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Old 09-25-2017, 10:50 AM   #1
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Default Crossbow bolt recommendation?

I am going to have to borrow a buddy's crossbow for opening weekend and will buy my own bolts/broadheads. However, I don't know what to get.

Can anyone help me out with a really good quality set of bolts? Does the type of crossbow matter like weight/length do for bows? Thanks in advance!
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Old 09-25-2017, 10:56 AM   #2
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I am using 18 inch ten point bolts w/ a 125 grain magnus snuffer broadhead... and a luminock
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Old 09-25-2017, 11:00 AM   #3
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You must match the bolts with the xbow too... some have flat "nock" ends and some have a shallow groove... Some xbow's will not accept plastic/lighted nocks, and some will... I'd suggest you may want to run up to Westside Archery and let those guys match your bullets to your gun... so to speak so you will get proper performance. As far as broadheads, if you use fixed heads for normal bow hunting, those should be fine for your xbow hunt as well.
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Old 09-25-2017, 11:19 AM   #4
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Black eagle executioners seem to be best bang for your buck. I've paired them with slick trick magnums and so far couldn't be more pleased with my xbow.
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Old 09-25-2017, 11:28 AM   #5
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There are 4 different lengths of "professional" not toys, crossbow arrows. 18", 20", 22", 26.25". Make sure to get the right ones.
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Old 09-25-2017, 11:42 AM   #6
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There are 4 different lengths of "professional" not toys, crossbow arrows. 18", 20", 22", 26.25". Make sure to get the right ones.
^^^^^^^ Very true, my bad for forgetting this
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Old 09-25-2017, 11:54 AM   #7
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Gotta know the nock type and what size bolt the crossbow takes. I think mine states to use 20" only.
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Old 09-25-2017, 11:56 AM   #8
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Like stated above, you need to get the correct ones for the crossbow. The nock supposedly matters. I just use what the manual said. As for broadheads, I have just used my normal bow broadheads (fixed and mechanical) and had good success.
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Old 09-25-2017, 12:02 PM   #9
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Good info y'all. Looks like I'll be visiting West Houston Archery this week. Thanks!
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Old 09-25-2017, 12:06 PM   #10
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i use 22" bolt with 150 grain broadheads- my point of impact drops off from the reticle of the scope beginning at 50 yards, where i begin holdover. you must know the length, stiffness, weight and knock type. not difficult but it is necessary to get dialed in correctly.
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Old 09-25-2017, 12:19 PM   #11
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Modern crossbows do NOT shoot bolts they are arrows. Call this guys he will shoot you straight on what you need for the bow you are using.
https://www.wyverncreations.com/inde...f085l3bd9276d3
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Old 09-25-2017, 12:28 PM   #12
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Modern crossbows do NOT shoot bolts they are arrows. Call this guys he will shoot you straight on what you need for the bow you are using.
https://www.wyverncreations.com/inde...f085l3bd9276d3
Dave is a good guy!

Spynal Tapps are one of the best arrows.
I buy from Jerry at South shore archery.
He builds the best arrows for crossbows.

http://www.southshorearcherysupply.com/index.php
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Old 09-25-2017, 12:59 PM   #13
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Dave is a good guy!

Spynal Tapps are one of the best arrows.
I buy from Jerry at South shore archery.
He builds the best arrows for crossbows.

http://www.southshorearcherysupply.com/index.php
Yes Jerry is great too, either will get you going.
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Old 09-25-2017, 01:00 PM   #14
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Modern crossbows do NOT shoot bolts they are arrows.
Well heck, I've been mistakenly "correcting" my buddy all this time. Did not know this. Thanks for the clarification!
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Old 09-25-2017, 01:13 PM   #15
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Modern crossbows do NOT shoot bolts they are arrows. Call this guys he will shoot you straight on what you need for the bow you are using.
https://www.wyverncreations.com/inde...f085l3bd9276d3
I'm a beginning crossbow shooter and read that the reason why the term "bolt" is still in use today is to prevent confusing new crossbow users thinking that arrows meant for vertical bows can also be used in crossbows. The thought is that people will think vertical bows when they ask for arrows, and crossbows when they ask for bolts.

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Old 09-25-2017, 01:19 PM   #16
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Arrows are 16" or longer. Quills or bolts are shorter. You might get flamed going on a Crossbow sight and using the term bolt. Compound arrows can be used in crossbows as long as they are cut to proper length and spine. Many use weighted inserts to balance FOC and add weight. Many use aluminium arrows too.
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Old 09-25-2017, 01:35 PM   #17
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It depends on the Crossbow Manufacturer recommendations ..For Example:

My Barnett Jackal at a Minimum ...
20" Crossbow Bolt
Total Weight (Broadhead or Practice Point Included) is 400 Gr

Firing anything lighter voids the warranty and acts like a Dry Fire
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Old 09-25-2017, 01:39 PM   #18
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I agree with the black eagle executioners. Best cb arrow out there imo. I shoot an excal micro 335 with 16 in arrow and 100gr rage extremes with Ignitor nocks. Awesome flight and huge entry and exits.
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Old 09-25-2017, 01:46 PM   #19
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Good guys at west houston archery. Was just in there yesterday with my 1.5 yr old son, who was alot more vocal than I expected while picking up some broadheads. I'll pass on to you his approval of my purchase of black hornets from magnus.
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Old 09-25-2017, 01:49 PM   #20
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I use Slick Trick Magnums for my broadheads.
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Old 10-15-2017, 01:10 PM   #21
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I notice some cb arrows come with 4" vanes and some shorter? So, since we don't want weight to fall under 400 grs. is there an advantage over shorter or longer vanes?
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Old 10-15-2017, 01:38 PM   #22
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We shoot the ten point pro elites out of our two crossbows. They have been great. We usually shoot 100 grain heads but that's so we can shoot the same out of all our bows and crossbows. Have shot 125's as well and they perform well. Gotta match the length and nocks to the bow as above.
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Old 10-15-2017, 02:04 PM   #23
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I shoot 20" Carbon Express PileDrivers with Rage ChiselTip SC 100 grains. Oh, shooting CenterPoint Sniper 370 by the way
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Old 10-15-2017, 02:09 PM   #24
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I shoot 20inch carbon express pile drivers with 100 grain Muzzy Trocars.
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Old 10-15-2017, 02:09 PM   #25
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I'm shooting Black eagle executioners with 125 grain Magnus ser razors out of my sniper 370. Great shooting combo.
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Old 10-15-2017, 03:48 PM   #26
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I'm shooting Black eagle executioners with 125 grain Magnus ser razors out of my sniper 370. Great shooting combo.
I've read quite a few shooting 125 grain broadheads but I was also told to match the factory so I went with 100 grain. Is there a noticeable difference/advantage either way?
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Old 10-15-2017, 04:10 PM   #27
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This next year I'm going to order some Spynal Tapps arrow from Jerry!!!

They are the real deal in crossbow arrows.

Right now I've been shooting 20" Excalibur Firebolts with 125gr Nap Spitfires. A very accurate combination out to 50 yards.
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