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I needed a new set of arrows. I shoot a Mathews MQ 32 with a 28" draw and set at 62 pounds. I was shooting Beeman ICS Hunters #400 and cut to 27". They are a very rugged Carbon arrow but I was looking for something that shot flatter (faster). I gave the Carbon Max a try. They are made by Carbon Express and are supposedly the same arrow but without the "Bulldog" collar at the nock. They are fast, shoot flat, group well and are almost a good arrow except for the fact that they break way too easily at the nock. Carbon Express advertises that the "Bulldog" collar is designed to help eliminate a break at the nock from a "Robin Hood". In about two weeks of practice and probably over a hundred shots, I missed the target and hit gravel four times. This wouldn't mean a thing nor do any damage to my old ICS Hunters but four misses with the Carbon Max into gravel without the nock end coming in contact with anything meant four broken arrows at the nock. The impact drives the nock down the shaft and splits it like a wedge splitting wood. I have ordered the "Bulldog" collars on line to see if this remedies the problem. My guess is that Carbon Express knew they had a problem with arrows splitting at the nock end from impact and just put a "spin" so to speak on their reason for the collars.

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I really hate to put it this way but arrows are not meant to be shot into gravel , you were looking for a lighter arrow which means they are more fragile , the collars will not help your problem , Collars are meant to help keep tight grouped arrows from slapping together and causing cracks , They will not help protect from Robin hoods either , however it does look pretty cool with the expanded collar wrapped around another shaft :D . I was shooting some high country arrows , there super light like 5.5gpi and I was having issues with them splitting at the nock just from shooting them , no robin hoods not even one of them banging on another arrow , I only shot one arrow per spot after trashing dozens of arrows over the yrs, its just too expensive . anyway ,I dont shoot those there not durable and I really dont one blowing up in my face on the release.

If you want a good, durable arrow buy the PSE arrows , I have shot one into a concrete block and it survived with a 55# bow . at 60# it did break and push the insert into and out the side the arrow , I have been shooting the same arrows for 3 yrs and the only issues or breaks come from deer falling over on them if they dont pass thru . Easton FMJs are very durable but by no means light . I really like the gold tip XT arrows and have a couple dozen on the shelf for myself after this season .

Hope that helps you out a little bit .

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