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Bigj1632

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Hi All,

Perhaps a dumb question, but I've started making my own arrows and have installed Bohning Classic nocks with the indexer.  I tried to put them in my Bitzenburger jig, and the opening in the jig is not big enough to accept the entire nock due to the indexer.  

Has anyone else ran into this issue and have suggestions?  I've considered shaving down the indexer or trying to open up the jig with a Dremel.  Any advise for a newbie is appreciated.

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I've had similar problem.  I shaved down the indexer.
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Bigj

Never had that problem with Bohning Index Nocks with my 6 Bitzes.   The index doesn't go into the nock holder, just the tips up to the index to seat and turn the arrow.

Hope that helps.

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Thanks Deno.  I'll give it a second look.  Last night, it didn't feel as if the nock was seated in the jig very well and it looked like the indexer was the root of the problem.  Thanks again for the reply.
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As long as it turns the arrow you should be OK.  If you have to file a bit of the index in the back like Greg recommended.

That should still seat and you'll still have enough of the index left.  

Hope it works out.  Can't wait to see those arrows.  [thumb]

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Take the indexer out of the Jig and drill out the existing hole with a 1/2" drill or reamer and the nock will go to the bottom of the receiver. I did that to all or mine.

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Yep, drilled mine out with a 1/2" drill too.
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Thanks so much for the advice everyone.  I'll give it a go.  Much appreciated.
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I just slice off most of the index tab. I have no use for that much.
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Thanks y'all.  Worked like a charm and I appreciate all the quick replies.  If I could pick your brain once more...

Are there any settings on the Bitz, or secrets you can share about the fletching process?  This is my first foray into wood arrows.  I'm having a blast, but I'm also learning a lot of ways how to not make wood arrows!  Thanks in advance!

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Drilling out the jig was what we did years ago when using Bjorn nocks.
 As for tips, make sure the quill is firmly seated against shaft. An issue I had at first. I use the back of a knife and run it down the quill after seating feather clamp in jig. A dab of glue on the lead end of feather after it dries on shaft. You want to make sure there is a smooth lead edge on the feathers on the arrow. Sharp quills can cause a nasty wound when you least expect it. I would also start out using the best feather, shafts, etc. you can afford. Once you have made a few doz arrows you can experiment with trying other option.

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There are allen key settings for feather alignment on the shaft.   Back and front of straight feathers should be centered on the shaft.  Front of LW or RW are offset from center.

Do a search of wood arrow grain for nocks and points.



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Same as above. Opened mine up many years ago.
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Makes me wonder why Bitz didn't improve their jig so that we didn't have to drill it out.  Drilling it out is easy, but doesn't occur to most folks.

First time I took mine apart, I spent an hour on my hands and knees looking for all the springs and detent balls.  The next time I took it apart, I put it in a box so that the parts fell where I could find them.

As for additional quick tips, I'd recommend giving the fletching tape a try.  I like it better than glue, but after the shaft has been fletched, you still need to add a dab of glue to the leading and trailing ends of the feather.
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You're going to learn by trial and error so keep your first couple arrows plain.  Once you get the hang of it you can try crowning them and getting fancy.  Good luck.  Frank
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If you don't like the index on the Bohning Classic, use the Bohning "T" nock, its the same nock as the Classic without the index.

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Thanks all for the tips.  I went with the drilling option and it went pretty smooth.  I also wonder why Bitz hasn't made this improvement.  It was a fairly simple process and now there's plenty of room to index the nock point.  Again, I appreciate all the help from everyone.  Be well all. 

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Agree with Deno. Have used the Bohning classic index nocks for years and never had an issue. you don't need the nock fully engaged.  The shaft is not spinning which would require a solid purchase. The only thing that changes is that the back of the fletch is closer to the nock if the back of the fletch is in the same place in the clamp if the nock did not have an indexer; just mount the fletch further up the clamp. No holes, no worry.  Have fun!..
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I ask Terry at the Footed Shaft the same question he said he drill his jig out as well he opened his up to 7/16 hole. 
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