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Selecting the Right Arrows for your Crossbow

Selecting the Right Arrows for your Crossbow

Selecting the  Right Arrows  for your  Crossbow Crossbow popularity is on the rise! More than half of the US states now allow hunters to use crossbows. This is the reason that many have begun using these versatile weapons. When purchasing your first crossbow, you should opt for packages that include everything. This could include, but is not limited to the crossbow, scope, arrows, and broadheads. You should understand that you will eventually need to purchase additional accessories for the crossbow in the future. One of the first items you will need to purchase are arrows as they are one of the most important bow hunting accessories.

What is an Arrow?

An arrow is a bare shaft that is tipped with either a field point or broadhead on one end and fletching or feathers and a nock on the other. They are the ammo for your crossbow. You should make sure that you invest in quality archery arrows, because they can greatly improve your aim. Each arrow has a threaded end where you can screw the broadhead or field point in place. The wrong combination of field point or broadhead and arrow will surely result in inaccurate shots.

What are the types of crossbow arrows

Choosing the right crossbow arrows for your setup can be a challenging and exciting task to undertake. Once you dive in, you can see that it will be a bit technical. Finding the right arrow depends on a number of factors. You have to take into account the draw weight, the power stroke and brand of crossbow you are using. Most crossbow companies include minimum arrow length & weight in the package specifications. We always recommend that you follow the manufacturers instructions.  Using an arrow that is shorter or lighter than recommended by your manufacturer can result in a broken crossbow or worse, a rogue arrow. Bear in mind that using incorrect arrows will most likely void the warranty. [caption id="attachment_3089" align="alignleft" width="300"]PARKER-38-2272-2 Parker Hunter Crossbow Accessory Kit[/caption] Crossbow arrows come in either aluminum or carbon. Aluminum arrows are the most cost effective option but they are a little less durable than carbon arrows as they tend to bend over time. Carbon crossbow arrows are different. They offer the shooter optimal arrow flight, but these arrows are either perfect or broken. Arrow nocks are also important when choosing arrows. Crossbows are different and need either flat, moon, full moon or capture nocks. You must keep this in mind when choosing arrows.

Arrow Length and Weight

As mentioned earlier, choosing the right length and weight of arrow is important. Choosing the wrong arrow can be a huge safety issue. Arrows come in different lengths ranging from 16 inches to 24 inches. The length that you get will depend on the size of your rail and your intended use. Remember that  you will need your arrows to have broadhead clearance if you intent on using them for hunting. Consult your crossbows owners user manual or the manufacturer.

Crossbow Arrow Vanes

Vanes or fletching are the wings of your arrow and keep your arrows flying straight. Without fletching, an arrow will not fly as far and can deviate from its indented target. It is important that you take utmost care when handling, installing or removing fletching. If these become bent or broken your arrows will "fishtail" as soon as they leave contact with the string. If this happens, then you can bet you will not hit your intended target.

Assembling Crossbow Arrows

When assembling an arrow, remember to use the right amount of pressure, especially when inserting broadheads or fletching. Applying too much force when removing or installing the fletching can damage the integrity of the arrow. It is recommended to align the blades of your broadhead to the fletching as much as possible for maximum performance.
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