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Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Tioga and Potter Counties
Overdraw rests became popular so that archers could shorten their aluminum arrows, reduce their weight, and thereby increase their speed. It had nothing to do with the bow, whether it be old or new. Once carbon arrows became the norm, making the arrow lighter was not a problem, but just the opposite must be considered. You cannot make them so light that you void any warranty on the bow (shooting an arrow less than 5 gr./pound of draw weight). Also, the spine of an arrow is more easily manipulated with carbon arrows than they are with aluminum. If you shorten a carbon arrow below 28" of shaft length, you stiffen the arrow spine. If you shoot a shaft longer than 28", you are actually shooting an arrow that measures weaker than the spine listed on the arrow. An overdraw rest has pretty much gone the way of the no-peep.
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