As a hunter you should be looking for the best possible carbon arrow to get the maximum penetration for your bow's set up. We analyze 6 high quality arrows to give you a chance to see how they stack up against one another.

No matter whether you are shooting one of the more powerful compound bows or one with a light draw weight or a short draw length, there are ways of increasing the penetrative powers of your arrows.

Listed below is a selection of some of the toughest carbon arrows available that form the basis of significant hitting power for hunters of all types. 

Our List of the Best Carbon Arrows For Superior Penetration

Make / Model

Spine

OD

Weight

(GPI)

MSRP

0.300"

0.266"

8.8

$169.99
(12 pk)

0.300"

0.299"

8.8

$89.99
(12 pk)

0.300"

0.275"

10.7

$74.99
(6 pk)

0.340"

0.269"

11.3

$59.98

0.330"

0.244"

10.2

$187.99
(12 pk)

0.300"

0.248"

11.0

$145.99

(12 pk)

Detailed Description of High Penetration Carbon Arrows

Now that we have had the opportunity to compare some arrows and get an idea about their basic individual characteristics we will take the opportunity to go into more detail.

Below is a more detailed review of each make and model including all of the available sizes, their spine, weight and the outside diameter of each shaft. As you will see, there are many different options to choose from within each make/model.

Victory RIP TKO 300 Arrows

Size

Spine

Length

OD

GPI

300

0.300"

30.5

0.266"

8.8

The RIP TKO arrows provide significant speed and power and the 300 spine arrow is stiff enough to ensure the penetration is maximized.

The inner diameter of the shaft is 0.204” and the outer diameter is 0.266” giving you a shaft wall thickness of 0.022”. Combine that with a weight of 8.8 GPI and you get an arrow that will deliver your broadhead after a flat trajectory flight.

Features of the arrow include Maxx KE Technology which is a 3K carbon weave for less torque, an Ice Nano Ceramic coating and SHOK Outsert Technology which gives you a choice of 7075 hard anodized aluminum or 303 stainless steel that will accept a standard 8/32 thread count and 5/16” diameter. All of these features have been designed to assist with penetration.

Included with the shafts are SHOK aluminum 21gr inserts or, if you prefer to add more weight FOC you can replace them with 60gr SHOCK stainless steel inserts. Also included is a 7gr nock with the option of using a 15gr R nock or a 24gr lighted “Spot Nock”.

As with all Victory arrows, the RIP TKO is available in the Elite (+/-.001”) Gamer (+/- .003”) or Sport (+/-.006”) straightness tolerances. You can also rely on them to have a weight tolerance of +/- 0.5gr.

Gold Tip Velocity XT 300 Arrows

Size

Spine

Length

OD

GPI

300

0.300"

32"

0.299"

8.8

The Velocity range of arrows from Gold Tip Smart Carbon Technology to make them extremely durable and this is the factor that makes them highly penetrative.

The outside diameter of these arrows are .299” and with an inner diameter of .246” the thickness of the arrow walls are 0.053”. This added thickness increases the hitting power and the durability of the arrow shafts.

We have recommended the Velocity XT here due to its straightness tolerance of +/- .003". For a few dollars more you might like to choose a Velocity PRO which has a straightness tolerance of +/- .001".

Consistency of weight is not quite as good as the Victory arrows (above) with a weight tolerance of +/- 2 grains specified by the company.

Included with the shafts are Accu-Lite Nocks and Accu-Lite Inserts. If you are looking to add some weight to the front of your Velocity XT arrows you also have the option of using aluminum 50 gr inserts or brass 100 gr inserts.

The MSRP for a pack of 12 of the bare shafts is $114.99 while a pack of 12 with 2” Rapt-X Vanes is $124.99 ($79.99 for 6).

Easton Axis 300 Arrows

Size

Spine

Length

OD

GPI

300

0.300"

32.5"

0.275"

10.7

The Easton Axis arrows achieve tremendous penetration thanks to the reduced friction that affects its flight because of the micro profile. They are the arrow of choice for bowhunters who want deep penetrating big game arrows.

These arrows have a 5mm diameter which helps them fly better in crosswinds. This profile also means that there will be less friction as the arrow passes through behind the broadhead channel. 

According to Easton Archery, the smaller size offers 24% more Kinetic Energy Density than a standard diameter arrow and this gives it its penetrative capability.

These arrows have a straightness tolerance of +/- .003”.

Included with the shafts are pre-installed X-Nocks and X-HIT 8/32 inserts. It is also possible to buy and install Brass X HIT 8-32 Break-Off Inserts & Deep Six thread RPS for even greater weight and momentum.

They are available in packs of 6 for around $74.99.

Easton Full Metal Jacket 5mm 340 Arrows

Size

Spine

Length

OD

GPI

340

0.340"

32"

0.269"

11.3

The Full Metal Jacket arrows have really made a mark for bowhunters everywhere. They are arrows that been created specifically to be more hard hitting and to create more penetration.

