Pennsylvania Game News - July 2017 - 60
back holding handles on the rope.
After the bow is cocked, the rope often
gets tossed to the ground or the garage
floor. Consequently, they can fray.
The plastic connectors that hook to the
string also can crack.
So check your rope regularly to identify problems before they become critical.
Remember, it helps you pull as much
as 200 pounds of draw weight. If it breaks,
something bad might happen to you or
sure they're not bent. Roll them on a flat
surface, fletchings hanging off the end, to
check for straightness.
Inspect your nocks for cracks. If you
find one, replace it.
And when you replace a nock or buy
a new bolt, don't forget to follow the
manufacturer's nock recommendations.
There are several types of nocks for
crossbows, and they are not interchangeable. Your crossbow uses bolts fitted with
a specific nock. Use only those.
KNOW YOUR BOW
There's no question crossbow bolts are
pretty hearty. They're short and stiff. It
takes a lot of force to cause them damage.
But you still need to check them.
Remember, one of the great things
about crossbows is how accurate they
can be. So, if you're shooting two bolts
at the same aiming point, there's always
a chance the second one might slam into
Check carbon bolts for cracks and
splinters. Don't shoot a bolt that has either.
The force pushing these projectiles is
so great, that a damaged bolt can break
apart as the string flies forward, possibly
causing injury to the shooter.
If you're using aluminum bolts, make
No one knows your crossbow better
than you. Listen to it when you shoot.
If you take a shot and something
doesn't sound right, try to troubleshoot the
issue before taking another shot.
Maybe the scope or a quiver bolt is
Fix problems you sort out immediately. Don't wait for trouble. If you can't
diagnose the problem, take the crossbow
to your pro shop.
None of this is complicated.
Keep your crossbow in good working
order and follow all of the manufacturer's
recommendations. It's the best way to
ensure it'll provide the years of service
you're expecting from it.
Crossbows are known
for their accuracy, and
regular target practice can
damage bolts and nocks.
Be sure to check them.