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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-26-2015, 03:25 AM Thread Starter
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Crossbow In A Tree Stand

Been wondering about the use of a crossbow in a tree stand. Do you still use the angle compensation like you would with a regular compound bow? I have a range finder that helps with this but since the speed of the bolt is so much faster do I still need to keep this in mind? Thanks for any and all responses!

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Re: Crossbow In A Tree Stand

I am pretty sure the distance changes because of the angle....really has nothing to do with arrow or bolt speed, so YES, you would still need to compensate.

And I am sure someone will correct me if I am wrong......

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Re: Crossbow In A Tree Stand

The issue has nothing to do with velocity. As the previous post said, it's about distance. You can easily illustrate this. Draw a triangle, make one corner be 90 degrees, with one line horizontal and the other vertical. Now connect the ends. The horizontal line is the ground, the vertical one is the tree or stand. The hypotenuse, or connecting line, is the straight line distance from your stand to a target on the ground.

Which line is longer, the horizontal line, or the angled line? In most cases, it'll be the angled line (the hypotenuse).

THAT is the distance your rangefinder will report when just getting linear distance from the RF to a target.

The horizontal distance is the span over which gravity acts on the projectile. It's shorter than the straight line distance. This means that if the angle is significant, it can dramatically alter how you aim because the target is significantly closer to you in horizontal distance than your RF is showing in linear distance. End result, you aim lower than the straight line distance would indicate you should.

I no longer have an angle-compensating RF, but when I did, I found VERY few situations where it made a difference of more than 1-2 yards between the straight line distance and the angle-compensated distance. The way I check it now is to range, if possible, a spot on a tree approx. the same height as I am, but that is out at the spot where my target would be. So, if I want to know where 30 yards is from my stand I zap tree trunks about the same height as I'm at and find a tree that's at 30, and that's my mark. Make sense?

End result------ angle of the shot is a factor for all projectiles, but at archery distances, unless you're shooting on a steep angle, it doesn't make as much of a difference as some think it might.

Where you have a distinct advantage with a crossbow when shooting at an angle is that you don't have to worry about how you hold the bow. With a compound, you need to be careful to bend at the waist and keep your arms/shoulders/upper body oriented as it would be if not angled. Otherwise, it can change your anchor, and the end result is people tend to shoot over a target when shooting on a downward angle because they lower just their bow arm to get on the target, which messes up their form and such. You don't have that concern with a crossbow.

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Re: Crossbow In A Tree Stand

Yes. The angle of the shot will effect poi.

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Re: Crossbow In A Tree Stand

very well said "tdd" I also measure a tree at the same height I'm at, or, I take ranges on the ground to the base of my tree and put little markers at various spots(deer trails,scrapes, etc..) Also as you said with traditional archers, if they don't bend at the waist to maintain draw length, when they just lower their arm at a target below, it also makes the draw length the hypotenus(longer draw) which equals more pull weight and a shoot over usually. Crossbows dont care your form in the tree except keep the limbs level at the shot.
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Re: Crossbow In A Tree Stand

if your shooting 30 yards or less you have nothing to worry about.

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Re: Crossbow In A Tree Stand

I set my stand at 18', dead on at 20 yards, but 2/3 inches high at around 10 yards, so for a shot less than 15 yards yards, i aim an inch or two low.

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Re: Crossbow In A Tree Stand

I do not have a range finder, so this was my method...I took a 50yd length of 550 para cord to my stand. I tied knots at 20, 30 & 40 yds with the end being 50yds. I attached it to the rail of my stand and walked it back from the rail marking distance on trees. Doing this has eliminated the angle/range differential for me and helped to clear a line of flight shooting lane.

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Re: Crossbow In A Tree Stand

Thanks!!! Great info!!!

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Re: Crossbow In A Tree Stand

Ive killed 2 deer....both nice bucks...from 18 ft in the air. Both bucks ran 60 yds and I was able to watch them keel over. I've been lucky to kill 8 other deer with the xbow, 5 buck and 3 doe, using ground blinds...I have had to track all 8 of them at least 80-200 yds before finding them. I use Spit-Fire, 100 grs from my Ten Point...I have shot all these deer in the heart/lung area....my point is...I think the angle from the tree stand is better for a killing shot. Last yrs buck had a "V" cut in the heart itself. I don't have proof but I feel that downward angle is better as opposed to broadside or quartering away straight on...
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