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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-24-2013, 07:18 PM Thread Starter
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Need a little advice

hey guys,
ive been shooting compounds since I was 6, 29 now, and I don't shoot a crossbow, but I had one given to me recently and my mother in law expressed a little interest that she may try it out, so it is a Barnett wildcat c5, general inspection looks pretty good, but I guess my question is what advice can you give, since I know nothing about this crossbow, what few things should I have upgraded or replaced before letting her shoot this??.....
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Re: Need a little advice

String and cables for starters. It is wise to replace them every few years so I suspect they are due for a replacement.

Run a cotton ball over the limbs as well to see if any fibers catch on any hidden splinters. Lubricate sparingly the cam axles and trigger area with a very light machine oil. Check the scope base and rings.

If everything checks out, enjoy. Keep the fingers away from the string path at all times. That is the most dangerous part for new crossbow users.

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thanks dpms, I knew youd message me, I was thinking of putting new string, cables, wheels, and really looking the limbs over

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Re: Need a little advice

not sure what model that is, but make sure the fingers on the forearm don't stick up into the line of the string. I know that more than a few finger tips have been lost. There's been a number of products liability suits because of it. Apparently the company adopted a changed design, but I don't know when.
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Re: Need a little advice

Also, check to make sure the E-clips are on the ends of the axles. I've seen more than a few come in missing those important parts! It's gotten to the point I'm very paranoid about this and I will check every bow that I come in contact with, every time.

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Re: Need a little advice

Don't be afraid to put a better scope on it instead of the dots (if thats what it has) dot is a little tough especially in the woods with newbie

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Re: Need a little advice

How much does a crossbow tune up usually cost? like replacement strings etc?
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Don't be afraid to put a better scope on it instead of the dots (if thats what it has) dot is a little tough especially in the woods with newbie
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Re: Need a little advice

my shop will charge 45.00 for summer tune up. strings-cables check all major parts of bow.

this is where a recurve style bow shines. new string is 20.00. no fuss no $$$.

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this is where a recurve style bow shines. new string is 20.00. no fuss no $$$.
Got that right. The recurve style has many great features that make it very attractive.

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