The Compound vs Crossbow Debate: Why Some Ohio Hunters Should Consider Switching

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  • Maverick's avatar

    That's your buck

  • Maverick's avatar

    🤙🤙🤙good luck

  • Jackson's avatar

    Certainly not saying I 100% disagree but this is pretty silly. I wounded a deer with a compound and went back to the drawing board. Built heavier arrows, switched to single bevel broadheads, and shoot no less than a strings worth of arrows in the off season. I shoot from my saddle, tree stands, sitting, kneeling, etc. I’ll be brutally honest, some people just suck with a bow, period. But not all of us. And to further argue against your point, I have family who wound deer with a crossbow just the same as a compound will wound one. A crossbow with a standard bolt has just above half the energy my arrows do at 40 yards…. The weapon doesn’t make the hunter. The hunter makes the weapon.

  • Bourbon &'s avatar

    @Jackson I would be interested in learning the CB setups to lose energy like you are stating at 40 yards. I similar to you shoot my crossbow 25-30 times a day (you mentioned your compound). I do think it is more about your practice and discipline than your equipment. Like @Chappel said if it is legal and you can use it why not?

  • Jackson's avatar

    @Bourbon I never said he shouldn’t use a crossbow.

  • Jackson's avatar

    @Bourbon also, if you’d like when I get home I can show you some math so that you know what kind of energy loss you are dealing with. Id need to know your specific arrow set up and we can compare that versus my compound setup. It isn’t the crossbow that loses energy, it’s the arrow. And it’s 100% preventable with a crossbow just like it is with a compound. Let’s us a rough example.

  • Jackson's avatar

    @Bourbon A standard arrow weighing 375 -400 grains will lose more than 75% of its velocity at the bow by the time it’s hit 100 yards. Obviously that isn’t practical but it’s a benchmark distance. An arrow weighing 1100 grains will have lost roughly 10 - 20 fps (10% or less) of its at the bow velocity by the time it hits 100 yards. It’s simple math and has to do with inertia. Once you get that heavier object moving, it’s much harder to stop, even though it’s initial movement was much slower.

  • Jackson's avatar

    @Bourbon And like I said, I never said he or anyone shouldn’t use a crossbow. But don’t attack compound users because you can’t make the shot or don’t have the right setup to drive an arrow through a shoulder.

  • Bourbon &'s avatar

    @Jackson you should reread my post. I never accused you of that. I shoot through shoulder when I need to. And I have the same stats you do on weight thanks for the info to the group.

  • Jackson's avatar

    @Bourbon ahh, my apologies brother! I misread it.

  • Bhunter's avatar

    Amazing buck but damn what a shot.

  • @Jackson that was nt meant to be directed towards bow hunters and I certainly agree on the “some people just suck with a bow” And yes some people do think just because they can shoot a crossbow accurately at longer range that they can kill deer at stupid long ranges I generally never shoot past 30 yds. Crossbows are loud This was not intended to be an argument.

  • I don’t do it but I’ve heard of crossbow hunters adding heavier inserts to add weight the their bolts. I never tried it, but I do blow right through deer with my standard bolts and only a 100 gr Muzzy 3 blade

  • Jackson's avatar

    @Chappel Until you catch shoulder you do! I’d recommend anyone look into heavier arrow set ups and single bevel broadheads. On a Crossbow it would be devastating.

  • Jackson's avatar

    @Chappel and I definitely did mean to sound argumentative just presenting the flip side of the situation

  • Bourbon &'s avatar

    I think it was a good discussion from both sides. @Jackson I also was not trying to argue just have a discussion.

  • Jackson's avatar

    @Bourbon happy hunting buddy!

  • @Maverick noooooooo. I didn’t do that.

  • Bourbon &'s avatar

    @Jackson same to you!

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