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snowplow
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Guys lm going to buy some shafts and wanted to see if there was anything new out there l should try.

About 2 or 3 years ago l did a big comparison of the new ultralite shafts (for high foc) and arrow dynamics.

I ended up finding that the best ultralite (forget which) was 2% better than the trad lites which wS second best. I ran the UL and liked them but ended up selling them because they broke constantly. So l got trad lites and havent broke one yet. Forget off the top of my head but lm in the 30% foc range 550gr total.

All that to say what is out thsre that is high foc capable AND tough?

Id rather not run Arrow Dynamics but until there is another option that is comperable thats where lm at.

Sell me!

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Orion
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Nothing wrong with AD shafts. I have found it impossible to determine the spine of various AD shafts from the manufacturer's description though. That's why I use Easton Axis. Skinny shafts and very tough, IMO. The black ones are about 15 grains lighter than the wood grain shafts, so can achieve just a tad more FOC with the same amount of weight up front.

There are lighter shafts around, but I'm not certain they're as tough. Of course, a lot of folks "foot" their carbon shafts with an inch or so long collar made out of an aluminum shaft placed immediately behind the point. Makes them less susceptible to mushrooming, and adds FOC.

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snowplow
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My main gripe with them is I feel l dont have a way to tune them. On one hand they shoot great, or dont. On the other, l cant really seem to move that arrow around by tuning the bow like other shafts. And Id like a smaller dia for closer centershot I think.
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Bisch
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I really like my Easton Axis FMJ shafts. They are the most consistent shafts in spine and weight that I have ever used! They are on the other end of the spectrum as far as ultra light goes, but tune and perform flawlessly for me!

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I have been using primarily Easton FMJ and occasionally axis shafts for 7 or 8 years. In that time I have broken two FMJs, one a deer broke as it went through and one I hit a steel fence post that was supporting a target.

My only problem is that the FMJs are heavy, resulting in about a 600 grn shaft in order to use the head I want. I have been using grizzly and zwickey heads since the 70' and 80s and won't change now. The liqhtest I can get is about 160 -175 grn head with an al adapter. The Axis come in at about 550 gns.

I'm shooting bows in the 47 lb range at my draw. So I am trying Black eagle Rampage shafts in an attempt to find a lighter arrow that will give me a higher foc. I have set it up with a 225 grain head (perfect for a zwickey with a 100 gn steel adapter) and have an arrow that weighs about 510 grns with 25% FOC.

So far shooting a home and at the weekly club league I have broken two of the rampage arrows. ONe went through my target at home and hit the concrete wall behind it and the other was hit by another archers arrow while in the target. So I don't think I have proven anything about their durability. I will test them more by stumping over the summer before deciding to hunt with them.

I will say that the lighter arrow has improved my scores slightly at longer ranges (the league shoots up to 30 yards), so that is a plus. I don't really notice the difference at less than 20 yards where most of my hunting shots occur. Also all components are interchangeable with the axis so that gives a wide range of tuning options and I can use my favorite x-nocks.

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