Product Review: Carbon Express Whitetail Crossbow Bolts

In 2017, I switched to Carbon Express Whitetail crossbow bolts.  Here is my review of these bolts:

Cost $34.95 per 6 pack (On Amazon)

Key Features

  • 20″ length
  • 430-Grain weight including 100-grain field point
  • 0.348″ O.D
  • ± 0.004-inch straightness
  • 3-Inch Vanes
  • Rate Best IN Class by QDMA
The Carbon Express Whitetail is a low/mid price point crossbow bolt that doesn’t compromise performance.  The 430-grain payload (includes 100-grain broadhead) of this bolt carries Whitetail Deer performance kinetic energy and speed at all practical hunting ranges.
According to the Best Crossbow Source Arrow Ballistic Calculator, at 40 yards my setup is still maintaining 87 ft-lbs of kinetic energy with 302 FPS of arrow speed.  This past season, I took a doe at 40 yards quartering away and buried the bolt completely inside the animal.  I could not see any vanes as she ran off and fell 40 yards away.  They hit very hard!
The spine stiffness is good and I have noticed a marked improvement in consistency shot over shot since switching to this bolt.  I have had to start picking different spots on the target when shooting my practice broadheads to avoid damaging my bolts.  I am not Robin Hood, but they shoot tight groups out to my 50-yard maximum practice distance.
The bolts come with half moon nocks installed and flat universal nocks within the box.  I have not attempted to change these out as my crossbow is set up for half moon, but the fact that they are included is a nice bonus.
It is rare that I do a review without any CONS, but everything about these bolts is spot on.  I would recommend anyone looking for a low/mid price point bolt to consider the Carbon Express Whitetail crossbow bolts.

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Author: Eric Hall

Afflicted with Whitetail OCD, I have been addicted to the Whitetail Deer since the late 1980s. It is an all-consuming and never-ending passion to learn about and ultimately preserve the heritage of whitetail deer hunting. Now I feed that addiction with the Whitetail OCD blog.

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