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post May 16th 2006, 11:15 PM
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ok, im looking to get into archery, and have a question about bow terms

what does "draw weight" mean? by like 150lb, 200lb... draw weight, does that mean you have to be able to pull the string back w/ 150 or 200 pounds of force w/ a crossbow?
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post May 17th 2006, 3:57 AM
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yeah your right draw weight is the amount of effort you need to pull back.

Definitions of Draw Weight on the Web:

* The amount of force in pounds required to draw the bow.
tucsonarchery.com/Archery_Terms.php

* Enough weight (or momentum) for a stone to stop in the house
www.anchoragecurling.com/terminology.htm

* The same as bow weight.
www.stickbow.com/stickbow/bowbuilding/glossary.html



so you want to shot a cross bow? i think with most cross bows nowadays all you need to do i pull the string back onto a hook like thing and then tighten the string by winding back the hook thing. that way you not actually pulling 150lbs when you reload a bolt. but when it fires it is 150lbs.

150 lbs is alot, i dont know what is normal for a cross bow but ive only ever shot a 40lbs recurve bow and a 60lbs compund. maybe its just my conversion from metric to the wierdo imperial measurement.

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post May 17th 2006, 9:07 AM
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so, you're saying that i dont have to be able to lift 150 pounds to be able to cock a crossbow(im assuming thats what its called)?
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post May 17th 2006, 9:17 AM
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well ive never had a real close look at a cross bow so im not 100% sure. why do you want to shot a cross bow anyway? just to look cool?

id go for a compound with all the bells and whistles. you get higher scores and the bow looks good. or if you want some serios skill go for a barbow recurve (like i did).
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