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Best sights or optics for a crossbow ?

I am selling off a bunch of collectible patches and a nice bayonet to fund the purchase of crossbow # 3. I have 2 with 4 X scopes already and am not wild about them in low light conditions. What works for you ? I tried the red dot and hated it, perhaps the green dot ???
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Re: Best sights or optics for a crossbow ?

The new Hawke XB-30 is one of the very best crossbow optics I have seen. It's much better in low light than the 3 power Hawke scopes. The quality is much better too, and in my opinion it's more in line with Leupold.

You could also use a 2x7 Leupold scope. Many people use them and have great results with them.

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Re: Best sights or optics for a crossbow ?

I have a Parker Magnum Crossbow, and the red dot scope that came with it was junk. However, the 3 dots are absolutely necessary, as well as knowing the distance to your target, or a deer. The factory scope was way off at 20, 40 and 50 yds. I found a Ten Point scope on e bay. The seller said he was color blind and had problems seeing the dots but it worked OK. I bought it and mounted it on my bow, and I love it. It is easy to adjust and is on at those distances. The dot contrast goes from light to heavy very easy. I would say stay with a low power scope and maybe try a green dot. There are companies around that can change the color of the dot.

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Re: Best sights or optics for a crossbow ?

I use a 40mm bushnell 3x9 circle + rifle scope. I do not like the multi line scopes. With a xtra high mount I sight in at 25 yards and it is 11/2 inch low at 30 yards (my limit) and just an inch high at 15 yards. This works great for me but maybe you will not like it. Just mite be worth a try.
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Re: Best sights or optics for a crossbow ?

Do you mean a regular 2 x 7 Rifle or pistol scope ?
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Re: Best sights or optics for a crossbow ?

I tried a 4 power rifle scope on my crossbow> I zeroed the crosshair at 25 yards,used the bottom of the duplex for longer distance and the top duplex for shot.rember the click ajustment is a quarterinch at 100yd.most crossbow scopes are 1 click is a half inch at 20yds.Also the focus at close range was terrible with the rifle scope.I went with the Excalibur varizone,it only has 1 vertical and 1 horazontal crosshair.The multi-retical made the scope clutter and confuseing to me.Hope this helps
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Re: Best sights or optics for a crossbow ?

I tend to agree that most of the 4X crossbow specific scopes out there have junk glass. The light gathering is not close to that of most quality riflescopes.

Take a serious look at the Parker Pin Point and the Hawke XB-30. Both should be available in about a month. The Parker has one red dot with a target turrets to dail in the range and the Hawke will have the traditional Hawke illuminated multi crosshairs and a adjustable speed ring to adjust for the speed of your bow. Both will hit the street at about $260.

Both of these scopes will have high end glass and will eliminate many of the shortcomings of the low end 4X stuff.

With that being said, you could always opt for a traditional 2X or 1X riflescope with a single crosshair and fixed power or a adjustable from 1.5X to 5X. Hawke optics will tell you it is fine to put their riflescopes on
crossbows and not worry about the reverse recoil. If thinking about another manufacturer, I would check with them to see if it would void the warranty or not.

I plan on topping my Excal with the new XB-30 when it hits the streets.

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Re: Best sights or optics for a crossbow ?

I just bought a Matte Leupold 1-4 with heavy duplex and set up for shotgun parallex(60 yards. I believe). Will have to experiment to see how it works out. It will be keep on 1 power most of the time. That scope on one power is definately good for low light.

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Re: Best sights or optics for a crossbow ?

I have an Excal Lumizone on my PSE crossbow now and will likely transfer it over to my new Terminator. I never crank the light up all the way but putting it on a notch or two in low light helps with the illuminated reticle. Plus as was mentioned, only one crosshair with additional yardage increments delineated with arrows on the verticle crosshair. Less clutter.
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Re: Best sights or optics for a crossbow ?

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The new Hawke XB-30 is one of the very best crossbow optics I have seen. It's much better in low light than the 3 power Hawke scopes. The quality is much better too, and in my opinion it's more in line with Leupold.

You could also use a 2x7 Leupold scope. Many people use them and have great results with them.
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