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Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: Somerset Co./Elk Co.
Re: Best advice to give a person
Hold it as close to horizontal as possible. The crosshairs will tip sideways if you don't. Use a Hawke scope, it is the best scope out there for a crossbow. Make sure your arrow is seated against the string. Treat a loaded crossbow just like you would a loaded rifle. Check the warranty and customer service of any crossbow you are thnking about buying. There is a huge difference from one to another, in this important area.
Here is a standard sheet we hand out with the ones we sell. Copied and pasted below.
Care and Use of your new Crossbow
The only rail lube we recommend is Jig-a-Loo and Hornady One Shot. Jig-a Loo is available at some Wal-marts and Home Depot. Both are a dry film lubricant. Wet lubricants will drag dirt and debris into your trigger box. You will eventually be unable to cock your bow, due to the dirt collecting in your trigger box. Put it on a rag and wipe the barrel, allow it to dry.
Keep an eye on your center servings of your string. They will wear. We can replace the center serving for $7.50 and $10 for the Halo Serving. Also, pay attention to the servings where they rotate on the cams.
Lightly oil the trigger and latch when you hunt in the rain. DO NOT use WD-40. It will gum and make it so that you can’t cock your bow. We use quality synthetic gun oil.
Never dry fire your crossbow. If you do, have it inspected by us before you shoot it again, or slide a cotton ball over every inch of your limbs. If cotton hangs up anywhere, you have a limb failure.
Always make sure your arrow is seated against the string before firing. This is the most common cause of limb failure.
Check all nuts and bolts after each shooting session. Also check to see that your scope and sights are tight. Use blue Loctite on the ones that keep coming loose.
NEVER place hands or fingers above string path. Not for ANY reason! Crossbows are to be respected, the same as any weapon. Treat a cocked crossbow as you would a loaded rifle. Treat the string path as you would the muzzle of a barrel.
Take notice, when your new bow is delivered – look closely at the cams and make a mental note of the cam position – This way you will know when your string has stretched and you can bring it in for repair.
WAX YOUR STRING! You will get longer life out of a properly waxed string. Apply the wax and rub back and forth until it feels warm. You want the wax to penetrate the fibers of the string. Clean off the excess wax - you don’t want your string to feel gummy and excess wax will attract dirt and grime.
Read your owners manual. Seriously, take a few moments and read it. Many of the most common problems are covered in the owner’s manual.
We want you to have many years of trouble-free service. These are just a few of the most common problems we are seeing. If you have any questions please call us. We are here to help.
Thanks for your business and have a safe and successful season,
Arrowhead Taxidermy & Outdoors