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Gold Tip Byron Ferguson Heavy Hunter Carbon Shafts

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REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
Gold Tip Byron Ferguson Heavy Hunter Carbon Shafts
 
3.9

(based on 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

    Cons

    • Inconsistent spine (3)

    Best Uses

    • Hunting (8)
    • Target (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes (5), No (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Yes, it's INDESTRUCTABLE

    The first thing I noticed was how this 400 shaft felt in my hand. At 13.5 grains per inch, close to full length, the Byron Ferguson Heavy Hunter by Gold Tip felt heavy...Read complete review

    The first thing I noticed was how this 400 shaft felt in my hand. At 13.5 grains per inch, close to full length, the Byron Ferguson Heavy Hunter by Gold Tip felt heavy and thick in my hand. How heavy? With a 145 grain target tip, and 5.5 inch banana feathers the final arrow weight was a little over 650 grains. The other thing I noticed was the beautiful oak grain finish. The final look is something like a midieval war arrow.

    I took my six test arrows and went to my local pro shop to do some testing of my own. Bill Hickey, the owner, was more than willing to test these arrows and "blow some ---- up." I believe he's been in business since the 70s, has a deep history with traditional archery, and is expert at arrow tuning. He has a full service shop that is oriented to both the target shooter and the hunter. The first thing he did was spin the shafts of the finished arrows on a whatchmacallit. We could see how much the shaft or different parts of the arrow, like the nock, insert, or point wabbled. On the outside all of the shafts were very true. On 4 of the shafts either the insert appeared to be bent or not seated correctly. The same was the case with some of the nocks. Three rivers installed the inserts so I can't comment on their condition. The nocks were already in place. Assuming that these were new inserts that came with the shafts, I wonder about the consistency of manufacture of the inside of the shaft. I say this because the outside of the shaft seemed to be so true, while the nocks, inserts, and new tips were sometimes off center, by very little. Two out of the six arrows seemed perfect to Bill and I.

    Next we gave one of the arrows a speed test through the chronograph. I have a 27 1/4 inch draw. After 3 passes, the 33 and 3/4 inch arrow, shot from my 50lb A&H one piece long bow, averaged 164 feet per second. My first thought was how sluggish compared to the 194 fps I got with my 411 grain arrows. Bill made a quick calculation and discovered that the kinetic energy produced with this heavy arrow was 40 ft. lbs. That was 5 ft. lbs. more than my lighter arrow traveling at the faster speed. I felt a lot better about the slower speed.

    NOW FOR THE REAL FUN: It was about 10pm. We had waited till Bill closed the 24 indoor shooting lanes. Bill called to Kenny, "let's blow some ---- up." I wanted to duplicate the test Byron Ferguson had done on his video with these shafts using my lighter poundage bow. I didn't believe the Byron Ferguson Heavy Hunter shafts would survive our test after my previous experience with going through 3 dozen of another manufacturer's shafts. The other manufacturer has a similar video showing their arrows with broadheads surviving a shot into a cinder block.

    I purchased a 2 inch thick 18 inch square concrete paver. I set it up at 10 yards with a 4 foot wide Block target butt behind it. I could hear Bill call from the other room, "don't shoot that arrow with out me." With my witnesses present I drew back and let fly. The next thing I knew I was tying to jump out of the way of the arrow that came bouncing right back at me. It bounced off the wall behind me. Caution. Wear safety goggles if you ever choose to do this, and maybe a bear suit, or armor, etc. I picked up the arrow. Bill handed me the nock that had flown off. The shaft was unaffected. Except for the now blunt tip, the arrow seemed perfect. I stuck the nock on and let the same arrow rip again. This time I jumped out of the way as the arrow bounced off the concrete and smacked the wall behind me. Off popped the nock, but again the shaft seemed unaffected. Bill said, do you want to try a 72lb long bow. I love heavy bows and said sure. Wow did this thing stack. I just barely got to my anchor point. Wham. There was definitely a higher impact. I turned sideways just in time for the nockless shaft to hit me in a tendon above my ankle. Four days later it's still a little sore. Again, the shaft seemed perfect. I gave it another try with the heavy longbow, did a 180 and watched the arrow scoot between my legs before hitting the wall. Bill said "I told you to jump out of the way." At 57 I'm not much of the fast twitch muscle jumping type. Bill said, do you want to try a compound bow. What do you think? Of course. Bill came out with his 65lb Martin that he shoots with fingers. I moved the concrete block back to 20 yards. I don't know how old Bill is but he's not the jumping type either. Bill took a practice shot with an ICS Camo Hunter with a field tip. The arrow bounced a few feet off of the concrete broken at 90 degrees just behind the insert. He nocked the same arrow I'd been shooting. I didn't know Bill could move so fast as he dodged the arrow that smacked the wall behind him. I picked up the arrow. Kenny found the nock. The shaft looked like it was if perfect condition. Not only that but the feathers I had put on with fletching tape were perfectly adhered. Yes I roughed up the shafts Scotch Bright before installing them.

