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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-19-2009, 12:42 PM Thread Starter
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Errant crossbow shot

I have been shooting my xbow for 3 years and have shot 6 deer within 25 yards and had quick kills on all. Until last night. My bolt hit 12 inches to the left and 8 inches high! I have practiced with this bow and with the red dot sight I always group within 2 inches out to 30 yards. What could have caused this? I am also a pistol shooter and hold a steady aim. The bolts are carbon and straight. The mechanical broadheads always fly true. The bolt was back against the string. Has this happened to anyone else? Any suggestions? The bow is 3 years old and I take good care of it.
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-19-2009, 12:52 PM
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A small tree branch in the way, maybe? Your limb hit something as they moved forward. I've seen mechanicals deploy and cause this also.(so many times that I refuse to use them)

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I use a ladder stand no limbs in the way of the shot and nothing hit my bow. Could be the mechanicals that had never failed until now. I'll try something new. Really makes me scratch my head. Thanks.
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I've had several customers in the store with the same problem. It's almost always the mechanicals. When we troubleshoot them....I stand downrange behind a concrete wall and let them shoot past me to the target. Many times I've heard the blades deploy the instant the trigger broke. Sounds ike a bottle rocket coming at you...going past you.

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Re: Errant crossbow shot

String may have stretched.. have you shot a target to see if it is shooting bad. Bolt could be bent or damaged, broad head could be loose... shoot it again and see.

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You were hunting deer last night?
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post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-20-2009, 09:18 AM
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5C is open for doe

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Oh, sorry, wondered if I shoulda been out.
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post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-21-2009, 02:27 AM
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5C hunter? How many deer are you seeing? Could be your limb possibly as the one could be near the breaking point... I had my "Xbow" one limb break on me last year, and at 5AM and the woods is quiet, it scares the crap out of you! trust me!!... I should have known something was up with the limb earlier, but I never really thought about it, till the limb broke.... I was shooting low and to the right always. and I've had my bow ever since they legalized them down here in 5C

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post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-22-2009, 12:33 PM
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Are you using Rage 3 blades?
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