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Arrow Lifespan #2932494
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Sorry if it's a dumb question, but do arrow shafts "expire"? I've got some PSE branded arrows that have only been shot a handful of times at targets, have always been kept inside and are like-new to the naked eye? Are these good to go or does the material weaken over time and make them more prone to failure?


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Re: Arrow Lifespan [Re: GomerPyle] #2932502
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As long as they have been kept out of the elements and are straight and not damaged...you're good to go.


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Re: Arrow Lifespan [Re: GomerPyle] #2932506
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I bendem...if they dont make a racket and my inserts straight..i chootem


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Re: Arrow Lifespan [Re: GomerPyle] #2932517
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The only carbon shafts I have ever seen degrade were the Carbon Express Line Jammer large diameter target arrows. They would break down enough internally that the dynamic spine would change. You would know when it happened because that shaft would not group with the rest. Basic rule of thumb with any carbon shaft is flex. them before you shoot them. If you don’t hear a snap, crackle or pop, you’re good to go.


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Re: Arrow Lifespan [Re: GomerPyle] #2932521
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Re: Arrow Lifespan [Re: Shaw] #2932524
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Originally Posted by Shaw
The only carbon shafts I have ever seen degrade were the Carbon Express Line Jammer large diameter target arrows. They would break down enough internally that the dynamic spine would change. You would know when it happened because that shaft would not group with the rest. Basic rule of thumb with any carbon shaft is flex. them before you shoot them. If you don’t hear a snap, crackle or pop, you’re good to go.


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If one does hear snap, crackle, and pop........soaking them in milk will not fix them.

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Re: Arrow Lifespan [Re: GomerPyle] #2932788
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I like to slide a little coconut oil or petroleum jelly on my arrows. Helps keep the shaft from drying out and helps with penetration.

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Originally Posted by Forrestgump1
I like to slide a little coconut oil or petroleum jelly on my arrows. Helps keep the shaft from drying out and helps with penetration.

....oh the comments I could make. rofl

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Originally Posted by Forrestgump1
I like to slide a little coconut oil or petroleum jelly on my arrows. Helps keep the shaft from drying out and helps with penetration.


ya don't say?

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Re: Arrow Lifespan [Re: Forrestgump1] #2932844
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Originally Posted by Forrestgump1
I like to slide a little coconut oil or petroleum jelly on my arrows. Helps keep the shaft from drying out and helps with penetration.



That’s what she said!!

Re: Arrow Lifespan [Re: GomerPyle] #2932871
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I've killed several with the same arrow


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I bought 4 arrows when I bought my Bow 4 yrs ago. I keep a field tip on one for armadillos and such. The other 3 are tipped with Ram Cat 125 gr heads. I have killed 13 deer with those 3 arrows. Complete pass through each time. The buck I killed Thursday jumped straight up after the pass through and fell on the arrow that was stuck in the ground and broke it off about 6 inches from the fletching.

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Don't think field tips are allowed to be in possession while deer hunting.


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Re: Arrow Lifespan [Re: eclipse829] #2932956
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Originally Posted by eclipse829
I bought 4 arrows when I bought my Bow 4 yrs ago. I keep a field tip on one for armadillos and such. The other 3 are tipped with Ram Cat 125 gr heads. I have killed 13 deer with those 3 arrows. Complete pass through each time. The buck I killed Thursday jumped straight up after the pass through and fell on the arrow that was stuck in the ground and broke it off about 6 inches from the fletching.

If you only purchased for Arrow's 4 years ago you either don't shoot a lot or luckiest guy in the world. By the way, congrats in ya buck

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Originally Posted by top cat
I've killed several with the same arrow

Me too cuz it's always my best flyer and I reuse until I lose it or damage it...i don't think I've ever shot 3 with same one but I've shot a couple more than once with same arrow

Re: Arrow Lifespan [Re: top cat] #2933068
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Originally Posted by top cat
Don't think field tips are allowed to be in possession while deer hunting.


Perfectly legal to have a field tipped arrow in you quiver, CT.


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Re: Arrow Lifespan [Re: GomerPyle] #2933094
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Also, a lot of folks have gone to the micro diameter shafts, they say they get better penetration. Me personally, I use a larger diameter shaft. I think they hold up better to abuse. I use a two bladed broad head and have never had any penetration issues. I also feel like the larger diameter shaft transfers more energy and really helps open the wound cavity up. They use to say the larger the shaft the less stiffness you’ll have but I don’t find that true. Mine are always heavily spined for my setup so maybe that’s why.

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Originally Posted by Shaw
Basic rule of thumb with any carbon shaft is flex. them before you shoot them. If you don’t hear a snap, crackle or pop, you’re good to go.


Or get a "twist" action when you bend them.


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