Difference between crossbow arrows and crossbow bolts?
Some individuals refer to the projectiles fired by crossbows as bolts, whereas others call them arrows. Both are correct as far as crossbows are concerned.
But you should note that the term ‘bolt’ can only be used concerning a crossbow and never with a regular bow. So, when talking about crossbows, arrows and bolts can be used interchangeably, as has been done in this article.
Selecting the right bolt for your bow
Choosing the correct crossbow bolt isn’t as difficult as it is made out to be. Compatibility is the most important thing when looking for the best bolt. You must be aware of the requirements of your bow. Assess its power stroke, draw weight and brand.
The manufacturer of your bow will typically provide you with recommended specifications for the arrows, which you can use as a reference. Using an incompatible arrow with your crossbow may result in harm to both the bow and the wielder.
Normally, bolts / arrows are made from either carbon or aluminum. Both materials result in consistent and fast arrows – carbon tends to be more durable, though.
Here are some crossbow bolts worth looking at:
Barnett Outdoors Carbon 20-inch Arrow with Field Points
These Barnett crossbow bolts weigh 8.1 ounces and are built from a lightweight and strong carbon shaft. The composite carbon shaft’s thickness is more consistent that improves its durability.
- Length: 20 inch Crossbow Arrows | 5 Pack of Arrows with Field Tips
- Half-moon nocks | 13. 78 grains per inch, matched with 100-grain point; optimal accuracy and target penetration; also includes 24F field point and moon nocks
- Five-pack of 20-inch crossbows arrows. 1-ounce arrows with strong, lightweight carbon shafts; improved wall thickness for added durability
- Compatible with Ghost 350, Penetrator, Wildcat C-5, Jackal, Whitetail hunter II, Raptor FX3 crossbows and other models that take a 20 inch Arrow
- 5 year manufacturers
At 13.78 grains an inch, and matched with a 100-grain point, this arrow yields ideal target penetration and accuracy.
Easton Archery Bloodline Crossbow Bolts With 2 Nocks – 6 Pack
The Easton Archery® Bloodline Crossbow arrows claim to increase your chances of success each time they’re used. These Easton crossbow bolts are made out of high-strength composite carbon that provides you with a more powerful and accurate shot.
These arrows have flat flight paths to ensure that you’ve got the maximum chance of hitting the target. They are available in packs of six and will definitely give you hard-hitting results.
Carbon Express Maxima Hunter Fletched BuffTuff Plus Carbon Crossbolt with R2 Vanes, 6-Pack, Mossy Oak Treestand Pattern
Carbon Express products are made using precision, performance and innovation to keep the promise of providing a better shot. The Maxima Hunter Crossbow Arrows are built for maximum durability and accuracy.
- Carbon Express Maxima Hunter 350 Carbon Arrows w/Blazer Vanes Wraps 1 Dz
- Blazer Vanes Neon Orange/Orange Tiger
- Deflection .337 GPI 8.9
- Satin White Nocks with Red Bulldog Collar
- Pathfinder Flo Orange Wraps
BuffTuff Plus carbon weave, with enhanced accuracy and strength, is used to make it more precise. It also has Dual Spine Weight Forward technology to yield optimized trajectory and quick recovery, so you get better accuracy down range.
Mossy Oak Treestand camouflage is used as a finish on these crossbolts, which come in packs of six, along with six universal flat nocks and inserted moon nocks. Every arrow is sorted for weight and straightness for maximum consistency.
Horton Crossbow Bolts / Arrows
There is quite a large number of various Horton crossbow bolts available today. Their most popular ones are the Bone Crusher, Lightning Strike MX and Strike MX. Some are made from carbon, while others are aluminum made, both varieties will work well with any crossbow (but better for some than for others). Horton makes bolts that are 20’’ long and have a weight of 353 grain.
- Designed Specifically for Horton Crossbows
- 20-inch Victory Arrow
- 400 grain weight
These arrows are exceptionally straight, and they even have their straightness tolerance listed by the manufacturer. The majority of Horton’s bolts come with moon-style nocks.