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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-31-2016, 10:56 AM Thread Starter
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Building crossbow bolts

Can anybody recommend a source for shafts, inserts, vanes and nocks to build your own crossbow bolts?
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-12-2017, 07:53 PM Thread Starter
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Is there not a single person on this forum who makes his own crossbow bolts? Amazing.
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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-13-2017, 09:12 AM
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I have always purchased my crossbow arrows already cut,fletched and nocked. I never really thought of building my own arrows like I did with my compound arrows. This is a good question.
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I have always purchased my crossbow arrows already cut,fletched and nocked.

Me as well. I just went straight to Arrowhead. Some manufacturers will void warranty if you don't shoot a bolt per their specifications so I played it safe.
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Search around archery warehouse.

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We used to build a few at the shop, got all the supplies from Kinseys. It was a pain in the butt dealing with the special nock receivers in our jigs.
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http://www.yeoldearcheryshoppe.com

You may want to try this link,I have bought from them, they carry everything you need, just go down the left and click on the crossbow Bolt & acc. section

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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-22-2017, 04:45 PM
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I get my supplies from bowhunters superstore in Wellsville. I think it used to be called bowhunters warehouse.
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I used to buy my vanes off ebay, alot cheaper than most places like Cabelas and Gander Mountain. I can't remember where I purchased my last dozen of bolts from but they came with inserts and nocks. I have since started to use Bohning Quikfletch they are a little more expensive, but alot cheaper, easier and quicker to fletch.

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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-13-2017, 07:00 AM Thread Starter
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In case anybody is still interested in making their own bolts/arrows for crossbows:

It appears that the popularity of the sport is resulting in more "local" shops carrying appropriate shafts, nocks, inserts, and vanes. I was able to find everything I needed within moderate driving distance. The omni-nocks, that my bow requires, even came with tiny inserts for the Bitzenberger fletching jig that make fletching the shafts very easy. My first tests show that my home-made bolts fly every bit as accurately as the commercially made ones, and I was able to tune the inserts so that the blades of a three-blade broadhead align with the vanes. Dragging out the old Bitzenburger jig was like being reunited with an old friend. This is no slam on commercial projectiles. I just like making my own.
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