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  1. #11
    Quote Originally Posted by Sauer90 View Post
    In fact more...
    Things move on. I was thinking of the Barnet range of 20+ years ago.

  2. #12
    Maybe there was a change, the crossbow was a pretty deadly arm in medieval times as far as I can recall from schooldays? Used to be a fair collection of such items in a private castle in Aberdeenshire, not sure if collection is still intact though.

  3. #13
    The medieval military crossbows fired a short, heavy bolt, which would penetrate stout personal body armor and equestrian armor of the day.

    I have the iron head of a crossbow bolt from the Thirty Years War, which was retrieved from the thigh of my ancestor, a commander for many years of that war, on the German side.

    Back to the present, I just gave a birthday present to a son-in-law for his hunting cross bow: a Bushnell 2-7x32 crossbow scope with a crosshair and dots for the drops at further ranges. The modern crossbow shafts are much lighter than the oak ones of old, but they still are much more than necessary for most big game, due to the velocity, shallow arc, and accuracy. A heavier shaft, though moving slower, is like the heavy slow-moving bullet from a .45-70; lots of penetration. Even a 30-lb longbow with a cedar arrow and 140-gr two blade broadhead will surprise you with the penetration.

  4. #14
    Several of the members of my deer lease (syndicate) have them. Bottom line, there has been so much advancement in the last 5 years that anything you buy new will be superior to anything older/used. Compound bows did much the same starting about 15 years ago. Between the new composites, manufacturing tech, etc... There are many that will consistently group 4" at 100 yards.

    As to the other comments - apples and oranges - archery tackle does not kill via energy (yes it does require some, but only for penetration not hydrostatic shock) like a bullet does.

  5. #15
    I made my own 50 odd year's ago,I used an old Austin 7 rear spring(that's how old I am) .It was awesome as previous thread bolt went through a solid plank of wood and then right through mothers chicken shed.Sir Ralph Payne Gallway one of the great shooting men of his time was an expert on Crossbow ,he wrote book's about them.

  6. #16
    Quote Originally Posted by jimmy milnes View Post
    Don't need a licence to own a crossbow but do need one to own a moderator !!!!! British law really baffles me at times !!
    I'm afraid that is not quite correct. You don't need a licence to own a moderator, it needs to entered on your licence if you intend to use it with a firearm. In which case you would already have a licence for the firearm.

    You can own as many moderators as you wish without them being on your licence. However, civil law is on the balance of probabilities and you will be in a losing battle trying to argue that you never intend to use a moderator (not entered on your FAC) that fits on a firearm that you own.
    The number of posts, like rank is not a measure of intelligence.

  7. #17
    Fair enough I stand corrected and apologise... but I thought that I couldn't buy a moderator without the appropriate vacant slot on my license hence my statement..
    Next time you're walking down the street and see a homeless person go buy them a sandwich and a coffee, change of fate and it could be you one day !!!

    BUY BRITISH !!!!

  8. #18
    Where does buying mods. for air rifles/pistols fit into all of this?
    Ken.

  9. #19
    OK ken I'll not post on this topic again but I think most would get the point I was making
    Next time you're walking down the street and see a homeless person go buy them a sandwich and a coffee, change of fate and it could be you one day !!!

    BUY BRITISH !!!!

  10. #20
    Quote Originally Posted by Cootmeurer View Post
    Several of the members of my deer lease (syndicate) have them. Bottom line, there has been so much advancement in the last 5 years that anything you buy new will be superior to anything older/used. Compound bows did much the same starting about 15 years ago. Between the new composites, manufacturing tech, etc... There are many that will consistently group 4" at 100 yards.

    As to the other comments - apples and oranges - archery tackle does not kill via energy (yes it does require some, but only for penetration not hydrostatic shock) like a bullet does.
    Here is a real difference in the two. Modern compound crossbows are on another level.

    Blaser K95 Stutzen - the ultimate deer stalking rifle

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