100 grains VS 125 grains?

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  1. Kansasbuck

    Kansasbuck Weekend Warrior

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    I shoot at 65 pounds with 27 inch draw. assuming the same arrow and all other variables the same, is there a significant difference in KE or fps between using a 100 grain broadhead or 125 grains? I would assume they would both fly the same, as the arrow would make the most difference if changed, but thought I would ask some opinions.
     
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    Good question.. seems that it will add weight and thus drop the arrow down range some. Balance is key with sighting in and consistency, it may only be a minor deference. I think it may hit harder and dig deeper. I am contemplating 125 Broad Heads but like the way things are for now. Hopefully the techs will chime in.
     
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    I shoot 125s for no other reason then to give a better FOC. I prefer it be on the heavier side.
     
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    I nust switched recently from 100 to 125. Really haven't noticed much difference, I'm sure there will be some differences at longer ranges but for now I haven't shot much farther than 30-40 yards.
     
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    I've shot 100grn heads next to 125grn heads and didn't notice any difference in flight or penetration between the two then I added 25 grain inserts then tried 50 grain inserts but even with the 75grn difference and I hardly noticed any change. I wasn't very scientific with it so I'm not saying it won't help with flight or penetration I just didn't notice much of a change. I think the guys talking about high FOC put a lot more weight up front than that. I will be using some new arrows next year and will be trying 100grn inserts along with 125grn heads so Ill see how that goes.
     
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    grnhd Die Hard Bowhunter

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    For me its mental. I want the speed and I know that the extra 25 grs will slow me down ever so slightly. If I'm getting complete pass throughs and tight groups with a 100 grn head,why put a 125 grn head on?
     
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    purebowhunting Die Hard Bowhunter

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    I try to set my bow up for the worst case scenario, which would be hitting heavy bone. Do I shoot a heavy arrow with a 125 grain head and 75 grain insert. I'm not a believer in speed and KE, its all about momentum.
     
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    While your POI might not be affected much, it will increase you FOC, and make your arrow act a bit weaker in spine. With my heavier set up and the use of a lighted nock & quickfletches, I opted to bump up to a 125 this year. I may even add some weighted inserts for next year.
     
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    It takes a bit more than 25 grains to make a noticeable difference. Arrow weight differences are cumulative; heavier shafts, heavier vanes, heavier inserts etc... all let us increase total arrow weight while maintain proper FOC balance. With a mere 25 grains, if nothing else is negatively affected... you may realize 3-5 feet per second increase. You likely won't be able to measure that within hunting distances. If penetration is a concern, broad-head type, size and blade angle make much more difference than weight.

    As well as shot location.
     
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    frantic29 Die Hard Bowhunter

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    I didn't notice a huge difference when I made the switch. My reasoning for the switch was with my set up the 100 grain head I was really on the edge on spines. I went to 125 to really put me into defined category. Next year I'm thinking about adding a 50 grain mostly just to experiment and see what happens.
     

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