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Carbon Express FAQ

 

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Hunting Arrow Questions:

Do you make a heavier insert for hunting arrows?

No, our standard insert is 11 grains; however, a company called 3 Rivers Archery makes brass inserts that will fit some of our arrows.  Their information as well as a sizing chart can be found here.  https://www.3riversarchery.com/brass-arrow-point-inserts.html

What can I use to clean my shafts?

We recommend using a paper towel and denatured alcohol. Be sure to use paper towels that have no additives (such as lotion). We do not recommend using any other harsh chemicals or acetone.

What materials & tools will I need to fletch my shafts?

You will need fletching glue, a fletching jig, and clamps.  For the best performance and flight stability, we recommend using a helical clamp or a straight clamp with the jig offset.

How can I re-fletch my shafts?

Soak your shafts in MEK (Methyl Ethyl Ketone), then use a dull knife to remove the old fletching and any glue.  Be careful to not create grooves or to excessively scrape the shafts. WARNING: Never soak carbon shafts in any harsh chemicals, including acetone.

Why can’t I find my arrows on your website?

The item you are looking for may be discontinued, exclusive to a specific retailer, or not released/selling directly to consumers.  For more information, contact Customer Service via online chat at www.feradyne.com.

How do I know which insert to use?

Each arrow has an individualized component list below the production description on our website.

How do I know what size nock I need for my arrows?

https://www.feradyne.com/nockturnal/size-chart/

Do I need to remove the Bulldog Nock Collar before installing a lighted nock?

No, the Bulldog collars are designed to work with all lighted and non-lighted nocks.

If I am between sizes on the arrow shaft selection chart, what do you recommend?

We recommend you select the stiffer shaft.

How do I install the pin nock adapters?

Some pin nock adapters – such as the Nano-Pro adapter – are snug enough that glue isn’t needed.  For others, a small dab of hot melt glue is sufficient.  For best results, use a low temperature hot melt glue.  Apply a small amount of glue to the adapter while heating the adapter itself; this will make the glue runny.  Press the adapter into the shaft.  Once the adapter is fully seated, place it in a container of cold water to cool it down. 

If you want to remove the adapter, place the shaft with inserted adapter in a pan of boiling water until the adapter can be pulled out with pliers.  WARNING: Do not use a quick setting epoxy to install pin nock adapters.

How do I install inserts?

Using a cotton swab with denatured alcohol (available at most hardware stores), clean the inside of the shaft and outside of the insert.  Apply a generous amount of 24-hour epoxy to the outside of the insert taking care not to get any in the threads inside the insert.  Push the insert partially into the shaft and pull partially out while twisting the insert to evenly spread the epoxy.  Push the insert back into the shaft until firmly seated.

How do I install press-fit nocks?

Start by firmly pressing the press-fit nock into the shaft by apply pressuring to the nock shaft only; do not put pressure directly on the “fingers” of the nock as this may cause cracking or breaking.  Once the nock is seated flush against the shaft, the nock can be turned for precise tuning.  Press-fit nocks do not have to be glued into the shaft.

How do I know if my arrow is safe to shoot?

We recommend doing a flex test after each time you shoot to ensure there has been no damage to your arrows.  For more information on how to perform this test as well as additional safety instructions, visit www.safearrow.comWARNING: Never shoot a cracked or damaged shaft.

How do I determine my correct arrow length?

Using the bow and release system you normally shoot (mechanical or finger), draw back to your anchor point.  Have someone mark the shaft where it lines up with the front of the riser.  Measure the length of the shaft from the end of the nock to the spot marked; this distance is your standard arrow length.  We recommend cutting one shaft and installing any inserts/points/heads you plan on using to make sure the length is correct before cutting your other arrows.

How do I determine my correct arrow spine?

There are a number of options to help you find the correct spine arrow: 

Hunting Arrow Chart -www.feradyne.com/hunt-chart/

Maxima Hunting Arrow Chart - www.feradyne.com/maxima-arrow-chart/

Adjusted Draw Weight Chart - www.feradyne.com/adjustable-weight-chart/

Should I cut my arrow at both ends?

No, you should only ever cut Carbon Express arrows from the insert end (i.e. the front end).

How do I cut my arrows?

Always use a high-speed cut-off tool (5,000 rpm+) with an abrasive wheel when cutting carbon shafts.  Using tube cutters or hand saws will damage the carbon fibers.  Cut carbon shafts with nocks in place.  WARNING: Always use appropriate respiratory protection (NIOSH-approved dust mask) and eye protection (safety glasses) when cutting arrow shafts.

How do I install Carbon Express inserts?

