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    Senior Member Ehunter's Avatar
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    Default Lighted nocks

    Anyone using lighted nocks? What do you think of them? Just bought a couple cheapo nocks (Carbon Express) to play with. So far, they seem ok, but not bright enough to make any difference unless it's getting fairly dark out. Even on an overcast day, they really don't stand out any better than a regular nock to me. Might be the cheapo nocks, but I'd like to hear your input. Thanks!
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    I have tried a couple of brands and I am stuck on Nokturnal red. I had one that was not working so I emailed the C.S. dept and sent it back to them and promptly was sent a replacement. Also, the reds a VERY bright.
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    Not being a bowhunter any more I have no need to look for arrows after the shot. I will say that I once had a state champion field shooter and pro that coached me for several years. We actually competed against each other. He taught me a lot and I remember most of his adages, one being "The best shots you ever make will be the ones you don't see". Interpreting this it means that very nerve in your body should be focused on just one thing---aiming. If you're looking at the arrow then you're not concentrating on where you want it to go. Aim the bow, let the shot happen and have faith in your equipment and your ability with it.

    That being said, I can get Nocturnals for free. I've tried them in various colors and find them totally distracting. Besides that they add about 10gr to the tail end of the arrow and I don't need to give up any FOC.
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    Default Lighted nocks

    I don't use them, but some I've shot around use my dislike.

    If you'll note all the advertisements show the lighted nocks at dusk or looks to me after shooting hours.
    I think I've lost (as in lost) maybe 5 arrows in 13 years do to hunting. If I launch one during a 3D it's a pretty I won't look for thing. If I can't see it from the target I don't go looking.

    One of my sidekicks has used them for the past 2 years. Killed his deer, but never did find his lighted nock arrow. Best way to find them is near or after dark and BD has never went back to even try to find them. He's pretty much wore out after field dressing and spending the rest of his day processing his deer....

    I've got my share of freebies and cost reduced arrows, but to add something of $10 to a arrow... I don't think so. And like Barry, they do mess with the FOC a bit and a tad loss of speed. What, 24 to 28 grs opposed to 12 and maybe 4 fps loss?

    As for my above "dislike," I don't like shooting with someone with lighted nocks. Don't care whether it's a paper or 3D event. I think most organizations (for sanctioned events) have rules against their use. They are distracting and they sure aren't needed.
    Have to admit, they do make for a good aim point...if I'm not counting score

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    Not for me either KISS. Arrow, point and fletching is enough, got to shooting a vintage Wing bow today at about 45lbs makes me want to take up archery again, to bad my shoulders won't hold up to it anymore

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    I don't use them but do use Norway Neon Fusion vanes, green orange and yellow with a white 4" wrap. They light up pretty well and my FOC is between 8-10". Also real easy to find in the field and the white wrap shows blood very well. Best is in low light they light up great.
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