If you want to be a successful bowhunter, you will need to ensure you choose the correct arrows. Our favourite one is the carbon fiber arrows and in this article, we will review some of the best carbon fibe arrows in the market.
The arrows must be right for your bow and also for the game you are hunting. There are 3 main types of arrows:
Different Types of Arrows
- Wooden Arrows
The use of wooden arrows is limited these days, with only traditional longbow hunters still using them. They are much heavier and slower than modern arrows and much more difficult to produce for the demands of a compound bow.
- Aluminum Arrows
These arrows are inexpensive, strong and much more lightweight than wooden arrows. They were the choice of shaft for most bow hunters for a long time and can be produced to fit exact tolerances. They are heavier than carbon arrows but some hunters prefer this, due to the fact they transfer a high speed bow’s energy more efficiently.
- Carbon Fiber Arrows
These have only been around for about 30 years but are the most popular type of arrows used by the modern bow hunter, due to their near exact tolerances. They are carefully measured during production and then separated into different classes based on how straight they are. The approximate ranges are as follows:
Premium: 0.001 – 0.002”
Mid-range: 0.003 – 0.004”
Standard: 0.005 – 0.006”
They tend to be more expensive than aluminum arrows and there are not as many sizes available to choose from. However, they are far more durable than an aluminum arrow and will not bend in the same way. Carbon fiber is more flexible, so when it hits the target it will be less likely to weaken due to the stress. Be careful though, for if you hit a hard surface they have been known to splinter and shatter.
They have very small diameters, which leads to less wind drift. For the more experienced bow hunter, carbon arrows will produce a noticeably better performance.
Carbon Fiber Arrows Review
If you do decide that carbon fiber arrows are for you, you will then need to choose which ones you use. Some of the best carbon fiber arrows for hunting are detailed below.
Carbon Express Maxima Red Arrows
These arrows have been specifically manufactured to deliver improved performance and accuracy. They have stiff ends containing the in-flight flexing of the arrow and the shaft straightness is laser measured. They just fall into the premium tolerance range at 0.0025” and ensure that broadheads fly better and shoot more consistently.
These carbon fiber arrows are fletched with Blazer Vanes and feature LAUNCHPAD precision nocks and BullDog nock collars. They certainly pack a punch and will pass straight through an elk if shot correctly. They produce great grouping, as long as you have the skill required, and you will not be disappointed.
Beman ICS Bowhunter Arrows
These are one of the best options available, when it comes to the less expensive arrows. You may spend less but you won’t be disappointed with the performance. They fall into the standard class, with a straightness tolerance of 0.0006”, but are still pretty accurate.
They are manufactured with high-strength ICS C2 carbon and give that perfect balance of durability and speed. There are direct-fit super nocks installed and CB inserts included.
These would be ideal for a beginner not looking to spend too much and who wants to get used to the feel of a carbon fiber hunting arrow.
Carbon Express PileDriver Arrows
These are a fantastic choice for anyone who wants to transfer a high speed bow’s energy more efficiently and deliver a devastating impact at range. They are the heaviest arrow produced by Carbon Express and feature the ‘weight-forward’ technology to give tighter groupings.
These also come with LAUNCHPAD Precision nocks and BullDog nock collars and are laser checked for straightness, with a tolerance of 0.005”.
With many hunters now shooting high-speed bows, these deliver excellent flight consistency and great penetration, even at long range. They are the ideal choice for hunting deer or anything larger.
Barnett Outdoors Carbon Crossbow Arrows Review
These come from a very reputable manufacturer, with many hunters being loyal to the brand. They feature half-moon nocks and strong, lightweight shafts. They are particularly compatible with the Ghost 350, Penetrator, Jackal and Wildcat C-5 crossbows but can be adapted to other models.
They have a straightness tolerance of 0.003” and fly incredibly well. They offer maximum penetration and coupled with a great broadhead, they deliver truly devastating results.
The craftsmanship is very high quality and crossbow hunters will not be disappointed with their performance.
Huntingdoor Carbon Arrows Review
These great quality carbon fiber hunting arrows deliver low hand shock and good speed. They measure 31” in length and are designed for compound bows with a draw weight of 40 – 55lbs. They are too stiff and heavy for a lighter weight bow and would not flex enough as the string pushes them forward.
They offer great accuracy and penetration and are great for beginners not looking to spend a lot. They are very well designed and fly straight, offering good grouping.
Although they are nocked for a compound bow, you can adjust them to match a long or recurve bow.
Tips of Choosing the Best Carbon Fiber Arrows
When choosing your carbon fiber arrow, there are a few things to remember.
1) Premium class arrows offer the best straightness but you will pay more. It is a good idea to work your way up to these as you gain experience.
2) Always choose an arrow with the correct weight for your purpose. For target practice, you will be more likely to use a lighter arrow but for hunting, the heavier arrows will offer greater penetration at longer ranges.
3) You will need an arrow teamed with a good arrowhead to cut through an animal’s skin, so think about the type of game you are hunting before you buy your arrows.
Customize Your Own Carbon Fiber Arrows
Carbon fiber arrows are the fastest arrows available, mainly due to their lightweight construction. Prices are slowly coming down, making them more affordable to many more hunters. You can customize these arrows according to your requirements, so make sure you learn how to cut your own carbon arrows if you do not live near a specialized bow shop.
You will need a high speed cut off tool with an abrasive wheel and bare arrow shafts, along with various other equipment such as mounting hardware and sliding camps, etc. It is recommended that you use a bow specialist to do this for you if you are new to the sport.