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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 12-26-2019, 12:37 AM Thread Starter
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Is it me or the crossbow?

I'm going to take my crossbow into the shop but wanted to touch base with experienced people here first. I haven't posted in a good long while because I was finishing my Master's degree and took off for all last season. I went up to prepare for the late season (I only hunt late season) and practice shooting and sighting in my bow. I was all ready and I found I could not cock the darn thing. Either I'm suddenly weak or there is something wrong with it! I could pull back about halfway up the rail, then no more. I've always been able to cock it myself in the past. I can swim a mile so I know my shoulders and back aren't in too bad a shape. I've searched around for what it could be but would love to hear any insight. I am a woman with shorter arms so it's always been a little hard to cock but this has never happened before!
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post #2 of 33 (permalink) Old 12-26-2019, 01:58 AM
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not sure , but maybe something wrong with your pullies (cams) . your local bow shop should be able to figure it out for you. good luck
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post #3 of 33 (permalink) Old 12-26-2019, 05:21 AM
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If everything looks good... maybe the rope on the cocker streched...do the handles touch the pullies before you start to draw?
Too much slack puts you at a disadvantage at the end of the draw...if the rope did stretch you should be able to shorten the stroke by adjusting the knot in one of the handles...good luck.

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post #4 of 33 (permalink) Old 12-26-2019, 06:22 AM
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My wife had the same issue all I did was shortened her cocking rope.
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post #5 of 33 (permalink) Old 12-26-2019, 07:29 AM
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Is it an excalibur? If so make sure the cocking rope is over the rear of the crossbow (near the locking mechanism) before started to draw back.
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post #6 of 33 (permalink) Old 12-26-2019, 08:06 AM
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I would first inspect the string and cables to make sure they appear to all be where they should be. Also make sure you are placing the rear of the rope in the right spot on the bow prior to cocking. Putting it in the wrong spot, would result in you possibly running out of leverage or rope while cocking. If you still can't get it cocked, I would recruit someone else to try to cock it to see if it indeed can make it through the entire cocking stroke. If it can be fully cocked, discharge it safely, then try shortening the rope a bit which increases your leverage. You might have to pull the string up with one hand to get it hooked onto the hooks of the cocker after shortening the rope.
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You did not tell us if you were using a cocking rope. Are you? If you are I would suspect dpms identified the problem.

Let us know the type of bow and if you are using a cocking rope.
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My wife had the same issue all I did was shortened her cocking rope.
I had to do that also. Probably the easiest fix, unless there is something mechanically wrong.

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Go on YouTube and see if you can find your exact bow and see how they cock the bow.
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...Also make sure you are placing the rear of the rope in the right spot on the bow prior to cocking. Putting it in the wrong spot, would result in you possibly running out of leverage or rope while cocking...

Yep, I suspect that is the problem.
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