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Archery => General => Topic started by: FLASH4314 on September 12, 2013, 12:29:29 PM

Title: Into Crossbows Here.....Anyone else?
Post by: FLASH4314 on September 12, 2013, 12:29:29 PM
Been into crossbows for some years. My current CB is a Horton Brotherhood. Anyone out there like crossbows?

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Post by: Hkusp1 on September 12, 2013, 06:35:35 PM
I have a Barnett cross bow but I don't have anywhere to play with it. First time I shot it in the back I lost an arrow in the ground.


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Post by: Southpaw on September 12, 2013, 06:40:59 PM
Years ago I was looking into getting one for hunting but like so many things, it got put aside for other stuff. 
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Post by: Wolfwood on September 22, 2013, 05:32:00 AM
i had a dimestore 50 lb pistol style crossbow. it was actually fairly accurate and great at nabbing rabbits and small game quietly down in bleiders creek. one day i stepped on it - dont know how it got on the floor, but that was all she wrote.

Wouldn't mind getting another (better) one in the future some time - got any entry level suggestions?
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Post by: Okie556 on September 22, 2013, 11:03:02 AM
I have a Barnett cross bow but I don't have anywhere to play with it. First time I shot it in the back I lost an arrow in the ground.


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If I had somewhere to hunt.....would buy a nice one as I can't draw a conventional bow due to neck surgery. My only problem is that like in my guns.....I have good taste in Cross Bows. Most everything I like is real expensive.
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Post by: TexasRedneck on May 23, 2015, 07:45:07 PM
I've started looking at them....problem being, I've got ZERO knowledge about 'em.  What's the minimum strength recommended for deer hunting at 50-75 yards - I'm eyeballing a Barnett predator - they worth a hoot?  375 lb draw, IIRC.....
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Post by: Okie556 on May 24, 2015, 09:56:42 AM
I've started looking at them....problem being, I've got ZERO knowledge about 'em.  What's the minimum strength recommended for deer hunting at 50-75 yards - I'm eyeballing a Barnett predator - they worth a hoot?  375 lb draw, IIRC.....

The Predator is more than capable for deer hunting with 175 draw weight and a speed of 375 FPS. Per Texas regulations a crossbow has to have a minimum draw weight of 125 lbs.
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Post by: TexasRedneck on May 24, 2015, 09:58:30 AM
Thanks, Okie - what I was needing to know.......
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Post by: TexasRedneck on May 24, 2015, 10:29:21 AM
So.......if your budget was UP TO $1,000.......what would you get?  Quality will rule over price - but by the same token, I don't want to regret this later.  Just can't believe how expensive they are, and frankly, I don't know enough about 'em to judge independently.....

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Post by: Okie556 on May 24, 2015, 11:25:44 AM
So.......if your budget was UP TO $1,000.......what would you get?  Quality will rule over price - but by the same token, I don't want to regret this later.  Just can't believe how expensive they are, and frankly, I don't know enough about 'em to judge independently.....

Yeah you can buy a nice 1911 for what some of these crossbows and compound bows cost. I suffered bad case of sticker shock last time I looked. I have always been intrigued by the crossbow that mounts on an AR lower. Probably not practical but super cool. LOL.

Stay dry and safe down there George. Me, I headed to the indoor gun range to burn some powder. Have a good one.
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Post by: jrbfishn on May 25, 2015, 06:23:16 PM
You don't have to get a super expensive one to start. Check on used ones too. I have a Barnett RC 150 I picked up for $60. Works great.
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Post by: TexasRedneck on May 26, 2015, 09:42:32 PM
I've played with a few here and there - just thinking about a way to add some challenge to the hunting season......
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Post by: jrbfishn on May 27, 2015, 02:40:56 PM
That'll do it.
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Post by: TexasRedneck on May 27, 2015, 07:37:07 PM
Well, snagged that Predator this afternoon with some spare carbon fiber bolts - now to figure out which end the arrows go..... :D
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Post by: Wolfwood on May 30, 2015, 12:30:26 AM
but is it pretty?
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Post by: TexasRedneck on May 30, 2015, 02:32:34 AM
but is it pretty?

Almost as much as I am!
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Post by: Wolfwood on May 30, 2015, 04:39:43 AM
yeesh hope ya didn't pay to much ;)
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Post by: TexasRedneck on May 30, 2015, 01:32:06 PM
yeesh hope ya didn't pay to much ;)

Don't think so.....$400 w/6 extra graphite bolts........
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Post by: Wolfwood on May 30, 2015, 06:07:16 PM
hey that's not bad at all. New? or Pre-Loved?
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Post by: Wolfwood on May 30, 2015, 06:13:16 PM
also from TPWD



Crossbow

Important notice: Crossbows are lawful for any person during the Archery-Only Open Season in all counties except Collin, Dallas, Grayson and Rockwall counties, where no person may use a crossbow to hunt deer during the Archery-Only Open Season (Sept. 27 - Oct. 31) unless the person has an upper-limb disability and has in immediate possession a physician's statement that certifies the extent of the disability. An upper-limb disability is a permanent loss of the use of fingers, hand, or arm in a manner that renders the person incapable of using a longbow, compound bow, or recurved bow.

Any person, regardless of physical ability, may use a crossbow to hunt game animals or game birds in any county, including Collin, Dallas, Grayson and Rockwall counties, during a general open season or Eastern spring turkey season.

An archery stamp endorsement is required to hunt deer during the Archery-Only Open Season. An archery stamp endorsement is required to hunt deer at any time in Collin, Dallas, Grayson and Rockwall counties, including during the general open season (Nov.1 - Jan.4).

A crossbow is lawful for game animals and game birds, provided:

    the crossbow has a minimum pull of 125 pounds;
    the crossbow has a mechanical safety; and
    the crossbow stock is not less than 25 inches in length.
    Telescopic sights are lawful.


Projectiles (Arrows and Crossbow Bolts):

While hunting game animals and game birds, a projectile may not be poisoned, drugged, or explosive.

When used to hunt turkey and all game animals other than squirrels, a projectile must be equipped with a broadhead hunting point that is at least 7/8-inch in width (upon impact) and has a minimum of two cutting edges. A mechanical broadhead must begin to open upon impact and, when open, must be a minimum of 7/8-inch in width.

An archer may have arrows/bolts with field, target, or judo points in the quiver with the broadhead hunting points.


http://tpwd.texas.gov/regulations/outdoor-annual/hunting/general-regulations/means-and-methods (http://tpwd.texas.gov/regulations/outdoor-annual/hunting/general-regulations/means-and-methods)
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Post by: TexasRedneck on May 30, 2015, 06:53:26 PM
The guy bought it, and got into an accident a coupla days later - so he got to shoot it at a target twice.  Didn't help that he bought it for over $525, plus the extra bolts......