Crossbow Bolts - Length - Reminder - Brain Death
- Anyway ... so after I sent that email ... and got all the responses ...
I finally broke down and cut up a few shafts to make into 16" bolts to
try them out again instead of the 20-22" ones.
Went out to do some shooting at 30 yards
Came back in after just shooting 8 rounds and told my wife: Yup,
making long bolts again.
You see, as I said in my original email it had been a LONG time since
I played around with bolt lengths/materials/etc. Only ever made
slight variations over the years.
To the point, that I forgot one thing. One VERY important thing, that
I quickly reminded myself of.
Short bolts probably shoot, pretty much 'as well', as long bolts.
Long bolts are a little more stable of course, and have the benefit of
not going deep into haybales.
Sight picture Sight picture Sight picture ... after the last, oh, 8
years of shooting crossbow with long bolts I kinda forgot this.
Long bolts give you a much better sight picture. With my long bolts
I put the point in the center of the target at 30 yards to hit right
on. 20 is the lower edge of the target, 40 is 'a little bit above'.
I went out there with the short bolts, and expected to aim 'a little
lower' to hit gold. I found myself aiming about a couple feet into
the ground in front of the target.
So anyway, just wanted to toss this out as a final point for anyone
following this thread. Don't forget about the huge benefit of having
a sight picture that places the bolt head on the target face. This
of course only matters to instinctive and gap shooters. If you use a
sight, or shoot 'sight-style without a sight', then it doesn't matter.
Siegfried - Who will never doubt the power of long bolts in order to
save a few bucks ever again.
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