The construction of the FMJ arrows uses a high-strength, N-Fused carbon core wrapped in a full 7075 metal jacket producing bone crushing power. These shafts are only 5mm in diameter so that they fly with reduced wind resistance. 

They are particularly straight with a straightness tolerance of +/- .002”. We have chosen the 330 spine version of the FMJ and this has an outer diameter thickness of 0.269”.

Included with the shafts are pre-installed X-Nocks and 16 grain X-HIT 8/32 inserts. It is also possible to buy and install 25 grain Brass X HIT 8-32 Break-Off Inserts & Deep Six thread RPS for even greater weight and momentum.

They are available in packs of 6 for around $79.99.

Easton Deep Six Injexion 330 Arrows

Size

Spine

Length

OD

GPI

330

0.330"

32.25"

0.244"

10.2

Yet another arrow from the Easton range is the Deep Six Injexion and, as the name suggests, it is built with the intention of penetrating deeply. The company regards these arrows as the pinnacle of their range.

These shafts are made with high strength carbon fiber and are capable of achieving high kinetic energy levels.

The arrows are micro-diameter shafts with the 340 spine version boasting an outer diameter of only 0.244”. Even though this is considered an ultra-micro arrow, it still boasts a healthy weight of 10.2 GPI.

They have an advertised straightness tolerance of +/- .003”.

 They come with pre-installed Deep Six nocks and Deep Six thread G HIT steel inserts. The arrow is designed for use with Deep Six broadheads and field points.

Black Eagle Deep Impact 300 Arrows

Size

Spine

Length

OD

GPI

300

0.300"

32"

0.248"

11.0

The name of this model from Black Eagle screams penetration with the Deep Impact promising that it is going to make significant contact with anything you aim at. This is another carbon arrow that has been built for the bowhunter looking to take down all types of big game.

The arrows promise to achieve flat trajectory while maximizing kinetic energy and speed before hitting hard and deep.

The arrows are micro-diameter arrows and the 300 spine version has an inner diameter of 0.165” and an outer diameter of 0.248” for a wall thickness of 0.083”. Add to that a significant weight of 11 GPI and there is plenty of power and momentum being pulled.

The straightness tolerance of these arrows is +/- .001” or, at a reduced price you can get them with a tolerance of +/- .003” and the weight tolerance is only +/- 1  grain.

The components included with these arrows are the Black Eagle Arrows Black Anodized Outserts which is an additional 40 grains to the front of the shaft.

The shafts are available in packs of 12 for $145.99 ($126.99 for +/- .003”) or $74.99 for a pack of 6.

Spine and Arrow Penetration

The spine of the arrow you shoot, that is, the stiffness of the arrow will play a big part in the penetration that you get.

The higher the spine number, the more flexible the arrow is. So, an arrow with a spine of 500 will flex considerably more in flight than a 300 spine arrow.

The more the arrow flexes, the greater it's power and accuracy will be affected. This is even more pronounced if you are shooting a high spine arrow from a more powerful compound bow.

This has the result of, instead of getting you greater penetration from your more powerful bow, you can wind up getting less. Make sure you understand your bow, the draw weight you shoot with and the spine of the arrow you shoot.

The arrows that have been examined above assume the use of a compound bow that has been set up with a draw weight of around 70#. 

Arrow Weight and Penetration

The factor that most bowhunters are most interested in is the top speed that their bow can reach. It’s all about the fps - certainly, that’s what the top bow manufacturers will want you concentrating on.

But when it comes to arrow penetration, momentum plays a major role. Even a relatively “slow” compound bow with a light draw weight will be capable of sending arrows straight through a deer if the arrow has been built with enough forward weight.

So, when you are looking for an arrow that will give you greater penetration and you have previously been using one with a weight of 7 - 8 gpi, moving up to one that weighs 10 or more grains per inch will give you even better results.

If you are unsure of how to set up your arrow to suit your bow, seek some advice from your local pro shop, they are usually extremely helpful in matching arrow spine with draw length and draw weight combinations.

Get Weight to the Front of the Arrow

Following on from the point about the weight of the arrow and the idea that more weight is better for penetration, there should be thought about loading up at the front.

The best way to create greater momentum with your arrow is to use heavier broadheads. 

A majority of bowhunters use 100-grain broadheads, mainly because that's the weight that's most commonly advertised. But stepping it up to a 125-grain broadhead (which is also readily available) will help put more weight on the arrow.

Not only that, it will also increase the arrow's Front of Center (FOC) which is more weight forward of the balance point. This will also assist in adding momentum which means greater potential for penetration.

Word of Warning!

Don't forget that balance is very important and loading up on what must not come at the cost of sending your arrow out of balance.

Some of the best options for getting significant penetration come from using single bevel broadheads.


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