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    Crossbows

    I was wondering if anyone uses a crossbow on here.
    I know you cant hunt with them in the UK.

    Any recommendations for a good quality crossbow.
    Accuracy etc

    Many Thanks

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    Years ago I used to have a Barnett Commando. Awesome accuracy. It had the apple guarantee where you could hit an apple at 60yards every time. They were not wrong either. We did not try it William Tell style with a human though.

    Great fun but borderline useless in this country apart from faffing about with. Don't underestimate the power of them. I recall shooting it first time at a piece of wood that we lent up against the shed. The bolt disappeared and we thought it had vapourised on impact with the board. Turns out it had gone through that and both sides of the shed ha ha. Behind the shed was a brick wall with a chunk out of it. It was a pretty sturdy thick piece of OSB as well. Might have been rotten, I cannot remember it was many years back and we were all a bit daft. I would not advise putting one in the hands of unsupervised children. Back then you could buy what you wanted pretty much. We were under 18 but got hold of one easy enough. Hopefully it is much harder these days.

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    I think the high end crossbows have about the same energy as a .22 subsonic round.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JTO View Post
    I think the high end crossbows have about the same energy as a .22 subsonic round.
    Let’s not go there again!
    Ken.

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    Wouldn't it depend quite a bit on what one eventually wishes to hunt, e.g. target, thin skin v dangerous or thick skinned game, etc? I understand Kodiak bows have very good trigger from the start, many other types benefit from addition of a replacement rolling sear type trigger which dramatically reduces felt friction on the trigger, which of course aids accurate placement of the shot:

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    Last edited by Freeforester; 13-03-2018 at 15:29.

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    Don't need a licence to own a crossbow but do need one to own a moderator !!!!! British law really baffles me at times !!
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    Those hands give the game away, no point in all the rest of the gear with no gloves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JTO View Post
    I think the high end crossbows have about the same energy as a .22 subsonic round.
    In fact more...

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    I made an 80lb crossbow from plans from a company down south once and fired it across a football pitch at a plywood box 3' x 3' square filled with cotton waste.
    The bolt went so far through that the head was protruding from the other side.
    So from that I would suggest that the energy is a little more than a sub .22 bullet.


    Just checked my diary and the crossbow was a 120lb draw not 8o !!
    Last edited by EMcC; 13-03-2018 at 19:31. Reason: correction 18.31hrs

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    Quote Originally Posted by easypeasy View Post
    I was wondering if anyone uses a crossbow on here.
    I know you cant hunt with them in the UK.

    Any recommendations for a good quality crossbow.
    Accuracy etc

    Many Thanks
    The best crossbows are made in the U.S.A. you need a minimum of 150lb draw weight for medium size deer, anything larger a 175+lb draw
    combined with a good telescopic sight or aimpoint red dot sight and a good three blade broadhead.

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