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Question on cocking aids..

So i'm looking to buy a new crossbow this year, and was wondering if the price for the added cocking mechanism worth it? I'm 38 yrs old and consider myself to be in good enough physical condition to draw the bow with a rope draw without any issues. I've been looking at the Ten Point and Wicked Ridge lines if that makes a difference.
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Re: Question on cocking aids..

There are basically 4 different ways to cock a bow. I will leave the sleds out of it since they are basically on reverse draw limbs, but they are similar to a rope cocker.

1. Hand Crank- By far the easiest to cock a crossbow. Takes about 5 pounds of force. It is also the slowest plus you have the added weight of the crank. Some stay on like Tenpoints and others can be removed. These also usually add around $150 to $250 for the cost of the bow. If you can do one of the options below then I would not recommend going this route. Tenpoint makes the nicest hand crank from what I have seen although the Missions crank looks pretty nice.

2. Acudraw 50. Basically this is the same as a rope cocker below, but it keeps it on the bow. Only Tenpoint has it. Adds some extra cost, but does keep the rope cocker handy and you don't forget it. I think it is around $100 extra for it if you buy it with the bow. A litte more if you purchase later.

3. Rope Cocker. This is the traditional rope cocker. Provides the same function as those above. Takes 1/2 the draw weight to cock the bow. Ensures that the bow is evenly cocked as do the options above. A rope cocker is only $20 or so and is usually included with most bow packages.

4. Cocking by hand. This can be done, but really shouldn't be done for a couple of reasons. One is that you tend to not cock it evenly and it can affect accuracy. The methods above ensure even cocking every time by their design. With the newer bows that are getting narrower and higher poundages this can be very difficult on the fingers. I have done it before and can do it in an emergency (forget rope cocker), but I would prefer not to do it. This is the hardest method of cocking a crossbow.

Wash Co. I am about the same age as you and I prefer to use the cocking rope. I would consider the Acudraw 50 though as well. These methods allow a quick cocking of the bow, but still maintain an even cock to allow for the best accuracy.

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Re: Question on cocking aids..

I'm 56 years old and switched to a crossbow because of recurring shoulder impingement and elbow tendonitis issues. I shoot a Mission MXB with a 160# draw weight and a 14" power stroke. I also shot the MXB Dagger that had a 220# draw weight and a 10" power stroke. I had no problem cocking either set-up with a rope cocker. I looked at the Accudraw crank device and found it to be extremely slow and really noisy. I'd never go that direction unless my physical condition makes it a must. So I use a rope cocker. The rope stays in the pocket of my vest-type treestand safety harness, just the way my release did when I shot a vertical bow. No problem there. It sounds to me like you need to get in the shop try both a crank type and a rope cocker and see for yourself what you like best.
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Re: Question on cocking aids..

Not a fan of mechanical cocking devices. Just to slow and cumbersome for me.

Rope cocking is no problem on most bows if you are in reasonable health.

Of all of the rope cockers, the TenPoint Acudraw50 is sweet since it is self contained within the butt stock. No tangles and it is always there.

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Re: Question on cocking aids..

I just use the rope why carry one extra thing unless it is already built into the bow
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Re: Question on cocking aids..

Lot of good info, thanks! I'd just rather put the extra $100 towards something else like upgrading optics or something. I guess the next step is going to shoot the 3 or 4 I'm looking at.
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I just use the rope why carry one extra thing unless it is already built into the bow

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one thing to remember when using a hand crank. keep your foot out of the stirrup.

if the string breaks or hand crank breaks that metal piece attached to the hand crank is headed for your foot.

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Re: Question on cocking aids..

I like the roller cocking rope i got with my parker crossbow. My brother bought a wicked ridge with built in cocking rope on stock. Its nice but takes a little longer to set it in place which u have to set the handles in 1 position so the magnets can keep it tight against the stock. Plus its a little noisy when the magnets pull the handles together from each side of the stock vs the hand cocking rope i can ball up after i load the x bow and put in pants side pocket with ease without any noise and less movement.
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Re: Question on cocking aids..

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Lot of good info, thanks! I'd just rather put the extra $100 towards something else like upgrading optics or something. I guess the next step is going to shoot the 3 or 4 I'm looking at.
If you are physically able the rope cocker is the preferred method. I would spend the money on some other accessories.

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