Where can I purchase inexpensive practice archery arrows? And what would be the best material to use?

April 9, 2010 by Bowhunter  
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TruckerBabe asked:

I am not very good yet so I will bust many arrows in practice.

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4 Responses to “Where can I purchase inexpensive practice archery arrows? And what would be the best material to use?”
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    If you intend to use this bow for hunting, or maybe competition target shooting, then use the same type and weight arrows for practice as you would for the other uses.
    Most good arrows will not break very easy, and most have tips that can be changed for hunting purposes.
    To get cheaper arrows, try a store such as Wal Mart, and most good archery outlets will carry a cheaper line of arrows just for your needs. The main thing is get the same weight, length and diameter as your better arrows for practice.

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    It depends on what kind of bow you have and what the draw-weight is, partly. If all you want are some “generic” practice arrows, you can find some in places such as Cabela’s, Gander Mountain, Sportsmart, Sportsman’s Warehouse, Wal-Mart, etc; what you can find in these places is what are often known as “throw-away arrows” (the quality is usually just so-so, and you can throw away the arrows when they “wear out” – if they last that long). Yes, they do have “premium” arrows, too, but they cost a lot more than the “generic” practice arrow.

    If you want some practice arrows that will last a while, even through a little abuse, get aluminum or carbon-fibre. They are tough, fairly light-weight (great for target shooting) and relatively inexpensive (but they still are not “cheap”).

    Of course, if you want to force yourself to learn proper “form” and become accurate very quickly, get some wood-shafted arrows; besides being biodegradable (when they do get lost – and everyone loses arrows eventually!), they can be used as “tomato stakes” or closet/drawer “air fresheners” (cedar shafting, when it breaks, just smells wonderful…). There is a company, “Nirk”, which sells good “generic” wood-shafted arrows at a fairly reasonable price; believe it or not, Nirk Archery makes some really good products, when the price is taken into consideration. Wood shafting does, however, require more care than aluminum or carbon-fibre.

    If money is your #1 issue, get some cheap “kiddie” arrows; they probably won’t last very long, but at least they cost only about $1.50 each. Just make sure you use a bow meant to be used with those arrows, or you could end up breaking a perfectly good bow.

    For a few sources of arrows/arrow shafting, see the links in the “source list” below. Pay close attention to the “Spine Chart” on the Arrows By Kelly (Foxfire Traditional Archery) website.

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    What Archerdude said, if you’re shooting a compound bow, anything above 30#, stay away from those cheap fiberglass arrows from Walmart. Not only will that break your bow, on a compound bow the arrow will actually shatter on release, sending shards of fiberglass right into your arm. It might not happen the first few times you do it, but once hairline cracks develop it’ll shatter. Reason I say compound is, unlike a recurve or a longbow, a compound bow accelarates from 0 to top speed much quicker.

    I still like aluminum for starter arrows, although wood is cheaper, aluminum is a lot more consistent. It’s easier to make consistent aluminum shaft than wooden ones. Easton Jazz shafts go for about $30 per dozen, nice straight beginner shaft. When you buy aluminum shafts the trick is to buy a thick walled ones. Aluminum shafts are numbered, you’ll see something like 1516, 1716, 1714, 1812, 2012, and so on. The first two digits is the shaft’s outer diameter, the bigger the thicker the shaft is. The last 2 digits is the shaft’s wall thickness. Depending on your poundage and drawlength you will have several options for your arrow size. So let’s say you get a choice of 1812 or 1716, pick the 1716 for more durability. We use Easton Jazz shafts at the range for the beginners. So those things take a lot of abuse and have lasted quite a while.

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    wooooh hold on pony…. You need to absolutely match you ‘r draw weight and draw length of your bow to your arrows.. Abuni! Danger Look out,,, shooting cheep arrows not only dangerous but how can you perfect your accuracy with cheep arrows,,, no,, you need to shoot the best you can afford and take really goood care of them, learn how to properly retrieve from the target,use a good target ,,get an arrow straighten, aluminum arrows or carbon fiber are the best……you cannot hit the target if you don’t shoot the arrow and you will miss the target if you use cheep arrows Ma Halo from paradise, Hawaii Aloha De I Be Dow

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