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Hey /out/. I've been...
Anonymous 02/26/14(Wed)22:14 UTC+1 No.277383 Report

Hey /out/. I've been thinking about picking up a crossbow. Could anyone recommend something? Preferably around £100. I'm not looking for anything too complex.

Also I'm in the UK so i couldn't legally hunt with it.


Something I was looking at, not sure of the quality though.
Anonymous 02/26/14(Wed)22:17 UTC+1 No.277388 Report

I have that exact crossbow. If you just want it for fun it's a good cheap one, but it's not going to be doing much.

Also the string just broke on mine, don't let your cat chew that shit...
Anonymous 02/26/14(Wed)22:23 UTC+1 No.277394 Report

It will just be for fun since I can't legally hunt and would probably suck at it anyway. My only concern was that this looks a little bit flimsy. Maybe i'm wrong.

Sorry about your string, are they easy to replace?
Necromancer 02/26/14(Wed)22:26 UTC+1 No.277395 Report


Replacement consists of purchasing a new string and stringing it as you will have to when your crossbow arrives.
Anonymous 02/26/14(Wed)22:27 UTC+1 No.277397 Report

Silly question to ask I suppose.
Anonymous 02/26/14(Wed)23:56 UTC+1 No.277468 Report

buy yourself a real hunting crossbow, its worth the money.
barnett wildcat c5 is a good relatively cheap xbow.

buying one just because its cheap and looks cool wont get you anywhere.
i have used cheap xbows and it was fun to begin with but when you shoot a little more expensive xbow you'll feel the difference.
Necromancer 02/27/14(Thu)00:07 UTC+1 No.277476 Report


No legal hunting, so I'm guessing that this is at best just for a hobby or as I did with the £15 P.O.S. pistol crossbow, something to piss about with.
Anonymous 02/27/14(Thu)00:27 UTC+1 No.277500 Report

You reckon I should pick up a pistol cross for messing about or just go for the rifle?
Necromancer 02/27/14(Thu)00:32 UTC+1 No.277508 Report


Completely up to you. I was (And still kinda am) planning on turning the pistol crossbow into a folding arm-mounted crossbow (Purely for the lulz).

I much prefer firing a full-sized crossbow to a pistol.
Anonymous 02/27/14(Thu)00:36 UTC+1 No.277514 Report

I imagine using the pistol cross is like using a toy (I know its not a toy) compared to a rifle.

Also is poundage directly proportional to power?
Necromancer 02/27/14(Thu)00:39 UTC+1 No.277519 Report


I thought that they were directly proportional, and I believe sticking purely to crossbows then it's a good rule of thumb but I have heard that an 80lb crossbow is not the equivalent of an 80lb bow.

My pistol crossbow is, I believe, an 80lb crossbow pistol and I can just about cock the string one-handed. I would definitely advise getting a rifle-sized bow for anything higher than 80lb.

It doesn't really feel like using a toy, but I can see where you're coming from. You can still feel the power of the bolt coming out of the rail and you just KNOW it could hurt someone.
Anonymous 02/27/14(Thu)00:47 UTC+1 No.277523 Report

Yeah those pistols are deceptively small, as I say I know they aren't a toy. I'd like something with a nice bit of kick that I could use for some decent range target practice and that might be a better prep if ever decide to upgrade to a proper hunting cross. I think I might go for a rifle in the 120-180lb range for those reasons.

Also quick question, how easy is it to lose bolts?
Necromancer 02/27/14(Thu)00:50 UTC+1 No.277528 Report


Very easy. Very very easy.

My 80lb pistol crossbow put my cheapy plastic bolts an inch or two into hardwood and then the metal heads would get stuck and only the shaft would come out.

A 40lb crossbow I used at Celtic Manor could send bolts maybe 40 meters off into a field without aiming high.

Firing into tall grass (If the tall grass is a backing for your range) is a brilliant way to lose bolts.

Aluminium arrows are relatively easy to break as well, or at least bend into disrepair.
Necromancer 02/27/14(Thu)00:52 UTC+1 No.277529 Report


I'm off to bed now. E-mail me if you have any further questions but I am no expert.
Anonymous 02/27/14(Thu)00:56 UTC+1 No.277531 Report

Thanks for the help mate, much appreciated.
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