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De-cocking Crossbow

I used to either bring a target/field point with me and discharge before driving home, or simply remove the bolt and wait to shoot it till I got home.

This past weekend I bought one of those bolts with a large flat shaped tip, designed to be shot into the ground and reused.

I saw the wooden ones designed to be shot and left in the ground as well, but havent tried them yet.

So how about it, how do other HPA Members de-cock their crossbows (obviously on a deer would be preferred)?

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Re: De-cocking Crossbow

I only hunt with the crossbow when my compound is out of commission. I wait until i get home to de-cock it.

I had a neighbor back in Lancaster County that i went early in the archery season with. Older guy, but a 2 years before i went with him, he shot and got a doe, drug it to the truck never thinking about re-cocking. Hes dressing the deer and his daughter was point something out to him, and here it was a 8 point 30 yards away. If he would have had it re cocked, she could have got the buck and tug it.

so i learned from him, wait til you get home, to de-cock.

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Re: De-cocking Crossbow

Decock manually with my Exaclibur and shoot em into a discharge target at the car with my other bows.

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Re: De-cocking Crossbow

When I hunted with a crossbow (Excalibur), I would de-cock it.
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Re: De-cocking Crossbow

I have an old arrow with a field point and a small target in my vehicle when I hunt. I can shoot and discharge the bow if I need to but I usually just remove the arrow and then shoot when I get home.
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Re: De-cocking Crossbow

Old bolt with a field point. I just discharge into the ground when I get back to the car.
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Re: De-cocking Crossbow

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Old bolt with a field point. I just discharge into the ground when I get back to the car.
What he said. I will add I discharge mine halfway thru an all day sit, (Vendor recommends release every 4 hrs. or so) usually when I have to stretch and move around a bit around midday.

Shoot it, recock it, have a snack and a drink, and then back at it.

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Re: De-cocking Crossbow

Carbon Express De-cocking bolt.
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Re: De-cocking Crossbow

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Carbon Express De-cocking bolt.
That you shoot into the ground?

My re-usable one worked great a few times, then apparently hit a rock and bounced/ricocheted to the next county. I just watched as my $15 flew away. Luckily it didn't come back my direction. Be careful.

I hadn't considered the old bolt into the ground, how far do they typically penetrate?

Do the crank attachments allow you to de-cock using the attachment?

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Re: De-cocking Crossbow

When I said into the ground, best is a bank or side of a gutter. Shooting it hanging from your hand, the bolt can stop in the dirt before the power stroke is done. Haven't done it myself, but saw a Buddy do it.

It kicked his stock up, the nock dinged up the serving. He had to rewrap a new serving. Lucky it didnt crack a limb on the backlash.

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