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Old 07-13-2005, 10:01 AM
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My handicapped son is going to try bowhunting this year with a Horton Yukon SL 150 weight bow and he wants to put a scope on it. I have seen several crossbow scopes but I have a couple of very good scopes just laying around collecting dust so I was wondering if anyone in this forum has used just a regular rifle scope on one. I hate to spend the bucks for a specialty scope if one of my presently unused scopes will work. Thanks.
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Old 07-13-2005, 10:32 AM
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Two issues I can think of right off hand are that the paralax will not be right. A rifle scope will most likley be set to 100 yards or so, unless it is for a rimfire, then it might be 50 yards. I don't know if the crossbow scopes are set lower or not. I would think they would be since your shots would be inside of 40 yards or so.

The other issue would be the recoil. Sort of like putting a regular scope on a high powered spring air gun. It can destroy a scope because the recoil is reversed and the scope is not made to handle it. I would think any air gun scope would work well on a cross bow though.

That being said, I had a barnette 150lb compound cross bow years ago, maybe '85-'86 or something. I had a run of the mill bushnell on it and never had anyproblems with it. Probably a 40 dollar scope I got at Kmart or something. I was only like 18 or so at the time. It worked ok and never broke. I sold the cross bow after a little while and bought a savage 30-06 and put the same scope on the rifle with no problems there either.

However I put a really nice 100 dollar scope on a high power pellet gun once and it ripped the reticle right out of it on the third shot! A cross bow would have the same type of forward recoil so it is a possibility it could happen.

Take a look at a Red dot scope if you can use them, they work pretty nice on a crossbow. They also make scopes with different aiming points in them especially for crossbows. It would be simular to a multi pin sight on a bow. I don't beleive they are adjustable though, I think they are factory set. I believe Horton puts them out? So they are calibrated for the speed of thier bows I would guess.

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Old 07-13-2005, 04:57 PM
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Paul is right on both counts , the scope has to be designed for crossbows or it will get torn up . If you shop around a bit you can find a decent one for a few bucks , I got a pretty nice yardage adjustable Simmons crossbow scope out of Sportsman's Guide for under $30 .
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Old 07-14-2005, 01:45 AM
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Thanks guys. I've put this question out on several sites and going with a scope designed for the crossbow seems to be the general consensus. Thanks for the tip on the Sportsman Guide as they still sell crossbow scopes and at a good price, too.
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