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    Crossbow Bolt Size

    Why are crossbow bolts so large in diameter? Why aren’t they as small as a regular arrow? Wouldn’t they be faster?



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    Depending on which bolts you're referring to some of them have to be rather large in diameter to hold the load, such as the limb bolts. Hope this helps.
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    No, not really, penetrate more yes and the larger diameter helps with the spine. But you don't really need more penetration on most crossbows today. Victory has a small diameter arrows in the Voodoos but they have end and mid sections to ride the rail and I don't know that that design will penetrate any better?? The arrow is usually sticking in the ground several inches now so companies pursuing smaller arrow technology don't appeal to me personally. Might feel different if I was hunting buffalo or elephants.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 202gwg View Post
    Depending on which bolts you're referring to some of them have to be rather large in diameter to hold the load, such as the limb bolts. Hope this helps.
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    Is he allowed to call them bolts........ no one is going to let him have it......?
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    Dang. I knew IO forgot something at the store. I meant to pick up some bolts so I could put out my game cameras with the lock boxes bolted to the tree.
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    Thanks guys I just got back to checking on the answers to my question. And I was referring to the arrow when saying BOLT. Before I started shooting crow bow the first thing that came to mind for me when some one said "bolt" I always thought of hooking up a five row beder to our 4020 John Deere when we used to farm back in the 70' and 80's. Thanks for the answers. So is it bolt or arrow with-in the cross bow community.

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    I don't know nothin about any stinkin bolts, but arrows seem OK.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ungawa View Post
    Thanks guys I just got back to checking on the answers to my question. And I was referring to the arrow when saying BOLT. Before I started shooting crow bow the first thing that came to mind for me when some one said "bolt" I always thought of hooking up a five row beder to our 4020 John Deere when we used to farm back in the 70' and 80's. Thanks for the answers. So is it bolt or arrow with-in the cross bow community.
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