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    What bolts do you use?

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    Post by stuckinthemud1 Sun Nov 14, 2021 3:28 pm

    For target work with medieval style crossbows, what bolts do you use and/or recommend?
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    Post by Gnome Tue Nov 16, 2021 7:55 pm

    Of course length, thickness, total weight, etc., vary from bow to bow, but I have settled in the last few years on using blunt metal tips for target work. Since they don't penetrate as much as points, they're easier to get out and I strip a lot less fletches.
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    Post by hullutiedemies Fri Nov 19, 2021 12:32 pm

    Here are a few points of my heavier bolts, all of these have seen use.
    All of them work and are easy to make
    What bolts do you use? J_vasamat2021
    From top to bottom
    - 125mm M10 bolt fixed with heat shrink tube
    - 8" nail
    - 5" nail
    - M12 nut
    - a "period" point from 10mm tube cut in an angle and flattened, These pull out well from bag targets, but might be problem with foam.
    - 7.5mm aluminum shaft with 5" nail pushed in to make a blunt point. Aluminum bends easily in use.
    - 8mm solid fiberglass snow plough marker shaft & regular field point. 30-40gram bolts of practical length can be done this way.
    - just plain wood, As far as the shaft is heavy enough these are quite good. I do most of my long range field shots with these. Since they get easily lost , I want them to be biodegradable.

    - hardwood in brass tube, This is an archery arrow. I used these when I was still shooting fiberboard and foam targets at club ranges.

    Couple reinforced butts.
    - coffee filter with PVA-glue
    - Heat shrink tube.
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    Post by stuckinthemud1 Sat Nov 20, 2021 4:06 am

    Thank you for posting that, what sort of draw weight(s) were you using?
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    Post by hullutiedemies Mon Nov 22, 2021 9:43 am

    Anything from 90# to 240#
    140-180# mainly, wooden or fiberglass bows.

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