Crossbows are one of the most useful hunting tools available. They’re simple to operate, are quite effective, and their bolts can often be reused after a hunt. Unfortunately, many survivalists new to crossbow hunting may end up purchasing a crossbow that doesn’t adequately fit their needs. That’s why we’ve decided to write a guide on the subject. A crossbow guide that will help everyone purchase the best crossbow for their needs. So, let’s get started with the different types of crossbows available and then work from that point onward.
Choosing A Crossbow Type
The first step in choosing the best crossbow for you is to choose a crossbow that fits your needs. For the purpose of this guide, crossbows are available in three different types. There are Compound Crossbows, Recurve Crossbows, and Reverse Limb Crossbows. Let’s examine each of these individually.
A compound crossbow uses pulleys or cams to draw the strig up and this allows for the release of the maximum amount of pent-up energy when the crossbow is fired. It also means that the crossbow has a reduced draw weight, so it’s easier for the user to cock it for use. Another advantage that a compound bow has is that it requires less space than a recurve crossbow because it has shorter limbs. That makes it easier to navigate in tighter areas where the hunter wants to remain camouflaged by natural foliage.
One of the main disadvantages of a compound crossbow is that they tend to feel front-heavy. That’s because all of the operating mechanisms are located in the front of the crossbow. This might be a big concern for some hunters or survivalist who need to be able to pull up their crossbow quickly to fire it. It may also make it difficult for some hunters to use for extended periods if they aren’t using a stump or some other natural feature as a base to keep the crossbow steady and take the pressure off of their arms.
Another disadvantage that compound crossbows have is that they can be difficult to restring when the string breaks. This usually requires the user to have the skill, and a bow press, to replace the string or take it to an authorized crossbow repair shop. And finally, the last thing that we’d like to say about compound crossbows is that they tend to be louder than other types of bows when they’re released.
Most experienced crossbow hunters suggest that people who are new to the sport of crossbow hunting use a recurve crossbow. And there are a variety of reasons why that’s so. Recurve crossbows tend to be lighter, making it easier to not only carry into the field but also aiming and shooting it at prey, too. These crossbows also tend to cost less than compound crossbows and are significantly quieter when they’re fired. And the last advantage of using one of these crossbows is that they don’t require a lot of maintenance to keep them in good working condition.
Of course, that’s not to say that recurve crossbows don’t have their disadvantages as well. One of the main drawbacks of these crossbows is that they tend to be harder to cock than compound crossbows. Some beginning hunters compensate for this particular flaw by using a rope cocker on their crossbow, as these devices make it easier to draw back the crossbow. As we stated in the compound crossbow section, recurve crossbows have longer limbs than other bows, so these crossbows can be difficult to use in tight areas.
Reverse Limb Crossbows
Next up for our discussion are Reverse Limb Crossbows. These bows are conventional compound crossbows that have their limbs reversed. This not only gives them a very unique look, but that feature also has a significant impact on their performance. Not only are these crossbows more slender than other compound crossbows, which allows them to fit better into tighter quarters, but they tend to produce the lowest amount of noise when they’re fired. They also tend to produce less vibration when they’re fired.
Another advantage of using these bows is that they have lighter front ends, which makes them more comfortable to fire and allows them to deliver a more stable shot. Because the string stays in contact with the bolt for a longer period, reverse limb crossbows also tend to have more speed than conventional crossbows. Of course, they’re not without their downsides as well, and one of their main disadvantages is that they tend to cost more than other bows.
Choosing The Right Crossbow Scope
As we begin to wind down this guide, we’d like to take a few moments to talk about Crossbow Scopes. Although manufacturers make it seem like buying a great crossbow scope is a complicated buying process, it isn’t all that difficult if the person keeps a few things in mind.
In our experience, crossbow scopes come in Single Dot Or Single Reticle Models, or they come in Multiple Dot Or Multiple Reticle Models. If the crossbow hunter chooses a single reticle scope, then they should keep in mind that it will be sighted in just for that single distance. If the hunter needs to aim at other distances, then they’re going to have to estimate the distance based upon the target’s relation to the single reticle. On the other hand, a scope with multiple reticles (or dots) can be more accurately used because the hunters can sight multiple distances, which removes a lot of the guesswork out of the process.
The number of reticles or dots isn’t the only consideration the crossbow hunter needs to consider, however. They will also want to decide between Fixed Power Or Variable Power Scopes. The difference between these two types of scopes is that fixed power scopes are locked in at one magnification level, while variable power scopes can be adjusted as the need arises.
Another consideration for the crossbow hunter is whether they need an illuminated reticle (or dot). These scopes are available with either red or green illumination, and these have the advantage of helping the hunter target better in low light conditions.
And finally, the hunter is going to want to think about Eye Relief. Eye relief is the distance that the crossbow hunter has to hold the scope away from their eye to sight a target. Every hunter has their preferences when it comes to eye relief, so they should buy a scope with the eye relief they like so the scope is more comfortable to use.