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Help my arrows don't fly straight!!!!!!

i just made a bow from pvc pipe it works great but my arrows don't fly straight they are very dangerous but as i said need work i have looked and looked for fletching tips so can you send me some hints

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flechings if you dind know what theese are then dont bother makeing arrows also go to home depot and get some 16 gauge welding steel to make good tips
11richie214 years ago
feathers on your arrows allow them to fly more accurately out of my experiences with a homemade bow i made
knexmaniac6 years ago
i dont know if this will help you, bot drill a hole in it and fire
kola6 years ago
my opinion on why your arrows don't fly straight is because 1.your arrows are not straight 2.your arrows don't have fletchings 3.you did not draw the bow properly or you did not nock the arrow properly 4.your bow does not have an arrow shelve,basicly a nock to hold the arrow so,make proper fletched arrows and improve your bow skills.You shoul not tighten the bowstring to much.Also,visit my user to view my new instructable on how to make a wooden blowgun
whatsisface7 years ago
if you tried all of the above, and you have fletchings, it may be down to your perhaps inconsistent technique. I would reccomend either using dowel or buying arrow shafts cheaply. I would start by straightening the arrows, adding fletchings and then looking at your technique.
NachoMahma7 years ago
. You arrows need to be straight. Your's has a curve to it.
>doh< I should have spotted that. Douggiedevil, you need to fix your arrow's shaft before even thinking about fletching or heads.
jtobako7 years ago
Computer ate my reply : ( Try spine instead of fletching when searching. Leatherwall, the bowyer's den or stickbow are all good places to start reading. Arrows have to flex to work, but not too much or too little. Some of the things that can affect the amount of flex include how flexible the shaft of the arrow is, as well as how long the arrow is (longer is stiffer), how long your draw is(changing the effective length of the arrow and how strong the bow is), how strong your bow is, how heavy the arrowhead is (heavier heads make the arrow more flexible), how far the arrow rest is from the center of the bow (farther off center needs a more flexible arrow), how you release the string (not just consistant release but where on the string the arrow sits)... Which way is the arrow going wild? Up or down is an error in where the arrow is on the string, left or right is an error in spine. I'd have to look up which way is which error, it's been a while.
douggiedevil (author)  jtobako7 years ago
thanks and the arrow went random but mostly the tail end would take plaece of the front
Simplest fletching is a two-'feather' duct tape style, about 4-5 inches long. Just take one piece of tape, lay it flat, put the arrow on it, then another piece of tape on that (sticky sides inside the 'sandwich'). I'd guess that you have too much weight at the tip-'normal' arrows only have a fraction of an ounce in the tip-about a coin's worth. The weight of the tip is not speeding up fast enough, so the flexibility of the shaft is just twisting the arrow rather than driving the front.
Pat Sowers7 years ago
Also take note of this. dont keep the bow stringed for the entire time you have it you should unstring it when your done and restring it when you are going to use it. If you keep it stringed then the pvc bow will keep that bent shape and you will lose power.
Pat Sowers7 years ago
Go to a hunting shop and bye some carbon arrows or aluminum arrows. (Btw pvc is not to strong so be very careful because it could splinter sending peaces into your face.)
> Go to a hunting shop and bye some carbon arrows or aluminum arrows. . Excellent idea. For his purposes, a high-dollar hunting shaft is not required - a cheaper "practice" shaft should work. . > pvc is not to strong so be very careful because it could splinter . Good point. If a nock has been cut and the bow is powerful enough, I can see the string splitting the "arrow" and sending pieces everywhere. Over-flexing would do the same thing, probably with more force.
I was talking about the bow itself not the arrows. The pvc could splinter if you put to much strain on it. If it were a new peace of pvc it would have less of a chance of braking and it still could but the fact that you are using an old peace of pvc it very dangerous. (Old pvc = microscopic scratches = small fractures = splintering of braking.)
douggiedevil (author)  NachoMahma7 years ago
it's only the bow thats is made out of pvc the arrows are small bamboo they are powerful at close range and have a highish vioesity but they don't fly straight but thanks for the tip
douggiedevil (author)  Pat Sowers7 years ago
it's only the bow thats is made out of pvc the arrows are small bamboo they are powerful at close range and have a highish vioesity but they don't fly straight but thanks for the tip
Ok, but I was talking about the bow. The pvc could splinter if you put to much strain on it. If it were a new peace of pvc it would have less of a chance of braking and it still could but the fact that you are using an old peace of pvc it very dangerous. (Old pvc = microscopic scratches = small fractures = splintering of braking.)
Kiteman7 years ago
Are the arrows PVC as well? Or something else?
douggiedevil (author)  Kiteman7 years ago
the arrows are made from small bamboo like a garden stake some wire for the deadly bit and a sinker for the wait at the end
get rid of the weight at the front, add flights. Since you're using bamboo, you could try screwing the flights from a dart in the hole at the end, but wear a glove on your bow-holding hand (plastic flights will cut you).

Otherwise, glue pieces of feather (maybe from an elderly shuttlecock?) spaced evenly around the arrow. When shooting the arrows (bows don't "fire"), make sure that the flights are arranged so that two flights are near the bow, and one sticking out, otherwise the flights will get stripped off as they pass the bow.
drummer ian7 years ago
depends how flexible the arrows are, it's known as the archers paradox in proper archery arrows are calculated on the power of your bow. Another problem may be fletchings, do you have them? If not i would suggest putting some on, you can either buy some, (3 per arrow, 120 degrees between them), and stick them on with super glue(works better than proper fletching glue, trust me!) orrr you can make some from plastic. Hope this helps
douggiedevil (author)  drummer ian7 years ago
cool ill have a go
> depends how flexible the arrows are . The flip side of this is your bow may be too powerful for your arrows. . When an arrow is launched, it flexes a LOT (look for a slo-mo video). Too much flex will affect accuracy. . Fletching will probably help.
This is true