Using the Arrow Prep Tool (Model 6420) or a .270 gun bore brush, scuff up the inside of the shaft where the insert will be installed. Using a cotton swab and denatured alcohol (available at most hardware stores), clean the inside of the shaft and the inside of the insert. Apply a generous amount of 24 hour epoxy to the shank of the inside taking care not to get epoxy in the threads. Push the insert partially into the shaft and then pull partially out while rotating to evenly spread the adhesive. Push the insert back into the shaft until firmly seated. The final 1/8" of the shank is designed to press fit inside the shaft to ensure proper alignment.

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Target Arrow Questions:

Can I order target arrows pre-fletched?

No, we do not offer pre-fletched target arrows.

Can I order arrows individually or by the half-dozen?

Target arrows are only available in 12-pack bare shafts.

How do I install glue-in target points?

We recommend using a low temperature hot melt glue. Apply heated glue to the shaft of the point and heat until glue is runny. Insert the point into the arrow shaft. Once the point is fully seated, the shaft with the point installed can be placed in a container of cold water to cool it down.
To remove a point, place the point end of the shaft in a pan of boiling water until the point can be pulled out with a pair of pliers. WARNING: Do not use a quick setting epoxy, as it can become brittle during the hardening process and may not create a sufficient bond between the arrow shaft and the component.

What is the best way to decide which arrow to use?

There are a number of options to help you find the correct spine arrow:

  • Arrow Selector - https://www.feradyne.com/arrow-selector/
  • Target Field Shaft Chart - https://www.feradyne.com/target-field-chart/
  • Recurve Shaft Chart - https://www.feradyne.com/recurve-series-arrow-chart/
  • Light Recurve Arrow Chart - https://www.feradyne.com/light-recurve-arrow-chart/
  • Shaft Fitting Steps - https://www.feradyne.com/shaft-selector/

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Nocks Questions:

How do I install Carbon Express press fit nocks?

Using the Nock Tuning Wrench provided, firmly press the press fit nock into the shaft by applying pressure to the nock valley base only. Do not put direct pressure on the nock tabs -- direct pressure on the nock tabs may cause the nock to deform, crack or break. Once seated flush against the shaft, the nock can be turned for precise tuning using the Nock Tuning Wrench. Press fit nocks do not have to be glued to the shaft.

How do I install Carbon Express Bull Dog nock collars?

Bull Dog nock collars require no glue. Simply make sure you have the correct size collar for the shaft you are using. Slide the collar over the fletch end of the shaft. Using the Nock Tuning Wrench provided, firmly press the In-Line Nock onto the adapter by applying pressure to the nock valley base only. Do not put direct pressure on the nock tabs -direct pressure on nock tabs may cause the nock to deform, crack or break. Once seated flush against the adapter, the nock can be turned using the Nock Tuning Wrench.

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Fletching Questions:

How do I prepare Carbon Express carbon shafts for fletching?

1) Using a clean white paper towel, wipe the shaft where the fletching will be applied with denatured alcohol. Continue to lightly wipe

2) Wipe the base of the vanes with denatured alcohol also. Most vane producers use a mold-release agent in the manufacturing process that must be removed for solid adhesion between the shaft and vane.

3) Do not touch the portion of the shaft to be fletched, or the base of the vane, or allow them to come into contact with any surface once they have been cleaned.

What materials and tools will I need for fletching?

1) We recommend carbon shafts be fletched with an archery cement

2) Carbon shafts can be fletched with standard fletching jigs and clamps. For optimum performance and flight stability, we recommend bow hunters fletch their shafts using a helical clamp or a straight clamp with the jig offset.

What do I do if I want to re-fletch Carbon Express carbon shafts?

WARNING: Never soak carbon shafts in any harsh chemical, including acetone. MEK can be used on carbon shafts without damage to the shaft.

1) Use a dull knife to remove old fletching and glue. Be very careful to only remove fletching and glue - do not remove any carbon fibers.

2) Repeat steps 1-3 detailed under Preparing Carbon Shafts for Fletching.

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Carbon Express Crossbow & Crossbolt Questions:

What are the parts of a crossbow?

Crossbow Overview

Crossbow Fore End

How can I purchase parts for my Carbon Express crossbow?

Available replacement parts are sold on our website.  This includes arrow retainer springs, strings and cables, cable slides, foot stirrups, foregrips, pistol grips, and scopes. 

https://www.feradyne.com/carbon-express-crossbows/

https://www.feradyne.com/rocky-mountain/

What if something was missing from my crossbow/crossbow kit?

If you purchased your crossbow kit brand new and you notice that any parts are missing, such as the cable slide, DO NOT SHOOT YOUR CROSSBOW.  Submit a warranty claim online: https://orgmyrange.com/feradyne/cgi-bin/customer_returns_start.cgi

What is the minimum weight bolt I can shoot out of my Carbon Express crossbow?

The minimum is 380 total grains.  This includes the combined weight of the bolt and the point.

My crossbow is cocked but will not move from safety to fire.  What’s going on?

