View Full Version : Who builds their own arrows?
10-30-2002, 01:24 PM
I have built a couple dozen for myself and was wondering how many people build their own and what fletching you like. The fletchings I have been using don't seem to age to well.
10-30-2002, 02:30 PM
i fletch my own. the best fletching i have used so far are Flex Fletch. they last a long time.
10-30-2002, 02:45 PM
I build em. Ive been letting the bow shop cut the carbons for me. I can never get them square. I use Arizona fletching and use a arizona EZ fletch. I started using 4 fletch helical for my broadheads this year. The new Montana Black Gold Trapdoor makes it possible and the results are great.
10-30-2002, 05:31 PM
I build my own arrows also. I shoot Easton 2315's aluminums with 5" Bohning vanes with good results. I have the shop cut the shafts to length but I do all the rest.
10-31-2002, 06:10 AM
I do mine as well. 2413's and I fletch 4 4" vanes. Weight is the same as 3 5" vanes and I don't have to worry about hte cock feather when I am on the ground still hunting. Just grab an arrow and nock it http://www.jesseshunting.com/forums/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smiley-biggrin-aqua.gif
10-31-2002, 07:04 AM
I've assembled my own arrows for about 4 years now...what a blast. I have enough arrows to last a lifetime now...it's so addicting. I shoot Gold Tip's, I play with feathers, but hunt with 4" Duravanes. I use to dip my arrows and crest, now I use the Eze-eye wraps.
I build mine also, using old type beman hunter carbon shafts,a cousin has a cutoff tool
for the carbons. Do not remember the brand of plastic fleching but they work good.
Might try some eze wraps next time I build some, still have some unused shafts.
11-01-2002, 06:36 AM
I build them for the most-part. I have the shop cut them to length and I take care of the rest. And it seems that I'm constantly refletching (feathers). Trying out the Flex Fletch vanes now.
11-01-2002, 10:53 AM
I shoot Goldtips and Arrow Dynamics Nitro Stingers.........forgot to mention that.
11-02-2002, 07:46 PM
I build all my own arrows and a few more besides. I have 8dz in the works right now. I only build wood arrows for trad bows and use only feathers for fletching. I know I'm not using the same gear as many of you but my fletching rarely gives up the ghost before the arrow does. The main killer is other arrows. That and shooting through the bale and having to drag the fletching through a moldy hay bale.
11-03-2002, 06:02 AM
Bohninh and Flex-Fletch are a urethane (sp?) base and seem to last longer than the others which are rubber based.
Take a bohning or flex-fletch and try to stretch it like a rubber band, or try to stretch it until it snaps.
Then do the same with a rubber based vane and you'll see the difference.
"Most" massed produced arrows utilize the rubber bassed vanes because they spray adhesive on the shaft and use a machine to apply vane.
I use an Arizone EZ fletch tool to make arrows. Works like a charm.
11-05-2002, 03:35 AM
I gave up on plastic vanes years ago. Too much hassle and too easily ruined. For a plastic vane to adhere correctly (punch through a foam target a couple of dozen times without detatching) ive found that you must use acetone to clean the shafts and vanes. Clean the base of the vane till the colour starts comming off. If graphite shafts use bond tite, aluminium use fletch tite.
If I had my time over i'd go straight to feathers - they last about 10 times longer, you can straighten them over the steam from a kettle when they become rippled, they stabilize arrows a LOT faster, especially good finicky heads, have a natural ability to correct flight, drop away if they contact riser or rest minimizing flight disturbance..... need I go on?
11-07-2002, 07:58 AM
I build my own. Last year I went as far as to make my own fletching from turkey feathers. It was fun takeinf a deer with the arrow i made. This year I am shooting easton epics crested and fletched with a custom cut two color feather. If you want i will send you the pics
11-09-2002, 04:58 AM
I have been building my own for a few years and only buy buy raw shafts.
Here is a pic of a few of the arraws that I use.
11-12-2002, 07:36 PM
I build my own from cutting the shafts to fletching them. Try Duravanes, they are the best that I've tried.
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