The_Real_Jmill wrote:I do have a question for the high FOC/heavy arrow group just cause the gears are turning and I'm no expert.
Would it be more advantageous to run a higher FOC arrow that may weigh slightly less overall total arrow weight (8.5-9.5 GPI, total arrow weight 500-ish gr. 19% FOC), or a thicker walled (11+ GPI arrow, total arrow weight closer to 600gr. and 14-15% FOC).
Would sacrificing total overall arrow weight (light GPI arrows) to achieve higher FOC ( heavier insert/broad heads) inadvertently cause a less durable overall hunting shaft?
To keep TAW (total arrow weight) lower to try and achieve a higher FOC is a little tricky in the compound world but very feasible in the trad world. Structural integrity is number one on the list. If your broadhead and/or arrow is damaged upon impact you’re losing penetration. Also impact paradox factors in to penetration. You see less impact paradox with higher FOC arrows and with stiffer shafts with slightly lesser FOC. FOC is good but it’s not as important as structural integrity. I would keep shaft gpi’s under 10 unless I was hunting extremely large and dangerous game. In that case I would be looking to shoot 900+ grain arrows and a shaft that closely resembles the stiffness of rebar.