Re: [SCA-Archery] Crossbow bolts . . .
- Greetings I have been shooting for several years and user a 15 inch bolt with
a four fletch configuration. I have three crossbows all from New World
Arbelist and each one has a 65 lb draw. I find that the normal two fletched
bolt has a tendency to wobble over a distance while the four fletch spins.
My bolts are 5/16 and the feathers are three inches long.
I make my own bolts, getting two dozen for the cost of having a dozen custom
made at an archery shop. I use full shaft cutting them in half in the middle.
This way I have perfect end caps.
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Two Three Four
Lord Donato Pulcinella OW, APF
"Che Guardare il Guardia"
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- So I'll through in my 2 cents
11/32 19.5" with 125 field tips 3 fletch 2 for speed rounds (although I think
I'll use 2 for everything can't see much deference )
So where did I come up with the perfect length of 19.5 " The tool I cut the
track in my bow moves 18.5 this leaves the bolt in the track with the tip off the
Ragnar two axe
Patrick Tolen wrote:
> Anyone else have any imput on their crossbow bolt length? The ones who
> have responded have been greatly appreciated, but compared to the number of
> SCA Archers who should be on the list I find it a rather small sampling . . .
> unless they ARE most of the SCA crossbowers, in which case I find it most
> L. Patrick of Avebury
> -- Pat
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- For the crossbows I build I use the longer 20-22 inch bolts. I started
with "half" lenght bolts but moved quickly to the longer ones for more
accurace. On the next bow, that I can keep to play with, I will work on
tunning it with short fletchless bolts then go to the longer one and see how
>in length) because they are cheap, and tend to fly 'ok'. The more
>'accuracy' prone people tend to start moving to longer bolts. Although
>many people stay at the shorter ones. As I said, I stayed with the shorter
>ones for a long time, until my bow started 'acting up' and needed the
>stability of the longer ones.
- I shoot a Cunningham top lever @ 120lb, Gladius prod; my bolts are 11/32
cedar, 55-60lb spine, 21 inches long, 5" streight three fletch-120 degree,
with a 125 grain tip. I have been working on 15" bolts for long range
Alan of Caerlaverock