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If you could share one tip to be more accurate, it woulde be

Post by Andre Leblanc » Wed Jul 18, 2007 8:11 pm

In my 20 years in the Air Force, the one way we would minimize repeated errors and significantly increase the learning curve, would be by sharing lessons learned. It's amazing how one can learn from others experiences, good and bad. I am very new to crossbow, hence, I want to learn from you old farts (it's ok my wife calls me a dinosaur). If everyone could think of thier 3 best tips that would make a xbow archer better and share it with the family (that's us), it would be much appreciated. Merci.
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Post by diesel » Wed Jul 18, 2007 8:37 pm

Sorry @ 42 I do not think of my self as old.
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Post by M&M » Wed Jul 18, 2007 8:49 pm

when shooting at deer, follow thru.... by this I mean keep your sights or scope on target after you have pulled the trigger try to see the arrow hit the target through the scope, try to avoid the mistake of dropping the bow down to quickly to see the reaction of the deer because in doing this you can obviously pull your shot off target, I have done it and I am sure many others have too. so when I have a shot at a deer I am allways reminding myself stay on target and follow thru. M&M

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Post by Pydpiper » Wed Jul 18, 2007 8:57 pm

This was about accuracy right?

I vote for consistent arrows, I make my own and do so in a very picky way. :D

If I was allowed 2 votes I would say keeping an eye on brace height and keeping the bow maintained. That was three, buy hey, I am on a roll..

know your limits, practice often and not just on the nice days, take the bow out in the rain/wind/snow and shoot from every distance you are comfortable with. You will be ready for the bad days and an outstanding shot on the good ones.

Be consistent, in your stance and in the way you hold your crossbow.
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Post by wabi » Wed Jul 18, 2007 9:05 pm

For accuracy I'd go along with the follow through as the most important thing to remember. Longbow, compound, or crossbow if you don't develop the habit of following through you will never gain consist accuracy. With the crossbow I like to keep the crosshair on the target until the arrow hits.

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Post by sumner4991 » Wed Jul 18, 2007 9:19 pm

My top 5 accuracy issues . . .

1. Projectile consistancy
2. Bow maintance
3. Breathing technique
4. Proper trigger pull/squeeze
5. Follow-through
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Post by TPM » Wed Jul 18, 2007 9:35 pm

1) Trigger control
2) Trigger control
3) Trigger control

This includes breathing, proper grip and squeeze. In the time that I've spent coaching rifle shooters bad trigger control was the number detrement to consistant shooting. You can tweak and modify your equipment all you want but if your shooting technique is off it's all for nothing. It's impossible to critique yourself. You need some one qualified to watch your every move and give you feedback.
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Post by Woody Williams » Wed Jul 18, 2007 9:41 pm

What M & M said...
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Post by Grizzly Adam » Wed Jul 18, 2007 9:46 pm

Since you limited us to our "Top Three," I'll play by the rules:


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Post by Rich » Wed Jul 18, 2007 9:50 pm

1. Number your bolts with a permanent marker, I just write on the vane.

2. Weed out your bad bolts, I have drove myself crazy trying to figure out why I couldn't shoot consistent groups when I had a bad bolt or 2 in the mix.

3. I shot one bolt through the entire shooting session, a lot more walking back and forth but it's easier sighting in.

4. I use my best shooting bolts for my hunting arrows, I also shoot each bolt with a broadhead and weed out the bad ones.


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Post by Andre Leblanc » Thu Jul 19, 2007 5:51 am

True diesel, at 42 you're not old, inputs from farts of all ages is good. I know I said top three but if you have more tips just keep them comming, we will all learn from them; and more importantly, I did seem to put the focus on accuracy, but if you have hunting tips from transportation to maintenance, then please share them.
Thanks again, I 'm sure this will help many.

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Post by bait pile willie » Thu Jul 19, 2007 7:59 am

I feel yardage estimation is the most important part of crossbow shooting.the arrow starts to drop when it leaves the bow.a few yds off makes a big difference.shoot as many 3-d shoots as you can,this will show you how good you realy are.buy a range finder you can afford,I dont think a bow hunter should be without one.practise shooting up and down hill steep angles.

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Post by Shakky » Thu Jul 19, 2007 8:19 am

[quote="Pydpiper"]This was about accuracy right?

I vote for consistent arrows,

Same here. Weigh your arrows and try each one to see if they all fly true. You may be surprised.

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Post by swiftfox » Thu Jul 19, 2007 8:34 am

Andre It's ok to be a dinosaur. I qualify for dinosaurett status.

My three are 1. be comfortable with the bow you are shooting

2. Know your own ability and limitations

3. Have fun at what your are doing cause that is the most important part.

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Post by crazyfarmer » Thu Jul 19, 2007 8:35 am

1: Let the small bucks or first deer you see go. 9 times out of 10 the bigger buck is 5-10mins behind!

2: Expect the UNEXPECTED! Never go hunting and expect a deer to walk a certain path. About 80% of the time, deer come in from behind your tree or from a direction you havent even thought of taking a shot from. You can practice all you want at home(which does help), but once in the woods its a different ball game

3: Set limits! Its no reason you cant get a deer within 30 yards sooner or later. Move tree stands if you have to get closer. In the early season deer move the same paths over and over. Dont risk a 50 yard shot when you could get within 20 yards tomorrow. To me its more thrill to have a deer 5-10 yards than taking a shot on something 30+ :lol:

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