• huntography

    Truly epic post Mark!

    Momentum, like you mentioned, is something most folks overlook. I’d rather have a heavier arrow and arrowdhead that has less fps than a lighter head and arrow that has a higher fps. You want that momentum to keep that arrow going!

    Here’s my Elk set Up for this year:

    Bow: Bowtech Insanity CPXL 70lbs
    Arrow: Easton Axis
    Spine: 300
    Weight: 500 gr
    Speed: 294 fps
    Kinetic energy: 95.99
    Arrowhead – Srickland’s Archery – The Helix 125 gr
    Vanes – Blazer right helical
    Sight: Montana Black Gold Ambush w/ 6in Dovetail
    Rest: Arizona Archery DOA

    My Rinehart 18-1 is getting destroyed as a result of my new setup. And I’m not complaining.

    I’m confident that if/when I get my shot on my first bull elk this fall, that I should get a pass thru and a massive wound channel with the 125 gr Helix and setup above.

    Good luck Mark ;)


    • SoleAdventure

      Thanks, Rudy! You’ve got a killer setup going. 500 grains and 294 fps…that’s momentum!

      • OldMoBoy

        Normally I would be concerned with that Helix, but you have a bit of momentum/energy to spare. Anything that causes more tissue damage like that broad head will bleed energy and make a pass thru less likely.

  • Kevin Jones

    Good read! I always get a sick feeling in my stomach when people tell me they hit an elk with their bow and arrow but they didn’t get much penetration and lost the blood trail… I don’t feel it is ethical unless you are hunting with proper gear which will give you that momentum, speed, and everything else you are talking about. Great read Mark.

  • Tyler Dominguez

    I spoke with two hunters last year on the mountain that lost their elk. Both were using mechanical heads and both swore they made good shots. This will be the first year for me using a compound, and Marks articles have been a huge help and very educational. This article in particular has just reaffirmed what traditional guys know because we shoot at much slower fps, we need weight and kinetic energy. Thanks again Mark. It

    • SoleAdventure

      Thank you, Tyler! Us compound guys have a lot that we can learn from you trad guys. ;-)

    • OldMoBoy

      Very good point you make Tyler. Elk + Mechanicals = Lost. With elk it’s about penetration, less about damage. Look at the broad head Mark is using. That style or a razor trick type cut on contact is the way to go IMHO.

  • Mark, great job. I am thinking maybe I should reconsider what I am currently shooting based on this article.

    I just went to a local archery shop here and they set me up with the Easton Axis arrows. Here is my setup:

    Bow: PSE Hammer 64lbs (335 IBO, never chronoed my setup)
    Arrow: Easton Axis
    Spine: 400 (9 GPI)
    Broadhead: Undecided
    Vanes: Blazer
    Rest: QAD Ultra Rest HDX

    What are your thoughts?

    • SoleAdventure

      I’m missing a few key numbers to know everything about your arrow setup. For example, what length are they cut to? Calculate your total weight and go from there. The Axis are a good shaft in general, but what do they weigh with your setup. If you need to boost the weight you can shoot a 125g broadhead or add insert weight (which will also increase FOC), but make sure that your spine will still be stiff enough if you try that. It’s a balancing act…