required to shoot an arrow with a minimum weight of 390 grains (this includes the broadhead, vanes, nock and insert weight). If your completed arrow weighs around 400 grains you’re equipped with enough Kinetic Energy to kill all of the 26 species of North American Game – although you may want to pack a bit more of a punch on a moose or grizzly just to be sure!
Once you figure out your arrows minimum weight requirement its time to pick an arrow manufacturer. I chose Easton because I had experience with the Company’s products before and was sure of the quality of the product. Other manufacturers – Beman, Carbon Xpress, Gold Tip – also produce fine arrows. With your arrow manufacturer chosen its time to look at their recommendation chart to figure out which series arrow you will need to obtain an arrow with the correct spine for your bow. For example, a 70lb bow with a 100g tip would use an Easton 340 series arrow while a 100g tipped arrow being shot out of a 60lb bow would require a 400 series arrow.
Easton’s ST Axis utilizes high strength nanotubes infused with carbon-composite fibers to produce a punch like no other arrow. I am consistently able to put this particular arrow through game time after time. I’ve used other brands heavier arrows – which should pass through game easier – and had better results with the ST Axis. Another reason for why the ST Axis passes through game so easily is its ST (slim tech) technology producing a small diameter that has a micro-smooth finish decreasing the amount of drag and friction in flight and during a pass through shot.
I lowered my bow’s poundage from 70 pounds to 65 pounds so I could switch from a 340 series arrow weighing 11.2 grains per inch to a 400 series arrows weighing 9.0 grains per inch. As a result I was able to drop 70 grains off my total arrow weight (I also went from 4″ duravanes to 2″ blazer vanes saving a few grains) which increased my arrows speed from 252 feet per second to 267 feet per second. This is a huge advantage when shooting at long distances when your yardage estimation could be off. A faster arrow drops less, giving the archer a greater margin for error when it comes to estimating range.
I’ve had great success with these arrow and put them through several deer, turkey, red fox, squirrels, and even deep into a few trees! These arrows are tough as nails and can really take a beating and I would highly recommend anyone in the market for a set of new arrows to give these a try. You won’t be disappointed.