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- FOC ( Front Of Center) Weight Review by Bad News
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Dr. Ed Ashby nailed it when it stated that the heavier the arrow the better the penetration, I tried to prove him wrong to no Avail. He wrote extensively about arrow weight and Penetration. I had been shooting an Arrow that had a finished weigh of 480 Grains, which in all aspects is fully capable of taking down a Whitetail Deer, or several other species for that matter. I set out to prove to myself if indeed Dr. Ashby knew what he was talking about when he stated that all Hunters should be shooting a Minimum 650 Grain Finished Arrow, my initial thought was what a Heavy Arrow and is it really necessary to shoot such weigh and what if any is the Upside, Downside.
Without getting into the Technical Side of Weigh, FOC, Etc,. What I found was the FMJ Arrow that I had been shooting had a 11.3 GPI could not be made even with Brass Inserts and other things to come up to the 650-700 Grain that I wanted to try, so I went to the 300 FMJ Dangerous Game with weighs 16.0 GPI, I buy bare shafts and finish my own arrows so I have complete control over all aspects of a Finished Product. I wound up with a fini8shed arrow that weights 708 Grains, and here is the interesting part of this Review. I Bought the Helix 150 Grain Right Single Bevel Broadhead, used Brass Inserts, and after some exhausting tests found that hands down the 708 Grain Arrow our Penetrated the 480 Grain by 40% or more. The Heavier Arrow tore through 5 different types of Targets and simply left the lighter arrow lacking anything close to the Penetration of the Hevier Arrow. Another Aspect that i found was the Heavier arrow flew much Faster than what I would have ever expected.
The bottom line if you want better Penetration go with a Heavier arrow. Make sure your FOC is inline where it should be. Good Hunting, Hunt Safely...
(Posted on 2/10/15)