    We all handled the arrow. We were all impressed. Bill said "this is the toughest arrow I have ever seen. I'd pay more per half dozen." I have to agree. When I consider that I break one or two arrows per week shooting walkthroughs and 3Ds, my budget for arrows is quite high. I could pay twice the price and still be money ahead with these arrows.

    I didn't put the arrow back on the rollers to see how straight it was after all of that abuse, but I did put it through another test. Sunday I shot most of a 3D tournament with it. The fletchings got wet, so I shot about 1/3 of the tournament with another arrow from the same batch. I didn't have much time to practice with this Heavy Hunter, so my score shouldn't be a reflection of the quality of this arrow. The arrow flew straight. I can't shoot a breath mint out of the air with an arrow, but I did hit the kill zone of the Velociraptor on a 50 yard downhill challenge shot. I also missed three targets with no ill affects on the arrows. After the tournament I shot another 17 targets on the walk through using the half dozen shafts on each target. Having arrows I couldn't break made a big difference in shots I was willing to try. I tried every long shot I could. I shot each arrow at every target at least once. There's a bale 70 yards up hill that I've been trying to hit for months but have been too timid to shoot many arrows at. As a result I never could find the right trajectory through the tree branches. I missed 6 times yesterday, my shots falling short of my lighter arrows. I gathered my arrows and shot them again hitting the bale 1 time out of 12. No arrows were harmed in this test.

    Back at the flat range I shot another hour. The heavy arrows really changed my my point on dramatically. My point on went from 50 yards to something closer to not quite 40 yards. Worn out I went home excited about getting more accustomed to these arrows. I'm also interested in testing some 500 shafts and cutting them down to the right spine. In the past I've used arrows of a heavier spine. I keep them long in order to get a thicker stronger shaft wall, and still be the correct spine. My hope is that the 500s will be tough enough to take the same punishment and shoot straight after. They should be faster than the Heavy Hunter 400s and still deliver more kinetic energy than my old 411 grain arrows.

    To wrap this review up: These are the toughest arrows I have ever shot. I couldn't damage one. They are a little stiffer spine than the other 400s I used to shoot including ICS and Trophy Ridge. Something about our set up only yielded 2 perfect arrows out of six, but for my level of shooting from a long bow they are deadly accurate. I'll be buying more of these arrows and I expect the shafts to outlast me! Thank you Bill for helping me with the testing. Thank you Gold Tip for manufacturing these shafts. Thank you Byron Ferguson for putting your name on these arrows. It's the signature of quality, value, and integrity.

    Video to follow. Laugh and learn.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    DIFFERENT STROKES....

    My buddy got some and even though our draw weight and length differ his shafts were cut at 29" and the bare flew out of my 63# Predator like a dream. My...Read complete review

    My buddy got some and even though our draw weight and length differ his shafts were cut at 29" and the bare flew out of my 63# Predator like a dream. My fiancee got me a dozen for Xmas. The company cut them 1/2" short and they were hitting stiff. I tried so many things and sad I may had to buy another dozen and trade or sell the 28.5"'s. As a desperate measure I removed my bow quiver, lo and behold the straighten out. So far one of the shafs hits weak. Ihave no idea why only that does that but it does. I'm gonna bare shaft all of them to see what transpires. I shot my buddies with quiver still on and his 29" flew awesome. Forgot to try it without. Keep trying til my set up are one with each other. The point being, a half inch changes the spine dramatically. Will keep everyone posted. Oh, missed the bale and hit the CMU wall behind it and sent my shaft sommersalting like a trapeze artist landind insertless and nockless with a cracked end. First run in with concrete and it gave in. I would recommend HH's only after more research is done. Manufacturers are faulting somewhere.

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    2.0

    No silver lining!

    By TONYTOX

    from LOS ANGELES

    Pros

    • Durable as heck

    Cons

    • Inconsistent Spine
    • Too Expensive For 006± S

    Best Uses

    • 3d Steel S

    Comments about Gold Tip Byron Ferguson Heavy Hunter Carbon Shafts:

    The shaft is awesome except that for it's price the shaft straightness is .006 and the spine differs quite a bit from shaft to shaft of the same spine/ batch. I had to cut the shaft to barely ½" clearance to achieve proper arrow flight and come down in point weight to 145gr. I prefer 200gr. I had 3 incidents where the arrow wasn't forgiving and I lost 3 deer. 2 of those was due to lack of penetration. I don't see our SoCal mulies being that tuff. Especially 1 or 2 year olds. I'm sure they work well for others but not my shoe size. Going back to aluminum or FMJ.

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    • Yes

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    5.0

    Amazing arrow!

    By Ryan T

    from South Lyon, MI

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good flight
    • Straight
    • Strong

    Cons

    • Price

    Best Uses

    • Hunting

    Comments about Gold Tip Byron Ferguson Heavy Hunter Carbon Shafts:

    While they are expensive, they are by far the finest arrows I have ever shot. They fly straight, and 3Rivers fletched them incredibly well. They are matte finished and are perfect for hunting with traditional bows with heavy broadheads. They are the ultimate arrow for big game!

