July 29th, 2012, 12:07 AM
Nock Broke While Shooting
So I was just flinging a few arrows in my basement before packing up the bow for a 3D shoot tomorrow when I let one fly and hear a "CRACK". The arrow hits wide left and low of my aiming point and I hear a piece of something dancing across the basement floor. I immediately think something happened with the bow but it checks out fine. Limbs are good and the cams show no evidence of having bent. I look at the arrow in the target and see the nock is broken and I the found the missing piece. I shot a few more arrows and the bow seems fine.
I have been shooting these same arrows over and over and over. I've never had this happen before but with the amount of stress put on these arrows, I can see how it would happen. Could have just been a weak nock.
July 29th, 2012, 12:18 AM
they wear out after awhile imo. i change out nocks after a lot of shots. i usually shoot the same 2 or 3 arrows time and time again.
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July 29th, 2012, 01:12 AM
Hard impact will also crack them. you just don't always see it until you shoot.
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July 29th, 2012, 05:33 AM
Yup. Happened to me. The shot didn't feel right at all and a piece of nock hit my forearm so hard I closed my eyes not wanting to open them for fear of seeing a broken arrow shaft sticking in it!!
Now I check nocks often and switched to tougher pin nocks.
July 29th, 2012, 05:47 AM
That's the reason why I do not like to use solid color nocks for target shooting. I do use them on my hunting arrows because of their better visibilty [white] nocks.
This has been posted before and lots of the newbee's has said they never replace their nocks. But I cannot count the number of times that I've found crackes in the transparant nocks and tossed them.
Nocks are cheap compared to a blown up bow.
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July 29th, 2012, 08:34 PM
I just happened again. Two days in a row. I've been shooting for 7 years and never had it happen before. This time I was shooting in my back yard and found my arrow buried in the grass to the left of my target. That does it. I'm replacing every knock on all my arrows now before I shoot again.