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"Tuning" for Broadheads

I talked to a TenPoint rep who claims if you align the broadhead with the vanes this will "tune" the arrow to shoot the BH in line with the field tip. I know with my compound this is hogwash, but is there any truth to aligning the blades with the vanes for bolts? I asked him how do you align a 4 blade fixed BH. He said align them 45 degrees to the cock feather.

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Re: "Tuning" for Broadheads

I don't put much faith in the principle either. You can't fiddle with a crossbow like you can with a compound. You just have to spend time playing with arrow and broadhead combinations to get the accuracy that you want.

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Re: "Tuning" for Broadheads

Ok that's what I figured. Bought the T3 expandables and they seem to shoot within an inch or so at 40 yards.

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Re: "Tuning" for Broadheads

I've tried both ways and honestly can't see a difference in accuracy to 50 yards.
One of the ways I like to "tune" is to take my arrows and shoot them at 30 yards. Those that fall into the group I keep back. These are your good arrows.

Those that fall outside the group are then shot again. I take the arrows and index the nocks to the next vane on the arrow and carefully mark it. Shoot them and see if they fall into the group. If they do keep them aside. If not, then index the nocks to the next vane and shoot again. I generally fletch all of my personal arrows with two white and one black vane. I will use a sharpie marker to color the vanes so that the odd vane goes into the barrel channel.

This will usually get all of your arrows into the same group. Now you can move out to 50 yards and shoot them again. All those that fall into the group are kept and sorted according to where they hit. I number them - #1 is the best, #2 is very close and so on.

I've done some extensive testing with the G5 T-3. If you call me, I would be happy to explain my testing methods and why I recommend you don't use that broadhead. In the testing that I've done it was the worst head of the 20+ heads that I've shot. I just can't explain all my testing methods on an open forum.

I'm not sure where you are located, but if you can stop by the store we have a variety of heads that you can shoot and test for accuracy in your setup. It will save you a ton of time and money.

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Re: "Tuning" for Broadheads

That's awesome that you do that.I think every pro shop should have BH's to test.
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Re: "Tuning" for Broadheads

We are located in Dauphin County. The guy who sold us the T3 swears by them. I personally see no reason to shoot an expandable, as I can usually tune my compound to shoot fixed heads well. However, I can't do that with our crossbow.

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Re: "Tuning" for Broadheads

The T3's are accurate, no doubt about that. They fly amazing. I'm also a huge fan of the G5 Striker. I love that broadhead.... and a few others. I've been testing the Wasp heads and they are showing great results.

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So it sounds like there are penetration issues with the T3? I might have to give you a call later.

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Re: "Tuning" for Broadheads

Here's the thing double lung and why I wouldn't use a mechanical to mask poor arrow flight.If there's any wobble,penetration will be compromised greatly.That's especially true with a mechanical,except the T3 is a rear deploying head,which would be less effected.I'm not a fan of mechanicals for many reasons.However,while they can still be effective,most horror stories regardling mechanicals are most likely from those shooting them out of un tuned weapons.Any mechanical shot out of a well-tuned weapon will consistantly kill deer ease.I just don't see any advantage to them what so ever.

The few guys I know who use crossbows all claim you have to have the FOC just right to get good BH flight.I know nothing about tuning a crossbow but FOC is very important as is spine.Aligning the vanes with the blades does absolutely nothing.
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Re: "Tuning" for Broadheads

I used the G5 Strikers last year, they shot much better than the Thunderheads. 1 shot - 1 dead deer within 50 yds, it was awesome.

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