Welcome to ultimatefishingandhuntingblog.com! Our first post is going to be about how to find the best crossbow in 2015. Whether you are going to hunt Turkey, Deer, Elk, Moose, Bear, or Elephant, you are going to want the best crossbow for your money. We hope this guide helps you find that crossbow without too much trouble.
Most people’s immediate instinct when shopping is to pick the cheapest thing they can find and roll with it. This is a horrible mistake when it comes to crossbows because you will end up with what you paid for.
Pop culture has produced movies and television shows, backed by social media, which glorify the crossbow as one of the best killing machines in the world. While this is true, it has flooded the market with cheap models that were created to sell to those people that really only want it for looks, or to be cool. These crossbows are not very reliable or safe, and should be used with caution if at all.
This guide was designed to show you what needs to happen to make sure that you buy the best crossbow you can buy in your price range. Crossbows are very much a “you get what you pay for” product, but you can find inexpensive models that are much better than other options if you know what to look for.
It is important to remember that buy a crossbow is really buying a weapon that is used to kill. They were not meant to look cool and make you fit in with the zombie hunting crowd at school. Therefore, you want to make sure that you find a safe crossbow if you do buy one.
The first thing to look at is the safety mechanism of your crossbow. While it is the law to have a safety equipped on your crossbow, it is not required that it automatically engages. This feature removes a window of opportunity for the firer to forget and accidently discharge that arrow into something they did not intend to shoot. It essentially turns the safety into a secondary trigger for added safety.
The second most important safety consideration should be the trigger mechanism. If you picture how a crossbow trigger works, you will notice a single hook holding the string back while you are waiting to fire. That single hook is holding upwards of 175 lbs. of pressure until the trigger is squeezed. Unfortunately, the first thing the cheap crossbows to do reduce price is switch this out with a cheaper plastic hook. You want to make sure that your crossbow has an all metal trigger system.
Power is something that everyone knows to look at, but most don’t know what to look for. You can probably guess that the bigger the FPS number is, the better. What you probably know is that this stands for how many Feet Per Second the arrow is traveling when it hits the target at optimal distance. You probably don’t know that you really only need 300 FPS to hunt just anything in North America either.
Most of the cheap knockoff crossbows with have far lower FPS numbers because they were just not built to go real hunting. You will buy them, use them for target practice, then get annoyed to find that they need a new crossbow to actually go hunting with. Or even worse, they take it and shoot a bear from 30 yards away just to make him angry.
The knockoff crossbows are not meant to last forever, so they are not going to guaranty that they will. The good crossbow manufacturers on the other hand, will give you a long term warranty. Most of them will give you a lifetime warranty with you product, assuring that it will last your more than a week!
As long as you look for these three main characteristics when looking for a crossbow, you should be able to stay away from the cheap knockoff versions. As we said before, there are even some cheap crossbows under $200 that will do just fine if you know what you are looking for. Follow this guide and you will be out hunting in no time!