Straight to the Point

Follow these basic suggestions to select the right arrow point for your hunting or target-shooting needs.

Photo by Adobe Stock/Ekaterina Senyutina 

Arrows have evolved over 10,000 years to become the highly efficient projectiles we know today. Many different components work together to make an arrow shoot straight and true, and they can all be adjusted to achieve the best shot possible.

Here, I’ll discuss the point on the front of the shaft, including the different types of points available, how point weight impacts an arrow’s flight, and how to choose the right point for your setup.

But first, you should know that modern arrow points can either be glue-on or screw-in. Traditional archers who shoot wooden shafts are about the only people who use glue-on points. These days, nearly all archers prefer a screw-in mounting system with a threaded insert that’s been glued into the end of the arrow shaft. Screw-in points are versatile because they allow you to exchange points. The following instructions assume you’re using screw-in arrow points.

And Your Point Is?

 A variety of different arrow points are available to choose from.

Competitive and hobby target archers commonly use field points because they cause limited damage to a target. These smooth points also allow the arrow to be easily withdrawn after striking the target. I recommend you keep at least a few field points in your kit.

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