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CAMPING AND OUTDOOR TOPICS => HUNTING AND FISHING => Topic started by: SGH on January 21, 2016, 10:28:21 AM

Title: Crossbow shooting and hunting
Post by: SGH on January 21, 2016, 10:28:21 AM
This is the start of a thread about all things crossbows.

Crossbow hunting is a good way to introduce young hunters to the sport and also a way for those who can no longer bowhunt to keep hunting.

Please check all local laws in regards to crossbows before attempting to hunt laws vary greatly from state to state and a few states ban crossbows entirely most states require handicap permit but some states allow there use during certain seasons. Please contact your local game warden for more info on crossbows.
http://www.cabelas.com/category/Crossbow-Hunting-Regulations-North-America/107361180.uts
Title: Re: Crossbow
Post by: SGH on January 21, 2016, 10:32:22 AM
I know a few of us here shoot crossbows

I myself shoot a SA sports fever recurve crossbow I picked up at my local rural king for under $200

I have done some modifications to it to make it more to my liking
I added a Barnett sling to replace the factory one I also added a aim sports tactical scope with range finding reticle
(http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm163/smallgamehunter1/Mobile%20Uploads/2015-12/DSC_0001_zpsmzsby9tf.jpg) (http://s296.photobucket.com/user/smallgamehunter1/media/Mobile%20Uploads/2015-12/DSC_0001_zpsmzsby9tf.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Crossbow shooting and hunting
Post by: survivorgirl on January 21, 2016, 06:26:07 PM
I shot a crossbow at farmageddon man what a recoil
Title: Re: Crossbow shooting and hunting
Post by: SGH on January 21, 2016, 09:06:43 PM
Each crossbow has its own type of recoil SG

Compound crossbows are also louder then a recurve crossbow.

I have more content for this thread  I will be posting this weekend.

I got a crossbow arrow review and a couple of reviews for broadheads along with more general knowledge of crossbows
Title: Re: Crossbow shooting and hunting
Post by: oldfatguy on January 21, 2016, 09:32:10 PM
What made  you decide on this one, SGH?
Title: Re: Crossbow shooting and hunting
Post by: SGH on January 21, 2016, 09:40:08 PM
The price its budget friendly and its easy to buy better arrows better scope and diffrent things to make it better suited to the person shooting it.

Title: Re: Crossbow shooting and hunting
Post by: ghost on January 24, 2016, 02:55:31 PM
Not a big crossbow fan I have one and shoot it but like my compound and Long bow a lot more.
Title: Re: Crossbow shooting and hunting
Post by: SGH on January 24, 2016, 04:10:16 PM
Not a big crossbow fan I have one and shoot it but like my compound and Long bow a lot more.
I shot longbows and recurves for many years but after double carpal tunnel surgery and double ulnar nerve surgery I couldn't draw even a 40lb bow anymore so that's when I switched to crossbows.

I still limit my shots like I did with a longbow and I still use the same broadhead I used before
Title: Re: Crossbow shooting and hunting
Post by: ghost on January 24, 2016, 07:24:58 PM
I am working on a restless sling bow right now I think it will work great on small game up to coon size.
Title: Re: Crossbow shooting and hunting
Post by: SGH on January 24, 2016, 10:02:03 PM
Nice be sure to post some pictures
Title: Re: Crossbow shooting and hunting
Post by: SGH on February 18, 2016, 05:58:09 AM
I upgraded my crossbow this evening I now own a Barnett recruit compound it shoots faster and its of better quality then my previous bow
Title: Re: Crossbow shooting and hunting
Post by: Falco on February 24, 2016, 08:21:20 AM
im an Excalibur man myself,  i own a matrix mega.........i do like crossbows alot more, but im a guy who needs to do repairs in the fieldif needed,  excalibur makes awesome recurves.
Title: Re: Crossbow shooting and hunting
Post by: SGH on February 24, 2016, 05:12:42 PM
I had a recurve and I wanted a faster bow when I upgraded only one I could was an excal but 225lb draw which is illegal here in illinois
Title: Re: Crossbow shooting and hunting
Post by: Falco on February 25, 2016, 07:12:22 AM
illegal?

as its too much or they dont think its enough?
Title: Re: Crossbow shooting and hunting
Post by: SGH on February 25, 2016, 05:50:46 PM
200 lb is max draw weight allowed.

I keep up on routine matinence so I'm not worried about having a compound crossbow like I was before.
Title: Re: Crossbow shooting and hunting
Post by: SGH on February 27, 2016, 11:05:59 AM
I did some broadhead testing this morning

I was using an Allen fixed blade broadhead and a NAP shockwave both 100 grain and both on Easton recruit arrows that come with my new crossbow

Both arrows shot from 12 yards away both arrows have a total weight of 400 grains

The arrow sticking out the back is the nap shockwave tipped arrow..

I was extremely impressed with the results
Title: Re: Crossbow shooting and hunting
Post by: survivorgirl on February 27, 2016, 06:07:05 PM
impressive what is that you were shooting at
Title: Re: Crossbow shooting and hunting
Post by: SGH on February 27, 2016, 10:12:44 PM
That is a common bag style crossbow target I borrowed from my neighbor its quite heavy and designed to stop high speed crossbow arrows

It takes alot to shoot thru one
Title: Re: Crossbow shooting and hunting
Post by: survivorgirl on February 28, 2016, 01:56:30 AM
yea it looks like it
Title: Re: Crossbow shooting and hunting
Post by: SGH on March 05, 2016, 06:56:29 PM
Did some broadhead testing this morning

First was a g5 t3 crossbow broadhead the second is a rage chisel tip 2 blade both are 100 grain

The rage has a 2" cut
 the g5 1.5" cut

The test was simple head on target shots from 15 yards to test penetration

The rage got 12" of penetration while the g5 got 15" of penetration.
Neither of these broadheads failed my testing but I still have further testing before I would recommend them I have been using g5 broadheads off and on for ten years
Title: Re: Crossbow shooting and hunting
Post by: Falco on March 06, 2016, 08:00:57 AM
I've always found that mechanical crossbow heads don't deploy worth a damn, I tested rage this year and it didn't deploy once!
Title: Re: Crossbow shooting and hunting
Post by: SGH on March 06, 2016, 12:18:29 PM
Try rage chisel tip two blade I had them deploy completely with my recurve and it shoots right at 235 fps


My Barnett shoots at 310fps and don't like fixed blade broadheads at all so I made the switch to mechanicals