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Conventional and crossbow arrow parts

Crossbow arrows are tipped with a broadhead for hunting or a field point for practice. Your owner’s manual gives the minimum arrow size, weight, and length that can be shot from your crossbow.

  • Never attempt to shoot an arrow that is spined lighter or that is shorter than the manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • Shooting shorter, lighter-weight arrows can damage your crossbow and create a safety hazard to you and those around you.
  • Arrows with a diameter smaller than the grooved track in the barrel of the crossbow will sit too low in the barrel’s flight groove. Conversely, arrows with too large a diameter will sit too high and create misalignment between the nock and bowstring. Such a misalignment can cause a dry-fire or erratic arrow flight.
  • The majority of crossbow arrows (formerly called "bolts") are aluminum shafts—with either a flat-capped or "moon" nock at the guidance end—that align with the bowstring when loaded. However, carbon crossbow arrows are also available.
  • Always check your owner’s manual or with your local dealer for the specific arrow size requirements for your crossbow.
Crossbow nocks