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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-10-2010, 02:58 AM Thread Starter
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Flexibility in bolt lengths?

I own a barnett c5 wildcat. It shoots 20-inch bolts.

Dad got the sportsmans guide catalog, and i noticed that he'd circled a very nice deal on some 22 inch bolts. I said dad, it doesnt shoot 22 inch bolts, and he said, whats the harm?

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-10-2010, 08:28 AM
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Re: Flexibility in bolt lengths?

You can shoot longer arrows but don't go shorter.Bob (member here) uses 22 inch arows in his Exocet and it calls for 20 inch.By the way if they are real cheap they may be that cheap and won't work well.Buy some Victories from Arrowhead after you shoot them you will know why.Arrows are cheap compared to shooting any gun.You can't reuse a cartridge unless you reload and even then it costs money to shoot it again.Not so with arrows.Carbon arrows will last until you lose them or hit a brick wall.

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Re: Flexibility in bolt lengths?

The only danger I can think of it that it will stick out past the foot stirrup...or past where it should be. That being said I don't think I would do it. I'm sure the inexpensive arrows, are inexpensive for a reason. They may make good arrows for practice/plinking, but I don't think I would hunt with them.
If you are looking for less expensive arrows you can always go to aluminum. They are still good arrows at a reasonable price.

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Re: Flexibility in bolt lengths?

My dad made his and they ate 16 inches long. This sets the broadhead right next to the front of the bow. We can buy full length shafts and get 2 bolts out of each shaft. What you have to watch is overall arrow weight which should be listed in the owners manual. We never had any problem with them. The shorter they are the less flex you have as well. If you think about it compound bows don't have recommended length but they do recommend shaft weights. Heavier doesn't hurt but lighter will. When people go elk hunting or moose hunting they sometimes put a certain grain weight of sand in their shafts to get an extra punch of penetration. Just my. 02
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