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George

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I recently received a castoff Bear Wolverine from my young nephew.  Having some of that government money that was burning a hole in his pocket, he decided to take up archery.  This is one of the many things he has taken up only to lose interest in a short time.  He decided to send the bow my way with all that he had purchased to go along with it.  This regalia included one dozen Chinese arrows that were actually quite attractive.  They were full length at 321/2 inches.  This particular length is much longer than I shoot which 291/4"- give or take.  I didn't think I would be able to shoot such long arrows with the set up of my present bows.  To my shock, the arrows were extremely accurate.  At my first shooting session, I had to try to miss the target, whatever it might be.  They shot surprisingly straight and flat in trajectory.  I never have been a fan of arrows that hang three inches over the shelf.  I guess I am old school in that regard.  I grew up watching Fred Bear whose arrows just about touched his knuckle.  That may sound silly but is what I emulated and it always worked well for me.

So what do you all think about my experience?  I would be most interested in hearing the expertise that fills the pages of this site.  I hope you will offer your insight.

George 
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That's about how long my arrows are in front of the shelf because that's how they tune.  Maybe that's the case with the ones given to you. It also gives me a point on close to 25 yards. I've been shooting a bow for about 60 years. 2Ds and 3Ds for almost 35 years. I have never in all that time noticed how far someone else's arrows are in front of the riser.
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The farther out front your arrow hangs, the "better" the sight picture.  I put better in quotations because I think it is only true in controlled shorter range situations.  I think it also helps as we get older and start losing our near vision.

I'm working on an arrow that is 20 yards long.  That way I can get the point right up near that rascally deer for a perfect shot.  Problem is, I can't find any leather long enough for a back-quiver to hold it 😜
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Steve.  I acquired one of those Chinese leather sewing machines you can borrow to sew chunks of leather together and achieve your goal...
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I did too !

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I agree with the first part of Steve's message. For the second part, there is trick to stretch the arrow to the length you want, but to reveal it a $1,000,000 must be paid first  😷

PS It shows that disregarding what we think about our aiming system used, the brain has its references.If that reference is inside the target contour, the accuracy is increasing exponentially. There is a reason why gappers use long arrows. 

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"It shows that disregarding what we think about our aiming system used, the brain has its references.If that reference is inside the target contour, the accuracy is increasing exponentially. There is a reason why gappers use long arrows. " <<<<<< THIS. 
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Agreed that longer arrows reduce the gap for gap shooters.  Regardless, I don't like my arrows any longer than they need to be, say an inch or so longer than my draw length.  I tune with point weight and or side plate adjustment.  

Sure I can shoot longer arrows, but I find a number of reasons not to.  They require more potential game spooking movement to draw out of a quiver, back or bow quiver, to place on the bow.  In a bow quiver they accentuate bow movement.  In a back quiver, they tend to catch on more stuff than shorter arrows.  In a bow quiver, the nocks often stick into the ground and fill with dirt if you lean your bow against a tree.  

If i were a gap shooter, I'd live with these annoyances and build my arrows as long as long as I could.  But I'm not.  :>[wink]
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Everyone that shoots accurately is a using a gap.
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