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2016 Arrow Buyer's Guide.

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1 Gold Tip's Kinetic Pierce Platinum ($99.99 per 8; www.goldtip.com) penetrates deep, boasts superior specs--+/- .0025-inch straightness and +/- ,5-grain weight tolerance--and exhibits optimum shooting consistency. The Kinetic Pierce Platinum is a micro-diameter arrow designed to slice through wind, and its decreased weight helps it fly fast and flat for long-range accuracy. Even at that, it carries great energy downrange for hard-hitting performance. The patent-pending Ballistic Collar Insert System gives this surgical arrow incredible strength and precision. Kinetic Pierce Platinums offer hand-sorted consistency and feature a Nock Collar for increased back-end durability. Hands down, the Kinetic Pierce Platinum is an arrow for bowhunters who demand the best.

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2 Beman's ICS White Out ($76.99 per 6; www. heman.com) arrows feature ultra-bright white/gray Realtree AP Snow camo, which boosts in-flight visibility and improves shot-placement identification. The white surface improves blood visibility to help you best decide when to begin tracking arrowed game. ICS White Out arrows include precision-machined aluminum inserts and indexable, factory-installed S-Nocks. American-made, the ICS White Out incorporates Beman's proprietary multi-layered carbon for speed, consistency and durability, A +/- .003-inch straightness rating rounds out this snazzy new arrow.

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3 Why trust your next moment of truth to anything less than the best? Easton's micro-diameter Full Metal Jacket arrows ($79.99 per 6; www.eastonhunting.com) have long been bowhunter hot picks. Why? They unlock your bow's full penetrating power with added kinetic energy, lower friction and augmented downrange velocity. Plus, they boast exceptional tolerances with benchmark straightness memory, the products of carbon-aluminum construction. Now, Easton offers the Full Metal Jacket in three powerful diameters: 4MM, 5MM and the all-new 6MM FMJ. Pull the trigger with the arrow that drives deeper and kills faster.

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4 Carbon Tech has announced exciting new graphics for many of its shafts, including the super fast Cheetah 45/70 ($154.99 per dozen, fletched; www.carbontecharrows.com). The lightweight, carbon-composite Cheetah is perfect for 3-D shooters and bowhunters. The Cheetah is one of the most durable thin-walled arrows available today thanks to Carbon Tech's proprietary, multi-directional layered design that also enhances accuracy. The Cheetah 45/70 features a 400 spine and weighs 6.4 grains per inch, allowing bowhunters to use a heavier broadhead for added FOC and downrange penetration without sacrificing speed.

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5 The VAP TKO represents Victory Archery's ($94.99 per 6; www.victoryarchery.com) latest VAP shaft. It's made from 100-percent carbon with 45-degree Flat Tow Weave, a construction at the heart of Victory's Low Torque Technology that delivers unparalleled tolerances. A .166-inch shaft diameter improves flight during windy conditions and penetrates like a champ. Micro-diameter shafts require quality components, which is why Victory Archery pairs the VAP TKO with its all-new VAP Shock Insert for precision broadhead alignment and unparalleled durability. While the standard VAP Shock weighs 35 grains, a 95-grain stainless-steel option is also available. The dual-purpose Nano Ceramic ICE coating enhances penetration while hunting and simplifies target removal.

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6 Black Eagle Arrows developed the all-new Spartan ($77.99 per 6; www.blackeaglearrows.com) by combining the best characteristics from both small-and large-diameter arrows. The Spartan's small outside diameter delivers maximum accuracy and penetration, but like larger arrows, it utilizes an insert for easier arrow removal while practicing, and to reinforce the arrow's front end for bone-shattering impacts. Spines are available in 300, 350, 400 and 500 sizes. Spartans are available fletched with 2-inch Blazer vanes, and stainless-steel inserts and nock bushings offer rugged dependability. Like the vicious Spartan army from the past this arrow is a ruthless killer.

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7 Bloodsport's proprietary Rugged Wrap Construction process provides a thicker carbon wall than most shafts on the all-new Evidence ($89.99 per 6; www.bloodsport.co). When combined with the R.O.C. system, the Evidence is one of the toughest arrows ever built. The ultra-small diameter instigates greater penetration and reduces wind drift. The Evidence unleashes accuracy, toughness and power-packed performance, and it comes pre-fletched with 2-inch vanes for unparalleled speed and durability. The patent-pending Blood Ring is longer on all Evidence shafts compared to Blood-sport's other shafts to help you better determine your hit. With a +/-1-grain weight tolerance and .001-inch straightness rating, the Evidence delivers the performance hardcore hunters demand.

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8 Carbon Express' Maxima Blu R2 ($89.99 per 6; www.carbonexpressarrows.com) incorporates world-class tolerances with high-performance features, such as RED ZONE Technology for precision accuracy with hard-hitting power. Red Zone Technology utilizes stiffer shaft ends to concentrate flexing to the middle of the shaft. Testing proves the technology flies broadheads and fieldpoints equally. A proprietary Bulldog Nock Collar protects the shaft against nock-end impacts. Launchpad Precision Nocks come standard, and the arrows are available fletched with Bohning Blazer vanes. Both 6- and 12-pack sets are sorted and matched for weight and spine for unrivaled consistency, Spine options are 150,250 and 350.
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Author:McDougal, Darron
Publication:Petersen's Bowhunting
Article Type:Buyers guide
Date:Jul 27, 2016
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