When you’re shopping for a bow, one of the first things you’ll need to decide between is whether to get a bow with a stabilizer, known as a drop point, or a much more expensive and popular model known as a spear point. A lot of people seem to prefer the spear point when it comes to hunting whitetail deer, especially if they are interested in a rapid kill. However, drop points have been proven to be much better at taking down larger and faster prey. In fact, if you look at most hunting forums, you’ll find that many people prefer the spear point for whitetail deer and other big game. If you aren’t familiar with how a bow works, you might think the two are interchangeable, but they are not.
A drop point arrow has a sharp point attached to a rigidly constructed “shaft.” The shaft is supported by a number of bones or other materials, and the point sits in the end of the shaft. The soft part of the bow is known as the “riser” and this is what the arrow is adjusted to. As you draw the bow, you push the bow across the bow’s ribcage, and this causes the riser to compress and cause the tip of the arrow to make a sharp point. Because of this, a lot of drop point arrows have been bent out of shape, which is why you sometimes hear about people having trouble shooting their targets with them.
A stabilizer on the other hand has a spring-loaded rubber or other inner mechanism that allows the tip of the arrow to stay put while you are shooting. Because of this, stabilizers tend to be more expensive than spear points, but they can be more accurate. It’s important to realize that each system has its pros and cons, and it’s up to you to decide which is best for you. However, if you are trying out a new bow, I would definitely suggest using a stabilizer, because it makes the arrow much more stable and accuracy wise.