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Crossbow FAQs: New to Hunting?

First Time Hunting with a Crossbow?

We’re as excited as you are that you’re getting into crossbow hunting! But we want to make sure you have all the information you need before ordering your bow and heading out this season. We’ve compiled our answers to some common questions for beginners in crossbow hunting. Here you’ll learn the basics about different bow types, brands we sell, and crossbow care. If you want to know more about hunting with a crossbow, get in touch with us directly and we’ll answer any other questions you have—we could talk about this stuff for hours!

How Accurate are Crossbows? 

Depends on the bow. The higher you go up the ladder the more accurate the bows become. Generally, the faster the bow is and the longer the power stroke the more accurate it will be. Arrow length is a factor as well. A longer arrow is more stable than a short one. All that we sell are surprisingly accurate at that 40-50 yard hunting range but some of the higher-end crossbows will break arrows at 100 yards.

How to Use Acuslide? 

 

Crossbow Bolt vs. Arrow?

They are the same thing but a “bolt” is really a leftover term from medieval times when crossbows shot a short hunk of metal that was designed to penetrate armor. The “correct” term is “arrow” but “bolt” is still used. The big issue is that calling them “bolts” is used by anti-crossbow groups to show how crossbows are not “archery” because they don’t shoot “arrows.”

 

What are the Different Brands of Crossbows that Wyvern Creations Carries?

Lots of good options out there but were snobs and will only sell bows made in the USA (or Canada) from brands that will actually use ourselves…if it's on our website it’s something that you can trust. 

 

Are Rage Broadheads Good for Crossbows?

Provided the broadhead is a “crossbow rated” broadhead they generally will work well. The rule of thumb is slower bows will get more penetration with a fixed head though you may have to re-sight in the bow for those heads. Faster bows tend to prefer mechanicals such as the Rage.

 

Mechanical or Fixed Broadheads?

Depends on the bow and what you are looking for. Mechanical heads tend to fly very close to field points and leave big holes in animals. They do however take energy to open and don't penetrate quite as well as fixed heads as with those big blades your whacking more bone. Fixed heads are simple and have great penetration but don’t leave as big a hole and the faster the bow the harder they are to get to fly as well or similar to field points so more tuning may be involved. We will recommend mechanicals on faster bows and fixed on slower bows. Most of the mid-speed bows you can use either with great results.

 

Recurve or Compound Crossbowbow: Which One Should I Choose?

Recurve Crossbows are simple and light. Those are the 2 big selling points. No bow press needed and no timing or complex tuning to deal with. They are by comparison to compound crossbows harder to cock, louder, and can be higher priced than many compound crossbows in the same speed range. Compound crossbows are generally narrower (some by quite a bit) quieter (relatively, all crossbows are somewhat loud) and much easier to cock. Entry level compound crossbows can be a lot less money than entry level recurve crossbows. They are however heavier and require bow presses to work on and do require tuning during string and cable changes. It’s a trade-off as to what kind of bow will work best for you.