The BAD BOYS™ in BIG Game Hunting

The BAD BOYS™ have been shown to be the best solution for adjusting weight on an arrow quickly and easily. In this article we will discuss the one feature of the BAD BOYS™ that is great for hunting big game, and we mean really big game.

Momentum equals velocity times mass. When hunting, momentum is all we care about. An object could travel at mach2 but if it has no mass, it would’t hurt a fruit fly. Inversely, an object could weigh 6 tons, but if it’s not moving, then so what? The same fruit fly is going to sit and take a nap on it.

In hunting we need to find the perfect balance in our arrows of velocity and mass in order to get the most momentum possible. When hunting big game, this is very important because it is crucial that our arrow has as much penetrating power as possible. This is even more important the bigger your prey gets.

Hunting Really Big Game

Many hunters dream of going to Africa and hunting exotic animals. Game in Africa is notoriously huge. The BAD BOYS™ range in sizes from 100 grains all the way up 300 grains for compound bows and 400 grains for crossbows. (400 grains is nearly 1 ounce.)

When hunting monsters of any kind, you want to ensure that you have enough weight on your arrow to get through their thick hide and tough muscles. In our experience, we have found that the BAD BOYS™ are best used on animals in this way:

100-125 grain: Whitetail, pronghorn, Mule deer

150-200 grain: Elk, black bear, wild boar

250-400 grain: Cape buffalo, grizzly bear, cape buffalo, elephant

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What Are the BAD BOYS™

Recently, the archery world has been talking more and more about FOC (front of center) and how important it is. One problem that many people are running into is how difficult it is to make adjustments to arrow FOC. If you are like most archers, you have heard about FOC and have been interested in how it can improve your shot. You will have been interested enough to learn more and even try it out on your own arrows. Unfortunately, you quickly realized that it’s not a very simple process to make those adjustments.

If you are serious about your sport, you have spent years finely tuning your bow and your arrows to shoot consistently. The idea of starting over from scratch so that you can make some FOC adjustments isn’t very appealing. No one wants to re-cut their arrows to add weight inside their arrow shafts. No one wants to add extra weight to their field tips or broad heads. And no one wants to have to re-sight their bow after making all of these changes!

The BAD BOYS™ Are the Solution

The BAD BOYS™ were designed to solve all of these problems. The BAD BOYS™ are a solid piece of machined aircraft aluminum. They range in size from 100 grains to 400 grains. They are easy to install, simply remove your broad head or field point of choice, slide the BAD BOY™ over the shaft, and replace the broad head or field point tightly. They are so easy to install, that you can bring multiple sizes out in the field with you and change them as you need to.

bad boys foc arrow weight installation
It really is that easy.

Each BAD BOY™ has been engineered to self-compensate. This is accomplished through the added diameter of each BAD BOY™. As the weights increase, so does the diameter of the BAD BOY™. Because they don’t require you to cut your arrow, they sit nicely on your rest. While they are on your rest, that added diameter will raise the arrow just slightly, compensating for the extra weight. This incredible technology means that you can shoot arrows with and without the BAD BOYS™ and they will be in the same group.

Try them out and see for yourself how simple and effective the BAD BOYS™ are. You won’t want to be without them next season, so get them fast.

Arrow Penetration

Momentum = Penetration

Last week, we talked about what FOC (front of center) is and why it matters to you as an archer. This week, we’ll dive a little deeper into that; specifically how FOC affects arrow penetration.

To understand how increased FOC increases arrow penetration, we need to understand a basic physics equation, that is:

Momentum=Mass times Velocity.

From a study performed by Dr. Ed Ashby, “Two arrows can have the same momentum while having different masses. Given two arrows of equal momentum, but with one deriving a greater portion of its momentum from mass than the other, the heavier arrow will change velocity (decelerate) at a slower rate as it passes through the tissues… Another way of saying this would be that, though the heavier arrow is traveling slower, it takes a longer time to stop. The result is that the heavier arrow will have a greater impulse of force than does the light arrow.” Dr. Ed Ashby’s full article can be viewed here:

To simplify it even more, let’s go back to the days of our drivers education. We learned early on that larger vehicles like freight trucks take a longer time to come to a complete stop. This is because of their extra mass. Imagine a small sedan and an 18 wheeler are both going 65 mph. Both begin to stop at the same time. The truck is going to travel further before it comes to a complete stop. This is also the case with arrows traveling through the flesh of an animal.

How to Determine an Arrow’s Momentum

Remember, Momentum=Mass times Velocity.

Adding weight to an arrow will slow it down, therefore it is important to find out what the momentum of your arrow is. It is not enough to simply make a faster arrow, just like it is not enough to make a heavier arrow. Both factors must go into the momentum equation in order to get the most arrow penetration.

This idea was well illustrated in Dr. Ashby’s article, “If one fills a 5 gallon plastic pail with sand and fires both a .357 magnum and a heavy hunting arrow at it, the bullet will be stopped by the sand, while the arrow will penetrate the pail completely. The .357 magnum handgun has a 158 grain bullet traveling at 1250 fps, for a momentum of 0.83 slug-feet per second, and a kinetic energy of 520 foot-pounds. A 710 grain arrow at 183 fps has only 0.57 slug-feet per second of momentum, and a mere 52 foot-pounds of kinetic energy.”

Kinetic energy is another term that we will discuss at a later date. But for now, take the arrows that you have and see if you can find out how quickly they are flying. Gather some data and run the Momentum equation to find out if adding some weight to your arrows will increase their effectiveness.