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Whats an affective range for a crossbow?

Old 08-17-2009, 03:58 PM
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I keep it to 25 yards because I use a single pin and peep sight. Its dead on out to 20 yards and I'll hold a hair high at 25. Thats the same set up as my regular bow so I'm pretty comfortable with that. Tried using scopes and red dots and had 4 break in one year but thats a different story. When I used a 3 red dot scope I was very comfortable out to 40 yards on targets but I kept hunting shots to 30 yards because of the noise and time it took the arrow to get there. Seemed like it asking for a deer to jump the string. Just my opinion.
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Old 08-23-2009, 06:39 AM
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I've taken over 40 animals with my xbow, not that that makes me an expert, and all but 2 of those kill shots were under 25 yards. One was 27 and the longest was 37. I took the 37 yard shot because the conditions were IDEAL. There was a crusty snow on the ground, the deer had no clue I was in my blind and by chance I had practiced that 37 yard shot, I just happen to have had a target set up in my back yard and for whatever reason it was exactly 37 yards from my carport, I knew exactly where to aim and sent the bolt square thru his heart.
Without the snow I would not have taken that shot, the snow is a great help when it comes to a marginal hit.
All that being said ETHICS and MORALS should be an equal if not greater deciding factor on your max shooting range that the effectiveness of your weapon.
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Old 08-23-2009, 04:33 PM
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I can shoot my bow fairly accurately to 60 yards or so, but I am pretty sure I will limit my shots to 35 yards or less, depending on the target.
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Old 08-24-2009, 03:06 AM
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Originally Posted by PA RIDGE RUNNER View Post
I am new to the crossbow and own a relatively unknown model. I have hunted for a long time with several types of vertical bows and rifles. From my very limited experience with the crossbow they in my hands will be used very much as a traditional bow would. The crossbow does put a lot more push to an arrow than a reg bow but the length of push is much shorter and the arrow is much lighter. This is why I am limiting my shots to around 30 yds depending on the state of the deers alertness. Of course the bow noise has a lot to do with my shot consideration also.
Thats my limit also,can keep it contolled out to there.
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Old 08-24-2009, 06:24 PM
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i dont hunt with crossbow but i do shoot a lot with mine.any bow i would not shoot over 30 yds in brush.if you have nice clear shot at calm deer feeding ,i would take a 35 yd shot.i had chance at big buck last year at 33 yds.he smelled my code blue and was very excited.all i had was a back and neck shot.rain was coming at 7 pm and this was 30 minutes before dark.

i only take a clear shot behind shoulder at calm deer.so 30 yds is max i will shoot a buck,crossbow or my black widow bow.
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