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Old 05-23-2013, 09:48 PM
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Sometimes I ask myself, self are you that stupid? Last year was my best year ever and switching to a crossbow most likely was the reason, however, nobody said to take a couple of junk bolts with you to discharge at night or to dispatch a downed buck. I know, I know, I learned just how expensive bolts are because I destroyed 1/2 doz fmj's. This year, as I am now economically educated, will be carrying 1-2 junk, el cheapo, don't care about, throwaway, bolts. After some 40+ years chasing deer, one would have thought the simple things wouldn't go unnoticed, ya right!!
I purchased a 1/2 doz Black Eagle bolts just for the light duty stuff for the dummy at the rear of the crossbow!
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Old 05-24-2013, 07:28 AM
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HM Never too old to learn new tricks
I don't know much about crossbows but I thought they had a way to disengage the string without having to fire it
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I'm not a crossbow user but the "Unloading" part seems to be a big issue for many Crossbow users. Maybe it's time to go to the " I've got an idea, Inventors throne "
and come up with a product to correct the issue... here's a little encouragement, think Patent!!!
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I know well the feeling you're talking about HM. There is a way to use your rope cocker to "unload" the cocked crossbow, but as most c-bows have a second safety whereas a bolt has to be loaded in order to fire(release), I also just do what you did, carry a couple cheaper bolts and shoot one into the ground when I'm done. I 've done this a bunch of times and still haven't wrecked the same bolt or lost it.
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I put my foot in the stirup put my gloved hand on the string and pull
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My problem is the shoulders are so bad I think one would come out of the socket trying to hold the 200 lbs. I really hate to shoot and make noise at the end of an evening's hunt but I don't know what else to do??? I suspose the ones with the crank handle loaders can unload the same way? I can load my Excalibur in like 5 sec but the guys using the handle assists take a couple of minutes.
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Old 07-02-2013, 11:35 AM
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HM,
Why the swithch from FMJ's to a new arrow? Do the new ones work as well as the FMJ's?
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Old 07-02-2013, 04:28 PM
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well after destroying the FMJ bolts last year I thought I'd cut cost a bit, I don't want to cut quality. I did shoot the Black Eagle bolts and they shoot fine. I did learn that 1/2 moon nocks and flat nocks do not shoot to the same spot. The Excalibur requires flat nocks and my learning curve is a bit slow these days so flat nocks it is. I also thought the FMJ dent rather easily. I lost every bolt that I hit deer with last year. I was hoping that in a complete pass through the bolt may be cleaned and used again?? I still have time to decide on what I'll shoot this year but probably won't be the FMJ's. Look up Black Eagle products and let me what you think.
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well after destroying the FMJ bolts last year I thought I'd cut cost a bit, I don't want to cut quality. I did shoot the Black Eagle bolts and they shoot fine. I did learn that 1/2 moon nocks and flat nocks do not shoot to the same spot. The Excalibur requires flat nocks and my learning curve is a bit slow these days so flat nocks it is. I also thought the FMJ dent rather easily. I lost every bolt that I hit deer with last year. I was hoping that in a complete pass through the bolt may be cleaned and used again?? I still have time to decide on what I'll shoot this year but probably won't be the FMJ's. Look up Black Eagle products and let me what you think.
about the nocks. use what your xbow manuf. says to in the owners book. some xbows that use the halfmoon the string will jump over on a flat nock. this could be bad in many ways. I use the cx carbon express carbon arrows. and wont change. I tried other carbon express arrows that cost 2Xs the $$ and also tried a few other brands and they cost me a few nice deer. I have also learned that the 4"-5" fletchings fly the best. I tried the 2" and very unstable. Im takeing my xbow to the shop and having new string and cables installed
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Old 07-03-2013, 07:48 AM
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HB,
How many shots do you think you have on the existing string? Is it fraying or something? Or do you just think its time for a new one?
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