Hunting Crossbows Power & Range, Medium Velocity:
In this crossbow guide we will review proper crossbow set-up, arrow recommendation, broadhead recommendation, point blank range sight-in, deer size animal shot placement and whether you should ground blind or treestand hunt with this crossbow.
Medium Velocity; 275 - 325 feet per second arrow speed crossbows.
30 Yards - Maximum Point Blank Hunting Range.
37 Yards - Maximum Effective Hunting Range.
Arrow flight time till impact at 37 yards, approximately 4/10 of a second.
Medium Velocity Crossbows.
Barnett Crossbows: Jackal & Wildcat C5.
Excalibur Crossbows: Axiom, Ibex, Phoenix & Vixen.
Horton Crossbows: Legacy HD 175.
Parker Crossbows: Buck Buster 150, BushWacker & Enforcer 160.
TenPoint Crossbows: Lazer HP, Titan HLX & Turbo XLT.
6 Point Crossbows: GT Mag.
Wicked Ridge Crossbows: Invader & Warrior.
This is the most popular of all crossbow velocity ranges. There are a lot of crossbows that fall into this velocity range and I am going to guess that there are hundreds of thousands of these crossbows out there and all are capable of taking larger sized game animals effectively, when set-up properly and limited to their actual capabilities.
All of the major crossbow manufacturers produce crossbows in this velocity range. Some recurve crossbows but most are compound crossbows for the simple fact the compound crossbows can achieve this velocity using only a 150 pound draw weight.
In this category of crossbows the choices range from very precise ergonomical pleasing crossbows that are expensive, to the real work-horse class which will get the same job done but at a much lower cost to the consumer.
Most Popular Crossbow In This Velocity Category:
By far, the most popular crossbow in this velocity range is the Barnett Wildcat C5 Compound Crossbow as it is light-weight and quite accurate when set-up properly for hunting. They are fairly priced $300.00 - $400.00, an internal crank to cock system can be added and they are accurate.
Full Review Of The Barnett Wildcat C5 Crossbow.
Product Recommendations to gain maximum accuracy, power and range:
Based on our field testing of archery products for crossbows.
1. One of the first things I recommend is a good quality scope for these crossbows, if you have a barnett crossbow it accepts a 3/8" dovetail scope mounting which is the same as most .22 rifles. Mount a quality scope on the crossbow. I found these quality Bushnell rimfire scopes at Amazon.com for a cheap price and these Barnett multi-reticle crossbow scopes at Amazon as well and they all have the correct mounting rings with them.
Note: Most crossbow manufacturers use a 7/8" weaver style scope mount.
2. To acquire maximum accuracy and power for these crossbows buy good 20" or 22" carbon arrows, not aluminum, carbon arrows are lighter and tougher than aluminum arrows. We ran multiple tests on the StalkerXBolt's from Cabela's and found them to be highly accurate, most of the crossbows we had worked with gave 1 1/2" accuracy and under at 50 yards with these crossbow arrows.
3. Arrow points and broadheads need to be the same exact weight which is 100 grains and no more, this will give the correct F.O.C. for the arrow. The broadhead diameter needs to be 1" - 1 1/16" of the fixed blade type to gain maximum accuracy and penetration on a deer size animal. Absolutely no larger than 1 1/16" diameter broadheads of the fixed blade type.
Further field testing of hunting products carried by Cabela's revealed that the Saunders Combo Point and the Trophy Ridge Ultimate Steel Broadhead of matched weight, impacted the targets in a near exact match.
Medium Velocity Crossbow Sight-In:
Now that you have the correct set up to extract all the power and range these crossbows offer, lets sight-in for maximum point blank range.
As you see by the above chart you sight your crossbow in at 25 yards and use a dead on hold for all shots out to 30 yards, which will give you the correct impact zone as illustrated below. Maximum effective hunting range for this power of crossbow is 37 yards, any target that is beyond 30 yards you must raise the crosshairs and crossbow to adjust additional arrow drop while still keeping the target in the crosshairs.
|300 Feet Per Second Maximum Point Blank Range, 30 Yards.
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Raise the crossbow and scope to the top of the back of your sighted deer and hold dead on at this point for the correct arrow strike out to 37 yards as in the illustration below.
Medium Velocity Crossbow Power:
These crossbows are powerful and offer a good trajectory for hunting purposes, which would include all of North America's game species.
These crossbows have enough arrow energy for hunting most anything, they generate 67 - 94 foot pounds of energy and when coupled with good fixed blade broadheads they can be used for hunting medium sized game such as Deer and Antelope, Large Game such as Elk, Black Bear and Wild Boar and the Toughest Game such as Cape Buffalo and Grizzly.
Medium Velocity Crossbow Blind and Treestand Hunting:
Because of the velocity of these crossbows you need to be as close to your target as possible, however they are powerful enough to be used from a treestand as they will drive the proper sized arrow and broadhead through most animals on an angling shot.
Medium Velocity Crossbow Shot Placement:
These crossbows launch arrows hard enough to supply plenty of energy for quartering shots on most animals, that would include Black Bear, Deer, Elk and Wild Boar. Animals larger than this I would opt for a close broadside shot only.