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motorhead7963
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got a set of arrows with 4" vanes that I shoot off the shelf out of my longbow and a couple recurves. They are absolutely silent in flight.
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Orion
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One of my shooting buddies shoots 4-inch vanes off the shelf with great results. The veins are quite soft. I can't remember the name, but he indicated they were rather old.
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Jon Stewart
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Sam, I have around a thousand Plasti fletch vanes from the 60's if you want to try some I will send some off. these were used by tournament archers back in the day. Problem is they are stiff and the longest I have are around 2.5 inches long and they have to be straight fletched BUT they were used by many archers.PM an address if you want to try some. I have some around 1.5 inches long also. Again these are not the soft kind but very stiff.

These are left overs from my dads archery shop.

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I started experimenting with vanes when feather prices started to climb a few years ago. I like Blazer vanes for their ease of application, replacement and the fact that I can actually get them to fly off the shelf of my bows with the addition of a longish sealskin rest since they are so short. Although I can't really see what is happening, I suspect that the arrow fishtails away from the shelf just in time to avoid hitting it. Sealskin may cushion it a bit. If you fiddle with it, it will fly, maybe a little faster and quieter than a feather.

PS nothing replaces feathers aesthetically....

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SAM E. STEPHENS
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Thanks everyone , I'm stuck in Houston working so haven't got to look at this. When I get home I will start working on a set-up..

,,,,Sam,,,

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I have shot vanes off the shelf by just shooting cock feather in. It worked very well for me.

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I also have a rainy day bow that I tuned arrows with plastic vanes for. Mine are 4" predator duravane style and I have a brush style rest. They fly great this way. I tried off the shelf as other have said they were able to do this but I didn't have that result. The shelf my arrows flew like a deflating balloon and I didn't even attempt broadheads. My 2 major issues with this bow is: 1) the vanes are much heavier that feathers, approximately 12 grains each. They seemed to make the arrow act stiffer and I am using a spine weaker than I normally would (not that big of a deal as long as it tunes) 2) When I switch between this bow and my other bows the bow with the rest seems to shoot very high. Probably mental or I just need to spend more time with that bow. Just my experience.

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I have off a flipper rest ,they fly good

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Big Ed
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I shoot the Bear Weather rest and love it. I can pretty much shoot any vane or feather off it. Bareshaft tuning seems to go a whole lot smoother to.
Big Ed

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I just switched from feathers to 3,4 " Marco vanes shot off a Hoyt Super Hunter rest and plunger.Had to go down one spine size due to the added weight of the vanes.I couldn't be more pleased though,an a ll around better setup for me.
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old_goat2
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I treat my feathers with Never Wet outdoor fabric treatment from Rust-Oleum. Works great for weather I'll hunt in, if I was going to Alaska or Western Washington or similar, I'd probably try figuring out the vanes!

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I put a bear weather rest on my Widow recently and tuned 5" helicaled vanes. They fly right with my feathers and will now be my go to arrow set up from that bow. I also saw no difference in broadhead flight or accuracy.

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JDunlap
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does anyone use them on wood arrows? thanks

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Did vanes on woods years ago for my son. He wanted what we call "stumpers" these days. His bow had a raised rest so there were no issues with flight. I used a straight clamp on my Blitz and offset it a little. I did seal the shafts with clear Fletch Laq so I would not have issues using Fletch Tite glue. Theses days I would use a water based sealer and Fletch using Saunders NPV glue.
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I get caught in the rain all the time..so I always make sure I tune a vane setup .I'm shooting vanetec swifts 3.125 long and they fly like lasers
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