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#5688644 - 04/07/15 01:44 PM Am I doing something wrong?
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Registered: 09/17/13
Posts: 180
So bought my crossbow and took it out to a 3D range over the weekend. Started it out at 10 yards. First bolt shoots way up in the air, probably about 2 feet above the target and lands on the wall, even though i had a shot shot through my scope. Second one goes into the target, and the third one is about 6 inches above target and also travels to the wall. It's my first time using any kind of bow. Would these very high shots just be a case of me not making sure the bolt was straight enough on the rail and locked in all the way? I did take about 10 more shots and they all hit the target. Some of those were from 20 yards away but those first couple of out of control shots really scared me. I'm taking it hunting soon and do not want a wild shot to happen again. Any advice would be great.

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#5688657 - 04/07/15 01:49 PM Re: Am I doing something wrong? [Re: JHOG]
dgilbert Offline
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You might want to take to a shop.

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#5688684 - 04/07/15 02:05 PM Re: Am I doing something wrong? [Re: JHOG]
JHOG Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 09/17/13
Posts: 180
That's what I was thinking. But it is brand new out of the box. Just didn't know.

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#5689260 - 04/07/15 08:44 PM Re: Am I doing something wrong? [Re: JHOG]
aerangis Offline
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Registered: 09/05/08
Posts: 715
Loc: Nunya
Taking a crossbow on a hunt without adequate time shooting it is absolutely rediculous wrong. The fact you haven't a clue why it's shooting the way it is or the ability to diagnose the issue makes it more so.

You, sir, are an accident waiting to happen. And it will happen. Sooner. Or later.

$20 bucks on the thumb. Any takers?

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#5689270 - 04/07/15 08:55 PM Re: Am I doing something wrong? [Re: aerangis]
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Natty Love

Registered: 09/22/11
Posts: 25961
Loc: Normangee/Navasota TX
Originally Posted By: aerangis
Taking a crossbow on a hunt without adequate time shooting it is absolutely rediculous wrong. The fact you haven't a clue why it's shooting the way it is or the ability to diagnose the issue makes it more so.

You, sir, are an accident waiting to happen. And it will happen. Sooner. Or later.

$20 bucks on the thumb. Any takers?


rolleyes
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#5689274 - 04/07/15 08:57 PM Re: Am I doing something wrong? [Re: JHOG]
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Natty Love

Registered: 09/22/11
Posts: 25961
Loc: Normangee/Navasota TX
Dude just go to a shop and get some practice in you'll be fine
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#5689306 - 04/07/15 09:08 PM Re: Am I doing something wrong? [Re: JHOG]
aerangis Offline
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I get it. You're the type that would give a firearm to someone who has no experience shooting it or familiarity with how it functions. Good for you.

Ask the bow techs at the Allen Cabelas how many accidents they've had with folks test driving crossbows.

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#5689347 - 04/07/15 09:23 PM Re: Am I doing something wrong? [Re: JHOG]
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Natty Love

Registered: 09/22/11
Posts: 25961
Loc: Normangee/Navasota TX
Sounds like Cabelas needs better employees.. Your really going to base your facts on what happend at a theme park of outdoors shopping stores... Cool hope you feel better .. He's not saying he's going without knowing what's wrong.. And even came on here to ask advise..

Maybe we should beat him with soap filled pillow cases too huh?
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#5689351 - 04/07/15 09:26 PM Re: Am I doing something wrong? [Re: JHOG]
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Natty Love

Registered: 09/22/11
Posts: 25961
Loc: Normangee/Navasota TX
Oh that brings up another point go to a real bow shop not walmart
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#5689408 - 04/07/15 09:52 PM Re: Am I doing something wrong? [Re: JHOG]
rjd Offline
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Registered: 11/22/06
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Loc: Mabank, TEXAS
Where are you located? What brand/model bow?

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#5689461 - 04/07/15 10:16 PM Re: Am I doing something wrong? [Re: Navasot]
aerangis Offline
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Registered: 09/05/08
Posts: 715
Loc: Nunya
Originally Posted By: Navasot
Sounds like Cabelas needs better employees.. Your really going to base your facts on what happend at a theme park of outdoors shopping stores... Cool hope you feel better .. He's not saying he's going without knowing what's wrong.. And even came on here to ask advise..

Maybe we should beat him with soap filled pillow cases too huh?


Yea, I'll feel much better. When unskilled or marginally skilled folks take the time to actually learn what the heck they're doing BEFORE they go hunting. And asking questions like the fella making the post is a good way to learn.

My facts are based on incidents reported to the federal consumer product safety commission and a civil complaint and discovery product Incidental to seeing someone with quite a few years of archery experience take the end of his thumb off.

Cabelas was referenced as an easy to verify resource. But it's happened at big box retailers, pro shops, and in the field.

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#5689469 - 04/07/15 10:21 PM Re: Am I doing something wrong? [Re: aerangis]
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Natty Love

Registered: 09/22/11
Posts: 25961
Loc: Normangee/Navasota TX
Still goin huh

yawn
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#5689477 - 04/07/15 10:23 PM Re: Am I doing something wrong? [Re: JHOG]
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T-Rex Arms

Registered: 09/24/10
Posts: 33685
Loc: Mansfield, Texas
Take it easy fellas...either offer advice to the OP or move on.

Originally Posted By: JHOG
So bought my crossbow and took it out to a 3D range over the weekend. Started it out at 10 yards. First bolt shoots way up in the air, probably about 2 feet above the target and lands on the wall, even though i had a shot shot through my scope. Second one goes into the target, and the third one is about 6 inches above target and also travels to the wall. It's my first time using any kind of bow. Would these very high shots just be a case of me not making sure the bolt was straight enough on the rail and locked in all the way? I did take about 10 more shots and they all hit the target. Some of those were from 20 yards away but those first couple of out of control shots really scared me. I'm taking it hunting soon and do not want a wild shot to happen again. Any advice would be great.


Jhog, definitly something wrong with your crossbow. I am not familiar enough with crossbows to tell you how to correct the problem.

I would take it into an actual bow shop and have them look at it. Also, see if they will give you a tutorial on how to use it and on how to address certain issues that might come up while in the field.

Practice, practice, practice. Know your limits and don't stretch beyond them. Pick a spot, aim small miss small. Shot placement with any archery equipment is critical.

Good luck on your hunt and get to a shop as soon as possible to see if they can correct your issue up
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#5689581 - 04/08/15 12:01 AM Re: Am I doing something wrong? [Re: JHOG]
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Registered: 08/23/11
Posts: 2849
Loc: Abilene
Well, don't let this jack@$$ get you down. If you don't have any experience with your equipment, I agree/suggest that you should go to a shop and have them look at it and give you some instruction on how to use it. After that, practice. Alot. We all have to start somewhere. I mean, how else are you going to learn?
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#5689776 - 04/08/15 08:17 AM Re: Am I doing something wrong? [Re: JHOG]
JHOG Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 09/17/13
Posts: 180
Thanks for the advice guys. Most of you were very helpful. I am going to practice much more before taking it out like always. I am all about safety first, am a seasoned hunter with many animals under my belt, but am just getting into archery. I will for sure take it back to Dicks were I bought it originally a couple months ago and have them look at it. Maybe it's me that did something wrong but like I said most of my shots were right on.

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