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Author Topic: Crossbow Target  (Read 5002 times)

Offline Bearclaw

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Crossbow Target
« on: January 08, 2012, 06:25:57 AM »
Might be a foolish quesiton but do you need a special target to shoot crossbows at? Both practice or 3-D? Thanks!
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Re: Crossbow Target
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2012, 06:56:10 AM »
Although they make them I have always used my archery targets.  If you use a 3-D be sure to have it firmly secured.  I knocks mine over when I shot it from close range the first time.
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Offline Bearclaw

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Re: Crossbow Target
« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2012, 07:57:21 AM »
Another question (I just bought this used crossbow from my ex-father-in-law) can you use any scope on it?
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Re: Crossbow Target
« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2012, 11:17:01 AM »
How old is the crossbow?  You may prefer to use on by that same manufacturer as the bow but now most crossbows are firing 300+ FPS and the accuracy is dead on.  On an older crossbow, it may not be firing as quick and causing the bolt to drop faster and therefore may not work well with a newer scope.
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Re: Crossbow Target
« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2012, 03:02:46 PM »
Check out the American Whitetail Inc. website!!   They have some great targets!!     
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Re: Crossbow Target
« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2012, 03:36:26 PM »
Although they make them I have always used my archery targets.  If you use a 3-D be sure to have it firmly secured.  I knocks mine over when I shot it from close range the first time.
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Re: Crossbow Target
« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2012, 07:13:37 AM »


they do make crossbow scopes just for them!

i use my reg target for my crossbow does ok...
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Re: Crossbow Target
« Reply #7 on: February 09, 2012, 11:21:05 PM »
Well, targets lacking the backdrop of a hillside or rise in the ground also need a 20-yard safety zone behind the target base.

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Re: Crossbow Target
« Reply #9 on: February 25, 2012, 11:43:37 AM »
Most targets will hold up ok, but the impact will be a little heavier, so you have to be prepared to tear it up faster or knock it over a lot like BP said. As long as you can mount the scope to it you can use it, but you want to consider there is a lot of "snap" and vibration it will take. But I don't think the jolt would be any worse than a typical rifle so shouldn't beat the scope up bad. I would think an inexpensive red dot or fixed 4 power would work well on an older CB just fine.
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Re: Crossbow Target
« Reply #10 on: August 31, 2012, 12:46:23 PM »
I agree, most targets will hold up to the riggors of crossbow shooting but I would suggest that you pay a little extra and get the layered fiber targets instead of the styrefoam types. They last longer and the bolt penetration is good but won't damage the fletches or feathers with penetration. As far as a scope if your eyes are good or your prescription glasses are right might I suggest an Aimpoint or Red Dot instead of a scope.  Both of these will give you a little red dot (internally) to put on your target and are very accurate and easy to set up and use. Benefits are they add very little weight to you crossbow. They also allow you to leave both eyes open when shooting, THIS IS GOOD FOR THE AFTER THE SHOT MOMENT. Also they will not magnify the target which will give you a better idea of shot placement and will keep you in check with the distances that you attemp to shoot. Some think it is okay to take longer shots because they have a crossbow with a scope but the ethical thing to do when bow or crossbow hunting is to get as close as possible to your target.

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Re: Crossbow Target
« Reply #11 on: August 31, 2012, 07:46:14 PM »
most any target will work, however like "they" said those not designed for it will get tore up pretty quick...and the arrows might be harder to pull out of them...scopes on the other hand are not one size fits all...rifle scopes are designed to absorb rearward forces...crossbows like any bow exert a forward force...and need a scope designed for that type of force...the red dot types are sometimes labled for CB use or just get one that is designed specifically for the CB...save ya a bunch of head aches in the long run...trust me on this...been there done that, ruined a very nice rifle scope...

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Re: Crossbow Target
« Reply #12 on: September 03, 2012, 03:17:12 PM »
any good archery target should work, but get a scope made for a crossbow. A regular rifle scope will not hold up well
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