Speaking of scopes, they’re another major crossbow advantage. Most crossbow optics have a graduated reticle with aiming points for multiple distances, and a power ring that adjusts the distances between those points for various crossbow speeds. Once you get everything dialed in, all you have to do is range the target, put the appropriate dot on it, squeeze the trigger, and fully expect to hit where you want, even at longer ranges. That’s why my personal effective hunting range with a crossbow is at least 20 yards farther than it is with a compound. Every bowhunter I know who has used both tools and is being honest will tell you the same thing, or very nearly so.