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Myfirst homemade arrow.

Since I'm getting heavily back into archery and will soon start building a flat bow out of hickory and walnut, I was cleaning up the shop to start on the build. I start thinking I should make my own arrows, how cool would it be to take an elk with a bow arrows of my own construction. So with stuff laying around the shop I started building an arrow. I used a 29" piece of birch dowel rod, some scrap 18 gauge weld steel, cotton thread, pine pitch and duct tape. I put together the arrow.

Weight 480 grains including the broadhead.
I heated treated the broadhead and filed and hone to razor shop and used the cotton thread and pine pitch to anchor it to the shaft and used the duct tape to make the fletchings, and spruced everything up with tung oil and sharpies

The arrow flew pretty true about 4" off the mark I aimed for. I got 16" of penetration on a bale of compressed insulation at 15 yards. I was using a ancient Grizzly Fred Bear bow at 65 lbs draw weight, way too much for a wooden arrow. Should be better with a 55 draw weight, less flexing of the shaft and straighter flight.
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very cool Rick. Im itching to elk hunt too.
How wide is the broadhead?

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Mike its 1 1/2" at the base and the sides are 1 3/4". I just tested it again with Diane's bow, which is my old Jennings Ultra Star, draw weight is 45 lbs and got almost 21" of penetration. I had put 10" of pink Styrofoam insulation in front of the bale of compressed insulation, so I think I would get a shoot thru on a deer and maybe an elk.

PS I also put on a proper nock, at full draw on her bow it would pop off, the serving on her arrow string is a tad narrower than on mine.

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Very cool, never thought about shooting into a bale of insulation, the foam targets are really expensive, imo.
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Cool Rick. Just like you used to do as a kid to hunt mammoths?

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Making arrows is an art. I didn't realize how much went into their design till I had a long talk with my bowyer about what arrows I should be using with my new recurve. The flex of the shaft, the weight of the tip, the length of the fletching, all balances out according to your bow, strength, and shooting style.

It's cool you made something yourself...I'm sure with better materials and a little practice you could hone that right in!

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Cool Rick. Just like you used to do as a kid to hunt mammoths?

Rob by the age 10 I had decimated an entire herd

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Rick, last of the Mohecanucks.

Making arrows is an art. I didn't realize how much went into their design till I had a long talk with my bowyer about what arrows I should be using with my new recurve. The flex of the shaft, the weight of the tip, the length of the fletching, all balances out according to your bow, strength, and shooting style.

It's cool you made something yourself...I'm sure with better materials and a little practice you could hone that right in!
Thats so very true, it's an art form. I was pretty pleased with my first result. I have a couple of books on bow making, pretty interesting reading. I will keep experimenting. Diane was surprised I didn't use my fletching jig and feathers I had, but I wanted to do it with materials I had laying around and not specific to arrow making, the Pathfinder in me was in control I was shocked how well the arrow flew. I'm going to try a bundle bow next, its fun to experiment

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Hopefully you don't get a face full of sticks if the bundle bow snaps. My first attempt wasn't pretty. LOL

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