Today, archery has become quite technical regarding equipment and accessories so if you are relatively new to archery, whether it is for hunting or non-hunting purposes, you could end up getting bogged down with these technicalities which even some sharp shooters get flummoxed with sometimes.
Among one of the frequently asked questions is “how long should my arrows be?" An excellent question. Here we take a closer look at how the length of an arrow influences its trajectory, which is a crucial factor to consider if you want to have a good bow hunting experience. With this knowledge, you can get an edge over others regarding your overall archery performance.
The Dynamics of Arrow Flight
To understand the way the length of an arrow influences the way it behaves on being released, you need to have an idea of what happens to an arrow on release. We all know the saying "as straight as an arrow." Well, in fact, once an arrow gets released, it is far from straight. There is a certain flexibility to the body of the arrow, usually called the 'spine.'
Due to excessive force exerted on an arrow from the bowstring and wind resistance, the spine gets bent in mid-flight. There are some excellent slow-motion videos where you can see this happening. The way an arrow behaves in mid-flight highlights the importance of the strength of the spine. The shorter the arrow, the stiffer the spine, and vice-versa.
Factors Which Affect Arrow Length
There are several technical considerations you need to make while selecting a particular arrow length. However, there are a few external factors as well, which we shall discuss as well.
Individual states have a restriction on arrow length and weight. So you need to be aware of your state game laws while deciding the length of your arrows to ensure that they fall within the legally accepted range.
There is a limit to how much a person can draw an arrow in a bow, which usually varies slightly from person to person. A thumb rule for selecting a comfortable arrow length is to draw an arrow to the maximum that you can and measure the distance between the nock of the arrow to the bow riser.
You then need to add one or two inches more, and that is the required length for a comfortable draw. So for example, if you have 29 inches from nock to riser, you can add another 2 inches to give you an arrow 31 inches long.
The spine of your arrow is a very critical part. The thicker the spine of your arrow, the longer you can use. However, here you can get the ideal length by referring to an arrow chart.
How to Size your Arrow
Now that you have a fair idea about what length your arrow should be, you can cut your arrow to the required length. There are two basic methods of doing this:
Using a Tape Measure: You can just use a tape measure to get an approximate length that you need. If you are right-handed, hold a tape measure in your left hand with your arm extended to the maximum.
Now, pull the tape out towards you with your right hand, pulling as far as comfortably possible. The total length of the extended tape is the length of your arrow from nock to the riser. Now, you need to add 1 to 2 inches to the total length. This method gives you the exact length of the arrow that you require.
Using a Measuring Arrow: You can use a specially graduated arrow called a measuring arrow which gives you dimensions in increments of inches. Once the arrow is pulled to full draw, the length of the arrow is marked off with a marker.
The rule of thumb is that you usually add an extra inch or two (1 to 1 ½ inches is usually ideal) to the length of the arrow from nock to riser. This rule is basically for safety, to prevent the arrow from getting overdrawn.
Here are a few words on using arrow charts. An arrow chart gives you indications for the correct poundage of spine required against different arrow lengths.
All arrow charts are not identical but vary from one manufacturer to the other. Hence, you can get a basic idea about the recommended length of a particular spine but to be sure, you would do well to get your arrows verified at a company outlet.
It is very dangerous, for instance, to just randomly pick an arrow by just looking at the length. If your arrow is under-spined, particularly with a compound bow, the force exerted on the arrow increases as the string moves towards the riser and you could end up with a serious injury from a shattered arrow.
Another important thing is to ensure that your arrow is sufficiently long so that there is no chance of it coming off the rest at full draw, which can be quite dangerous. If an arrow that has come off its rest gets released, there is no knowing where it can go. You may even end up shooting your hand!
Factors to consider when choosing arrow length
The length of the arrow is an important consideration while choosing arrows for your bow. Depending on the type of bow you use, there are different lengths of arrows that are suitable. For instance, a shorter arrow is required for a recurve bow as compared to a compound bow. The following are some of the factors you need to consider while choosing the length of your arrows:
Type of Bow
The type of bow you use will have an impact on the length of the arrow you require. If you use a recurve bow, you will need shorter arrows as compared to using a compound bow. This is because the string of a recurve bow is positioned further away from the riser than in a compound bow.
The length of the arrow is an important consideration while choosing arrows for your bow. Depending on the type of bow you use, there are different lengths of arrows that are suitable. For instance, a shorter arrow is required for a recurve bow as compared to a compound bow.
The weight of the arrow also needs to be considered while choosing arrows. Heavier arrows will have more kinetic energy and will be better suited for larger game. Lighter arrows are more suited for smaller game.
Nocking Point Location
The location of the nocking point on the arrow also needs to be taken into consideration while choosing arrows. If the nocking point is lower on the shaft, it will require a shorter arrow than if the nocking point is higher on the shaft.
Choose the Right Arrow Length
Now that you know all about choosing arrows, it's time to put this knowledge into practice! The following are some tips for choosing the right arrow length for your bow:
1. Consult an arrow chart to get a general idea of the recommended arrow length for your bow.
2. Get your arrows verified at a company outlet to be sure of the recommended length.
3. Consider the type of bow you use, the weight of the arrow, and the location of the nocking point when choosing the right arrow length.
4. Always err on the side of caution and choose an arrow that is slightly longer than required. This will help prevent any accidents.
5. Follow these tips and you'll be sure to choose the right arrow length for your bow!
Types of arrows
There are three main types of arrows: target, hunting, and fishing. Each type of arrow is designed for a specific purpose.
Target arrows are typically made of lightweight materials and are designed for use in target shooting. They have a straight flight path and are not meant to be used for hunting or fishing.
Hunting arrows are heavier than target arrows and are designed to be used for hunting game. They have a more curved flight path and are better suited for taking down larger prey.
