There are tons of single bolts laying around from where my dwarves have shot things. If I reclaim them will dwarves restack them? I don't really want my dwarves running around with 1 or 2 arrows on them.

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As of the current version of Dwarf Fortress, Dwarves and Adventurers do not stack things. Ever.

If the bolts are metal, it might be better to melt them down instead so that you will eventually recoup some of the metal for a new stack, because the alternative, as you yourself mention, is a dwarf running around with a 1 stack of ammunition.

  • I figure stacking has to be soon, giving the current mercantile focus.
    – C. Ross
    Dec 31, 2010 at 18:28
  • @C. Ross -- myself as well. Myself as well... Dec 31, 2010 at 18:37
  • A few versions ago melting down single bolts produced more metal than it took to make a single bolt. Somebody made an adamantine farm sploit farm that way.
    – kotekzot
    Jun 5, 2012 at 23:37
  • Yup! Just another example of Dwarven Physics at work! It takes 1/25 of a bar to make a bolt (produced in stacks of 25) but melting down a single arrow gives 1/10 of a bar back. It's ingenious! Jun 6, 2012 at 0:25

In the latest version of Dwarf Fortress, bolts don't stack. But your dwarves will store multiple bolt items in the same quiver so they will have an adequate supply of ammunition.

The lack of stacking does mean that when you want to move bolts from A to B, it will take more hauling jobs to move the individual bolts.

  • Unless the bolts are binned, which they should be if in a stockpile.
    – kotekzot
    Jun 5, 2012 at 23:36
  • Except there's a bug with bolts and bins, where after a short time dwarves seem to ignore bolts inside bins when trying to restock their quivers. It's possible that you could set up a cycle to bin them all to stack them, then remove them from bins so that military will collect them - but I think once they're 'ignored' from being binned, they stay ignored. It's weird.
    – Mir
    Feb 21, 2015 at 17:47

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