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2016 Archer bear blog (the homemade edition)

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2016 Archer bear blog (the homemade edition)

Postby DIY_guy » Mon Apr 04, 2016 7:18 am

I'll use this space to keep a journal now that Ive drawn a WI fall bear tag. I will be hunting zone D with Northern Bayfield County Guide Service

I plan to hunt with a bow and arrow as I have no interest in hunting bear with a firearm. Im leaning towards using a traditional bow and most likely one Ive made myself. I plan to make my own broadheads and arrows as well as other homemade items for this hunt. Ive taken deer with all homemade gear but Ive not taken a bear so here's my chance. I have 6 months to prepare. I will chronicle all of that here.
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Re: 2016 Archer bear blog (the homemade edition)

Postby DIY_guy » Mon Apr 04, 2016 7:19 am

Im making a new set of single bevel broadheads the upcoming WI bear hunt. Im planning on using field points and 7 1/4" circular saw blades for the main blade. Im slotting the field tip (ferrule) and can peen the tip of the ferrule onto the blade but the joint at the back end is more challenging.

Over the weekend I starting messing around with a prototype. Now Im thinking of instead, using a threaded adapter rather than a reshaped field point.

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Beveling made easy with the right tool for the job. I get to use my own product.

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Re: 2016 Archer bear blog (the homemade edition)

Postby DIY_guy » Mon Apr 04, 2016 7:21 am

The field points are steel and heavy. I wanted a little lighter version for the bear hunt broadhead so I switched from the re-shaped, steel, field points to aluminum adapters.

Since they are aluminum I can use a micro saw and a Dremmel tool to cut the slots.

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Then it was back to the saw blade

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I used my broadhead sharpening guide to make the single bevel.

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I will use J.B. Weld in the slot cut in the adapter to fuse the blade and I will peen over the tip of the adapter in the hole in the blade to further trap the blade on the adapter. The J.B. Weld and eventual paint will have the final broadhead around 180 grains. Here is a video of the fit up before fusing the parts.

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Re: 2016 Archer bear blog (the homemade edition)

Postby Stykshooter » Mon Apr 04, 2016 4:08 pm

I don't know that I would use an aluminum adaptor for my broad head ferrel. I have now snapped two of them off right where the threads start. One on a deer a couple of years back and I snapped a second one off on a big boar here a month or so ago. I just don't think the aluminum adaptors are strong enough, especially when hitting big, tough critters or heavy bone. A bear qualifies as both. Here is an admittedly, poor quality photo, of the arrow I shot that boar with. You can see the aluminum adaptor threads still threaded in the aluminum insert. I am sure it would work well if everything goes as planned, but I like to plan for the worst case scenario.

This was a Centershot .340 off of 64 pounds at about ten yards.

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Re: 2016 Archer bear blog (the homemade edition)

Postby owlbait » Mon Apr 04, 2016 4:26 pm

might need to prototype one with a steel or titanium adapter. I agree with Randy, that long aluminum adapter that has been compromised with the slot seems like it would be a weak link. Good luck.
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Re: 2016 Archer bear blog (the homemade edition)

Postby DIY_guy » Tue Apr 05, 2016 5:36 am

These things have been used for this exact purpose for many decades. Ive never once had a problem with them.
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Re: 2016 Archer bear blog (the homemade edition)

Postby DIY_guy » Wed Apr 06, 2016 5:33 am

The first head is fused to the threaded adapter with J.B. Weld and by peening the tip closed in the hole in the blade. Then it was primed and painted.

In the universe of possible colors for broadheads, Ive always felt that glossy plum has been under-utilized. I hope to rectify that. Who knows, it might catch on. I took an indoor and an outdoor photo and you would think they were two different broadheads based on how the colors seem to have changed based on the lighting.

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I calculated exactly just how much J.B. Weld and how much purple paint would be needed to get the head to exactly 180 grains....................... Nah, I just got lucky. The goal was 180 grains but I didn't think I would hit it spot on. Its better to be lucky than good. Now I just need to make a few more.

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Re: 2016 Archer bear blog (the homemade edition)

Postby MOUNTER » Thu Apr 07, 2016 1:24 pm

NICE!!... Not sure the purple will ever catch on, but they look deadly.
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Re: 2016 Archer bear blog (the homemade edition)

Postby BEN MAHER » Thu Apr 14, 2016 3:30 pm

Purple around here is the colour for Lesbians . (Seriously)
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Re: 2016 Archer bear blog (the homemade edition)

Postby DIY_guy » Tue Sep 06, 2016 4:34 am

The archery bear hunt is fast approaching. In a little over a week, I make the trek to far Northern Wisconsin near the town of Cornucopia just south of Lake Superior's Squaw bay.

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I will be hunting with Art Hyde of Northern Bayfield County Guide service. Over the summer the focus has been on practice.

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Now the camo has been washed in baking soda and when dry will be placed in the homemade ozone locker.

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More practice and then the homemade broadheads will be rehoned with the homemade broadhead sharpening guide. The countdown clock is ticking fast now. The season (for me) opens on Sept 12th.
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