Bowhunting Accuracy: How Accurate Are Crossbows?


We keep on forgetting that crossbows, whether compound or recurved, are mechanical machines that should be properly maintained like so many mechanical devices. Its parts may begin to deteriorate if you notice it early consider replacing the parts. Screws start getting loose with time, and its scopes, in particular, may need adjusting from now and then. Modern crossbows are properly manufactured and are high tech. They also require more attention for consistent dependability and accuracy when hunting expenditures in the woods.


Crossbows accuracy is important even when the human factor is involved. It is believed that even the best crossbows cannot perform their task if the hunter shooting does not fulfil their job properly. There can be room for mistakes and poor striking of the arrow with crossbows even if the hunter is using a new bow because humans are to err.

How accurate are crossbows? Here are some factors determining the accuracy

  • If the crossbow does not fit

When Crossbows are manufactured, they differ in width, weight as well as length. Out there, it is believed there is a crossbow for every hunter. The only problem is no single size is made to fit all crossbows. The Correctness is directly proportional to how well the crossbow you use works you. If at all, you feel a bow is bulky, too lengthy or vast, you will also find it difficult to lift when aiming at a target, and this is how you know the crossbow you are using is not suitable for hunting.

  • Use of Incorrect Arrow

Crossbow manufacturers suggest suitable sizes and grain weights for different crossbow arrows. A few manufactures suggest a particular material, such as aluminum or carbon. Whereas many crossbows can shoot a spear using any nock, these professionals often recommend a particular type. It is determined by numerous tests done when designing and testing the power model needed to strike the target, the required weight that will work best and how the arrow will be stabilized. To get total accuracy, consider using arrows that the manufacturer recommends, always pre-testing arrows on your crossbow. Do not assume lighter arrows are the best because they go fast, as they may destroy your crossbow.

  • Components that fit loosely

You do not require many lessons to learn how to throw a crossbow. Sometimes hunters get a clean miss while trying to shoot their targets; this could be because of human error, and sometimes it could be the bow is dead. It is especially common to find loose scope; the good thing is nowadays; crossbows are properly built. They keep vibrating while in use, and with time, the bolts and screws that keep it secure start getting loose. Since you now know loose screws and bolts will affect your accuracy, always double-check and tighten them. Keep an eye on damaged, worn out parts and parts that could be missing.

  • Lack of proper cocking knowledge  

You cannot consecutively shoot straight unless your bow is cocked fully and is locked in the correct position. Ensure the serving is at the middle and there is an equal length distance on the rail sides. By being off centre, you will shoot outside the range you are required and lose the target. Permanently mark the servings on the bow using a fault pen on both sides. It should be done when the string is resting. When cocking the bow, give the process a hundred per cent concentration.

  • Poorly maintaining the bow

The most know accuracy problem is poorly maintained bows, and it is caused by having loose components and poorly tuned screws. All this can be avoided by simply having a maintenance routine. When you purchase a new crossbow, it comes with a well-written manual and assembling instructions and safety crossbow tips. Remember to lubricate the bow occasionally and wax the strings this is except for the server.

Manufacturers advise checking limb conditions and strings that are frayed and oil your trigger box. By doing this you improve, the accuracy level, and the bow will give you reliability.

  • Poor shooting practices

Sometimes the bow is not the problem; the problem could be the shooter. If you do not steadily hold the crossbow, chances are you will always miss the target. With this knowledge, manufacturers have been reducing the weight and making it easy to use crossbows. To increase accuracy levels, try shooting from a bench the same way people do while shooting a rifle; this position makes it simpler for you this solving the accuracy issues.

If you are hunting from higher ground, always use the safety trail. When firing the crossbow trigger, squeeze it and do not pull it because pulling will increase the chances of the bow moving, and you will miss the target shot. Be careful; at least moments will throw the arrow off the mark, purchase a shooting aid and always remember to squeeze the trigger, not pull.

  • Poor body positioning

Learning how to lean before shooting is important; a popular accuracy position is known as cantering; also, you can have one limb a little bit lower than the other while shooting. Proper positioning is because the bow has to fit you right for you to achieve accuracy. If you feel the bow you are using is too big or too heavy, replace it with the one that will make you comfortable. Getting rid of the body position problem can be challenging and especially hard while shooting a fast target.

  • Know your range

Although manufactured have been pushing the range and speed limits, the furthest range recommended is forty yards. Arrows might go further than that, but the accuracy will not be there. If you cannot estimate the range, get a range finder that can help you sight targets. It will help you know if the shot is going to be accurate or not. Hunters should understand that if the target is out of the given range, higher chances are the crossbow shot will be inaccurate.

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