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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-08-2012, 07:54 AM Thread Starter
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How long can you leave your crossbow cocked?

Having newly purchased a crossbow and coming from a compound bow I was wondering how long you can leave your crossbow cocked. While compound hunting it was not unusual for me to sit for 5 or 6 hours with all day sits during the rut. Will leaving a crossbow cocked for this entire time that I am in the stand hurt it?
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-08-2012, 09:36 AM
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Re: How long can you leave your crossbow cocked?

I would have to think leaving one cocked all day would not hurt it. It only makes sense as like you some people sit in stands all day long
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Re: How long can you leave your crossbow cocked?

I leave mine cocked as long as I am on stand. If I break for lunch, I will unload it. Being cocked all day will not hurt anything on those long sits. The limbs are designed to handle this.

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Re: How long can you leave your crossbow cocked?

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I leave mine cocked as long as I am on stand. If I break for lunch, I will unload it. Being cocked all day will not hurt anything on those long sits. The limbs are designed to handle this.
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Re: How long can you leave your crossbow cocked?

Excaliburs have been cocked for 2 to 3 days straight with out an issue.
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post #6 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-08-2012, 11:14 AM
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Re: How long can you leave your crossbow cocked?

No problem to let them sit all day. But I would tell to find a better hunting place....lol

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Re: How long can you leave your crossbow cocked?

You can safely leave them cocked all day. I would never leave one cocked for longer than that though. We usually get together at noon to compare notes and I always use the opportunity to release my bow.

I did a test where I left a Middleton cocked for a few weeks in a room full of freezers. It gets very hot in there in the summer. No issues or problems and it actually shot within a few f.p.s. of the original shot.

I once had a customer bring me a crossbow that had been put into a closet in a cocked condition and forgot about. (the season before) He didn't want to fire it. We loaded it up and pulled the trigger with a string. Nothing terrible happened.

I have had two bows come in with slivered limbs that were left cocked for longer than a day. One gave up on the third day and the other gave up on the fourth day. Both were compounds.

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Re: How long can you leave your crossbow cocked?

My 380 says no more than 10 hr's

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Re: How long can you leave your crossbow cocked?

longest Ive let mine go is about 5 hours, I dont hunt all day so it doesnt sit long while cocked.
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post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-09-2012, 09:05 PM
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Re: How long can you leave your crossbow cocked?

I've had my BC loaded for 8 hours ..no problems...but well ussally come down for lunch and shoot it...Honkers51
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