If this happens, it is possible that the anti-dry fire mechanism has been tripped. Make sure you have a bolt fully seated on the bow before trying to move the safety switch from safe to fire. The anti-dry fire mechanism will not allow you to move the bow off “safe” without this.  If that does not work, use the rope cocker or Quiet Crank, and re-cock your bow another ¼” or so until you hear a click. You’ll then seat a bolt into the trigger box and attempt to move the bow into “fire”.   If the issue persists, take your bow to a local dealer or contact Customer Service for assistance – 800-282-4868.

Can I adjust the trigger pull on my crossbow?

No adjustments can be made to trigger pull on any Carbon Express crossbow.  Do not attempt to alter or modify the device or trigger assembly in any way.  This is a very dangerous practice that will not only void the manufacturer’s warranty but could also cause damage to the crossbow and/or personal injury.

What weight is the trigger pull for each of your crossbow models?

Most crossbow models from the past four years have an average trigger pull of 3½ lbs.

Why doesn’t my crossbow shoot as fast as the specifications say it can/should?

Feet per second (FPS) ratings can be affected by bolt and/or point weights.  To maximize the FPS rating on your Carbon Express crossbow, a 380 total grain weight bolt is recommended.

How often should I replace my strings and cables?

Strings and cables should be replaced approximately every 2 years depending on use.  If there is evidence of fraying or broken strands, replace strings and cables immediately.

Should I replace my cable slide when I change my strings & cables?

When changing out cables, inspect your cable slide for signs of excessive wear.  As a rule of thumb, replace your cable slide any time you replace the cables on your crossbow.  NOTE: Not all cable slides are the same.  Visit our website to select the cable slide appropriate for your model bow.  https://www.feradyne.com/cable-slides-for-cx-crossbows/

Will the Quiet Crank Cocking Winch work on all Carbon Express crossbows?

No, the Quiet Crank only works on bow models that have the plus-shaped hole in the butt stock.

Can I buy a butt stock that accepts the Quiet Crank?

No, this is not a part that is sold separately.

Can the rope on the Quiet Crank or the Rope Cocker be replaced?

No, we do not sell the rope for either item as a replacement part.

Can I leave the Quiet Crank installed when shooting my crossbow?

No, you want to remove the Quiet Crank from your bow before firing.  The Crank does not snap into place and could fall out when your bow is held horizontally.

When reeling the Quiet Crank, will it stop midway and hold position?

Yes.  The Crank will hold position once it is stopped.

How do I use the Quiet Crank Cocking Winch?

Before inserting the winch into the crossbow, ensure your bow is in the FIRE position.  Mount the winch in the stock by inserting the + mounting rod into the corresponding slot at the rear of the stock.  Once mounted, move the switch on the winch to the “Unlock” position to disengage the cocking system.  NOTE: You must hold the switch in the “Unlock” position to pull the rope out of the pulley.  Once you release the switch, it will default to the “Lock” position and you can begin reeling in the rope.

How long can I leave my crossbow in the cocked position?

We do not recommend leaving your crossbow cocked longer than one hunting session.  For example, if you are hunting in the morning, we recommend firing the crossbow and re-cocking before an evening hunt (4-6 hours maximum).

Can I use the Quiet Crank or Rope Cocker to de-cock my crossbow?

No.  The only way to disengage your bow is to fire it.  We make a de-cocking tip called The Nub (https://www.feradyne.com/the-nub/) as well as a release bolt (https://www.feradyne.com/crossbow-release-bolt/) for this purpose.

How should I store my crossbow when not in use?

When storing your crossbow for extended periods of time, keep it in a temperature-controlled environment to avoid rusting and string/cable deterioration.  There is no need to let down the tension on your limbs during the off-season.

What size nocks do I need for my Carbon Express crossbolts?

All Carbon Express crossbolts have an inside diameter (ID) of .284

Are the nocks on my crossbolts glued in?

No, the nocks are not glued in. They are pressure-fit nocks.  

What should I use to clean my crossbolts?

We recommend using a paper towel and denatured alcohol.  Be sure to use paper towels that have no additives, such as lotion.  We do not recommend using any other harsh chemicals or acetone.

What type of vane is recommended for crossbolts?

We recommend using a 3” or 4” vane with a ½” height.  This will allow your bolts to clear the rail of your crossbow without catching.

Can I use Carbon Express crossbolts with any crossbow?

If you are shooting a crossbow that is manufactured by Carbon Express, you can use any of our crossbolts.  If you are shooting a non-Carbon Express crossbow, we recommend calling the bow manufacturer to verify the minimum bolt weight recommended for that model bow so you choose the right bolt for your crossbow and the correct nock (half-moon, flat, etc.).

How do I know if my crossbolt is safe to shoot?

We recommend doing a flex test after every shoot to ensure there has been no damage to your bolts.  For more information on how to perform this test as well as additional safety instructions, visit www.safearrow.comWARNING: Never shoot a cracked or damaged shaft.

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