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    Crossbows for specific distances?

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    Post by Basilisk120 Tue Aug 24, 2010 3:59 pm

    In a previous topic someone mentioned that they prefer building target crossbows to perform best at a specific distance. They could do a general purpose bow but prefered the other.

    So the question is what makes crossbow work better at certain distances and how do you build that in. If the crossbow was accurate at long ranges wouldn't it be so at short range? I could see thing being true of the entire crossbow system when the sight was mounted. If the targets are only going to be at 20 yards why have a sight with multiple fibers in it. So is that what they were refering too or is there some thing built into the bow that would affect that as well?

    This is a new concept to me (which isn't saying too much) so just trying to figure it out.

    Sorry for not remembering who was saying that. It was the concept that stuck in my head.



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    Post by Pavise Wed Aug 25, 2010 8:16 pm

    A crossbow can be as complicated and sophisticated as one's mind and materials will allow; or it can be made from readily available materials guided by a narrow knowledge base. This forum has in a relatively short time, developed into one of the most broad and comprehensive crossbow knowledge bases anywhere. This is due to some enormously inquiring minds and a thirst to learn more. But above all it is because others have been, and are, willing to freely share their knowledge and life-long experiences with others. If you will take the time to explore what has already been compiled, discussed and oft illustrated here you will find answers to most of your questions. Yes a crossbow that is 'accurate at long ranges' ought to be accurate at short ranges: but it is not that simple. This is why crossbows are sometimes built with a specific purpose in mind. e.g. regulated target shooting. To learn more about the competition aspects of shooting a crossbow I respectfully invite you to visit the following website.
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    Post by huntsmanlance Tue May 03, 2011 1:58 pm

    Hello, i am new here and to crossbows but i shoot a standard what we call a royal round with the targets set at 20, 30 and 40 yards. I started with a bolt that was 15" with a 125 grain tip. Boy ohhh boy i sure didnt like having to aim at the dirt several feet below the target at the 20 or aiming way above the target at the 40.
    So i started messing around with the weight of the shaft and tips. It took allot of time and frustration but i finally came up with a set of bolts for each of the targets where all i have to do is aim right below the bullseye at each distance. Yes it was quite a pain to figure out but i kept telling myself...which would i rather aim at....the dirt / sky or a certain place on each target? It took me useing a hard wood shaft and heavy tips for the 20 all the way to cedar with a 70 grain tip for the 40 but in only 3 weeks of actual shooting my scores are averaging 87 out of a possible 120 .....3 rounds of 6 arrows at each distance with a 30 second speed round at 20....i have seen experienced crossbow men get off 8 and 9 bolts in 30 seconds but i cant yet so the possible score could be higher.
    So with the bolts tuned in the rest is up to me and my form. Im not sure if this is what you were refering to but it sure helped me.
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