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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 11-15-2015, 03:33 PM Thread Starter
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First Crossbow Kill & Sight Issue

I killed my first deer with a crossbow back on Nov. 3rd. I had trouble identifying the brow tines because of the way he was holding his head and ears. As a result, he was close when I shot, about thirty feet.

The first shot hit him high on the shoulder and dropped him.



I thought he was done but he managed to turned around so I hit him again and that finished him.



Both bolts broke, the shorter one was the shoulder shot.



I shoot an Excalibur Exocet 200 with an aperture rear, and fiber-optic pin front sight. My issue was the lack of quick target acquisition with the peep sight. At thirty feet it was hard to tell where on the deer I was holding. I've done a bit of research and couldn't find any ghost ring type sights available for crossbows. Anybody know a source.

I may just drill my current peep sight out to a larger diameter, turn it into a ghost ring sight.

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post #2 of 26 (permalink) Old 11-15-2015, 03:41 PM
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Re: First Crossbow Kill & Sight Issue

Congrats on the buck!! One alternative is this sight. https://seeallopensight.com/ I put it on my crossbow and it works well. I took it off though and put the scope back on. The See All sight is now on my son's shotgun.

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Re: First Crossbow Kill & Sight Issue

Lugnut: Congradulations on a successful hunt.
cspot: Another nice hunting option. Thanks for sharing.
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Re: First Crossbow Kill & Sight Issue

Congrats to you nice buck. Put a scope on it if your having sight issue. I took 2 doe this fall using 100 grain rage 2 blade mechanical. I didn't have to look for blood just watched both go 40-50 yards and drop over dead.
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Re: First Crossbow Kill & Sight Issue

Thanks guys. cspot, how does that See All sight perform in low light conditions?

Outofstater, I opted out of the scope package when I bought it. Just didn't see the need for magnification on such a short range weapon. Might have had the same issue that close although the field of view is probably much greater on a 2 or 4X scope than a peep sight, even up close and personal.

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Re: First Crossbow Kill & Sight Issue

Lugnut, I never really tried it in low-light conditions to see. If I think of it I will try it this evening.

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Re: First Crossbow Kill & Sight Issue

Congrats on the fine buck! There are not many options out there for open sights for crossbows. bad River Outdoors make a nice open sight but they are pricey!

You may want to consider a no magnification reflex type sight like the one below. There is nothing as fast for target acquisition.

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Re: First Crossbow Kill & Sight Issue

Have you thought about a scope with an illuminated reticle? They're great for low light conditions and early in archery season when the leaves are still on and there are shady areas in the woods. Find a friend that has one and check it out or go to your local crossbow dealer and look through one.
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Nice Buck!

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