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Need help! arrow rest: compound bow

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by hockeybum, Jan 2, 2008.

  1. hockeybum

    hockeybum Well-Known Member

    just got a new compound bow for Christmas. :D exactly what i asked for ;) Fred Bear Instinct. haven't got to shoot it yet though

    need help on picking an arrow rest. ive got some cabelas gift cards so it will most likely be coming from there.

    this is my first bow, but i know all the stuff i need to get, just need some suggestions on what arrow rest u guys think would do the job. i shot my friends bow with one of the drop-away rests and i didn't mind it, but i don't know if the whisker biscuit rest would work better. im gonna try to become as accurate as possible, but i want to be able to set up for the follow up shot quickly, to make sure the animal doesn't get away or have to suffer.

    cabelas arrow rests

    whisker biscuit rest at cabelas

    thanks for the help, any input is greatly appreciated.
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2008
  2. Kingcreek

    Kingcreek Well-Known Member

    I assume you're shooting with a release and not fingers?
    Whisker bisquits are fine. Simple, no moving parts, etc but they might make a little more noise and slow the arrow a tiny bit. I used one until last year then switched to a drop-away (brand Vital Bow Gear).
    If you go with a bisquit, you can use an exacto knife to cut away some brisles for more vane clearance. Use a silicone spray to decrease ice and snow buildup on the brushes.
    as for follow-up shots, it happens occaisionally but not many opportunities for that. I wouldn't make that a big factor in my decision. That said, I think I could load my bisquit a bit faster than my dropaway- neither as fast as my longbow shooting with fingers.
  3. Soap

    Soap Well-Known Member

    I use the Whisker Biscuit. So far, I really like the rest for the simple fact that it is easy to keep an arrow nocked in my stand. My only complaint is that my vanes started rippling after only a few shots but it hasn't seemed to have a drastic effect on the accuracy. I'll probably switch to Blazer vanes soon, which reportedly, sail through the Biscuit with little or no deformation.
  4. Kimber1911_06238

    Kimber1911_06238 Well-Known Member

    i don't like whisker biscuits, have heard a lot of bad things about them, but some people love them.

    I like a nap quick tune 3000 prong style, tuning is a snap.

    just my .02
  5. Zeke/PA

    Zeke/PA Well-Known Member

    I really like the Wisker biscuit
    Blazer vanes work great with the wisker biscuit, however, with blazer vanes my 100 gr. Muzzy broadheads shoot poorly with anything but a 4" helical fletch.
    Biscuit is ok with the 4" vane though.
  6. Kingcreek

    Kingcreek Well-Known Member

    I used the older style biscuit and had no vane damage after cutting out whiskers. You can cut away 3 wedges of 60 degrees each and leave 3 -60s and still have plenty of support for the shaft and vane clearance.
    I had no problems using 4" quick spin vanes.
  7. I'd get a Whisker Biscuit, or a Golden Key Futura Funnel rest - these are total containment rests and if you've ever had an arrow fall off the rest and make a noise and spook a deer, you'll be thankful for the TCRs. Plus, with a TCR, you can keep your other hand away from the arrow and broadhead (in the old days, I'd use my grip hand index finger to hold the arrow on the rest as I drew - all well and good until the back of the broadhead razors hit your hand).

    If you get a biscuit, make sure you get the size that best fits your arrows. They come in 4 sizes (forget whether its S, M, L, & XL - or XS, S, M, L) - regardless just get what hole size fits - too big and they slow down your arrow - too small and the sloppiness could affect accuracy a little. The fall-aways seem to work, but they just aren't as hassle-free as the TCRs. One less thing to think about when you should be focusing on "ok, I'm gonna draw quickly as soon as that deer/elk's head is behind that tree", not worrying about your arrow on the rest.

    Check ebay for used biscuits.
  8. Dragonboy

    Dragonboy Active Member

    this question's probably been resolved already, but I'll throw in my two cents anyways.

    whisker disk works good for hunting, because they're simple (no moving parts), quiet, and easy to work with.

    If you plan to do a lot of competitive target shooting, get a drop-away, which is a little more complex, harder to maintain and more expensive, but provides more accuracy.

    If price is really no object, there's a neat gizmo out there (called the Air rest) that has a set of 3 magnets in a ring where your normal arrow rest would sit. in the head of your arrow is a magnet of the opposing polarity, so when the bow comes to full draw, the arrow jumps into the air and hangs there. Very accurate, no moving parts, pretty much the best arrow rest ever built, problem is the thing costs $100, and each insert for the arrows costs $15, so it is way out of my price range.
  9. axegrinder

    axegrinder Member


    You might check out ArcheryTalk.com- lots of knowledgeable folks
    (just like here) but the focus is all about the bow & arrow.

  10. aufevermike

    aufevermike Well-Known Member

    I have 2 Mathews, one with the Whisker Buscuit and the other has the Muzzy Zero effect drop away. I do have an extra Muzzy 600 dropaway that I'd be willing to part with for $50 including shipping if you like. However this will only work on a bow that uses the NON-Roller cagle guide. I enjoy both rests, can say anything bad about either one.

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