Frequently Asked Questions

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Arrows Questions:

How do I determine my correct arrow length?

Using the bow and release system you normally use (mechanical or finger), draw the bow back to your anchor point. Have someone mark the shaft where it comes in contact with the front of the riser. Measure the length of shaft from the end of the nock to the spot marked. This distance is your standard arrow length.
We recommend you cut one shaft and install the front end hardware of your choice to make sure it is the correct length before cutting the other shafts.

What do I do if I want to cut Carbon Express carbon arrows?

1) Always use a high-speed cut-off tool (above 5,000 rpm) with an abrasive wheel when cutting carbon shafts. Using tube cutters or hand saws will damage the material fibers.
2) Always cut carbon shafts with nocks in place. WARNING: Always use the 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.

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.

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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