A crossbow arrow (bolt) is a shaft tipped with a broadhead for hunting or a field point for practice, with feathers or vanes attached to the other end. Your owner’s manual stipulates 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.
- Crossbow arrows are either aluminum or carbon shafts—with either a flat-capped or “moon” nock at the guidance end—that align with the bowstring when loaded. Always check your owner’s manual or with your local dealer for the specific arrow size requirements for your crossbow.