Crossbows and Compound Bows
With hunting season nearly upon us, a common question for new hunters or even experienced is whether a crossbow or a compound bow are best. In some instances the state you live in will decide for you on which can be used. It is always best to check with your local fish and game agency to ensure that you are meeting the regulations. Knowing the pros and cons of each model will help you make the choice on yhour next hunting expedition.
Historically, bow and arrows required the archer to hold the bow for a long period to allow for proper aiming. The longbow or recurve bow took lots of strength to attain great distances and lots of practice to increase accuracy. The compound bow uses a series of cams and pulleys to reduce the effort of the archer. This allows for energy to be stored within the bow at full draw for a longer period of time. This in turn makes the bow capable of high speed arrow release and reduces archer fatigue giving more opportunities for higher accuracy. The drawback to a compound bow is that the archer has to continue to focus on the pull of the bow during the hunt instead of only on the target. Practice and time will negate this issue. The compound bow also uses a traditional arrow, but in order to handle the stresses and energy from the compound bow they are typically made of aluminum.
A crossbow on the other hand allows for added concentration on the target. The act of pulling the arrow back is removed as the bow includes a locking device which holds the arrow in place until the time of the shot. The other obvious difference from the compound bow is the way that it is held. It generally comes with a stock like a rifle that the hunter can use to steady during the shot. Instead of an arrow a crossbow uses a bolt, which is a smaller version of the typical arrow.
One of the areas that the two options have in common is the way that the hunter sights and gets accuracy with the weapon. A compound bow can use peep sights or optic pins. The compound bow can use a traditional scope that can be mounted. Both allow for improved accuracy with the weapons. Both types of bows have roughly the same range of 40 yards. Due to the mechanics and energy storage in both bows the hunter can expect to see about the same shot velocity.
There are many other options and accessories that you can get with either a crossbow or compound bow. It is important to look over all of the specifications and find what works best for you. Before purchasing evaluate the power stroke, draw weight, the size and the accuracy. Our initial recommendations for each type of bow are below based on their characteristics and user ratings. These would be good for both beginners and experienced hunters. As was stated, there are many options and it is important to pick something that matches your frame, strength, and abilities. These recommendations will be a good starting point for your next hunting trip.
Our recommended compound bow is the Bear Archery Cruzer. This compound bow and its accessories has everything you need to be successful.
Our recommendation for a crossbow is the Excalibur Vixen II Crossbow . This crossbow has the power and accuracy you need to make you an accurate shot in no time.