January 27, 2021
By Tony J. Peterson
Easton FMJ 4MM
Easton’s Full Metal Jackets have been the demise of a lot of big critters over the years. This trend, with the release of the new and improved FMJ 4MM options, isn’t likely to slow down in 2021. Made in the USA and designed for serious penetration, these arrows are offered in standard or match-grade batches, in spines of 250 to 400. To carry your chosen broadhead, the revamped 4MMs utilize the new 8-32 point outsert system, which weighs 50 grains. These arrows aren’t cheap, but they are designed for the kind of performance serious hunters demand, whether they target mature whitetails, elk or moose.
$160+ | eastonarchery.com
Black Eagle Spartan
Six spine options are offered in Black Eagle’s Spartan arrows. This means that pretty much anyone who could legally own a hunting license has the ability to pick up a dozen of these arrows not only effectively shoot with them, but hunt big game with them as well. Weights range from the 500-spine 6.4gpi shafts up to the 200-spine 11.6gpi arrows. Available in bare shaft or fletched, with the latter featuring 2” vanes, and the Spartan Stainless Steel Nock Bushings and Inserts.
$85 - $150 | blackeaglearrows.com
With a straightness tolerance of +/-.001”, the Evidence shafts from Bloodsport are built for accuracy. They are also designed around the idea that micro-diameter is better than standard, which is most obvious when you realize that these shafts measure just .165”. Four spine options are available, but no matter what size you choose, you can rest assured that your arrows will feature the Blood Ring technology to aid in post-shot recovery and the super durable Rugged Wrap construction to ensure that even if things go a bit wonky and you hit a shoulder blade, you’ll still end up notching your tag.
$90+ | bloodsportarchery.com
Carbon Express D-Stroyer PileDriver
There is a lot of focus in today’s bowhunting market on shooting heavy arrows so that we can get through bone and put two holes in the animals we’re hunting. This is a good thing, and it’s made even better with solid options like the new D-Stroyer PileDriver from Carbon Express. Weighing anywhere from 10.4gpi up to 13.1gpi, these DualSpine arrows are built not only to penetrate well, but to fly like darts no matter what type of broadhead they’re delivering. Fletched, 6-packs or available or you can opt for a bare dozen.
$65 - $120 | feradyne.com
Gold Tip Airstrike
Over the last couple of seasons I’ve shot Gold Tip arrows a lot, and they’ve absolutely won me over both at the range and in the field. While they’ve got several killer options for bowhunters, if you want serious quality then look no further than the Airstrikes. These .204” diameter (ID) arrows are built with a +/- .001” straightness tolerance and +/- .5-grain weight tolerance. The exclusive Dyna-Shield coating on the Airstrikes produces better penetration on game and makes it easier to pull your ammo out of your targets. Multiple spines in either bare or fletched options are available. If you’re into buying your arrows already fletched and also love excellent broadhead flight, check out Gold Tip’s four-fletch options.
$120 - $260 | goldtip.com
PSE Carbon Force HD Hunter
PSE is a powerhouse in bow design and production, but they make plenty of accessories and even ammo. Their Carbon Force lineup offers a wide range of arrows, with the new HD Hunters a great choice for big game bowhunters. Multiple spine options are available in weights that range from 7.5gpi up to 9.3gpi, in these arrows that are fletched with 2” Blazer Vanes. Each dozen is sorted and matched by both weight and spine to ensure that the 12 you buy will fly the way you want them to.
$90+ | pseearchery.com
Victory VAP-SS Elite
Released last year, Victory’s VAP-SS arrows are still a top contender for a spot in anyone’s quiver thanks to the MAXXKE Technology, which utilizes an advanced 3K carbon weave to reduce torque, produce faster in-flight recovery, and increase spine consistency. Ultra-tight weight and spine tolerances are a given with the micro-diameter Elites, which also feature the company’s ICE coating. This not only increases penetration on all game animals, but also makes practice sessions much more enjoyable because you won’t have to use an arrow puller or embarrass yourself trying to remove your ammo from your 3D targets.
$170+ | victoryarchery.com