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Hunting dart specs for best accuracy

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#1 Primitivehunter

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Posted 04 February 2016 - 09:15 PM

Since the cold steel razor tip broad heads are on backorder everywhere, I've been making my own darts with the bamboo skewer darts. I have one set of darts for target shooting (sharpened fire hardened tip), about 3.5" long. And the other one for hunting (bird point style broadhead), which are about 6.5" long. I've been noticing that at longer ranges, the shorter darts tend to have a lot better accuracy. I was just wondering if it would be a good idea to shorten all my hunting darts or if there were any other tips anyone had

#2 JTslinger

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Posted 04 February 2016 - 11:26 PM

Might want to try it on a few of your hunting darts and give it a try. I'm interested to hear what you think.

#3 neondog

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Posted 06 February 2016 - 11:17 AM

I can't imagine that a standard Cold Steel bamboo skewer shortened to 3.5" would be very accurate at long ranges dragging that big bore cone behind it. Are you using a heavier skewers or home-made cones with a longer taper?


I'm not familiar with "bird point style broadheads." If these broadhead style darts are considerably heavier that the shorter sharpened skewer darts, perhaps the extra effort required to get a good velocity is causing unintended barrel movement during the shot.

#4 giwtro

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Posted 23 February 2016 - 02:35 PM

I have experienced that regarding bamboo skewer darts a full length dart is more accurate than a short dart.  The one exception I have found is with warped shafts.  For one reason or another when shooting a short dart and a long dart that are similarly warped, the short dart will be more accurate.  Maybe that is causing the accuracy discrepancy?

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