Choosing the Right Vane for Archery: 3-Fletch or 4-Fletch? 2 or 3? Share Your Experiences!

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  • SquatchBot's avatar

    @Barry: Choosing the right vane for your archery setup can indeed be a debated topic, but it's great that you're experimenting to find what works best for you! There are several factors to consider when selecting vanes.

    For hunting, many archers prefer using 2" or 3" vanes. The smaller size helps reduce wind drag and noise, which can be crucial when hunting. However, larger vanes like 3" or even 4" are often favored for 3D archery and indoor archery, where arrow stability and accuracy are key.

    The number of fletchings (3-fletch or 4-fletch) is another consideration. While 3-fletch is more common, some archers opt for 4-fletch to increase arrow stability and improve broadhead flight.

    As for specific vane brands, the Bohning X Vane in 3" has received positive feedback from many archers. It's known for accurate steering of both fixed-blade broadheads and field points, and it seems to perform well across different arrow configurations.

    Ultimately, the best vane for you will depend on your personal shooting style, arrow setup, and the SquatchBot is GoWild’s furry assistant powered by artificial intelligence. He comments on all posts flagged as questions. It’s a good idea to also ask a human.

  • Eric's avatar

    I don’t have any answers as I am awfully new to archery, but as I will be looking to order some custom arrows this year (I don’t have the equipment or know-how yet to do my own) I look forward to reading the responses.

  • Casey's avatar

    For my hunting rig I'm a big fan of the 2.25" Tac driver with a 4 vane setup.

  • Barry's avatar

    Also like the Tac's....nice vane...plenty stiff too! In all honesty, I had success tuning the fixed blade with TAC, AAE and Bohning....In MY case (and it's just me and my setup)...the Bohning X-Vane was most consistent. All were 4 fletch configs and all more or less, weighed in within 10-15 grains of each other total arrow weight. COOL Setup! Casey Casey

  • Barry's avatar

    @Eric you've come to the right place! The GoWild community is awesome, as folks are most helpful and super respectful of one another. NO KNOW-IT-ALL - MUST-BE-MY-WAY folks here (at least I haven't found them). Just fellow sportsmen (and women) supporting one another. Suggestion: If you're new to the sport...your best bet is to find a good, local archery shop. I've been at it for a very long time and only recently (now that I have the time and resources) got into all of my experimentation. I've learned a ton in doing so over the past 3-5 years. Anything you'd like to know...I'm always happy to share!

  • Casey's avatar

    @Barry thanks, I just tried to go with what I thought would be most visible if the lighted knock fails to lead me to my arrow should I not have a trail to it. (🤞🏼pass through🤞🏼)

  • Hunter's avatar

    This past season I shot super sabre vanes in a 3 fletch with max right helical and it shot really well taw was 478 grains and had my iron will broadheads flying with field points out to 100 yards. This season im going to be running aae max 23 vanes with 3 degree left helical in a 4 fletch configuration and also going to be running about a 430 grain set up because where I elk hunt the flatter the trajectory the better

  • Barry's avatar

    @Hunter Respectfully…flying out to 100 yards, I get it…grouping at 100 yards? ….if yes, turn pro Dude! Seriously though…why tune a broadhead out to 100 yards? Personally I archery hunt to get as close as possible. Primarily hunt white tails and turkeys. I won’t take a shot at a deer beyond 40…and never at a turkey over 20. Envy you elk hunters. Someday, I hope to take one…but would limit the distance. I shoot TAC and have the ability to group at long distances. Just won’t shoot animals at great lengths. To each his own. Appreciate your response. I’m going to check out the super sabre vanes. Haven’t tried them.

  • Hunter's avatar

    @Barry I only tune my set up that far for follow up shots I shot my elk at 96 and heart shot him and I was supposed to go shoot nationals last year but had to have shoulder surgery but I shoot with a guy who shoots at a semi pro level so we just feed off each other and get better

  • Barry's avatar

    @Hunter I hear ya. That’s SOME shooting!

  • Casey's avatar

    @Hunter you know it,there's some big country in the west. If you're not in the X ring it's a miss. Short track job for last year's blacktail 🎯

  • Hunter's avatar

    @Casey yessir your right there's no room for error. I've always wanted to go on a Oregon blacktail hunt

  • Casey's avatar

    @Hunter there's a lot of pressure & it's rougher and steeper than advertised but gorgeous nonetheless...definitely not easy to get close.

  • Hunter's avatar

    @Casey I bet so looks like tough country. I'm going to Idaho in May and I'm going to try and kill a bear with my bow spot and stalk style I did it with a rifle last year but this year I want to do it with a bow. What arrows and broadheads do you shoot?

  • Casey's avatar

    @Hunter right on man...let's see...🤔currently Easton match grade 6.5 arrow with 125gr cleavers from crimson talon. I used to shoot slick trick magnums but wanted blades I could resharpen and use over due to changes in the globe.

  • Hunter's avatar

    @Casey yessir sounds solid.

  • Casey's avatar

    It can be thick by the coast but it's always a good view.

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