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Bulldog 380 thru chrono

Postby GROOTSKY » Thu Mar 09, 2017 2:37 pm

Has anyone run the Bulldog 380 through a chronograph yet? Most results with the Bulldog 400 seem to put speeds a bit above the Matrix 380 speeds. I'm wondering if the 380 Bulldogs speed will be somewhere around the speeds of the 350-355 Matrix bows.
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Re: Bulldog 380 thru chrono

Postby SEW » Sat Mar 11, 2017 8:55 am

I'm curious about the actual sales of the BD380 vs the other enticing Excal offerings. Have any of the forum users purchased one? I also wonder what the actual speed difference is between the M350SE/LE and the BD380.
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Re: Bulldog 380 thru chrono

Postby GROOTSKY » Sat Mar 11, 2017 10:44 am

I just purchased one after struggling to decide between it and the Matrix 380. I know that I am giving up some speed but the Bulldog just had a lighter/smaller feel about it compared to the Matrix. My last bow was an Axiom so either way it was a big step up for me.

I hope to spend more time chasing moose & elk this fall so it took a bit to get over my bias of looking for more speed, even though my little Axiom was able to shoot my stock firebolt through a small buck and I heard the arrow exit thru the trees never to be found. That being said I'm still hoping the Bulldog has decent speed.
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Re: Bulldog 380 thru chrono

Postby Big John » Sat Mar 11, 2017 8:32 pm

I have a Bulldog 380. :)
I find it handles and shoots amazing. Although it hasn't been through a chrono yet. I do have my scope set for 350 fps or so, and shooting beauty, with 400gr arrows. So I'm guessing 355 to 360 FPS max with 400gr, arrows.
I never shoot 350 gr so cant say anything about advertised FPS. Give me another month or so and I will have enough data on this bow from my own tests to write a book. Or just add to the book I have already. :wink:

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Re: Bulldog 380 thru chrono

Postby SEW » Sat Mar 11, 2017 10:40 pm

Big John wrote:I think you got an indestructible bow there!!! 8)


I agree with Big John : I bet it's likelihood of ever breaking a limb is a little below zero. My BD400 seems so docile compared to my M405. The limb mounting geometry gives the Xbow a more relaxed feel.
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Re: Bulldog 380 thru chrono

Postby NEPAbowhunter » Sun Mar 12, 2017 9:47 am

I have a Bulldog 380. It is faster than my 355. It is also the same size as my 355. It is very well balanced in the hand, and it actually feels lighter than the 355. I put a Hawke XB30 on top and dialed it in with a factory string and it is deadly accurate. Factory trigger is not bad, but it is no Trigger Tech. It should perform great in my neck of the woods come October and November. I have all spring and summer to get very familiar with it. :D
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Re: Bulldog 380 thru chrono

Postby Square_hammer » Sun Mar 12, 2017 10:08 am

Nice looking bow NEPA. How do you like the vertical front grip?
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Re: Bulldog 380 thru chrono

Postby NEPAbowhunter » Sun Mar 12, 2017 11:20 am

Square_hammer wrote:Nice looking bow NEPA. How do you like the vertical front grip?

I love it. I do not shoot offhand without it. For bench shooting I take it off and attach a bipod.
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Re: Bulldog 380 thru chrono

Postby GROOTSKY » Tue Mar 14, 2017 3:15 pm

NEPA, how would you compare the Bulldog trigger to the stock Matrix?
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Re: Bulldog 380 thru chrono

Postby NEPAbowhunter » Wed Mar 15, 2017 2:08 pm

My stock trigger did not last long in my 355. I just had to try a trigger tech. Got the two stage and it was night and day. The bulldog trigger is not bad, I can live with it. But knowing how good a trigger tech is it is going to be tough not putting one in. Maybe later in the year when funds are better.
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Re: Bulldog 380 thru chrono

Postby GROOTSKY » Wed Mar 15, 2017 2:33 pm

Do you know if the current trigger tech triggers are compatible with the Bulldog bows?
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Re: Bulldog 380 thru chrono

Postby NEPAbowhunter » Wed Mar 15, 2017 5:59 pm

Every thing I have been reading on this forum says they work fine in the bulldogs. You should not have a problem. Took a pic of the trigger area when I first got the bow. The long silver standoff is for the stock screw. Looks simple enough to swap out. If you do it let us know what you think. I believe Excalibur will also rework your trigger for you if your not happy with it.
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Re: Bulldog 380 thru chrono

Postby mchurch » Wed Mar 15, 2017 6:24 pm

I have a trigger tech trigger in my bulldog 400
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Re: Bulldog 380 thru chrono

Postby SEW » Wed Mar 15, 2017 9:49 pm

mchurch wrote:I have a trigger tech trigger in my bulldog 400


I do also. I like the overall feel. The linkage is no problem for me. However, I understand that Excal will rework your trigger, Boo reworks some triggers, the trigger itself will get smoother with a few hundred shots, and TT exists. I have TT in my 380,400,405 Excals. I may get a 350SE/LE to go with my Aging stock. If so, I'll ask Boo to rework the trigger.

PS That dealer who said to get a BD380 vs the 400 may very well be correct for your situation. For me, I prefer the 400 but bet the 380 is a very sweet cocking and shooting Xbow.
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