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Bolt right through pig...cant find bolt. ideas?? #7224998 07/15/18 03:43 PM
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New to the whole xbow scene.

Shot a pig Friday night with a 5 dollar bolt and a $14 dollar broad head. Started thinking this is going to get expensive. I'm shooting pigs at 25yds with a Bear Torrix FFl. Muzzy broadheads.

Newbie question.....is there anyway to not have the bolt go straight through pig? Pig didn't make it 10 feet from feeder but arrow was nowhere to be found.

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Re: Bolt right through pig...cant find bolt. ideas?? [Re: CollinCountyCab] #7225039 07/15/18 04:39 PM
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Only one shot or did you do a follow up shot? That entrance and exit doesn't look like a 10 yd recovery. If it was angling away a cross bow bolt could be in the cavity. Arrows do weird things after exiting an animal or hitting the ground!

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not sure for hogs and xbows but for turkeys and compounds I have seen big 'washers' on the market to slow down the arrow on impact.
also, metal detector comes in handy for finding lost bolts....

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Re: Bolt right through pig...cant find bolt. ideas?? [Re: MoTex] #7225601 07/16/18 10:07 AM
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Originally Posted By: MoTex
Only one shot or did you do a follow up shot? That entrance and exit doesn't look like a 10 yd recovery. If it was angling away a cross bow bolt could be in the cavity. Arrows do weird things after exiting an animal or hitting the ground!


My buddy and I shot at the same time....we don't know who hit it or where the arrows went.

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Im going to build a platform for my blind....perhaps shooting at a down angle will put the bolt in ground.

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Re: Bolt right through pig...cant find bolt. ideas?? [Re: CollinCountyCab] #7225802 07/16/18 02:42 PM
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For hogs- go to eBay and get cheap broad heads. And yes, shooting down really helps.


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Originally Posted By: passthru
Lighted nocks

Re: Bolt right through pig...cant find bolt. ideas?? [Re: CollinCountyCab] #7228844 07/19/18 12:16 AM
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if the broadhead hit a tree or hard ground bolt & broadhead probably trashed anyway


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If your only paying $5 a bolt that's pretty cheap. Try to aim for the front leg low on the body.

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Arrows are buried in the ground/sand/grass and they can go farther than you think.


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Re: Bolt right through pig...cant find bolt. ideas?? [Re: CollinCountyCab] #7229759 07/19/18 08:05 PM
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Run those bolts through the front shoulders if you want to slow them down. Guts offer little resistance to sharp objects.

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Was there another hog behind it in the background by any chance? Might have got a twofer. It could have also ricocheted off something behind that pig and went a long ways. I had a bolt go thru an old shoot out target one day and it ricocheted of the netwire yard fence. It finally landed about 80 yards past the target. Had I not seen it do that and watched it land, I would have never found it.


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Lighted nocks can definitely help in recovery, but a bolt can travel a good distance or bury into the ground pretty easy. I have recovered several arrows with a metal detector.

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It can get pricey! Cheap Mossy Oak bolts from Walmart + cheap Muzzy broadheads make it a little less expensive to shoot pigs.

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If I can I prefer bullets for pigs, lots cheaper

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Originally Posted By: TX_LT230FH
For hogs- go to eBay and get cheap broad heads. And yes, shooting down really helps.


They all come from China, buy direct instead of an importer and the price is about half of a US seller. Or do like I did, I used a homemade copy of a Montagnard crossbow and used homemade bolts.


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Yup, lighted nocks.

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Get some of the cheap mechanical broadheads Wally world sells and run a test with them. I think they are designed for single use.

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Originally Posted By: TX_LT230FH
For hogs- go to eBay and get cheap broad heads. And yes, shooting down really helps.
do deer somehow deserve $30 broadheads? Any broadhead will kill either why use different ones for different animals? Most all broadheads now are laser or chemically sharpened and are drastically sharper from the factory than they were even 15 years ago. I shot three deer last year with Allen heads from Walmart bought on clearance for $7 for all three and they killed hogs too.

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For hogs- go to eBay and get cheap broad heads. And yes, shooting down really helps.
do deer somehow deserve $30 broadheads? Any broadhead will kill either why use different ones for different animals? Most all broadheads now are laser or chemically sharpened and are drastically sharper from the factory than they were even 15 years ago. I shot three deer last year with Allen heads from Walmart bought on clearance for $7 for all three and they killed hogs too.


A $30 broadhead kills them "deader" that a $7 version. clap


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For hogs- go to eBay and get cheap broad heads. And yes, shooting down really helps.
do deer somehow deserve $30 broadheads? Any broadhead will kill either why use different ones for different animals? Most all broadheads now are laser or chemically sharpened and are drastically sharper from the factory than they were even 15 years ago. I shot three deer last year with Allen heads from Walmart bought on clearance for $7 for all three and they killed hogs too.


A $30 broadhead kills them "deader" that a $7 version. clap
I bet if itís shot from a $1000 bow they die even deader than that.

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Cheap knives are sharp too. The quality of the materials and construction is what costs the extra money.

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Cheap knives are sharp too. The quality of the materials and construction is what costs the extra money.
nobody sharpens broadhead blades anymore they are one time use. Iíve had ferrells break on the most expensive heads and cheapest, and if price means quality why would anybody shoot the cheap ones at the heavier boned animal? Bottom line razor sharp in the lungs they all die even if the package doeanst say Rage.

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I've had some arrow do the same. Shot through and never found them. I've had some that fell just a few feet past the animal. I've had some that stuck in the cavity. As was said earler, arrows can do weird things once they enter an animal.


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