Edited by Spirithawk, 15 August 2010 - 07:33 PM.
Posted 15 August 2010 - 07:31 PM
Posted 15 August 2010 - 09:32 PM
Any carbon projectile should be flexed before shot for safety. (The same as any aluminum should be checked for creases or a bend and wood and fiberglass should be checked for cracks or splinters.) If there is anything structurally unsound you will either see "splinters" raise up or hear "cracking" or "grinding" sounds during a flex. It takes 5 seconds and, generally, if you don't hear anything then you are good to go.
In my experience, carbon projectiles are more durable than aluminum and do not take on a bend or crease like aluminum. Most every aluminum arrow I have shot into or through a deer was ruined by either breaking off or bending. I have carbons that have been through more than one animal that are still in my quiver.
I say all of that to say this... Shoot what you like. Fear is not a worthy factor. (Especially with a crossbow as the shooter's arm is not openly exposed to the potential flight path of a failed bolt upon release as with a longbow, recurve, or compound bow shooter.)
As to CX bolts... I haven't shot any of their aluminum products. But, dad has had both the carbon Surge and Crossbolts. I really like the Surge as they are virtually identical to an aluminum 2219 bolt with respect to outside diameter and weight. (By contrast, the Crossbolts are lighter.) This is important if your crossbow has a multi-line or multi-dot scope with spacing that was designed for shooting with heavier (generally aluminum) bolts. The Surge will still fly virtually the same.
All told you should do well. Then, when you've got those ones all pretty well bent up you can check out the Surge if you like.
PA IHEA & NBEF/IBEP Instructor
Posted 16 August 2010 - 12:08 AM
Edited by Spirithawk, 16 August 2010 - 12:19 AM.
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