Go for Goats, A Bow for Goats

Go for Goats, A Bow for Goats

by Darren Choate

A bow for goats: Mathew's Halon 6.Having accumulated 16 points, I was confident I would draw, but until the official results are out, you never know for sure. After 14 years of applying, I finally drew an archery antelope tag in Arizona. With most of spring and summer to prepare, I went to work with the goal of putting together a bow/arrow combination to propel an arrow at 300 FPS. The caveat, I shoot 60 pounds–because of a bad shoulder–at 27.5-inch draw length. After researching new bows, I chose the Mathews Halon 6, which has an IBO rating of “up to 345.”

To begin the process, I used our Arrow Speed Estimator to find out my effective speed. I knew I could come up with an effective speed of over 300 FPS with the 60-pound Halon, but I wasn’t sure where I would need to be regarding arrow weight. My effective IBO speed–for 60-pounds, 300-grains–calculated at approximately 312 FPS. To find the most efficient arrow weight, one that would have enough energy to take an antelope at distance–hopefully less than 75-yards–I entered my data into our Arrow Efficiency Calculator. I shot an IBO arrow at just over 315 FPS, which estimated that I could shoot a 315-grain arrow at approximately 310 FPS, which had plenty of energy to get the job done on antelope-sized game.

Finally, I used our Arrow Weight Estimator, to search for the perfect arrow, and chose the Easton Hexx. At 60-pounds and approximately 27-inches, the perfect spine was 400, which weighs 7.2 GPI. My completed arrow, with 75-grain Wac’Em, weighed-in at 315-grains.  To complete the project, I fired a group of arrows through the chronograph, with the average of 309 FPS. Again, I entered this data back into the Arrow Efficiency Calculator to check my approximations, and was pleased with the following results.

  • Mathews Halon 6 | Easton Hexx/400 | Wac’Em 75-Grain Fixed
    • Speed: 309 FPS
    • KE: 66.72
    • Momentum: .4318

A bow for goats: Mathew's Halon 6

About the author

Darren Choate

Darren Choate is the founder of Western Whitetail. Prior to his outdoor writing and photography career, he served in the US Air Force, and then earned a Bachelors of Environmental Science and a Masters of Education. He has been hunting and guiding other hunters in the West for over 30 years. Darren is a voting member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA), and his articles have been featured in magazines such as Cabela’s Outfitter Journal, Quality Whitetails and Rocky Mountain Game & Fish. For more information visit his website at www.drchoate.com.

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