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#3040808 - 11/19/12 04:59 PM Feathers
Radar
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I have went back and forth between feathers and Blazers vanes for a few years now , but recently while practicing in a stiff crosswind that is common in the Midwest , I got tired of watching Blazers kick off to the side in the wind .
I got out a few feather fletched arrows to shoot , and what a difference it made. They shoot like darts , even in a crosswind . Tightened up my groups big time !
I ended up re fletching 8 arrows with feathers . Yeah they are a little noisier , I have to treat them with dri-fletch , and they can be somewhat less durable than vanes , but the forgiveness far outweighs any disadvantages .
Not wanting to start up the tired old debate of feathers vs. vanes , just happy with them and thought I would share my experience with them .
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#3040827 - 11/19/12 05:17 PM Re: Feathers [Re: Radar]
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Me too! 4in feathers,through a biscuit.
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#3040844 - 11/19/12 05:30 PM Re: Feathers [Re: Mr.Bro]
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 Originally Posted By: Mr.Bro
Me too! 4in feathers,through a biscuit.

I used to shoot feathers through a biscuit too . They work well , and just get a slight wear on the outer edges .
I use an Apache drop away rest now . What I like best is the amount of helical I can put on them and the ability for them to take control the arrow better with broadheads or in the wind .
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#3040870 - 11/19/12 05:45 PM Re: Feathers [Re: Radar]
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Pics?

I saw some small feather fletching on some arrows once. Looked sweet.

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#3040939 - 11/19/12 06:35 PM Re: Feathers [Re: UTGrad]
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 Originally Posted By: UTGrad
Pics?

I saw some small feather fletching on some arrows once. Looked sweet.


These are some of the 4" barred feathers I fletched a while back . I'm using solid white now .

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#3040997 - 11/19/12 07:08 PM Re: Feathers [Re: Radar]
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I love feathers.
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#3041002 - 11/19/12 07:12 PM Re: Feathers [Re: muddyboots]
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Scott, if you are using a drop away, you need to give the FOBs a try with that wind. They are great. My arrows are fletched with the little Quickspins or the FOBs, and there is no doubt that the FOBs are more accurate.

I've looked for a negative point (besides looking weird) and haven't been able to find one yet.
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#3041053 - 11/19/12 07:50 PM Re: Feathers [Re: scn]
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Funny thing when the drop aways first came out,maybe 10 or 12 years ago.The idea was so you could shoot a helical vane.Now most everyone shoots the short straight or slight helical vanes.

Ive tried em all and will stick with feathers.
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#3041134 - 11/19/12 08:41 PM Re: Feathers [Re: Mr.Bro]
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Sweet arrows
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#3041388 - 11/20/12 12:45 AM Re: Feathers [Re: UTGrad]
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I love shooting feathers and have also experienced the better flight of them...but the HIGH cost of them is why I swapped to vanes. For just regular solid colored Gateway 4" feathers, they are about .40 cents a piece. The barred colored ones are more like .60 cents a piece. 50 of them is over $20 for the feathers and over $30 for the barred colored ones per 50. I shoot VaneTec 2" HP vanes now...basically a Blazer but different colors and somewhat cheaper. They run about .10 cents a piece...meaning you can get 100 of them for about $15 shipped.

If the cost was closer to the same as the vanes, it would be a no contest for me...I'd be shooting feathers too.

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