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245 fps Crossbow/ Does it have the power? #5320316 09/22/14 06:38 PM
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I just purchased a Barnett crossbow that shoots 245 fps. My wife will be hunting with it. Will it be adequate enough to kill a big buck at 25-30 yards? And what type of broadhead should I use with this "slower" shooting crossbow?

Re: 245 fps Crossbow/ Does it have the power? [Re: Hunter Daddy] #5320337 09/22/14 07:00 PM
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noise is going to be the issue, crossbows are inherently loud

I would keep shots at around 20, use a good cut on contact broadhead.

Re: 245 fps Crossbow/ Does it have the power? [Re: Hunter Daddy] #5320371 09/22/14 07:23 PM
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It will be fine.


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Re: 245 fps Crossbow/ Does it have the power? [Re: Hunter Daddy] #5320376 09/22/14 07:25 PM
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Ted Nugent kills Deer at 40 yards with 45lb draw that's less then 245 fps..Im sure your wife aint no Ted Nugent no pun intended but I think she will be fine. Keep your distance short and aim small miss small.

Re: 245 fps Crossbow/ Does it have the power? [Re: Hunter Daddy] #5320452 09/22/14 08:11 PM
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Concur with all the above. You don't need 400 fps to kill a deer.

Re: 245 fps Crossbow/ Does it have the power? [Re: Aaron12] #5320668 09/22/14 10:22 PM
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Ted Nugent kills Deer at 40 yards with 45lb draw that's less then 245 fps..Im sure your wife aint no Ted Nugent no pun intended but I think she will be fine. Keep your distance short and aim small miss small.
I agree. If it's accurate, and the bolt/head you're shooting meets the minimum weight for your crossbow (check the fine print), you should be good to at least 25 yards. Beyond that, a slower bolt is going to give the deer more time to jump the string. If possible, try to wait for a good broadside shot on a calm deer. I think you're in business.


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Re: 245 fps Crossbow/ Does it have the power? [Re: Hunter Daddy] #5320745 09/22/14 11:01 PM
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245 FPS is plenty with the right arrow or bolt in this case. We killed deer and elk in the early - mid 80's with bows that weren't close to that speed. Accurate shooting with a good understanding of shot placement will be the key, but then it's the key if your shooting 300 FPS too.


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Re: 245 fps Crossbow/ Does it have the power? [Re: Hunter Daddy] #5320939 09/23/14 12:34 AM
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That should be fine with a good broadhead.....I'd avoid a mechanical broadhead to stay on the safe side.

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Originally Posted By: 7ARanch
245 FPS is plenty with the right arrow or bolt in this case. We killed deer and elk in the early - mid 80's with bows that weren't close to that speed. Accurate shooting with a good understanding of shot placement will be the key, but then it's the key if your shooting 300 FPS too.
And before that it was 180 FPS recurves...


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The Hoyt I killed my first pig, doe and buck struggled to do 230 at 42lbs... Shoot for the lungs

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Just shoot when you have a good shot. If the deer is jumpy and looks nervous I wouldn't take the shot. Like said above, if it's accurate then it should be fine. Hopefully it's not too loud. Shoot for lungs.

I wish I could get my wife to hunt!!!

Let us know how it goes.

245fps at 30yards will take about .367sec.

325fps at 40yards will take about .369sec.

So shooting 30yards with yours should be fine.





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If you can kill a deer with a 165fps selfbow...a 200 something fps crossbow outta do it.

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Originally Posted By: 4dog
If you can kill a deer with a 165fps selfbow...a 200 something fps crossbow outta do it.
without diving deep into the subject of science and debate, be aware that simply comparing velocity of one bow to another [in this case a crossbow and a traditional bow] is not an apes to apples comparison and is unrelated to how well they perform in terms of terminal ballistics on a given animal.

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Originally Posted By: JThoele
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If you can kill a deer with a 165fps selfbow...a 200 something fps crossbow outta do it.
without diving deep into the subject of science and debate, be aware that simply comparing velocity of one bow to another [in this case a crossbow and a traditional bow] is not an apes to apples comparison and is unrelated to how well they perform in terms of terminal ballistics on a given animal.


If arrow weight is similar. please explain how the comparison is not relavent.

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If you can kill a deer with a 165fps selfbow...a 200 something fps crossbow outta do it.
without diving deep into the subject of science and debate, be aware that simply comparing velocity of one bow to another [in this case a crossbow and a traditional bow] is not an apes to apples comparison and is unrelated to how well they perform in terms of terminal ballistics on a given animal.


If arrow weight is similar. please explain how the comparison is not relavent.

I'm sure his bow has enough KE to put the animal in shock...


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If you can kill a deer with a 165fps selfbow...a 200 something fps crossbow outta do it.
without diving deep into the subject of science and debate, be aware that simply comparing velocity of one bow to another [in this case a crossbow and a traditional bow] is not an apes to apples comparison and is unrelated to how well they perform in terms of terminal ballistics on a given animal.


If arrow weight is similar. please explain how the comparison is not relavent.


Because I was basing it on arrow weight NOT being equal. Average crossbow bolt is usually much lighter than an average traditional bow arrow weight.

Re: 245 fps Crossbow/ Does it have the power? [Re: Hunter Daddy] #5328655 09/27/14 03:47 AM
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To kill a deer ethically you need at least 25lbs kinetic energy.
Yours will have more than enough at 30 yards.






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Man....yer thinkin too hard...im going hunting!!!!!

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Re: 245 fps Crossbow/ Does it have the power? [Re: Hunter Daddy] #5501665 12/27/14 09:42 AM
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considering bolt weight, that's a lot of kinetic energy on the move

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