Crossbow Bolts???

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  • Nail Gun

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    Santa was good to me this year! He brought me a Daisy Red Ryder Carbine with a compass in the stock...

    No wait, he brought me my first crossbow. It's a 175lb recurve and looks fairly decent. The aluminum bolts that came with it are cheesy and not perfectly straight. I'd like to replace them with carbon bolts but I noticed there are no instructions regarding length, spine, etc.

    In buying crossbow bolts, do I need to consider things like spine or is that a non-issue since the bolts shoot off a straight rail? Thanks!
     

    Barry J

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    Check which nock the manufacturer recommends. Ten Point, and a couple of others, advise to use a star shaped nock. Most crossbows use a crescent shaped nock.
     

    Nail Gun

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    They gave zero recommendations. The ones that came with it have crescent nocks.
     

    GunAddict

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    I have a crossbow and it uses the 20" bolts. They also have 22" bolts that some use. Last year Wal Mart had the carbon bolts for $7 each. A couple items to have is a de-cocking bolt that you can use to shoot at just about anything to un-cock your bow. It's just a heavier blunt end bolt. Another item to get is a foam rubber sleeve to put around the bolt to help pull it out of your target unless you have hands like superman. Also be careful of the target you choose as it can shoot through a lot. I borrowed one that was a 2 foot by 2 foot by 2 foot square and fairly heavy. It stopped most of the bolts but sometimes did go through it. That was at 20-25 yards. And the ones that went about half way in, well I like to have never pulled them back out and that was with field tips on them. You don't really want to use the broad heads on the target. I'm guessing yours came with a scope to site in so just be careful where you shoot because they have a lot of power. I think mine is either 330fps or 345fps and can hit dead on at 45 yards pretty easy. They are fun to shoot. Merry Christmas and happy shooting.
     
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    Nail Gun

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    Thanks for the advice folks. I fired enough to get it on target with the factory bolts. It was a blast. The forward recoil kinda reminded me of a magnum spring air rifle. I can't wait to get this thing in the woods.
     
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