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Old 05-19-2018, 05:01 PM   #1
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Default Wood vs carbon arrows

Just got into trade the bow i bought came with ceder shaft arrows. My question is do I need to switch r just stick with them? Thanks
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Old 05-19-2018, 09:34 PM   #2
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Nope, can shoot either one, whatever floats your boat!


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Old 05-20-2018, 07:07 AM   #3
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I would keep them around. I’m gonna say go ahead and grab some carbons because you just got into trad. Those woodies ain’t gonna last long. Carbons are straight. Carbons stay straight. They are also more durable. I think carbons will be much better to learn on.
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Old 05-20-2018, 09:26 AM   #4
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Ok thanks guys
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Old 05-20-2018, 06:43 PM   #5
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I shot carbon for a while, and then switched to woods. The "feel" is just different. Nothing wrong with either one, just a personal preference. Cedar is but one of the many woods that make good wood arrows.
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Old 06-05-2018, 07:22 AM   #6
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I tend to agree with Ken. I do however have a couple of bows that tend to feel better shooting cedar shafts. They are older bows, and they just don't feel as good with carbon or aluminum. One is a used red wing hunter. My buddy gave me some aluminum, carbon, and cedar shafted arrows to try. I walked away from that experience thinking I really didn't like carbons with trad gear. Then I bought a couple of more modern bows, a used bob lee recurve for one, and I really preferred the way carbons shot from them. I went back to the old red wing hunter to try carbons again to see if my opinion changed, and it hadn't. Wood arrows just feel better out of it, and carbons out of others. Nothing wrong with wood arrows. Nothing wrong with carbons. Carbons will probably be easier to work with in many respects. I really like gold tip traditionals.
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Old 06-05-2018, 10:02 AM   #7
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I shoot both, but have discovered that I shoot better with wood. What works for me is using premium douglas fir shafts from Surewood. These guys have been making shafts for a long time and they have got it down. Call them and tell the the specs on what your shooting and draw length and they will hook you up. Their shafts require little or no straightening. If your going to shoot 3d shooting both carbon and wood gives you additional classes to shoot in. If you should want to shoot the Texas Longbow Championship you have to shoot wood. An added bonus is making your own arrows is another fun activity of this sport and to me it just seems natural to use wood when doing this.
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Old 06-05-2018, 10:09 AM   #8
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Don't limit yourself. I shoot mainly carbons but love to shoot woodies too. I even shoot some older aluminums from time to time. Like Chuck C. says, another bonus is making your own arrows.
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Old 06-05-2018, 10:30 AM   #9
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I prefer carbon because I am lazy, cheap, and like to DIY. The lazy and DIY may seem to be at conflict... but DIY carbons are a lot easier and cheaper than DIY wood arrows.
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Old 06-05-2018, 02:52 PM   #10
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But they’re oh so pretty when you grind your own wild turkey feathers , stain , crown dip, and crest them! You don’t shoot them at Vanderpool!
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Old 06-05-2018, 03:04 PM   #11
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Indeed, very interesting thread
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Old 06-07-2018, 03:56 PM   #12
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I have shot both but Carbon is tougher....wood arrows can break much easier. But wood is quieter due to the extra weight you tend to have. Also you need to remember wood does not accept screw in adapters....
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Old 06-07-2018, 04:27 PM   #13
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I prefer carbon because I am lazy, cheap, and like to DIY. The lazy and DIY may seem to be at conflict... but DIY carbons are a lot easier and cheaper than DIY wood arrows.
I can agree with this.

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I shoot wood because Bisch told me that wood was the best and he wouldn't shoot any thing else.
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Old 06-08-2018, 04:31 AM   #15
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Wood for me and Jeffro. Lol a good straight wood arrow is just about as tough as a carbon. It's when you put the point on a bit crooked . That's when they break. If you know how . You can get them as straight as carbons. Arvin
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Old 06-08-2018, 07:53 AM   #16
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Wood for me and Jeffro. Lol a good straight wood arrow is just about as tough as a carbon. It's when you put the point on a bit crooked . That's when they break. If you know how . You can get them as straight as carbons. Arvin
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Old 06-16-2018, 11:19 AM   #17
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I prefer carbon because I am lazy, cheap, and like to DIY. The lazy and DIY may seem to be at conflict... but DIY carbons are a lot easier and cheaper than DIY wood arrows.
Where are you buying your woods at. I can DIY a dozen woods for under $60.
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Old 06-23-2018, 03:19 PM   #18
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Where are you buying your woods at. I can DIY a dozen woods for under $60.
what kind of wood are your shafts???
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Old 06-23-2018, 08:00 PM   #19
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Jeffro if they are done right they are worth $120 a dozen. Makes you practice closer. And hunt closer if you can. Or just have lots of money. DIY by the time you get everything to build a dozen properly you have 4-5 hundred in a set of twelve. I don't build my hunting- target arrows but do build my flight arrows. Good arrows are worth more. Just like $200 carbons! That's my two cents. :-) Arvin
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Old 06-25-2018, 06:19 AM   #20
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what kind of wood are your shafts???
I have been having good luck with German Spruce shafts made by Bearpaw. I get them from KustomKings for 28.50 a dozen. They are not 100% perfect, but most of my woods are built for practicing and because I like doing it.
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Old 07-01-2018, 01:21 PM   #21
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A few days ago I talked about it with my friend (he make reviews for hunting gear at Under The Open Sky) and he said that no problem to shoot woodies and carbon, don't limit yourself.
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