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Deer Hunting

Crossbow broadheads

Uploaded on November 30, 2009

I have an old football injury to my shoulder and just bought a crossbow for hunting. The 100 gram broadheads do not have a very effective shooting distance and the arrow looses its speed very quickly. Do they make a lighter broadhead that flies farther? This thing looks like a rainbow when I pull the trigger.

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from shane wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

I wouldn't really want to go smaller than a 100 grain head for big game. I would look for lighter arrows.

Maybe your expectations are too high. How does it compare to a modern compound? Legal crossbows are as fast as modern compounds at best. A little slower usually.

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

I think 85 gr. heads are adequate for whitetails. I personally use 100s but know guys who use 85s for a little extra speed. Crossbows don't increase your range much if any over compounds. Limit you shots to the effective range, most likely less than 40 yds tops.

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from hjohn429 wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

Your X-bow won't shoot any flatter than a regular compound. It will only be good out to about 40 yards. It's probably shootin' fine. It just takes some gettin' used to.

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from gatorb8t wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

Stay with that weight,to help with the flight.go to your local hardware store and purchase a supply of O-rings just big enough to fit over the shaft of your broad heads,as you screw the broad head into the bolt align the blades w/the vanes when they are aligned correctly your bolts should fly just like a field tip assuming your bolts are the correct size and balanced.The rest is just learning the effective distance and lot's of practice.
My Excalibur/Phoenix @175lbs with 20inch bolts topped w/100Gr.Sonic Pro Broadheads made by Amer.Broadhead Co. has an effective range "that I will shoot out to 45yrds.@319 f.p.s." If you spend enough time shooting,you will become guite the shot.
Best of luck!

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from sterndixon wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

I swapped out my 100 grain muzzys for 125s and found that they quieted the bow down and with very little added drop. They also put a bigger hole in the deer which means less tracking, less stress on the meat. I took four deer with a Horton Legend 175 this year and all were within 20 yards. If that's your scenario, go with the biggest broadhead you can handle.

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from sam colt wrote 4 years 9 weeks ago

i shoot 125gr but my Crossbow shotos 300fps you might not have enough bow to kill at he distance you want try a bigger bow and shorter distance.

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from Big O wrote 4 years 9 weeks ago

I'm going to try Rage's this year. BIG hole's. Just ask Del !

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from outrunner13 wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

fist you need to see what the malf recommends for broadhead wi most say 125 grs then the min arrow wi and go from there

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from whitetailfreek wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

To achieve more weight front of center, you should really go with a 125 grain broadhead for your crossbow. Being that bolts are shorter, its harder to get more weight front of center, unless you go with a 125 grain broadhead.

I would not go less then 100 grains. Like others have said, keep your shots within 40 yards. PA just legalized crossbows last year to everyone, and for some reason a lot of people think you can shoot out to 80 yards with these things. You may be able to accurately at that range, but ethically you will only have a wounded deer, that you will never find.

I am not saying you are one of these people, but gravity will always be the bane of archers until they make laser arrows.

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from Big O wrote 4 years 9 weeks ago

I'm going to try Rage's this year. BIG hole's. Just ask Del !

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from outrunner13 wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

fist you need to see what the malf recommends for broadhead wi most say 125 grs then the min arrow wi and go from there

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from shane wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

I wouldn't really want to go smaller than a 100 grain head for big game. I would look for lighter arrows.

Maybe your expectations are too high. How does it compare to a modern compound? Legal crossbows are as fast as modern compounds at best. A little slower usually.

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

I think 85 gr. heads are adequate for whitetails. I personally use 100s but know guys who use 85s for a little extra speed. Crossbows don't increase your range much if any over compounds. Limit you shots to the effective range, most likely less than 40 yds tops.

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from hjohn429 wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

Your X-bow won't shoot any flatter than a regular compound. It will only be good out to about 40 yards. It's probably shootin' fine. It just takes some gettin' used to.

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from gatorb8t wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

Stay with that weight,to help with the flight.go to your local hardware store and purchase a supply of O-rings just big enough to fit over the shaft of your broad heads,as you screw the broad head into the bolt align the blades w/the vanes when they are aligned correctly your bolts should fly just like a field tip assuming your bolts are the correct size and balanced.The rest is just learning the effective distance and lot's of practice.
My Excalibur/Phoenix @175lbs with 20inch bolts topped w/100Gr.Sonic Pro Broadheads made by Amer.Broadhead Co. has an effective range "that I will shoot out to 45yrds.@319 f.p.s." If you spend enough time shooting,you will become guite the shot.
Best of luck!

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from sterndixon wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

I swapped out my 100 grain muzzys for 125s and found that they quieted the bow down and with very little added drop. They also put a bigger hole in the deer which means less tracking, less stress on the meat. I took four deer with a Horton Legend 175 this year and all were within 20 yards. If that's your scenario, go with the biggest broadhead you can handle.

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from sam colt wrote 4 years 9 weeks ago

i shoot 125gr but my Crossbow shotos 300fps you might not have enough bow to kill at he distance you want try a bigger bow and shorter distance.

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from whitetailfreek wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

To achieve more weight front of center, you should really go with a 125 grain broadhead for your crossbow. Being that bolts are shorter, its harder to get more weight front of center, unless you go with a 125 grain broadhead.

I would not go less then 100 grains. Like others have said, keep your shots within 40 yards. PA just legalized crossbows last year to everyone, and for some reason a lot of people think you can shoot out to 80 yards with these things. You may be able to accurately at that range, but ethically you will only have a wounded deer, that you will never find.

I am not saying you are one of these people, but gravity will always be the bane of archers until they make laser arrows.

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