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Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Manitoba, Canada
Re: Carbon or aluminum?
The old style aluminum arrows are getting very hard to find. Aluminum is much easier to remove from the hard targets as is disperses heat.
Carbon arrows generate heat. This is why they are so hard to remove from foam style targets. The foam bonds to the arrow.
Aluminum arrows, unless severely damaged, can be straightened and repaired. Breaking a nock, the end of the shaft can usually be cleaned up and a new nock installed. The same goes for installing the insert for the arrow point. A bit of heat and the insert is easily removed or a new one installed. Damage a carbon arrow shaft, it is garbage. Breaking a nock on a carbon arrow generally splinters the arrow shaft. Applying heat to remove the point insert usually damages the carbon shaft, partly due to the much longer length of the insert and flammability of carbon. When removing carbon arrows from a target, it is recommended to flex them checking for splinters etc. This is also an excellent way to get these particles imbedded in your hand. All the best.