King Peter has decreed that we must shoot smaller vane, 4 fletched arrows this year for increased accuracy at longer range. The theory is that arrows start becoming subject to the 'parachute effect' as the arrow slows, and the drag induced by the vanes overwhelms the stability of the centrifugal effect. Think of the old school paratroopers swinging about under their canopies during WW2. It got a lot of them hurt or even killed. The smaller, more aerodynamic fletches retain slightly more velocity and become less stable at longer ranges. Or at least, that seems to be the theory.
I have my big, fat old 3 fletchers in white, and the smaller 4 fletchers in green and put them both to the test in real world conditions to see if all this theory bears out. I found that at around 60 yards, there is very little to no difference between the two. At 75 yards, the little four fletch arrows land more accurately than the big 3 fletchers. As a bow hunter for me it is a non-issue; I need to hit accurately out to 20~30 yards and that's it. But for the target shooter in me... this may be of concern. I don't like the way the four fletchers poke at my face when I come to anchor... but the results of this testing are what they are. I still have more to do but that is the way of it for now.
At times like these there seems to be a lot of bad things going on. My experience in life is that these tumultuous times often give way to good ones. Maybe the best thing to do is gear down, focus on the preps and try and stay loose and easy.
Have yourselves a great Tuesday.