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Do (m)any Of You Enjoy Crossbows?

Discussion in 'Archery' started by Oat, Feb 24, 2018.

  1. Oat

    Oat Very Active

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    There was some small chat at the club about crossbows earlier in the week. Quite by chance, some videos then popped up on youtube about crossbows... so i wonder, is it worth a go?

    This brief interest may pass me by, or it may develop in to fun. Last year, an interest in catapults passed over without purchase in under a week. However, i think this interest may hang around a little more.....

    So what cross bows do you shoot?
    What type of targets do you use?
    What is a typical zero distance?
    What's best for a backstop?
    What kind of groups can you achieve?

    Initially, i'm thinking of a cheap (ish) cross bow with an output of around 175lb - but really it's a step in to the dark for me...

    If you reply, please hit like on this post as this part of the forum doesn't see much use, a hit of the like button will flag up as a response. :up:
     
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    I was having a chat with a couple of the chaps at the club a few weeks ago about crossbows. Luckily for me the club have their own, and bows, and their weekly calender has an evening for different disciplines. Since the chat a few weeks ago, I've been wanting to attend the archery evening and have a crack at it and see how it goes, after all, I'm paid up as a member for air rifles anyway, so if I can enjoy a different discipline under the same membership (which I can) then I may as well give it a go and see what happens.

    Can't answer any of your questions though @Oat, but I have seen some (maybe) 12 or 18 inch cubes or such like that they use for back stops, up the club, max range distance is 30 yards indoors where I believe the archery takes place, although I'm not sure if they extend onto the 50m outdoor range in better weather to be honest, though I hope they do!
     
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    @XplosiV seems like you've got it made! A club is like the best option... i think that without incentive / competition i may get bored. Then again, i don't really have time to visit a different club... Uuuummmm, i will ponder on this idea
     
  4. shauny

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    ive had lots of crossbows over the years, but find them like pcp airguns....a bit too easy.
    i shoot recurve barebow now. much more rewarding when you dont have to rely on sights,
    and still hit the target at varied ranges.all good fun tho.always amazes me,that you can
    buy a crossbow that will fire a bolt close to 400 fps,that will prob go right through a chap
    ay 100yds+ and we need a licence for +12 air. :rolleyes:
     
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  5. shauny

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    if you want a 175 lb xbow, the armex jaguar or similar are quite cheap and ,if you use correct bolts, very accurate.(if you do get one,dont waste money on expensive crossbow rail lube.you can get big packs of lipseal/chapsticks from the pound shop.much cheaper and slippier than the rail wax)
     
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    Fully agree. This was kind of the basis of the chat i was involved in also... But, i guess as it's not called a 'gun' it is ignored by society.
     
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  7. shauny

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    what about the air rifles that fire arrows then!
     
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    Exactly what i first looked at :up:

    Now you're talkin' :nana:where to we get 'em? ;)
     
  9. shauny

    shauny Top Poster

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    fx do an air bow.
     
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    Cool!
    Now not that i am at all likely to buy one, but........ are they ticketed? And, by way of interest, are they legal for 'vermin control'?
     
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    Mmm was it by chance or a case of big brother?



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    Yep the mind boggles.


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  13. shauny

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    im really not sure.
     
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    Not legal to hunt with in uk


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    Had a Barnett Crossbow years ago back in the 70s. It had a 100lb prod on it.A bit tiring to cock unless you had the loading tool or a foot stirrup.As i'm sure you're aware you can't use them for hunting,not legally anyway,in this country and unless they have a cross bow section you probably wouldn't be welcomed with one at an archery club.
    This is the ironic thing about cross bows they are or can be far more dangerous than a 12ftlb airgun but providing you're 18 or over you you can buy/own one without any restrictions other than the one about hunting with them in this country.If I had the choice of being hit by a pellet from a 12ftlb air rifle and a bolt from a crossbow with a 175lb prod /draw weight at say 25 yards i know which I'd choose.The bolt from the crossbow depending on where it hit you would probably go right through you at that range,judging by how the one with a 100lb draw weight i had performed.
     
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    The FX airbow require Fac.

    Silly really as other have said, a midrange crossbow can easily push 400fps and 100ft lbs. I have had a fair few over the years and really enjoy shooting them. One of my permissions lets me shoot them anytime. I prefer a compact recurve crossbow these days due to not needing a press to change the string and no cables to mess with. Google the anglo arms Panther. This is my current fun bow for the last few years and it is amazing for the money! 280fps and 55 ft lbs :)
    Need to use shot stoppa fabric cubes for targets. I dont shoot the same target twice as at 40 yards it will just hit the last bolt. Very very accurate. This is why the cubes have 5 different targets on them.
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    I trust by that you don't mean hunting/vermin control as that is illegal in this country.
     
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    Quite right, no hunting allowed. I only shoot targets. I have shot stoppa cubes and sacks Great fun to be able to do it on a permission though, can take some really long shots!
     
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    I did watch a bit of cross bow hunting on youtube (filmed in the US) and to be honest i didn't like it much.

    @Bsa177 your Panther looks cool! Thanks for the recommendation :up:
     
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    Has that been finalised now?

    Because last I heard the importer had got an expert and an feo to say that because it was not legal to hunt with it was sporting equipment and not a weapon so the firearms act could not be applied. ( very grey )
    I should think it will be one of the areas made clearer in the up coming review.
     
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