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dry fire crossbow?

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by mikeinmich, Sep 29, 2011.

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  1. mikeinmich

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    Pretty sure I watched an outdoor show on TV a few weeks ago where they intentionally dry fired an Excalibur crossbow. Or at least uncocked it without firing a bolt. Anyone else see this?
     
  2. MisterHappy

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    I'd say that it's a poor idea.....
     
  3. billyboy07208

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    probably to demonstrate its strength,but i wouldnt do it with any bow,if the string breaks it makes a helluva loud noise,and some thing may break.
     
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    Wouldn't want to be around when it blew up, and you catch a limb or part of the string in your face.
     
  5. Bill Hom

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    It is a commercial to show the strength of their recurve prod crossbow to shed a dark light on compound crossbows - stating theirs will hold up and compound type will blow up. As an archery pro shop - dealer, I find very little truth in advertising especially about speed. Bill Hom
     
  6. mikeinmich

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    Right on Bill..........I saw the commercial again today. I was with a guy a couple weeks ago who was shooting an Excalibur and his string whipped off when he tried to fire a bolt!! Maybe they're safer to dryfire...........
     
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    Bill Hom--I have found that in order to achieve anything close to the advertised IBO speed ratings of most all of todays bows, it requires an arrow of such light grain that your are virtually dry firing it. My buddy owns an archery shop and we tinkered with this a few evenings just see how close we could come. Only a few were we able to actually reach advertised speeds and the bows became very noisy shooting the poundage and arrow weight required to do so.
     
  8. hrosik123

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    grntitan, no matter how light the arrow you are still transfering the stored energy from the limbs to the arrow. If it shoots via the string method I would never dry fire. Scards of carbon fiber or what ever material the limbs are made of can really mame or kill.
     
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