***The shop will be closed from 17-19 June for this event so that the Long Range Archery staff and Prostaff can attend the shoot.***
Boyne Mountain, MI 2017
If you haven't heard of the Prime Total Archery Challenge (TAC) you are seriously missing out. This is one of the funnest archery courses our team has ever shot. 2017 marks the second year that TAC will be here in Michigan at Boyne Mountain. Michigan's 2016 premier was the largest first year turn out for the TAC event, which travels across the country setting up some very cool and challenging courses. What you can expect from this course is to take a ski lift to the top of the mountain and pick one of 3 adult courses or two kids courses. The following is just a little bit about the event.
100+ 3D archery targets
You can do any course and start at any time within the open times. Remember this is a fun shoot.
Multiple Courses for different skill levels. (You can shoot any course and scoot in to a comfortable range)
Locals Course-15-40 yd shots with minimal angles
Prime Course (toughest course but a lot of fun)- Rocky Mountain Western Shoot, 40-100 yds with steep angles and tougher shots
Mtn Ops Course– 25-65 yds with steep angles and good shots that test your skill
Stationary Kids Range 10 target shoot at dinosaurs and Zombies!
Kids Course- 12 target from 5-20 yds. This is a great beginners course and fun kids shoot.
So how do you get ready to shoot 100+ yards? The proper arrow and sight selection will save you a big headache and get you in the right direction.
Arrows: For long distance shooting, proper arrow selection can make a huge impact on performance. We look at a few main factors besides having the correct spine of arrow for your draw length/poundage. The first is selecting an arrow from a reputable company and choosing a shaft tolerance of .003 or less. The shaft tolerance determines the straightness of your arrows and is a good starting point when selecting a high performance arrow. The second factor is shaft diameter and overall arrow weight. The thinner the shaft diameter, the less wind drag the arrow will have. Factoring in wind drag at distance is very important for two reasons. Less surface area on the shaft limits the effects that wind can push an arrow left or right as well as retaining velocity for maximum stability. Going back to the overall arrow weight works towards the same goal as the shaft diameter. We like to have an overall arrow weight between 380-400 grains which we have found to be a good ratio of speed and the ability to buck (resist) wind drift.
(Left to right) Victory V-force standard diameter, Victory TKO with 35 grain Insert/outsert, Black Eagle Deep Impact with 140 grain glue in point, Victory VX-25 with 120 Grain glue in point.)
Lets take a look at points/tips as it relates to the overall weight, as well as what is call Forward Of Center (FOC). If we are looking for a high performance arrow we are looking for the most concentric and streamline arrow for the least amount of flight disturbance. This can be achieved by selecting a glue in point instead of an insert/field point combination. Glue in points minimize the seams and edges as well as loose field points which can cause inconsistencies during flight. The FOC aspect describes the percentage of the overall weight at the front of the arrow. Why is this important? It is important because an arrow with FOC tends to be a more accurate arrow. Instead of the vanes of the arrow steering from the rear, a higher FOC will stabilize the shaft from the front.
The last major part of the arrow is the vane size. Going along with the overall theme of a streamlined profile, we suggest a smaller/shorter vane. These shorter vanes are going to help stabilize the arrow without sacrificing the velocity or adverse wind drift we have previously discussed.
(Bottom to Top: Blazer, AAE Pro Max 2.0, AAE Pro Max, Fusion 3".)
Sights: Having the ability to aim accurately on your target and have the adjust-ability to reach out to those 100 yard shots is a pretty important part of what we are talking about here. Typically you will see movable single pin sights or the newly trending three pin movable sights. These allow the scope housing (pin) to be adjusted to the precise yardage of the target which takes the guessing out of shooting between yardage pins. When it comes to the actual pin size, we recommend a fine diameter pin such as a .10 fiber. However, not all sight companies pin diameters are the same. This is due to how they melt the fiber to keep it in place. The fine pin diameter allows for a precise aiming point and helps minimize the amount of "blooming" that happens when too much light is emitted through the fiber.
Another feature to look for in a sight is the ability to have what is called 2nd and 3rd axis adjustments. What this means is the ability to align the scope housing (pin) true level with the bow in two directions. This is crucial at further distances and while shooting up or down hill (like Boyne Mountain). If you do not have a true level on your axis's then you will end up shooting left or right (depending on which way the axis is off) of where you are aiming. The amount of deviation depends on the distance to the target and is known as angular deviation.
We hope that these two topics helped put a little bit of perspective into what can help you get ready for an event like the Prime Total Archery Challenge. All of this however is negated if you don't have a properly tuned bow or technique. These are topics that are better suited for a conversation in person, so don't be afraid to stop into the shop and pick our brains. If you are planning on heading up to the course stop by and say hi. We will be in a sea of green shooter jersey's with Team Long Range!
- Brandon Miedema