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Title: Time to up the practice..
Post by: [Blocked] on August 08, 2018, 08:30:14 AM
Its time to up the practice with the bow. Anyone else getting their practice in?
Title: Re: Time to up the practice..
Post by: [Blocked] on August 08, 2018, 08:38:22 AM
Started shooting every Tuesday evening for about an hour at the sportsmens club, before trap shooting gets started. Getting back into the groove after a couple months off wasn't too bad, focus is the key.  %^$^
Title: Re: Time to up the practice..
Post by: [Blocked] on August 08, 2018, 09:33:48 AM
Actually replaced the rest on my compound and have been shooting a bit. Would like to use that instead of the crossbow this fall. We'll see how the shoulder holds up.
Title: Re: Time to up the practice..
Post by: [Blocked] on August 08, 2018, 10:47:57 AM
yes sir. i've been rehabbing my shoulder for 6-7 weeks. shooting has been OK. i'm only getting 20-25 shot in though. trying not to over do it

here's a question. does anyone put anything on their handle to prevent slipping? in the summer heat, my palm sweats and it slips. for some reason it really bad this year. getting too old i guess @--0--0117 i think mole skin would be too thick?
Title: Re: Time to up the practice..
Post by: [Blocked] on August 08, 2018, 12:20:34 PM
I really don't need the practice as u guys know, I'm great at it --099-780 ##$%#114 ##$%#11
Title: Re: Time to up the practice..
Post by: [Blocked] on August 08, 2018, 12:50:54 PM
here's a question. does anyone put anything on their handle to prevent slipping? in the summer heat, my palm sweats and it slips. for some reason it really bad this year. getting too old i guess @--0--0117 i think mole skin would be too thick?

I do not use anything on the grip. I let the bow sit in the web of my hand and do not apply pressure with my palm.  My hand just naturally rests underneath the shelf. Never had a problem with slippage.   But every persons form is a little different.
Title: Re: Time to up the practice..
Post by: [Blocked] on August 08, 2018, 03:00:54 PM
and handgrips are different on each bow. Maybe try bike handlebar tape?
Title: Re: Time to up the practice..
Post by: [Blocked] on August 08, 2018, 03:01:37 PM
as we practice, lets post some target pics here to encourage everyone...
Title: Re: Time to up the practice..
Post by: [Blocked] on August 08, 2018, 06:15:08 PM
Yari, when I hunt I wear a lightweight camo glove on my bow hand with a little tackiness to it.  Started wearing it in practice too, partly for a more realistic practice and partly because of the sweat.  I generally don't hunt in hot weather but it definitely reduces the slipping and allows me to maintain a more normal and relaxed grip.
Title: Re: Time to up the practice..
Post by: [Blocked] on August 08, 2018, 06:38:14 PM
thx guys. I need to try something. i'm shooting well. just hand slipping and worried about the shoulder buckling. I must be getting old @--0--0100 --099-780
Title: Re: Time to up the practice..
Post by: [Blocked] on August 09, 2018, 06:16:23 AM
Shot my crossbow last week and things are still dialed in...I'd love to shoot my compound but my shoulder say...NO!!!  @--0--0105
Title: Re: Time to up the practice..
Post by: [Blocked] on August 09, 2018, 06:25:12 AM
Haven't started shooting yet. Actually, I haven't shot my bow in years as there was no need to in SC.  However, in OK we actually have a bow season opens Oct. 1 so our season opens a little later than you September opener guys.  I will start shooting next week I suppose.
Title: Re: Time to up the practice..
Post by: [Blocked] on August 09, 2018, 07:14:22 AM
HM - Pulled out my two Crossbows and the old PSE Mach Flite 4 and practice with them....I have a PSE Crossbow TAC15i that I love to shoot this time of the year...man is it fast...just like my Styker, you cannot see the arrow it is so fast...but the PSE TAC 15i is to darn big for the blind or ladder stand. Too bad because it is darn accurate and unbelievable fast.....

The Old late 80's PSE Mach Flite 4 (with overdraw) shoots 20" long arrows and it is slow (only about 260 FPS) even with those short arrows...LOL....but anyone that is getting older and hopefully wiser needs to shoot a compound bow even if you have to let it off quiet a bit of poundage, just in case during a hunt, your crossbow somehow breaks on you. You will need a back up.....but this old bow still gets the job done. Have to use alot of wax on the bow strings and had to replace the sting on it several time over the years.....

Also found a Block Target in the box unopened the other day in the Garage. Where did that come from?? Did I order it? OK Which one of your guys ordered it for me?.....it makes three targets that I now have....

