Carbon Arrow Shafts
Thank you for purchasing Trophy Ridge Carbon Arrows. Your arrows were manufactured using a technique that produces the straightest, strongest and most durable arrow in the industry. Additionally, all Trophy Ridge arrows incorporate Silent Slide™ technology to deliver the quietest arrow available!
Arrow shafts can become damaged from impact with hard objects, animals or other arrows. Damaged arrows could break upon release and injure you or other people. Carefully inspect each arrow shaft, nock and other components for damage before each shot. Before shooting, check shaft for nicks, cracks, splits, dents or any other imperfections, which could indicate damage to the arrow, by flexing the arrow in a gradual arc. If an arrow has been damaged, or appears damaged, DO NOT shoot the arrow again. Damaged arrows could break upon release and sharp arrow pieces could cause injury.
Carbon arrows can shatter on impact resulting in many sharp, splinter fragments. These splintered fragments can cause harm to humans if ingested. Therefore, when game is recovered the hunter should always carefully determine whether the carbon arrow has broken inside the animal. If the carbon arrow has broken, follow these specific instructions below.
- Use extreme caution removing the broken segments of the carbon arrow shaft.
- Upon field dressing game animals, use care to avoid splinters of carbon fiber.
- Carefully remove the flesh in the area of the wound and inspect for the presence of carbon fiber splinters or fragments, be very thorough inspecting the entire wound especially at the entry and exit points.
- Thoroughly clean the surrounding area of the wound and inspect for the presence of carbon splinters and fragments.
- Carefully dispose of any meat that might contain carbon splinter fragments.
Arrow Selection Chart — This chart assumes the use of a compound bow with single or hard cam, mechanical release, no overdraw, brace height greater than 6.5" and a 100 grain field point. Equipment variations may require shaft sizes other than suggested. View chart
Determine Arrow Length: Using the bow and release system normally used, draw the bow back to the anchor point. Mark the shaft where it comes in contact with the front of the riser. Measure the length of the shaft from the nock to the spot marked. This distance is the standard arrow length for bow, rest, and release system. It is recommended that you cut one shaft and install the front end components of choice to verify the length is correct before cutting other shafts. The arrow shaft should extend 1" MINIMUM in front of the arrow rest.
Never soak carbon arrows in any harsh chemicals, including acetone. DO NOT use quick setting epoxy or hot melt glue to install arrow components. Quick set epoxy can become brittle during curing and hot melt glues may scorch or burn the carbon fibers and weaken the arrow structure.
Procedures for Cutting Carbon Arrows:
- Always use a high-speed cut-off tool with an abrasive wheel.
Using tube cutters or hand saws will damage carbon fibers.
- Always cut carbon shafts with nocks in place (not glued).
- Always use appropriate respiratory protection and eye protection (safety glasses) when cutting arrow shafts.
Preparing Carbon Shafts for Fletching: (some arrows come pre-fletched)
- Using a clean white paper towel, wipe down the shaft with denatured alcohol (available at most hardware stores) where the fletching will be applied. Continue to lightly wipe the shaft until all dirt and residue is removed.
- It is best to follow the vane manufacturer's recommendations about preparing the vanes for fletching. Refer to the documentation that came with your vanes.
- Do not touch the portion of the shaft to be fletched, or base of the vane, or allow either to come in contact with any surface once cleaned.
Nocking Installation Instructions:
Weight: 8 grains (nock size fits all shafts)
- Firmly press the nock into the shaft by applying pressure to the nock valley base only. Do not direct pressure on the nock tabs — direct pressure on the nock tabs may cause the nock to deform. The use of a nock tool is recommended.
- Once the base of the nock is flush against the shaft, the nock can be turned for precise tuning.
- Nocks do not have to be glued to shafts.
- Always inspect each nock as well as the entire arrow shaft for damage before each shot. Shooting damaged nocks or arrows can cause serious injury to the archer and/or spectators.
Insert Installation Instructions:
Weight: 21 Grains
Arrows and inserts are color coded: Red = 550
, Green = 400
, Gold = 350
, Silver = 300
- Using a cotton swab and denatured alcohol, clean the inside of the shaft where the insert will be installed.
- Apply a generous amount of adhesive to the shank of the insert, the inside of the shaft, and the very edge/end of the shaft. Push the insert partially into the shaft and then partially out while rotating to evenly spread the adhesive.
- Push the insert all the way back into the shaft.
- The final 1/8" of the insert is designed to press fit into the shaft to ensure proper alignment.
- Allow adhesive to dry per the manufacturer's directions before use.