CWS Staff Writer
Wisconsin’s archery opener – 10 months ago…
My brain had made the switch from thoughts of sunshine, lemonade and bathing suits completely over to broad heads, scouting trips and my 2010 fall set up.
When I got my first set of Easton Full Metal Jacket 400’s I was pretty impressed with how thin they were. They were extremely light to hold, I had them fletched in red and black feathers and was excited to shoot them, except for some reason the threads on 6 of the 12 inserts just wouldn’t work, I tried different field tips thinking maybe it was just that one but no matter what I tried the thread just wouldn’t even start.
I’m sure I could have forced them but I was afraid I’d never get the field tips out again, not exactly the best idea when you want to go hunting.
I gave the Easton Technical Customer Service line a call, and talked to a gentleman who was very helpful, I explained that when I tried to insert the field tips they wouldn’t start and he suggested using a 832 die tap to clean the threads. He stated it was very common to get some of the epoxy in the threads and I just needed to clean them out a bit.
Worked like a charm and now these bad boys are flying straight and true!!
Easton Arrows is the brainchild of founder Doug Easton. Established in 1922 in California, Doug originally started out making wood arrows and longbows.
Seeing that wood arrows were inconsistent and prone to warping, in 1939 he began manufacturing aluminum arrows; they were lighter, straighter and had flatter trajectories. In 1941 he was proven correct when professional archer Larry Hughes won the national championship with a set of Doug’s new fangled aluminum arrows.
When it came time for me to choose an arrow, many factors came into play.
Spine stiffness, for my 48# draw weight and my 100 grain broad heads, 500 was a little too flexible, 340 was a little too stiff, but 400 was just right!
Fletching, I went with natural feathers rather than solid vanes, personal preference really. And had them fletched 3 with a helical slant to induce spin.
Arrow Length is a very personal choice. I like mine a little longer, so had mine cut at 29”. Depending on your rest, bow set up and draw length, you should measure your arrows at full draw before cutting them down.
Just a few pics of my arrows!
I’d love to hear what kinds of arrows the everyone else uses, and why you went with those particular ones!
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