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    Junior Member Fawn Barry O'Regan's Avatar
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    Bohning Offers a New Twist for Bohning Vanes using the Bohning Helix Tower Jig.

    By Barry O’Regan – Bohning Pro Field Staff

    Impressive is all I can say with the 3 degree angle look and performance of the Bohning Vanes fletched using the Bohning Helix Tower Jig.

    I own an assortment of Jigs, Bitz, Arizona E-Z fletch (both models) as well as both Jo-Jo Jan straight and helical jigs. While all these are well made jigs, they do not allow for human error, when it comes to consistency from vane to vane when trying to put a helical twist on your arrows.

    While the Arizona E-Z fletch helical and straight jig has a pull and twist mechanism, it is a crap shoot to get these jigs to consistently align to the arrows stiffest part of the spine from arrow to arrow. The Jo-Jo Jan requires loosening, locking screws, align here and there, nock turns etc. The Bitz, while better, still requires some patience and practice.

    Note: All these jigs with the exception of the Arizona E-Z fletch will only do one vane at a time.

    What I need is a foolproof, idiot proof jig that when I put in a vane it comes out perfect and is consistent from vane to vane, arrow to arrow, with no fussing about aligning the star constellation and earth axis. Bohning did just that with their Bohning Helix Tower Jig which puts a perfect helical on all three vanes at the same time and alignment is perfect from arrow to arrow.

    As the photos attest, a helical spin looks sweet with the benefit that you will soon find amazing stability and grouping when you put a helical spin on your arrows.

    If physics has taught us anything, a helical spin on an arrow offers more stability and self correcting properties in flight at various distances over a straight vane. This is especially important for Bowhunters using broadheads, FITA and 3D Shooters looking for that added edge in tournaments.

    For a complete how to go to Bohning's Review on the Bohning Helix Tower Jig, this includes accompanying photos and field testing showing arrow grouping and accuracy using helical fletched Blazers. This tutorial will assist archers on how to apply a perfect and consistent helical spin on their vanes or feathers using the Bohning Helix Tower Jig.

    The fletching process

    Note the arrows logo, make sure you align your cock fletch with the arrows logo, this is a very important step. Failure to do so may mean poor arrow grouping at longer distances.

    My testing of various arrow manufacturers has shown most place their logo on or near the stiffest part of the carbon arrows spine.


    PSE X-Weave have not parting line, and are an interweave construction around the arrow, thus their arrows are reputed to be at an optimum spine no matter where you position your nock.

    What we want to achieve is arrow spine consistency from arrow to arrow, so if you align the cock fletch with the manufacturer logo it is reported your arrows should be all spined consistently, though the label may not be the stiffest part of the spine, just a consistent spine.

    You can field practice later on, adjusting your nock accordingly to determine the tightest arrow groups.


    A consistent spine means consistent arrow groups.

    Using the Bohning Helix Tower jig will offer the same helical results from any vane up to 2.5 inches in length and will work with any make of arrow you choose.

    If you use vanes longer than 2.5 inches in length, you will need the model called the Bohning Complete Tower Fletching jig, which comes with various fletching arms to accommodate each different vane length.

    To be certain, with Bohning’s variety of fletching arm configurations the archer will not be disappointed with the results!

    Field Test

    I took my newly helical fletched arrows to the range to compare grouping and accuracy against my straight fletched Bohning Blazers and X-Vanes.

    From 10 yards to 50 yards, both helical and straight fletched vanes grouped almost identical, with the helical vane arrow getting a little tighter grouping.

    I then went out to 50-55 yards (most likely the longest distance you will shoot in a 3D shoot or hunting scenario) and shot my straight fletched Bohning Green vane equipped arrows, picking two random spots on the target face.

    This was followed by shooting my helically fletched Bohning Red vane equipped arrows and aiming at where I placed my two previous straight fletched arrows. The result was no arrow drop with the helical fletched vanes bang on the money slapping against my straight fletch vane arrows.


    Arrow drop with helically vane arrows is minimal over 55 yards, with a noticeable arrow drop at distances over 55 yards when compared to straight vane arrows.

