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this might be a dumb question but, can you shoot a crossbow tilted 90 degrees, (vertical)?

Just curious since it's pretty much out of the question getting a shot behind you from a tree. I figured someone has either tried it or would have some information.
 

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Wouldn't even recommend trying. No where to put your support arm without serious saftety concerns and I would worry about a partial dry fire because the front of the arrow is unsupported.

Hunting from a tree can have it challenges. Got to watch the limbs.
 

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Sounds like inner city gansta crossbow. Hold it 90 degrees from its intended use and let it rip.
Seriously I wouldn't even try it. Like previously stated there are safety issues to be dealt with.
 

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Do not do that. I can see some serious injury headed your way if you do. The flat spring that holds your bolt down to the track has some pressure on it but not out at the end of the bolt. I think the bolt would possibly flip and cause some serious problems when released.
 

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I agree on risking serious injury.

Beyond the safety issue, I would think that would play heck on your impact point as opposed to where you where aiming? Logic seems to say it would be way off, not only would it have its normal drop that would be falling against the grain of your crosshairs, but I think you would have serious right to left issues as well as the bolt would likely push off to the unsupported side more.

Lots of risks for you and the critter you are shooting at...
Sounds like a case for mythbusters, Please no one try it!!! PLEASE!
 

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In addition to the safety issues, it probably would void any manufacturer warranty as well.
 

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RB-HPA said:
Sounds like a case for mythbusters
I would bet that Arrowhead has tried it. It seems he likes to do alot of testing!!
 

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I never intended on trying it,(too scared!), but I was curious and had to ask if it had been done.

I did have a dealer tell me he has been up thin trees and held his crossbow behind the tree and took a close shot successfully. Even that sounds a little risky to me?

Thanks for all the comments. Hopefully this saves someone from a bad situation.
 

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cspot said:
RB-HPA said:
Sounds like a case for mythbusters
I would bet that Arrowhead has tried it. It seems he likes to do alot of testing!!
Now I know why the neighbor watches me with binoculars. She is working for cspot.


Yes. I will admit that I have tried it. I haven't tried it on every crossbow out there, but I did limited experimenting with several brands. While I would NEVER recommend it, I did so without any mishaps.

There are a few brands that I would never try this with. The arrow retention springs just don't have enough down pressure on them and you would risk serious injury.

Disclaimer: If you try this, you do so at your own risk. It is a bad idea to do this in any situation and you risk serious personal injury.
 

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Hey anybody that shoots a steel drum with broadheads to test them has to be a little crazy.
 
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