Minimum draw weight for elk?

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  1. julien

    julien Weekend Warrior

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    I'm 13 and prepping for my first archery elk hunt. I shoot a hoyt rampage xt at 55 pounds and a 27 inch DL. I am shooting around 290 fps and I shoot 350 grain arrow I know I have approximately 57 foot pounds of KE. I'd this enough for a big bull?
     
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    I have until next year so I have the time to crank it up to 70 pounds and I still haven't hit my growth spurt, my dad is 6 foot 6 so I know I will grow. I'm hoping by next year I will have a 29 inch draw and 70 pounds. Do you think I'm okay with my current set up or should I ramp it up? And 70 pounds is a little difficilt
     
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    I'll break this down into a few segments.
    1. Yes, 55#'s is plenty.
    2. You need to up your arrow weight, 350 grains is just too light. I would look into bumping into a 125gr head as well, total weight of 420gr+(preferably 450+). Be sure to use a good, solid, cut on contact style fixed blade head.
    3. Re-chrono that bow. 290 fps is impossible with that bow, dl, arrow weight combo. I imagine your around 255 or so. Or don't, speed is overrated.
    4. Don't worry about KE. It has virtually no bearing on penetration.
     
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    Sorry my draw weight is 65
     
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    And it's 280
     
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    I would still refer to my #2 suggestion.

    Up your arrow weight.
     
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    I could use my carbon express pile drivers which are 440 grains with a 125 head is that enough?
     
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    I just chronoed it at 250 so is that better? I will have like 60 foot pounds of KE
     
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    I also shoot muzzy phantoms and mx 4's
     
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    I also shoot g5 montecs which do you recommend?
     
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    The piledriver would be a much better arrow, yes. I would shoot either the phantoms or montecs.
     
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    Okay sounds good
     
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    Which would you rather shoot?
     
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    Phantoms.
     
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    Thanks, that seems right I've dropped 12 whitetails with em
     
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    Julien, Backcountry has given you a lot of good advice. I shoot a rampage xt also. My draw length is 28" and my draw weight is 65. My arrow is 420 grains. I have shot a few elk with no problems. I have thought many times of upping my arrow weight. Practice is a big part of it. It sounds like you do. your on the right track. Have fun and when are you going?
     
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    Next August 25- September 2 in wyoming
     
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    Oh and I shoot 200 arrows a day. Up to 100 yards and I can hit tennis balls at 80 and soccer balls at 100
     
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    Thats good shooting. You should do fine. I usually don't shoot at elk over 40 yards. But that's just me. Have you worked on calling them in?
     
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    No but my dad hunts elk a lot and he will be calling for me
     

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