But Yes have been practicing for about 2 weeks now...whenever the rain quits can get out there a lot more.....
Title: Re: Time to up the practice..
Post by: [Blocked] on August 09, 2018, 08:58:07 AM
I really don't need the practice as u guys know, I'm great at it --099-780 ##$%#114 ##$%#11

I don't mean to disagree with you DPD, but you stink with a bow  --099-780 I've been there and seen that.  ##$%#114 ##$%#114
Title: Re: Time to up the practice..
Post by: [Blocked] on August 09, 2018, 02:18:17 PM
bo- that must be the block i ordered. cabelas must have sent it to TN instead of WI @--0--0105
Title: Re: Time to up the practice..
Post by: [Blocked] on August 09, 2018, 06:58:30 PM
Yari - Thanks for the early Bday present... --099-780...I was in the external garage (EG) a few weeks ago and notice this box setting on top of my camo clothes, I kept in a scent free container....and wonder when did I ordered this stuff?? I am sure the guys in the club will like it...LOL...maybe I was going to do comparisons with the Morrell and the Block targets....oh yea, now I remember, wanted something small and portable to discharge the bow on to......I never dry fire the crossbow....never....

Thinking about getting a new Scope for it....humm....a Zeiss ??
Title: Re: Time to up the practice..
Post by: [Blocked] on August 09, 2018, 07:39:48 PM
bo- you are  @--0--0134. and happy early birthday
Title: Re: Time to up the practice..
Post by: [Blocked] on August 09, 2018, 08:56:02 PM
I really don't need the practice as u guys know, I'm great at it --099-780 ##$%#114 ##$%#11

I don't mean to disagree with you DPD, but you stink with a bow  --099-780 I've been there and seen that.  ##$%#114 ##$%#114
--099-780 --099-780 --099-780 --099-780 ##$%#114 ^^&&$%GT (*&^&%# --09--0 -0078 ##$%#113 %^$^
Title: Re: Time to up the practice..
Post by: [Blocked] on August 10, 2018, 07:37:18 AM
Bo - Are you hinting to yari to purchase a scope and "accidentally" send it to TN???  --099-780
Title: Re: Time to up the practice..
Post by: [Blocked] on August 12, 2018, 12:26:26 PM
yes sir. i've been rehabbing my shoulder for 6-7 weeks. shooting has been OK. i'm only getting 20-25 shot in though. trying not to over do it

here's a question. does anyone put anything on their handle to prevent slipping? in the summer heat, my palm sweats and it slips. for some reason it really bad this year. getting too old i guess @--0--0117 i think mole skin would be too thick?

I found some one tape for hockey stick blades. believe it or not, I remember I used this on my of Screaming and strike Eagle bows. I even found it where I thought it would be.  @--0--0118 it's a little sticky now, but will wear as I shoot. it was much better than slipping. thx all for jogging my memory
Title: Re: Time to up the practice..
Post by: [Blocked] on August 19, 2018, 07:42:46 PM
20 yards, aiming for the top bullseye

Still have room for improvement
Title: Re: Time to up the practice..
Post by: [Blocked] on August 19, 2018, 11:01:19 PM
A bit high except for the one flier, if you can figure out the cause of the flier the rest is just a matter of tweaking pins?  Because of some ongoing shoulder issues, in recent years I haven't been shooting as many arrows, focusing instead on "first shot" placement at random distances.  I'll set the target up and toss arrows in a few different places, then go to the shaft, estimate the distance, draw and hold for a bit like I'm waiting for a deer to step into the clear, and then shoot.  Might only take 12-15 shots in an outing (last year took very few).  I do some shooting off my deck to simulate an elevated stand, in that case I'm at more of a fixed range and will shoot a few groups, but again typically not too many draws for the sake of the old shoulder.  Keep at it MIB, practice makes perfect.
Title: Re: Time to up the practice..
Post by: [Blocked] on August 20, 2018, 10:29:28 AM
keep after it. i set my 40 yard pin this weekend. unfortunately, that's all the room i have. i wish i could go 70-80. it sure tightens the groups

i'm 26 days from the WI opener. i'll head up this weekend and check cams, fertilize and get stands prepped. hopefully there is a toad to go after
Title: Re: Time to up the practice..
Post by: [Blocked] on August 21, 2018, 10:12:35 AM
Here is my first 3 arrows for today. Im still on 25 yards but will be moving up to 30 today.
Title: Re: Time to up the practice..
Post by: [Blocked] on August 21, 2018, 10:55:03 AM
nice shooting HM. do you guys like shooting single spots? at $10-$15 and arrow, that can get expensive. once i get out to 40, i'll shoot a single spot

i had my first nice 40 yard round this AM. 5 for 5 in a fist sized group. prior to that, i've been sending 1 or 2 shots per round off the mark. with limited time in the AM before work, i haven't taken any pics. the next afternoon i shoot, i'll post. it's been too hot in the afternoons around here lately. but losing 3 minutes/day of light will force me to shoot after work pretty soon.

shoot straight!
Title: Re: Time to up the practice..
Post by: [Blocked] on August 21, 2018, 11:08:17 AM
I shoot in 3 arrow cycles (shoot 3, rest for 5 or 10, shoot again). when I am still dialing in, I will shoot one spot. Once I start getting close, like the pic above, I will move to different spots.
Title: Re: Time to up the practice..
Post by: [Blocked] on August 21, 2018, 01:34:25 PM
I've been focussing more on form and working around my shoulder pain.   The groups will tighten up if I can work through that.

