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Arrow Length

How Arrow Length is Measured...

The proper method of measuring an arrow is to find the distance between the groove of the nock (where the string rests in the nock) to the end of the arrow's insert.  Never include the tip when measuring an arrow. If you already have existing arrows which fit your bow properly, simply measure one by this method and order the same size.

Choosing the correct arrow length can be a little tricky. The main factors in determining the correct arrow length is the type of bow you are shooting, the type of rest you are using and the type of point or broadhead.

When hunting with a longbow or recurve, it is typical for the arrow to extend past the front of the bow 1 to 2 inches when at full draw. This allows for the broadhead to be slightly in front of the bow hand so the hunter is not in danger of cutting their hand when at full draw. If you are only shooting target points then the arrow can be shortened an extra inch or two if desired. The most important thing to remember whatever the draw length that you choose, it is very important to select the correct spine in relationship to the arrow length and type of bow.

When shooting a compound bow then the style of rest plays a significant role in choosing arrow length. Most modern rests contact the arrow behind the bow which allows for a shorter arrow to be used. If using field points or mechanical broadheads then the tip of the arrow can come over the cradle of the bow handle  to the front of the rest. It is always advisable to leave an additional 1/2 to 1" in front of the rest as a measure of tolerance. When shooting fixed blade broadheads you will need to verify if the blades of the broadhead will clear the bow handle cradle area. I recommend that arrows for fixed blade broadheads be long enough to keep the broadhead in front of the bow at full draw but that is just my personal opinion. I would like to say once again that having the correct arrow spine is critical to having well flying arrows. More about this can be found at... http://www.addictedtoarchery.com/arrow-spine.aspx.