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Ok just a little sarcasm, there is no "dark side" in this story. I'm not on these forums much anymore, mainly because I'm so busy at home it leaves me little time to hunt. I was one of the loud voices who fought crossbow inclusion and its rather ironic that due to an injury I'm joining the ranks. Specifically I torn my bicep tendon 3 years ago and its simply not comfortable to shoot a regular bow anymore. I'm almost afraid to shoot anything in the woods since I really couldn't practice. So this year I put my bow up for sale and decided to try a crossbow. Basically I didn't need a $2000 one just a lower priced one that will give me a decent chance against deer. Since I had $150 worth of Dick's gift certificates I shopped there(Not crazy about them due to their anti-gun stances-but I digress). I settled on the Barnett Whitetail Pro which had a claimed 400FPS. Assembled it and sighted it in. Wow. First off every shot I ruined a bolt. The thing blows the bolts right thru my block target, even at 40 yards. So sighting it in wasn't too fun but holy crap does this thing shoot good and hit hard. I assume they make crossbow specific targets? The thing was a blast to shoot, I'm shocked. I have to go and find a decent target then try to sight my Slick Tricks in, For the first time in 3 years I'm looking forward to archery season. This is fun stuff,
 

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Yes they make targets that can handle crossbow crossbolts. I have a bigshot Ballistic 450 bag target for target bolts, it is great, it stops the bolts, they only go in about 4 inches and you can remove them with two fingers for broad heads I have a Black Hole foam layered target for broad heads, it has two sided front and back for broad heads and the two sided are for target arrows only. My Carbon Express 390 crossbow is supposed to be 390 fps and I use carbon bolts and that bag target works great. Lancaster Archery has a big varity of targets available.
http://www.lancasterarchery.com/targets/archery-targets/bag-targets.html

http://www.lancasterarchery.com/targets/archery-targets/bag-targets.html
 

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Yes they make targets that can handle crossbow crossbolts. I have a bigshot Ballistic 450 bag target for target bolts, it is great, it stops the bolts, they only go in about 4 inches and you can remove them with two fingers for broad heads I have a Black Hole foam layered target for broad heads, it has two sided front and back for broad heads and the two sided are for target arrows only. My crossbow is supposed to be 390 fps and I use carbon bolts and that bag target works great.
Thanks. Wish i would have known that lol I started today with 8 bolts and I'm down to two. Sighting my broadheads in should be a blast.
 

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Slick tricks and field points fly almost in the same hole, I gave up on the broadhead targets after I sighted in a couple of crossbows for myself and friends. all were in a 11/2 inch group at 30 yards.

Enjoy, Stant
 

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Talon,

I remember that back and forths of years ago. I am happy to see you excited about getting back out there with a bow you have confidence in. I assume you got the Barnett Whitetail Pro, not a Horton?

Yes, the make targets that have some more stopping power for crossbows. The arrows can be a pain to pull out though. You might consider picking up some arrow lube as well. With Barnetts, make sure you index the nock properly and it is always fully seated against the string, especially while hunting. Such a little bit of distance between the string and the nock with break strings on Barnetts quite easily.

I hope to see some early season harvest photos from you in another month. Good luck!!
 

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I won't roast you either. I was a vertical bow hunter for over 20 years, before recurring shoulder impingement syndrome in my bow arm made my practice sessions unbearable. The first couple shots were excruciating, the rest just painful. I finally switched to a crossbow in 2015. I find it fun to shoot. Awkward at first carrying and handling in a tree stand, but I'm getting used to it. My xbow shoots 352 fps and I have no problem blowing bolts through my black block target. I guess the extra speed you're shooting makes a lot of difference. Enjoy your new experience. Glad to hear you're still in the game. We'll all be happy to share our experiences with the nuances of crossbow hunting.
 

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Sorry dpms I screwed up the name, it is a Barnett Whitetail pro. I did get a target specifically for crossbows and got some new bolts and everything is good now. As far as early season goes I just had to chase 4 deer off my blackberry patch out back, my guess is they aren't used to having people home at this time of day. I honestly can't wait now the anxiety I had about wounding a deer really sapped my enthusiasm for bowhunting the past two years is gone.
 

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I have a Bulldog Doghouse XP. It's a little heavy to carry and keep in my truck but boy does it stop my 375 fps bolts. I have a cheaper crossbow that doesn't have a release so I have to shoot my bolt every night when I get back to my truck. this target is great. I want to get the Pug version for keeping in my truck. Great targets and you can buy them on ebay cheaper than anywhere else. <---- At least mine was. They also come with a lifetime warranty.
 

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I have a Bulldog Doghouse XP. It's a little heavy to carry and keep in my truck but boy does it stop my 375 fps bolts. I have a cheaper crossbow that doesn't have a release so I have to shoot my bolt every night when I get back to my truck. this target is great. I want to get the Pug version for keeping in my truck. Great targets and you can buy them on ebay cheaper than anywhere else. <---- At least mine was. They also come with a lifetime warranty.
Can't you just leave it cocked. I don't have too much experience with crossbows, but my brother in law says his stays cocked all season until he shoots a deer. Just take the bolt off. He has had his Ten Point crossbow for about 10 years now.
 

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OK, sounds like you are set to go. I am planning to shoot my Rage Mechanicals for deer, they come with a non expandable head for target so you do not need a foam broad head target to practice. I also have some Wac-em fixed blades which I shot at the bow shop when I bought them Both broad heads shoot the same as my target points do.
 

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Leaving a crossbow cocked and transporting it in a moving vehicle is a recipe for disaster, if it were to go off there is the possibility of shrapnel flying around inside the vehicle. How does one practice f they only cock the bow once during the season. Very bad idea for several reasons.
 

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Talonracer, I was in the same boat, torn rotator cuff, tendon from bicep repair, two back surgeries and being on the back side of 71 years old, for the most part ended my bow hunting, even with a compound. Son talked me into getting a x-bow. What a difference, any practice I do is shoot one bolt, pick a different spot on target to shoot another. The good ones are tack drivers. Welcome to bowing hunting in the 21st century. I don't let the nay sayers brother me any, it's just a progression from long bows to recurves, to compound, to x-bows, and in my life time I've made that progression. Still like all the others but I just can't shoot any of them long enough to get comfortable taking any of them hunting.
 
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Thanks for the kind words guys, my original plan was to re-learn with a left handed bow. However even finding a left handed bow was a chore plus why bother beating the crap out of my "good" bicep tendon? Its gonna be fun hunting with a totally new weapon for sure.
 
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