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Our Top 4 Western Hunting Arrows

arrows_blogYou wouldn’t believe how hard it is to buy a new dozen arrows anymore! From all types of different constructions and materials to the latest technologies, gone are the days of option A vs. option B. It seems as though if you want to know the latest and greatest, as well as what people are liking the most, you’ve got to have an Archer’s Consumer Reports in front of you…well, consider us your Consumer Report.

We’ve gone out into the market and gained extensive knowledge on what we consider the top four western hunting arrows and are here to report just what we’ve found. Sure they may be a little pricier than the other stuff on the shelf, but heck, if you’ll spend $2,000 on a pair of binos to “find” the animal, why wouldn’t you put the same amount of attention into the piece of gear that ultimately “kills” it?

So, we’ve taken what we consider the best of the best, and given you a short synopsis of the arrow. If you want to know a little more about each or all, you’ll want to check out the May/June issue of EBJ. In it, you’ll find an entire six pages dedicated to this topic that’s full of useful information that will no doubt help you in your decision-making process.

Victory VAP – If you’re after extreme FOC (Front Of Center) in an arrow, this is your ticket. Ultrathin diameter combines with heavy FOC percentages to create a penetrating machine. Our test arrow we built had an FOC of 13.1%…almost double all the other arrows we tested.

Gold Tip Kinetic Pro – Another arrow geared toward penetration with their insert system. It’s actually quite genius in our humble opinion. You can add weight to the back of the insert via a threaded weight system and adjust your FOC accordingly – pretty cool. Also, these arrows are just downright tough and feel like they could take a beating.

Carbon Express Maxima RED – The relative newcomer to the western market, the Maxima RED looks to redefine arrow accuracy. They’ve developed this arrow with so much technology and thought that it’s honestly too much to list here. If you think you understand arrow flight, you may want to check these out and see what they’ve done…cool is an understatement.

Easton Injexion A/C – If you’re into the latest and greatest when it comes to technology, look no further than the Injexion A/C. Not only are these alloy/carbon arrows tough, but they boast Easton’s Deep Six technology. Penetration and durability are the focus and these arrows do just that – and quite well we must add.

So there you have it, the short version of what we all talked about in this most recent EBJ (May/June issue 77). Make sure you check out a copy today to get the full inside scoop on these arrows and how they stacked up against each other in an FOC comparison.

About Guy Eastman, Editor-In-Chief

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Following in the footsteps of his father, Guy has taken up the reins and is now at the helm of the Eastmans’ Hunting Journal and the Eastmans’ Bowhunting Journal. A fine hunter in his own right, Guy has taken several trophy animals and has become an expert in trophy hunting as well.

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  1. I’ve shot Easton, Gold tip and Carbon express, not these particular models, but in general all of these manufactures make good products. I do prefer Carbon Express. I’m currently shooting the blue streak selects. These fly great with my setup. At 8.3 grains per inch, I still deliver plenty of kinetic energy to take down any North American big game. 380 grain arrow at 308 fps, with a foc of 11.9%. Like I said, these work great with my setup, which includes a Bowtech Destroyer 340, set at 70 lbs. with a draw length of 29″.

  2. gordon fairrington

    I’ve shot Gold Tip kinetic pro and carbon Express maxima hunters, both great arrows but went to the Victory VAP to get the speed kinetic energy combo I wanted. At 27″ draw (raw arrow length 26.625’cut to cut) with a Mathews Creed set to 62 lbs. I’m getting 298 fps with 68.8 ft-lbs. 85 grain head with the front insert @ 49 grains I have 16.2 FOC. At 45 yds; 39″ drop 278 fps, 59.7 ft-lbs. Archer’s Advantage software.

  3. gordon fairrington

    oh arrow weight 349 grains.

  4. I shoot the victory vap’s. I absolutely love these arrow for targets and also the penetration I get when hunting. I shoot the 350’s for hunting and the 400’s for targets. I’ve shot a lot of arrows in my day with none comparing to the vap’s. I would recommend them to anyone who’s looking for penetration and accuracy.

  5. FMJ Full Metal jackets. Great arrows

  6. Marc-etienne

    i’ve order deep six fmj, at 27.5 inch i glue in the insert that come with than ad an easton 100 grain field point but foc was Under 9 i try 125 grain and it give an foc of 10.5 that better, but most broadhead manufacturer do only 100 grain broadhead for deep six, so if you buy deep six fmj by heavier insert with or measure your foc before gluing your hit insert cause its hard to find over 100 grain broadhead

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