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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 12-29-2009, 12:48 PM Thread Starter
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Vanes on Bolts

Ok.. from wear and tear I'm getting a mixed bag of bolts that need fletching. problem is I have two differant makes of bolts and 2 different length vanes.. My Parker Terminator #150 came with Beman Thunder carbon bolts with 4" vane which appeares (to me) with very little helical offset.. So now I came across a great deal on Horton MX Carbons..(couldn't pass up) they have 4 7/8" vanes.. with noticable helical offset.. Tried both this summer of course neither shot the same as the other.. So I stuck with my last 3 Bemans. I would like a full arsenal for next year.. Which vanes are OPTIMAL for xbows with my avg speed of 300-309 (guessing)

Do I strip my new bolts? or use them all until I need vanes

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Re: Vanes on Bolts

I would put new vanes on now. I use blazer 2" with a slight offset. Arrows fly great using Slick Trick broadheads. Blazer vanes weigh less (6gr. each) than other vanes so overall weight of the arrow would go down some but FOC would go up which helps with arrow flight. If you need to raise arrow weight because of the lighter weight vanes you can change broadheads or add brass washers to front of arrow.
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Re: Vanes on Bolts

The Terminator works best with the Gold Tip Laser II's and the Victory arrows.

That being said, I would go with the 2 inch Norway Fusion Vanes. In our testing we found that the Blazers would fold over in a heavy crosswind. They sounded like a helicopter coming at you. The Fusion vanes use a stiffer material in the vane, which prevents them from folding over. Use a 2 degree offset when you set up your fletching jig. Keep in mind that a F.O.C. between 17 and 18 percent will keep everything flying to the same point of impact, with 18 percent being ideal.

Of course, this is in the Terminator. If you are shooting a crossbow with less than 330 f.p.s. you can use the Blazer without problems.

You need at least a 400 grain arrow for the Parkers. Be sure to check them on a scale.

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