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Just got a bow !

Discussion in 'Archery' started by Whistler, Nov 20, 2016.

  1. Whistler

    Whistler Donator

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    I go to a "sporting goods" auction every now and again, and this time I left a commission bid on this bow, which I won. Why ? Curiosity :rolleyes:

    Its a Barnett Crusader Excel, which I think dates back to 1989 (from the serial number). Does anyone else have one of these or has had one in the past ? I'd like to know a bit more about it and how to set it up. I guess because of the cams at each end its considered a "compound" bow ? There is a table printed on the bow and the pull weight is listed at 40lbs, so its not on a par with the more modern stuff.

    As you can see, its missing its bowstring. Again, on the table its listed at 32 inches. I can see bowstrings available in that length in the US for a few dollars, but as soon as you put in "2 cams" in the UK websites the bowstring goes to about £25 plus ! Again, any advice on where to get a suitable string, including how many strands, material etc) would be great.

    Here are some pics:
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  2. Wayne Dunstan

    Wayne Dunstan Posting Addict

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    With a compound bow that age I'd get it into a shop to get checked before you try stringing it the limbs might not be safe better safe than sorry. I used to shoot compound and its no fun if a limb breaks believe me.
  3. simonplatt

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    monks coppenhall
    40lbs with 2 cams. does that make it equivelant to a 120lbs single strung bow?
  4. Gunfun

    Gunfun Engaging Member

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    I got another bow 6-7 years back, it's complicated to set any bow up correctly. I'd get some one to one tuition with someone very knowledgeable at a club or shooting range (cost me about £20 for an hour) so they can check the bow, teach you to set it up, specify your best arrows and make sure you get into the basics with no bad habits. As Wayne says it would dangerous if you have damaged limbs or the wrong string or arrows. It's a great target sport and the Americans use them to good effect hunting all types of game but we can't hunt bows here by law.
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2016

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