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    • No

    Comment on this review

     
    4.0

    New Favorite Arrow

    By barbow

    from canada

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Consistant
    • Durable
    • Good Wood Grain

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Hunting
      • Stump Shooting
      • Target

      Comments about Gold Tip Byron Ferguson Heavy Hunter Carbon Shafts:

      I've bent and broken over a dozen Easton 2020 aluminum, and Heritage 250's over the last year on stumps, so I figured I would try the nearly indestructible HH arrows. First off, I don't believe that any arrow will be completely bomb proof, but if I break less arrows, the extra price will be worth it in the long run. The 400 spine arrows shoot very well out of my Howard Hill Cheetah, and my Black Widow longbow. Just as well as my Heritage 250s. And though its only superficial, the wood grain is much nicer. Also, these are definitely a little thicker and heavier than the 250s. I only have tested one shaft with a cinder block, and at 10 yards the arrow was completely unscathed, and the cinder block has a 1/4" deep hole in it. The nock did come out a bit, but there were no cracks at either end of the shaft. I can't say they won't break, but I would never try the same test with one of the heritages, as I know they surely would. These definitely are more money then I would usually spend, but if I'm not going through a dozen a year due to breakage, they will be well worth it.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Very Nice Shaft !!! I will buy only this

      By Shrek

      from Brazil - Ribeirão Preto

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Best Can Shoot Anythin

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Hunt
        • Targeting

        Comments about Gold Tip Byron Ferguson Heavy Hunter Carbon Shafts:

        I do use it now for practicing... intend do use for the rest of my life.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        4.0

        i love them but...

        By johnny nube

        from bronx,ny

        Pros

        • Accurate
        • Quiet

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Gold Tip Byron Ferguson Heavy Hunter Carbon Shafts:

            I love these arrows. they are accurate and quiet. since I got them I've been shooting better groups the only draw back is every time I hit something hard such as wood the insert seems to pop out. im not sure if its the adhesive they used or its a defect from the manufacture. I would have given them 5 stars if it wasn't for that. 3 rivers did an amazing job with the fletching.

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            • No

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            1.0

            NOT ALL THAT SHINES...

            By TONYTOX

            from LOS ANGELES

            Pros

              Cons

              • Inconsistent Flight
              • Inconsistent Spine

              Best Uses

              • Bowhunti G

              Comments about Gold Tip Byron Ferguson Heavy Hunter Carbon Shafts:

              I shot all my shafts bare. 9 out of 12 shoot fairly well. Not my form or release because it's the exact same arrows doing the exact same thing.I feel like I'm sorting out wood shafts. Only a percentage are shootable, an even less for hunting big game.

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              • Yes

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              3.0

              DIFFERENT STROKES....

              By TONYTOX

              from LOS ANGELES

              Pros

              • Struggling

              Cons

              • Difficult To Bare Shaft
              • Expensive For The Trouble
              • Inconsistent Spine
              • Not as durable

              Best Uses

              • Hunting

              Comments about Gold Tip Byron Ferguson Heavy Hunter Carbon Shafts:

              My buddy got some and even though our draw weight and length differ his shafts were cut at 29" and the bare flew out of my 63# Predator like a dream. My fiancee got me a dozen for Xmas. The company cut them 1/2" short and they were hitting stiff. I tried so many things and sad I may had to buy another dozen and trade or sell the 28.5"'s. As a desperate measure I removed my bow quiver, lo and behold the straighten out. So far one of the shafs hits weak. Ihave no idea why only that does that but it does. I'm gonna bare shaft all of them to see what transpires. I shot my buddies with quiver still on and his 29" flew awesome. Forgot to try it without. Keep trying til my set up are one with each other. The point being, a half inch changes the spine dramatically. Will keep everyone posted. Oh, missed the bale and hit the CMU wall behind it and sent my shaft sommersalting like a trapeze artist landind insertless and nockless with a cracked end. First run in with concrete and it gave in. I would recommend HH's only after more research is done. Manufacturers are faulting somewhere.

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              • Yes

              Comment on this review

               
              5.0

              Great arrows!

              By rdcartoon

              from Westwood, NJ

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fly Beautifully
              • Good Looking
              • Strong

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Hunting
                • Target

                Comments about Gold Tip Byron Ferguson Heavy Hunter Carbon Shafts:

                I love these arrows. I love the way they look, the way they feel and especially the way they shoot. I am very happy with my purchase.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Great arrows.

                By Rdcartoon

                from Westwood, NJ

                Comments about Gold Tip Byron Ferguson Heavy Hunter Carbon Shafts:

                These arrows are awesome. They are strong...very strong and they fly beautifully. I am so happy with these I cant wait to take them hunting.
                I purchased six but will order more soon.

                Comment on this review

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great Carbon Shafts

                By Andy

                from Jenison, MI

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Gold Tip Byron Ferguson Heavy Hunter Carbon Shafts:

                      Easy to work with and shoot great. I have bounced them off my fence a couple time and are as good as new.

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                      • Yes

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