    Since a helical vane on an arrow may drop a tad at longer distances, it does offer more stability and arrow correction at any distance. All that is needed is a small sight adjustment to bring your helical vane arrows back in line at distances over 55 yards.


    Most FITA shooters use straight vanes or a small offset on their skinny arrows such as Easton X-10s and McKinney arrows, both which have small diameter arrow shaft, both which are not really suited to take such a radical 3 degree helical vane.

    Shooting hunting arrows equipped with Bohning Blazers and a helical at 90 meters was under windy conditions during this field test. While the 90 meter arrow grouping was nice, wind definitely affected the arrow flight accuracy, but not arrow stability to arrow grouping, still impressive!

    Conclusion

    All in all when points count, especially in 3D shoots, FITA and Bowhunting, you cannot beat a helical fletched Bohning vane, courtesy of Bohning Archery and their Bohning Helix Tower Jig.
    Last edited by Barry O'Regan; 09-01-2011 at 10:10 AM.
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    I had the original bohning tower jig..An I hated it!!!!...It would place the vanes very inconsistent..I do love my bohning helix blazer jig..Even though it only does one at a time..Its worked VERY WELL for me..I use Norway predator duravanes with that jig because there 50% cheaper then blazers...Not bashing..
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    Quote Originally Posted by ohio mossy oak View Post
    I had the original bohning tower jig..An I hated it!!!!...It would place the vanes very inconsistent..I do love my bohning helix blazer jig..Even though it only does one at a time..Its worked VERY WELL for me..I use Norway predator duravanes with that jig because there 50% cheaper then blazers...Not bashing..
    Hey Mossy, sorry to hear you did not find the Bohning Helix Tower jig not to your liking. I cannot explain how your vanes were not consistent. What I do know is if you press the locking collar down too hard it will distort the vanes. A light hand pressure is all that is required to get any vanes up to 3" in length to adhere to the shaft.


    I do thank you for your comments though.
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    Will this jig work with all Blazer vanes and will it work with other manufacturers vanes?
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    I am curious to try this jig and set up with six fletchings with the helix. Will this jig accept norway duravane fusion vanes?

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    Mine works great. If you have to replace just one vane you get perfect spacing. I too had to learn not to push the collar down too tight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ohio mossy oak View Post
    I had the original bohning tower jig..An I hated it!!!!...It would place the vanes very inconsistent..I do love my bohning helix blazer jig..Even though it only does one at a time..Its worked VERY WELL for me..I use Norway predator duravanes with that jig because there 50% cheaper then blazers...Not bashing..
    Quote Originally Posted by Barry O'Regan View Post
    Hey Mossy, sorry to hear you did not find the Bohning Helix Tower jig not to your liking. I cannot explain how your vanes were not consistent. What I do know is if you press the locking collar down too hard it will distort the vanes. A light hand pressure is all that is required to get any vanes up to 3" in length to adhere to the shaft.
    I do thank you for your comments though.
    Barry, you have to remember the original had the split ring. The new one is squared off for the vane clamps. Still, as you pointed out, only enough pressure to seat vanes is enough.

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    If this fletcher can do 4 mini blazers at 90 degrees with a small helical or 3 degree offset I'd try it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry O'Regan View Post
    Hey Mossy, sorry to hear you did not find the Bohning Helix Tower jig not to your liking. I cannot explain how your vanes were not consistent. What I do know is if you press the locking collar down too hard it will distort the vanes. A light hand pressure is all that is required to get any vanes up to 3" in length to adhere to the shaft.


    I do thank you for your comments though.
    Meant no bash..The 1st gen Tower just was not for me..As I said I love my Blazer helix jig that does 1 fletch at a time..An I plan to purchase a pro class model with a few clamps
    Quote Originally Posted by THE View Post
    Barry, you have to remember the original had the split ring. The new one is squared off for the vane clamps. Still, as you pointed out, only enough pressure to seat vanes is enough.
    The split ring made it difficult for me..The instructions on the package said nothing about what manner to place the clamp..
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