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307Wapiti
06-19-2011, 03:16 PM
So maybe this is a dumb question, because for all my research I can't seem to find a good answer. I'm looking for some advice as to the best way to install a nock.

I bought a Blitzenburger jig so that I can start fletching my own arrows, but the arrows I bought as part of the used rig I shoot have this seemingly cheap plastic Easton nock. Since my jig allows me to align the cock feather with the nock, I figured it would be of benefit if the nock was fixed. As of now I can rotate the nock with little effort.

So back to my question, what's the best way to install the nock? Also, I see a fair amount of info out there on nock bushings, but I'm wondering what benefit do they give?

I'm fairly new to the whole archery hunting thing so any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.

Graylight
06-20-2011, 12:15 AM
I do orientate my nocks so that all of my cock vanes orient the same, however, there is no way per say to do it aside from pressing it firmly in and eyeballing it's position according to the arrows spine prior to fletching.

The nock collars can be nice to use if you are shooting multiple arrows into single spot's. If you are shooting five spots or single shots, they won't assist you any, therefore diminishing any benefit. Hope this helped you...

OR Archer
06-20-2011, 10:28 PM
if your nocks are loose replace them but do not glue them in.

307Wapiti
06-21-2011, 01:18 PM
ORArcher is there a reason to not glue them in? I suppose it would make field repair a bit more difficult, but I haven't been carrying spare nocks afield either.

RUTTIN
06-21-2011, 09:54 PM
If you really want to be anal about your arrows, before you build them square both ends of the arrow first(with an arrow squaring device). Then float your arrows in the bath tub, and let the arrow float till it stabilizes. Mark the arrow on the side that is up. Do this to all arrows. Then install your press fit nock to line up with the mark, all of your arrows should then be spined the same, and coming off of your bow the same when shot. Fletch them all the same and you should have some great groups, if you want to go through the trouble.

OR Archer
06-21-2011, 10:12 PM
well if you glue them in and you end up breaking one you're not going to get the broken piece out without destroying the arrow or cutting it off.

307Wapiti
06-22-2011, 06:19 AM
Thanks fellas. Good advice. I may give the bathtub drill a shot. What I'm gathering is that everybody is using press fit nocks and that's probably why I haven't found a whole lot of research of the best way to press in a nock . . . pretty simple. I may just need new nocks as these are fairly loose. Thanks again.

RobinHood
06-26-2011, 10:29 PM
If you really want to be anal about your arrows, before you build them square both ends of the arrow first(with an arrow squaring device). Then float your arrows in the bath tub, and let the arrow float till it stabilizes. Mark the arrow on the side that is up. Do this to all arrows. Then install your press fit nock to line up with the mark, all of your arrows should then be spined the same, and coming off of your bow the same when shot. Fletch them all the same and you should have some great groups, if you want to go through the trouble.

This is good info. I had never heard that before.

If they are all the same and weighted and spined evenly, I will have no excuse as to why my shooting is so bad.:cool:

osbornetaxidermy
07-07-2011, 08:32 AM
never heard that about the bath tub. Definitely going to do that when my new cx mayhem hunters show up!