Crossbow vs the Compound Bow
Sup members of the deerhunters club…wrote a blog on the crossbow/compound bow..hope its semi informative….
The Crossbow vs The Compound Bow
There are two types of archery equipment, horizontal and vertical bows. A crossbow is referred to as a horizontal bow since the bow string runs horizontally. Vertical bows include compound bows, recurve, traditional and long bows. If you are in the market for a new piece of bow hunting equipment and are thinking about a crossbow, here are a few things to consider.
1. With a hunting crossbow, the bow is cocked and held in the ready position. This gives the hunter the ability to use the bow more effectively. Because the crossbow is doing a lot more of the work for the hunter, you can spend your time focusing on the target and being ready to shoot. With a horizontal bow you would have to hold the bow drawn, held steady and aimed at the target; thus, requiring a lot more energy from the hunter.
2. A crossbow is especially good for someone who doesn't have the time to devote to practicing. Because a vertical bow requires more energy and effort by the hunter, it also requires more practice. There is a higher probability of missing your target and practice is crucial in making sure that your skills are fresh and are ready for the new season. Every hunter should get out and practice before heading out on the first hunt of the season. However, a hunter using a crossbow can get away with fewer trips to the target range.
3. A vertical bow, including a compound bow, offers the benefit of a shorter cycle time. While hunting crossbows have the benefit of requiring less time and energy from a hunter, a longer cycle time is one of its drawbacks. This means that you will typically only get one shot off when hunting. By the time you would re-cock the crossbow and get the arrow loaded, the deer would be long gone. With a vertical bow you have a chance of getting a second shot off.
4. A crossbow is typically fairly heavy and because of the horizontal design it is not a great fit for the hunter who wants to stalk his prey. A crossbow is better suited for a hunter who is going to use a tree stand or a ground blind.
5. A crossbow can be a good choice for a hunter who no longer can use a compound bow. This can include physical injuries or limitations that may make the compound bow too difficult. The crossbow can allow many hunters to continue the sport they love.
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Last edited by buckfever; 08-07-2010 at 11:29 PM.