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Opinion on RD crossbows

Let's stir the pot a little bit. What does everyone think about reverse draw crossbows for a hunting rig? Positives and negatives.
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The only true negatives I see to the design is the very acute string able which can contribute to serving separation. Also, the riser being mid barrel can get in the way during the cocking stroke for those using rope cockers.

As for positives, there are many. There is more weight to the rear instead of up front. The limbs will be parallel or past parallel resulting in less noise and vibration. The power stroke can be lengthened while still keeping the overall length down. For treestand hunting, the limb location and movement is easier to work around trunks when shooting. They can achieve more speed with less poundage because the design is efficient. Plus, they look cool, IMO.

Those are some that I see as being the biggest positives and negatives.

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I was told if the limbs break the pieces COULD come back at you ??
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I was told if the limbs break the pieces COULD come back at you ??
That is a common misconception. I have not seen any instances of this occurring. If they exist, it is no higher than folks getting hit by broken strings or other parts on conventional crossbows.

The limbs on reverse draws are usually pretty close to parallel. The forces go out to the sides instead of forward or backward.

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I'm gonna agree with a few of the positives. First efficient due to long power stroke. Since the weight is back they are balanced. They do look cool. Let's here from some more people and I'll give some things I think might be negatives or might not be what most would think.
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First efficient due to long power stroke.
Let's talk power stroke. The reverse draw design allows for a longer power stroke without increasing the overall length of the bow. Longer power stokes allow for more speed with less limb weight.

But, long power strokes are much more difficult to cock for some people. I do not like power strokes over 16 inches because of this. Some of the reverse draws have power strokes around 18 inches.

I would prefer a reverse draw with 150lb limbs , a 15 inch power stroke which shortens the bow and makes it easier to cock, and shoots around 360fps with a 410 grain arrow.

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I think their freakish lookin.
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Axle to axle listed for most of these bows doesn't give u a real idea of how wide they are. Those big cams add 3-4 inches to the width.
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They definitely have some advantages to using that are already mentioned. I prefer the look of a traditional bow.

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Ok. Quiet. Yes some reverse draw crossbows are a little quieter. All reverse draw crossbows are not quiet. Went back in the indoor range at the local pro show to shoot a scorpyd Orion with 150 limbs and when I pulled the trigger the two guys working the counter came back looking around. They said is that you making all that noise,I thought they(reverse draw crossbows) were supposed to be quiet.
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