Is it worth building your own bolts?

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Is it worth building your own bolts?

Post by ecoaster » Sat Aug 13, 2005 7:31 pm

Is there a noticeable savings in building your own bolts. I was thinking of getting some aluminum shafts, inserts, jig, etc. I realize that you can really customize them if you build your own, but I talking about just making some up for target practice. All I have right now are the carbons and I wanted to try some aluminims.

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Post by Digger » Sat Aug 13, 2005 7:53 pm

Cost for 20" bolts at A.N. per bolt with inserts and vanes or feathers

XX75 Crossbow Bolt - 2213, 2216 or 2219 - plastic fletch ....ea. 4.05 3.25
2159/68 XX75 Crossbow Bolt - 2213, 2216 or 2219 - feather fletch 4.85 3.90

cost per carbon GT per shaft

Excalibur - Gold Tip Carbon Crossbow Bolt 20" w/plastic fletch ..... ea. 6.75 5.40

Beman Carbon Crossbow Bolt - 20" or 22" w/plastic fletch.....ea 4.95 3.95

If you can do it cheaper go ahead. I buy these, then refletch when needed. not much savings till you have to refletch.

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Post by wabi » Sat Aug 13, 2005 10:37 pm

Not much savings unless you factor in the unseen costs like mental hospitals, divorce courts...... :lol: :lol: :lol:
What I'm saying is for me it's also a great way to get out of the house and relax. Sometimes the real savings is not in $$$$$ alone. :wink:
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Post by TYE » Sat Aug 13, 2005 10:42 pm

wabi wrote:Not much savings unless you factor in the unseen costs like mental hospitals, divorce courts...... :lol: :lol: :lol:
What I'm saying is for me it's also a great way to get out of the house and relax. Sometimes the real savings is not in $$$$$ alone. :wink:
Hmm, I like that one... :)

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Post by GREYWOLF » Sun Aug 14, 2005 12:30 am

:D for me it is cheeper , I have been building arrows for 28 years now , and selling them to friends and stores . and now also do bolts . I no longer do dipping and cresting , the new wraps are great and a lot less time consumeing and smelly, buying the raw materials and creating your own custom one of a kind arrows or bolts is a lot of fun and does save money. Your jig is your most costly item , but a good BITZ. will last a life time and pay for itself in no time at all, but best of all it is fun!!
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Post by Hoss » Sun Aug 14, 2005 12:01 pm

Wabi you are a man with great wisdom and insight... :wink:
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Post by Leo in Ga » Sun Aug 14, 2005 12:38 pm

A bit of savings IMO, but the main advantage to me is in being able to "play" with my set ups by changing nocks, vanes/feathers, without buying another arrow, kind of a personal satisfaction in doing my own work when I can :D

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Post by darkhollowarcher » Sun Aug 14, 2005 1:36 pm

I dont know the price of componets in your area,but here in pa. i can build a dozen gold tip laser II a lot cheaper than i could buy finished bolts $34.99 doz. shaft w/end caps & inserts
$ 2.00 per 36 durevanes
+ glue and that equals self satisfaction plus cash saved
just my opinion

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Post by chris4570 » Sun Aug 14, 2005 2:49 pm

Hey Steve,

That perch looks familiar!! Don't know much about building arrows. I'm making the switch to carbons. Gold Tip 2's, $5.99 each doesn't seem too bad.
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Post by dw » Sun Aug 14, 2005 3:13 pm

http://www.woodyssportinggoods.com/
$26.00 for 6. $4.33 each. gold tip laser 2's
i just ordered a dozen with no problems. go to crossbow accessories. they shoyuld come right up, you can get the aluminum or brass inserts.
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Post by ecoaster » Mon Aug 15, 2005 3:56 pm

Chris,

You did a fine job on the other end of that camera :D :D :D .
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