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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-29-2016, 03:48 PM Thread Starter
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Bow will not cock

I was cocking my Horton, I heard the click but it wasn't completely engaged. The string slammed forward, now I cannot pull the string back. I can't see any damage but I can't get the string to move. Any help is appreciated.
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Re: Bow will not cock

Did you slip a cam

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Re: Bow will not cock

So is the string still back in the trigger latch or back to its original uncocked position? What model Horton?

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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-31-2016, 04:33 PM Thread Starter
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uncocked position.
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I suspect the string came off a cam Worse would be a bent cam or cam axle.

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I agree with Dpms here>
Your next step is to take the whole thing to an authorized dealer, and get it checked out. If anything like a bent cam, axle, or worse they can find the problem, give you an estimate in cost, and get you fixed up.
Basically it sounds just like a dry fire situation when that string slammed forward. Things like this happen. Don't beat yourself up. Just be glad you didn't have your fingers, or anything where they didn't belong when it flew forward. Get it to a bow shop, and checked out-CLOSELY to find ANY, and ALL issues.
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This event of yours had me thinking.
You have an issue now, and are unsure what is going on with the bow.
On your own you can inspect things. I still say--TAKE IT TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER. Something has went wrong, and if your unsure, or perhaps do not know what your looking for--well the bow shop can fix you up.
Here is some lite reading for you.
http://www.archerybuff.com/2011/the-...-firing-a-bow/
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Re: Bow will not cock

stinkbait,

What model Horton are you dealing with? Reason I ask is that I had a Horton Vision with a bad trigger. DPMS will remember the story.

The first two times it failed I was getting ready to fire it and convinced myself that I must have touched the trigger when I knew I didn't. The third and final time it failed I was loading a bolt in it when it let go, taking the tips of three fingers with it; I spent 7 hours in the ER getting bone fragments dug out and sewed up.

Please be extremely careful and take it to a dealer as the others have said. Me personally, I'd never trust it again. I disassembled mine and trashed it, bought an Excal.

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For me, and my recommendations I feel that SAFETY MUST be in the fore front of your issue with your crossbow. What we know at this point about your issue:
-You stated that "You heard a click"as you were cocking it.
-You are NOT sure if the string/claw were fully engaged.
So--we may, or may not have a trigger issue.
--We know that it has now been basically dry fired.
The string basically has flew forward from at, or near
full draw causing a very severe reactive force on the bows
components-String, cable, cam/wheels, axles, and
bushings, and limbs.
None of us here at HPA can actually handle, or inspect it to be 100% sure of any issues. All we can do is exercise sound advice that truly helps you with the intent of directing you to a Pro-shop that handles the brand name product.
Your crossbow MUST, and SHOULD be closely inspected by a TRUE professional qualified to make a full, and accurate assessment of what needs to happen to insure there are NO issues with it that CAN, and WILL compromise your safety while using it.
PLEASE--seek out a Pro-shop, and get it checked out.
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Re: Bow will not cock

Thank you all for your input. I will definitely be taking it to a professional.
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