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Safe Hunting Range

I just picked up a crossbow this past Christmas. It's a carbon express cx-1. I grabbed it at Dick's on clearance. I have been an avid archery hunter for years. And after watching a huge buck walk by me at 45 yards. A range with my bow I am not comfortable at. I wanted to be able to hunt and extend my effective range.

So I got out to the range this past weekend and spent a few hours with my new toy. Needless to say I am very impressed. I believe a cross bow to be a very ethical hunting tool.

I guess what I'm getting at here is what is a safe distance to take a deer at?

This is at 77 yards with my xbow. It keeps with in an inch or two of this each time. I will not shoot more than one bolt at a time. In fear of ruining again. My bolts. (Robin Hood)Which I have already done.

So is 50 ok? 60? What distance have you guys shot deer at?

Crono at 330.

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I am not a big fan of shooting past 40 at animals but folks do it all the time with both vertical and crossbows. A lot can go wrong as the range increases.

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That can be debated all day.Things can go wrong at any distance.However,as unpopular as it is,the further the animal,the less likely it is to react to a shot,assuming it's calm.Yes,the further you get,you still risk the animal just moving on it own.Still,an alert animal at 20 yards poses more of a risk than an unalarmed animal at 50-60 yards.If you practice under field conditions and get an accurante range on the deer without any obstructions,a 50-60 yard shot with a scoped crossbow is doable all day long,especially with a rest.
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That can be debated all day.Things can go wrong at any distance.However,as unpopular as it is,the further the animal,the less likely it is to react to a shot,assuming it's calm.Yes,the further you get,you still risk the animal just moving on it own.Still,an alert animal at 20 yards poses more of a risk than an unalarmed animal at 50-60 yards.If you practice under field conditions and get an accurante range on the deer without any obstructions,a 50-60 yard shot with a scoped crossbow is doable all day long,especially with a rest.
Yes I agree an un-alarmed animal at 50-60 I am thinking should be ok. Anyone actually taken a deer at that range?
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I am not a big fan of shooting past 40 at animals but folks do it all the time with both vertical and crossbows. A lot can go wrong as the range increases.
Yep. I prefer to be within 30 if at all possible.

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That can be debated all day.Things can go wrong at any distance.However,as unpopular as it is,the further the animal,the less likely it is to react to a shot,assuming it's calm.Yes,the further you get,you still risk the animal just moving on it own.Still,an alert animal at 20 yards poses more of a risk than an unalarmed animal at 50-60 yards.If you practice under field conditions and get an accurante range on the deer without any obstructions,a 50-60 yard shot with a scoped crossbow is doable all day long,especially with a rest.
Yes I agree an un-alarmed animal at 50-60 I am thinking should be ok. Anyone actually taken a deer at that range?
I know several who have done it multiple times.The pending state record buck,which turned out to not be a state record was killed at 65 yards.Knowing the range and knowing what the weapon will do at that range is critical.
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I shot a doe at 44 yards 2 years ago standing in a field. She was relaxed and feeding broadside. Ranged her several times. She went down within 30 yards. Had a nice open standing shot. That's about as far as I am comfortable with.

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30 yards is my limit.

I'm so far behind I think I'm in first place.
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