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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 01-10-2018, 09:33 PM Thread Starter
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100 yard drop

Here is a cool photo from the ATA show. This is the President of Tenpoint Crossbows demonstrating the drop of an arrow from a 440fps crossbow at 100 yards. While some advertise shooting extreme distances, this photo illustrates just how much room for error exists even with the fastest bows.
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post #2 of 26 (permalink) Old 01-10-2018, 09:40 PM
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That's pretty neat. 30 yards is my limit crossbow or compound. Recurve is 20.

Glad he is showing that a crossbow isn't the holy grail some guys think it is for taking game at distances.
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It is an interesting photo, but in the end it doesn't mean squat. As soon as people start seeing the "professional" hunters on tv taking 100 yard shots like they do, and as soon as crossbow advertising starts talking about 100 yard shots with crossbows, then people will be out there attempting it. The image shown here will just be lost on some folks.

30 yards is my personal max also. And actually, since I've switched over to an X-bow my average shot taken has decreased in distance. Of the last 5 bucks that I have gotten, not one has been beyond 15 yards. In fact, I am probably one of the few dinosaurs out there who still shoots aluminum bolts out of mine. I just don't care about range, want the extra weight for penetration and extra weight for less stress on the limbs.
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This is good to see. I cringe every time I see one of those Ravin crossbow commercials. I get that they're trying to sell bows, but marketing it as a 100 yard weapon is just plain wrong IMO. 50-60yards if you're proficient, fine I can live with that, but 100...no way.

For me this is another one of those hunting debate things...can it be done? sure Should it be done? No
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Personally, I have issue with people even taking 50 yard shots. That is a long time for an arrow to be in flight and heading toward a living creature. 100 things can happen in that time and 99 of them are bad. Not fair to the animals to be doing that kind of nonsense. As hunters ,we are obligated to make fair and ethical, clean kills. Not take risky shots that are probably more than 50/50 to end up bad.
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Shooting at 100 yard targets sounds fun, shooting at 100 yard deer, sounds like misses and bad hits.
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You do know there are plenty of 100 yd plus, compound bow shot videos on YouTube. So I don't think the notion is exclusive to cross bows.

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As has been mentioned, it's not the drop, it's the time it takes to get there that is the issue. My 300 win mag drops that much at approximately 500 yds. It only takes half a second to get there, though. If the weapon is accurate and you know the distance and drop, the distance matters little. It is wind and what the animal can do in the time it takes the projectile to get there that count. I'd rather the rifle at 500 than any bow at even 50.
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great example to show people.


I wonder if all the people who are against crossbows or bows in general shooting that far have issues with rifles at 1000+???? just curious

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Lots of drop. Lots of twigs to get in the way. Lots of time. Lots of potential drift. Long range shooting with any bow, vertical or crossbow, should not be taken lightly. They are not "rifles" as some continue to imply.
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