mauser06 wrote:I see kinetic energy tossed around a lot when we get into these discussions. That is an important number. But Momentum is where it's at when it comes to arrows.
A 350gr arrow at 320fps gives:
79.57ft/lbs of KE
.497 slugs of momentum
A 750gr arrow at 230fps
88.08ft/lbs of KE
.766 slugs of momentum
Speed plays a big role in kinetic energy. KE= 1/2(mass)x(velocity)^2
Momentum= mass x velocity.
Momentum is essentially an objects ability to carry it's energy.
Example. A baseball going 85mph and a pickup truck going 85mph...
What will be easier to stop? The baseball because the pick-up has more momentum.
Say the baseball is 1 pound....it has:
17 kg·m/s momentum
327 J KE
Pickup at 3500 pounds:
60325 kg·m/s momentum
1146130 J KE
A bow that will shoot a 350 grain arrow at 320 FPS would not even break 200 FPS with a 750 grain arrow if you use the standard assumption of 1 FPS per 3 grains of weight. I see that you are doing a thought experiment, but I'd use more realistic numbers.