If not, there is still the crossbow. LOL
Title: Re: Time to up the practice..
Post by: [Blocked] on August 25, 2018, 09:11:20 AM
I need too.
Title: Re: Time to up the practice..
Post by: [Blocked] on August 28, 2018, 08:42:03 PM
Yari - When I first got the PSE-TAC15i, I thought to myself, Wow, what kind of wicked weapon do I have hear. After ordering it took me two years before it finally came in...and having shot it about 75 times over the year, I can tell you that this bow is a wicked weapon, holy smokes...but it is not practical for the woods. For the range yes it probably would out shoot most high powered rifle shooters, using high powered rifles while I would use the TAC15i, man it is deadly and wicked!! After shooting it a few times, I knew this was a too heavy and to long for the woods...even with a Caldwell Field Pod....

About 3 years ago, bought a smaller and almost as fast as the PSE was a Styker Solutions LS....unbeknownst to me at the time of my purchased, went back to the local shop 4 time and shot it three times before I finally purchased it....that Split Toe had purchased a Styker Katrina the year before I purchased mine. Think I miss the entire Archery season due to all my knee surgeries! and did not realize that he had purchased it....but once we started comparing them last year, we both laughed and said that  they were good crossbows....

I have shot mine already this year one day probably around 20 times.....so need to shoot it once a week until I head south for the archery season, and maybe can use it for the black power or muzzle loader season as well??...humm....something to think about....

But yes I am getting there...slowly but surely....



Title: Re: Time to up the practice..
Post by: [Blocked] on August 29, 2018, 07:54:44 AM
I was shooting last night.  I am fine at 20, 30 and 40 but forget 50.  But that's OK here in GA its too think any way for distance shooting.  We do not have any bean fields.  Yet.  How about Split Toe  --099-780  Just one really big bean field for some long range  --09--0
Title: Re: Time to up the practice..
Post by: [Blocked] on August 29, 2018, 09:50:50 AM
I frequently practice in my basement at only a couple yards.

My dad, who competed on a pro level, used to tell me that if you can hit a spot at 5 yards you should be able to hit one at 60.  Aiming and form are exactly the same regardless of distence.

True, but it's hard to overcome the mental aspect of distence.

Much like everything in life we tend to overcomicate it by overthinking every aspect of it.
Title: Re: Time to up the practice..
Post by: [Blocked] on August 29, 2018, 07:23:56 PM
Too hot.

If weather breaks over the holiday I will sight in the crossbow.
Title: Re: Time to up the practice..
Post by: [Blocked] on October 06, 2018, 04:43:47 PM
Still a bit on the warm side for deer hunting, but as of this afternoon I think I can say my equipment is ready.  Did some shooting with the X-bow and compound earlier this afternoon, and both are in pretty good shape.  Even though I don't think I'd try this shot on a deer, I was getting inch and a half groups (3 bolts) at 50 yards with the X-bow - I don't dare shoot at the same bull up close, but probably would have them all touching at 25 which is about the max shot I'll have in my normal stands.  It's kind of cool pulling the trigger at 50 yards though, watching the bolt quickly disappear from the scope and then drop back into the field of view and into the bullseye a second or two later.  With my compound I'm generally producing 2" groups at 25 yards - not as good as I should be capable of but have been babying the shoulder for the last couple of years and just don't shoot as much as I should.  When we do get some cooler weather I'll need to flip a coin to see which one to take.  If I go out in the morning before daylight I'll probably take the compound since it's a bit easier to get through the woods & brush with.  There's no doubt the Xbow is a more capable weapon but I'm just not ready to retire the vertical bow yet - seems like I'm giving in to my age when I do that, probably won't be long.  Shoulder actually felt pretty good though, so maybe I can dedicate more time to it and get back to where I used to be.  Screwed up my hand two years ago (fully recovered from that) and shoulder was a mess last year, so it's been about 3 years since I did the kind of practice that I really need.  Good luck to y'all, send me some cooler weather if you got any.
Title: Re: Time to up the practice..
Post by: [Blocked] on October 07, 2018, 02:09:42 PM
mad- you sound like me. aches and pains all over. i'm doing a new exercise for a reoccurring rib issue now. i'm still vertical though. good luck