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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-06-2019, 06:11 PM Thread Starter
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New bow for my daughter

I just got my daughter a Center Point Tormentor Whisper 380.

We shot several bows, looked at a bunch, and that's the one that she liked the most.

I paid a little more than some online prices, but I go to the same local shop for all my archery stuff, and they take great care of anything I need, even in a time crunch, so that's worth paying a bit more to me.

Anyway, I can't find any specs that share the minimum bolt weight for the bow. I did find that the package's bolts are 425gr. I can weigh them on my reloading scale to verify, but I'm curious what the bottom weight range is if anyone knows where to find it?

I'm not out to build her super light bolts. Quite the opposite....for my bow I often run heavy shafts and intend to do likewise for her, but I think it'd be prudent to know the lower limit if it's "know-able", lol.

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She needs some help to cock it. She's 16, not slight of build, and is 5'8-5'9. I know she can do this, but she's "running out of room" about an 1-2" shy of fully cocking it. I walked away from crossbows over a decade ago (just prefer compounds, I have no issues with crossbows...just wasn't my cup of tea), and I'm 6'2 and of average strength for a guy that size, so I'm not having the same issues she is.

I know she can do this, just curious how folks might help coach her so she gets this process down.

Much thanks for any ideas.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-06-2019, 07:22 PM
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If she's using a standard rope cocking device, try shortening the rope a couple of inches?
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As far as cocking the crossbows, shorten the rope as much as you can so that you have to pull the string up to get it onto the hooks. Also, keep your knees bent during the initial cocking stroke and save them for the last few inches by using the bigger leg muscles to finish the stroke.

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Good advice above. I would add that she can do it kinda quickly to keep her momentum up it also helps. Granted you don't want to go too fast either.

Looking at the manual, 400 grain is the minimum. That is generally the minimum for most crossbows. Seems like most people tend to shoot a 425 to 450 grain arrow for hunting out of most crossbows.

https://www.crosman.com/tormentor-whisper-380

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Thanks...guess my reading wasn't as careful as I thought, lol.

The bolts that came with it are...ok. I'll make her some new ones once we get it dialed in a bit and she has some more confidence with it.
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She’s cocking the bow on her own after we sighted it in today. She still needs practice (why I wanted this to be bought a while ago, but here we are), but she made great improvement today.

She’s shooting well, too. Can’t wait for September!
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She’s cocking the bow on her own after we sighted it in today. She still needs practice (why I wanted this to be bought a while ago, but here we are), but she made great improvement today.

She’s shooting well, too. Can’t wait for September!
Once someone is able to cock it a few times then it generally becomes easier for them. Glad to hear it is working well. Hopefully she gets a chance to use it this fall.

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I just got the Center Point Sniper 370. I found the rope too long. I cut it so the clips and handles are at the string. Easy to cock now. Thing shoots great. I was interested in buying more Center Point bolts but reviews said inserts came out. The three that came with mine were fine.
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