I've done the same thing and yes they've operated fine but for me it's a head game I don't want to play.Can I ask what your reasoning is, maybe you know something I don’t. The three used ones I have, I have shot 4-5 times each(at least) at a foam block while making sure my broadheads are still flying true and I’ve never had a failure.
Woody makes them himself. No mass production imperfection - every single one gets hand assembled and tested. They do still have the occasional problem, but he fixes those within warranty period.The best that I have found are from a guy on Facebook. His page is Woody's Archery Supply. Not really sure where he sources them but they have a switch on the side that makes them easy to turn off. They also fit the arrow shaft well and have a good string fit IMO. I had issues with other brands being loose in the arrows shaft, poor string fit, hard to turn off, or they turned on when I nocked them. They are new to me this season so hopefully I can do a field test with a deer or two.
I completely understand. I haven’t used any of my already shot ones on a deer yet, maybe I will if I run out of new ones. But then again they make great Christmas gifts for people to buy for meI've done the same thing and yes they've operated fine but for me it's a head game I don't want to play.
What I mean by that is that when I'm at full draw going through my pre-shot checklist in my mind (solid anchor, proper bow grip...etc) in those few seconds before squeezing my release, the last thought I want popping up to distract me is "hmmm, I wonder if the nock will work...". Whether it works or not doesn't mean much in the grand scheme of things but what that thought will do is cause me to hesitate and go over my checklist again. Can you hear the door of self doubt opening and a touch of confidence escaping...? I know, I have issues...HAHA!
So I prefer to eliminate that distraction altogether by always using a "never through game" lighted nock when making a shot on an animal. If I need to make a follow up shot I'll use one of the blood stained nocks.
The only issue i've really had was one that was on an arrow that I flung into the yard and I wasn't home a couple of days to look for it and it got rained on. It still turns on but you can tell water got in the switch and corroded the battery. It was still lit up even after being rained on. Looking forward to the website.Woody makes them himself. No mass production imperfection - every single one gets hand assembled and tested. They do still have the occasional problem, but he fixes those within warranty period.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1198806280291695 - He's got a web site coming up, but now it's hunting season, so not sure when.