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George

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Hi, guys.  I think the new look for the site is top-notch.

I'm sure this question has come around before but I probably missed it.
What do you all think of Rose City arrows?  Are they worth the money?

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From what I've heard Rose City is gone. True North is the best bet for good arrows from a manufacturer if you're looking for completely done arrows
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I bought a couple dozen new-in-the-box Rose City arrows a couple years back. They were terrible. Crooked as hell, the feathers moved before the glue was dry and most were way uneven, some were very noodly like they weren't dry, and some had terrible runout. If I had paid more than the $40 a dozen I got them for, I would have been very upset. I wouldn't have them personally. 

But, they were very pretty arrows. The cresting was very well done and the colors were great.

I don't buy premade arrows, but If I did I would call Andy at Addictive Archery and see if he can help you. He uses Surewood shafts and is very meticulous about sealing and making sure the fletching is right. Surewood premium shafts are the best I have found, and what I build my arrows with. They are a little heavier than cedar, but more durable as well.

I'm sure there are several places that would make you an excellent set of arrows. But in my opinion Rose City isn't one of them.  
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I read somewhere that Howard Hill bought his arrows from Rose City.  Hard to believe because they are the second worst built arrows I've bought.  The absolute worst were from Wapiti.  They came with the wrong size points and the soot still on them.  They were crooked and the fletching was sloppily done with too much glue.  Stevie Wonder could have done a better job.  This was in 2010.  Frank
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I got about 6 dozen NIB through some trading. Pretty, yes, but all over the map otherwise. Spine, run out, sealing. A couple coats of tru oil solves the latter and the grain being off tend to break those soon enough as they become my stumpers. Although spines are generally consistent across a dozen, Having 2-4 that spine 10# higher is not uncommon. Had some trouble with nock breakage on them so I swap those out immediately.

All in all, they have been totally serviceable, shoot great, and fletching has been fine. I hunt them like any other arrow... But buying new, I’d certainly expect more.

Got a few dozen wapiti tapered brown bear shafts. Plain Jane, but better in every way.

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Have had good luck with Douglas Fir from  Sherwood shafts (very good quality) and Wapiti for cedars

have gotten good finished arrows from Suzanne St Charles (North West archery)  and wilderness  arrows (Dave Larson)

now days just get the raw shafts from the above


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No doubt when Howard bought his from Rose City they were of better quality.
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X2  James         Surewood  DF Shafts and Wapiti for Cedar shafts.  

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They are sold on ebay too. I sent an email asking a question, no answer since then - it was enough to lose the interest. 
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I got some shafts from Sagittarius archery, their website says they get their shafts from rose city, there is a lot of run out, and one of the arrows only has 4 grain lines in it, not very dense. They were pretty straight, however, they have grey lines running all around the shaft, it looks like from their doweling machine but I'm not sure. 
I really like wapitis cedar shafts personally.

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I didn't know Sagittarius carried Rose City!  

I quit buying Rose City shafts several years ago.  Too many problem shafts.   The last set was a dozen 5/16 that had three 11/32 in the batch.  I haven't bought completed arrows from anywhere for many, many, many years.  Making my own is a big part of the enjoyment of archery. 

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I didn't know they did either, I saw it after I bought them. I probably won't buy shafts from them again, now fletchings on the other hand I will. $30 for 100 4" fletching, they are the most precise fletching I've used yet as far as length, I can't speak to their durability just yet.
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Frank:
I doubt seriously that Howard bought his shafts from Rose City because even in those days Rose city shaft were inferior to other manufacture's, he more than likely bought them from McKinney, they were the premier shaft producer in the early years. Their shaft were second to none.

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I haven’t bought store made arrows since before Acme quit selling shafts. I have bought shafts, some from Rose City, no more. I like Wapiti for cedar and Surewood for Doug Fir. I used to get Stika Spruce but the vendor isn’t selling anymore. Presently I have a few doz NOS Acme shafts I bought from an estate sale. 
  if I was going to buy ready made arrows I would check with one of our sponsors here. I am sure they can cover your price range.

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The best made finish arrows that I have ever bought were made by Paul Jalon at Elite Arrows. For raw tapered or parallel POC I use Wapiti.
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Wow!  I didn't know they had such a bad track record.  I'm glad I never bought any as I don't have money to flush down the toilet.  I have purchased aluminum shafts from Andy at Addictive.  I also really like the look of True North Arrows.  

Thanks, guys. I always know where to come when I have a question.

With Much Appreciation,
George
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