Fishing arrows are designed specifically for catching fish. They have a curved flight path and a specially-designed point that allows them to pierce the flesh of fish without causing too much damage.
Practice tips: how to find the right arrow length for you
When you're first starting out, it can be difficult to know which arrow length is right for you. The best way to find the right length is to practice with different lengths and see what works best for you. Here are some tips for finding the right arrow length:
1. Start by practicing with target arrows. This will help you get a feel for the weight and balance of the arrows.
2. Once you're comfortable with the target arrows, try practicing with hunting arrows. Pay attention to the flight path of the arrows and how they feel when you release them.
3. Finally, try fishing arrows. Again, pay attention to the flight path and how they feel when you release them.
4. After practicing with all three types of arrows, you'll have a better idea of which arrow length is right for you.
5. Keep in mind that it's always best to choose an arrow that is slightly longer than required. This will help prevent any accidents.
Summing it all up
So where are we now? Let's just go over in brief what we discussed. There are a lot of aerodynamics involved in the flight of an arrow, and the length is one of the factors that can affect the trajectory of an arrow. However, there are many other considerations which we have to include to decide what length an arrow should be.
To sum up, there is no perfect length that an arrow should be. You need to keep in mind the following points to get properly-sized arrows:
- Consider what you need your arrow for
- Be aware of the legalities of arrow length in your state
- Have all safety measures covered
- Get assistance from your local hunting and game store when in doubt
- Make extensive use of arrow charts
- Above all, use arrows of a length that are comfortable to shoot
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact us, and we will be more than happy to interact with you in response.
Q: How can I determine the spine of my arrow?
If you have purchased your arrows from a reputable dealer, they will be able to help you select the right spine. However, if you are unsure, there are a few ways that you can test the spine of your arrow. One way is to place the arrow point-down on a hard surface and apply pressure to the center of the shaft. If the shaft bends more than 1/8 inch, it is too flexible (weak) for your bow. Another way to test arrow spine is to suspend the arrow from its point using a scale. The weight required to make the arrow drop 1 inch is its deflection rating in pounds. This number should be close to, but not exceed, the weight rating of your bow.
Q: How can I increase or decrease the length of my arrows?
There are a few ways that you can alter the length of your arrows, but it is important to remember that there is no one perfect length for all situations. You may need to change the length of your arrow depending on what you are using it for. For instance, if you are hunting big game, you will need a longer arrow than if you are just target shooting.
You can usually add 1-2 inches to the total length of your arrow and this will give you a safe margin from overdrawing your bow. Another way to adjust arrow length is by using an arrow chart which gives spine ratings against different arrow lengths. This will give you a good idea of what length your arrow should be.
Q: What is the difference between an aluminum and carbon arrow?
The main difference between an aluminum and carbon arrow is weight. Carbon arrows are usually lighter than aluminum arrows, which means they can be shot faster and with more accuracy. However, they are also more expensive than aluminum arrows. Another difference is that carbon arrows are more durable than aluminum arrows and are less likely to break on impact.
Q: What is the most important factor to consider when choosing an arrow?
There is no one answer to this question as it depends on what you need the arrow for. If you are just target shooting, then weight and straightness are the most important factors. If you are hunting, then you need to consider the penetration and weight of the arrow. Ultimately, it is up to you to decide what is most important to you when choosing an arrow.
Q: How often should I replace my arrows?
It is generally recommended that you replace your arrows every 2-3 years, or sooner if they become damaged. Carbon arrows can last longer than aluminum arrows, but they are also more expensive. You should inspect your arrows regularly for signs of wear and tear, such as cracks or bends in the shaft.
Q: Can I use a crossbow with my compound bow?
Yes, you can use a crossbow with your compound bow, but you will need a special adapter. Crossbows shoot arrows at a much slower speed than compound bows, so you will need to use arrows with a lower spine rating. You can also buy crossbow arrows, which are specifically designed for crossbows.
Q: Can I use a recurve bow with my compound bow?
No, you cannot use a recurve bow with your compound bow. The two types of bows are not compatible.
Q: What is the difference between an open and closed sights?
Open sights allow you to see through the sight, while closed sights do not. Closed sights are generally more accurate than open sights, but they can be more difficult to use.
Q: What is the difference between a fixed and adjustable sight?
A fixed sight is one that is set at a certain distance and cannot be adjusted. An adjustable sight can be moved to different positions, which allows you to adjust for different distances. Adjustable sights are gener more accurate than fixed sights.
Q: How long should my arrows be for a 29 inch draw?
Your arrows should not exceed 29.5 inches in length when using a 29 inch draw bow. You can find the correct arrow length for your bow by using an arrow chart.
Q: How long is your arrow supposed to be?
There is no one answer to this question as it depends on what you are using the arrow for. For general target shooting, arrows should be around 26-28 inches long. However, if you are hunting big game, you will need a longer arrow with a spine rating that is suitable for the size of the animal. You can find the
Q: What length is best for you?
The length of the arrow you need depends on what you are using it for. For general target practice, arrows should be around 26-28 inches long. If you are hunting big game, you will need a longer arrow with a spine rating that is suitable for the size of animal. You can find the correct arrow length for your bow by using an arrow chart.
Q: How long of an arrow do I need for a 30 inch draw length?
For a 30 inch draw length, you will need an arrow that is at least 30.5 inches long. Anything shorter than that may not provide enough penetration or accuracy when hunting. You can find the correct arrow length for your bow by using an arrow chart.
Q: What is the difference between a field point and broadhead?
A field point is a pointed tip that is used for target practice. A broadhead is a large, sharp point that is used for hunting. Broadheads are generally much heavier than field points and can cause more damage to your target.