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Offline Bearclaw

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Lighted Nocks
« on: January 27, 2019, 07:46:19 AM »
Anyone shoot lighted nocks with your bolts? I shoot a Barnett Brotherhood with 20" Barnet Headhunter 20" bolts. Thinking of going with a lighted nock this coming year so I can see where my shot went. At 350 fps it's pretty hard to follow the bolt with my eyes. I'd like to have some indication of where the hit went so after he takes off, I can have some intel of when to start tracking. Any  recommendations?
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Re: Lighted Nocks
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2019, 08:26:40 AM »
I use Lumenocks. They work great.

Sometimes it takes a littlesanding to get them to fit right. You want them snug but not so much that you can't turn them off without the tool, which is essentially plastic pliers with rubber coated gripper end.

Conversly you don't want them too lose or they come on just from seating the arrow or getting bumped in the quiver/case.  They may also come out of turn themselves off when they hit something hard like the ground or a tree.  Did I say they work equally well for arrow recovery after the shot? :-D


I replaced the batteries in a couple this year; they are easy to maintain as long as they maintain their structural integrity.

My fastest bow is 350fps so I can attest to their performance up to that speed.
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Re: Lighted Nocks
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2019, 08:47:06 AM »
I don't use them. they will add some weight to the back of your arrow. if you do get them, definitely practice with them on your arrow. at short distance, it won't be a big factor but it will as you move farther out.

I have heard good things about lumenlocs that MI mentioned
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Re: Lighted Nocks
« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2019, 12:59:19 PM »
I got some and haven't used them yet but I lost a couple of bolts and heads at a cost of about 20 bucks a pop, I'll try these out to see if I can quit losing them ;D
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Re: Lighted Nocks
« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2019, 02:00:13 PM »
I use them on both my X-bow and compound, really like them.  Lumenok was developed by a guy just west of me, got to meet him when he first got started.  I do like being able to follow the shot clearly to the target, and it definitely helps with locating the arrow afterwards.  Most of my shots are pretty short, so once I get out of the tree I can walk straight to the shaft & never have to guess where the deer was standing when I fired.  I have never had any issue with them coming loose on a shot.  My X-bow bolts are from Lumenok (can't remember whose bolts they use) so the fit is obviously set up correctly by them.  On my compound I use Beeman carbon shafts and simply bought the Lumenok sized to fit that ID.  Have used both for several years & haven't yet had to replace a battery.  I was concerned as Yari stated about the added weight on the back of the shafts, but at the 25 yard range that I shoot at (or less) I have not seen any shift in point of impact.
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Re: Lighted Nocks
« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2019, 09:28:45 AM »
I use them. Some are a pain to turn off. Parker had the Capture nocks, lighted or not, that really were good to hold onto the string vs. other styles of nocks which could get the string misaligned.
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Re: Lighted Nocks
« Reply #6 on: July 27, 2019, 07:33:22 AM »
Bear - I just got 6 in from Amazon and they are the Excaliber Illuminated Carbon Fiber 20" Bolts in a 3 pack. Like many others have seen the advantage of them. I have not shot them in the crossbow yet and have dedicated a pair of small pliers for just for that reason....have turn them all on buy hitting the back of them on the floor and tried to turn the first one off, and like Flint said they were a pain to turn off, so I got a small set of pliers to use just for that reason, the would not turn off by themselves, but with little help with the pliers, they seem to work well....so we will see when I start shooting the crossbow in about 2 weeks whether or not they work and if they don't I will have to start with blank arrows and get some Lumenok and build my own, have been putting this off for years and years but now is the time to do so..... 
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Re: Lighted Nocks
« Reply #7 on: July 29, 2019, 07:58:14 AM »
I am going to try them this year with my Excalibur Xbow after losing that 8 pointer last year and not knowing what happened I feel like they would have helped.
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Re: Lighted Nocks
« Reply #8 on: July 29, 2019, 02:35:39 PM »
I got some Lumenock bolts and lighted Nocks trying them this year I hope
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Re: Lighted Nocks
« Reply #9 on: August 02, 2019, 05:45:21 PM »
Like most of you just got some new illuminated arrows/bolts in for this year, I tired of loosing arrows, I know what you guys mean buy saying that they are too hard to turn off...so this year will try them and will start to practice with the new arrows/bolts this year. Will start practicing and make sure the bow is sited in for 20 yards, then 30, then 40 and finally 50 yards, will keep a pair of pliers with me just in case...hope try work....

But I have found that if you use a set of small pliers you can twist them enough to turn off....
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Re: Lighted Nocks
« Reply #10 on: August 02, 2019, 10:33:18 PM »
Pliers yes, or teeth (don't tell my wife or dentist I said that, but it works in a pinch!)
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