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In browsing through Kustom Kings shafting I came across the Bear Paw spruce "hunters" shafts.  Has anybody had any experience or heard any reliable accounts about them?  Spruce seems to be considered to be a tough but yet light wood.  Worth giving a go? 
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I’ve shot them since they came out and have had good luck with them. When I was shooting heavy Bows they (bearpaw) sent me around 300 heavy spined 11/32 shafts and I didn’t have any complaints about them.
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I shoot them as well and like them.

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Thanks,  Justin.  That's  the kind of information I was looking for.   I've decided to try them but was mulling the size of the order.  A dozen was  what I was thinking but maybe it'll be  three dozen.
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They do break from time to time though 😆

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[rofl]
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I wonder about the weight variation in a doz shafts theses days?
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I recently bought 2doz of these and only had 50gr difference. 2 groups of 10 with 4 heavier shafts. Ranged from 420-470.
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Thats a pretty tight range.  I just got a dozen from RMSG that were within 20 grains and all spined exactly 39#.  But, ya gotta pay up for that kind of sorting.
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Reason I asked, some years ago when these shafts were offered by KK I bought a doz to try. In that doz I had 100 grain variation from lightest to heaviest. I tried to sort into groups but ended up with a few shafts in each group. I ended up using them for “shooters”. It’s a good shaft basically, tougher than Cedar in my experience I had with them. But it would have taken maybe 50 shafts to get a enough for matched hunting arrows. It looks like the sorting process has improved so I will give them another shot.
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Well I guess I'll have to be the naysayer.  I've found spruce to be very fragile.  Broke a couple shooting into a bag target.  Had 8 in my back quiver when it tipped over, 3 more broke.  This was weird because they all broke in the same spot at the base of the fletch.  These were Sitka Spruce (if it makes a difference) and my only experience with spruce.  Perhaps they were a bad bunch?  Frank
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Thanks for the additional view, Frank.  I'm thinking it may have been a bad batch too.  Spruce is renowned for it's strength to weight ratio and is often used in boat building.

I'm just going to jump and see what the outcome is.

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Please keep us posted.  I'm thinking of getting a dozen myself, but when on a limited budget it helps to have input on how stuff works out.

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I find spruce to brittle when comes to arrow shafts, little number of groth rings....i saw friends use them and brake them with any solid contact..wereas my satndard cedars stays intact....if you want to order european woods take finnish pine from jerry hills french arrowmaker or order them from tas arrows schaffhausen switzerland...tough as nails
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I find spruce to brittle when comes to arrow shafts, little number of groth rings....i saw friends use them and brake them with any solid contact..wereas my standard cedars stayed intact....if you want to order european woods take finnish pine from jerry hills french arrowmaker or order them from tas arrows schaffhausen switzerland...tough as nails
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