Boyton Scots Pine Shafts
There is more choice available for arrow wood than most archers realise, despite the predominance of POC on the market there are other woods which have exceptional characteristics for making arrows. Chris Boyon has been making pine arrows for some considerable time, I have been using his shafts along with others for many, many years.
I like these pine shafts for several reasons, firstly I tend to prefer a heavier rather than lighter arrow because this utilises more of the bows energy and tends to give a softer shot, meaning there is less in terms of wasted energy and vibration coming back through the bow, it's true that many of the bows available today are very low or no shock, but my preference is a heavy arrow with a big fletch. Were I hunting then pine would allow me to start with a shaft with some real weight behind it, weight of course aids penetration. We are not talking about mad weights here a pine shaft would be some 50-90 grains heavier than the equivalent poc shaft. I find too that generally the weights in any given batch of the same spine are within acceptable limits and allows close matching to be done.
In terms of strength I have found that pine is tougher than poc, so if you anticipate bouncing arrows around the woods pine ones will stand up to it a little better. Boytons pine shafts come to me generally very straight, always a good property in an arrow. However, storage, shipping and age can all play a part in putting a kink in a once straight shaft and these shafts straighten well and hold their straightness too.
I taper a lot of my own arrows as a tapered shaft offer some advantages over a parallel one, however Chris will do this for you and the extra charge is really negligible for what you get, I have found this to be a huge advantage with having a shaft manufacturer in the UK. I also should mention that Chris will happily provide shafts from 1/4" right through to 1/2" shafts for guys that shoot the monster War bows and you don't get that service shipped in from the States.
I can definitely recommend Boyton shafts, and if you don't normally use them I would say, "give them a go", you may be surprised, I know many archers shooting light weight arrows when something a little heavier might improve the efficiency of the bow, flight characteristics and accuracy... It isn't all about speed.
Features & Design
Since bows were invented pine has been used as an arrow wood, it's lightness in comparison to other woods and it's straight grain mean it is the ideal choice.
Excellent performance - shafts should always be matched to the bow.
Value for Money
Even a little cheaper than poc, wonderful !!
Great shafts which will produce excellent arrows