Topic: Maximum Arrow Penetration when Bowhunting: Bill, I’ve recently upgraded by bow and am buying into the maximum penetration philosophy you preach. My previous bow was a 2001 Browning Eclipse with a maximum IBO speed of 245. It’s a longer axle to axle at 37 inches. I shot/shoot the Rocket Meat Seeker 3 blade and 65 lb. draw weight.
Sticking with this longer ata, because I like the feel, my new bow (Bear Anarchy HC) checks in at a max IBO of 330 and ata of 35.5. I previously shot the Bloodsport HTS series arrow and am looking to upgrade the arrow and broadhead. Would you recommend the Easton FMJ 5MM with a Rocket Steelhead or something different?
My draw has been 29.5, but with the new bow I’m considering changing to 30 inches because it feels better and increasing the draw weight to 70 lbs. Thanks for your advice.
I know some people think I am old fashioned, but I have shot an awful lot of big game with the setup that you are considering (FMJ 5 mm and Rocket Steelheads) and I have not had a penetration issue at any point.
So, yes, the Easton FMJ 5 MM arrow (because of its reasonable weight and small diameter) and the Rocket Steelhead (because of its quick open design and moderate cutting diameter) have been my go-to setup for maximum penetration over the years.
Draw length is only ideal when the forearm of the string side points straight away from the target. If it points around behind you, the draw length is too long.
You will see a HUGE improvement in penetration using your new setup compared to what you were using before. It will be shocking! Good luck. (4-20-17)