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#2938056 - 09/10/12 10:13 AM Re: Long Distance with crossbow? [Re: REM7]
Ratvol
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50 yard shots with my Excalibur Exomag is about as far as I would comfortably shoot. Much further than I would ever shoot my compound. I have put dampeners and shock suppressors on the Excalibur which have helped somewhat on noise as well as vibration. Bambi ain't got a chance.
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#2939626 - 09/11/12 02:05 PM Re: Long Distance with crossbow? [Re: REM7]
barkscraper
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I have a telson 130 and 50yds no problem and no noise from the bow. I would not have a problem with 50 at all, 385 fps with 125 gr broadhead not bad.
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#2939835 - 09/11/12 05:02 PM Re: Long Distance with crossbow? [Re: barkscraper]
fourwheeler431
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I have a shot from my tree that measures 53yrds with a range finder I would be hesitant even under ideal conditions,my buddy on the other hand is shooting a Scorpyd Ventilator and I wouldn't think twice about doing it with his,the thing is so incredibly fast and quiet it is amazing.
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#2939850 - 09/11/12 05:19 PM Re: Long Distance with crossbow? [Re: fourwheeler431]
Pic IN the Casa
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30-40 is all I will ever shoot. I guess I'm getting soft in my old age but 50+ yards is a long way for a deer to spook and end up with an arrow in a hind quarter or eyeball.
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#2940672 - 09/12/12 09:20 AM Re: Long Distance with crossbow? [Re: Pic IN the Casa]
mr.hicks
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Registered: 02/12/09
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Depends on the crossbow, my buddy also bought the Scorpyd, Sweet.
he is consistantly hiting tight groups out to 60-80 yrds. no kiddnig! look at Scorpyd, most sophisticated crossbow made plus made in america.
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#2940745 - 09/12/12 10:26 AM Re: Long Distance with crossbow? [Re: mr.hicks]
redheadshooter
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 Originally Posted By: mr.hicks
plus made in america.


Most bows are made in America.
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#2942696 - 09/13/12 09:08 PM Re: Long Distance with crossbow? [Re: REM7]
buckhunter42
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Registered: 08/21/10
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i can shoot 50 yds and its sighted to do it but have never had to but it does hit at 50 .....using parker termenator
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#2943011 - 09/14/12 07:07 AM Re: Long Distance with crossbow? [Re: buckhunter42]
Wes Parrish
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Couple things to keep in mind when contemplating long shots with a bow, particularly a crossbow:

1) Sound travels 3 to 4 times faster than a fast arrow. Under 25 yards, this can be a moot point. But, generally speaking, the farther out you go, the more likely a deer is to "hear" the arrow/bolt release. This is particularly true in the calm conditions (little or no wind) that should be in place before considering a longer shot.

2) Vision travels infinitely faster than sound!
Should you have an alert deer looking your direction, it is likely to "see" your limbs move upon release. Even at not so far down range, a deer can react much quicker than that arrow can arrive to the aiming point, almost guaranteeing a bad shot.

These are the main reasons so many ethical and accomplished bowhunters don't take long shots, and they are more impressed with how close they can get to a deer instead of how far they can hit a non-living target in their backyards.

Another thing novice bowhunters often overlook is the large trajectory curve of an arrow when shooting "long" range. Your arrow can easily be deflected by hitting things which were nowhere near your line of sight (such as downrange tree limbs appearing feet above your view).

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#2947585 - 09/18/12 11:03 AM Re: Long Distance with crossbow? [Re: Wes Parrish]
LanceS4803
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Registered: 12/04/10
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Thanks Wes. Excellent points!
With the position of my stand, deer don't even become visible until 60yds. "Sweet spot" is 30yd to 40yds.
Last year I took 3 deer with MZ and 2 with rifle. Longest shot was 50yds. So the new-to-me crossbow should fit well.
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#2952887 - 09/22/12 12:59 PM Re: Long Distance with crossbow? [Re: LanceS4803]
Outrigger
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Listen to Wes. He is dead-on right in what he wrote.
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