8571Re: [SCA-Archery] Re: Tapered bolts
- Mar 30, 2002I must beg to differ on this point!! If there is any wobble of the bolt off
the bow it is a matter of tuning the bow and bolt. When I build a crossbow
I normally shoot a fletchless bolt and play with the prod setting(left and
right) and the bolt setting at both ends ie: The height of the center of
the shaft compared to center of the string. until the flechless bolt hits
consistently strait into the target at 20 yards(like paper tuning a
longbow). The rumor is that people who shoot unlimited crossbows
internationaly use a quarter at 50 meeter to test flechless bolts.
> If the bolt is too tip heavy (trial and error here!) I've found that ita
> will wobble up-and-down in flight, since the nose really wants to go into
> dive at the instant it comes off the stock (before wind resistance
> stabilizes it -- fletch size does make a difference here).
> Depending on the speed of your bolts, if there is a wobble there will be a
> "myopic" (nearsighted) zone where the bolts will not group as well. As in,
> when they hit the target, they are still wobbling in flight and the wind
> resistance hasn't forced them to fly straight. If you're lucky, this zone
> will be less than 20 yards.
> Regardless, best of luck and shoot well!
> -Lyev Davidovitch, AEthelmearc
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