Best way to quiet an Excalibur?

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Best way to quiet an Excalibur?

Postby Huntsman » Tue Aug 30, 2011 8:56 pm

I bring this question up because this evening I test fired the following;
Excal Equinox, Bow Tech Stryker 350, Darton Serpent, 10 Pt Turbo XLT, 6 Pt GT Mag and lastly a Wicked Ridge Invader.
The Equinox was the LOUDEST (no S5 installed) followed by the W.R. Invader. The quietest was the Stryker followed by the Darton.

I rally want to get a crossbow and I was set on the Excalibur. But man was it loud. Hmmmm?
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Re: Best way to quiet an Excalibur?

Postby mchurch » Tue Aug 30, 2011 9:02 pm

I think the S5, Flemish string and heavier arrows will really quiet the bow down. I have owned the Excal Equinox, Bowtech Strykeforce, Tenpoint Phantom, darton Serpent Limited 2. The only one I kept was the Excal Equinox. I have a Vortex on order from Danny Miller. Excal is second to none.
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Re: Best way to quiet an Excalibur?

Postby Huntsman » Tue Aug 30, 2011 9:15 pm

2nd to none. Thats what I keep hearing. I keep reading about their outstanding accuracy & simplicity compared to compound xbows too. What about Limbsavers?
50/50 undecided :?
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Re: Best way to quiet an Excalibur?

Postby See4miles » Tue Aug 30, 2011 9:23 pm

Lots of things help a little. The best thing is a heavy arrow. But I doubt most will do that to quiet the beast......... :lol:
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Re: Best way to quiet an Excalibur?

Postby new2xbow » Tue Aug 30, 2011 9:31 pm

Just think about this....

If you break a string in the field what happens?

Compound you pack up and head to your mechanics shop IF he is open.

Excal, you take 2 minutes and change it with the spare and stringing aid and get back to hunting!!!

That has to be the absolute biggest reason i went with excal.

As far as noise all i have done with my axiom was add the S5, it made a bit of a difference and definately lesseined the shock to my hands.

And doing the math

sound travels at 1125 fps, 30 yds, 90 feet about .08 seconds
my axiom is shooting 298 fps 90 feet about .33 seconds
so i figure the deer has about a 1/4 second head start, I like my chances!!!
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Re: Best way to quiet an Excalibur?

Postby Boo » Tue Aug 30, 2011 9:36 pm

Add cat whiskers and a string made from either Dacron or 452X to lower noise.
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Re: Best way to quiet an Excalibur?

Postby one shot scott » Tue Aug 30, 2011 10:24 pm

With all due respect, I think most of the bows you listed are compounds, with the exception of the equinox and the GT mag. A recurve crossbow will never be as quiet as a compound. There are pluses and negs to both. the neg of the recurve crossbow is noise and the best way to quiet the excal is with the S5, and a boo string with whiskers. With that combo the bow will still have a thump to her, but the thump of the arrow hitting the target(or deer) will be louder :D The downside of a recurve crossbow is also width but it does not require constant tuning and does not need to be pressed to change a string. With the compound almost everything you need to do maintenance wise requires a press. My excal is almost maintenance free except for the reserving of the string. This is alot more info than you asked for I guess :lol: and your likely aware of all of it anyways, but thats what sells excaliburs. And excal is a lifetime bow. I have never heard of one wearing out!!
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Re: Best way to quiet an Excalibur?

Postby bob1961 » Tue Aug 30, 2011 11:17 pm

dry fire a compound xbow and tell us what happens :lol: ....dry fire an excalibur and keep shooting :wink: ..........bob

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Re: Best way to quiet an Excalibur?

Postby j.krug » Wed Aug 31, 2011 2:14 am

S5's and cat whiskers as well as heavier arrows will knock the noise down some but it will never be "quiet". Go with an Excal and don't worry about it...you won't regret it. I've always said the deer are bothered more by the arrow passing through them than they are by the sound of the shot! :wink:
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Re: Best way to quiet an Excalibur?

Postby vh64 » Wed Aug 31, 2011 3:02 am

Hi huntsman, If you like the bow I would just buy it because I've read a lot on a lot of different forums and I haven't come across anything where noise from shooting a crossbow was a problem harvesting game. Now as loud as crossbows are you'd think this would be discussed as much as arrows and lube. Yes I would try to get rid of as much noise as possible and you could try the lighter poundage Excaliburs too. But I would get the bow I want the most and enjoy shooting and hunting and putting accessories on it and all that...have fun.
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Re: Best way to quiet an Excalibur?

Postby theoldarcher » Wed Aug 31, 2011 4:43 am

Isn't funny how it tends to spook the hunter more than it does the deer? :lol: :shock: :lol:
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Re: Best way to quiet an Excalibur?

Postby Dash » Wed Aug 31, 2011 5:23 am

I like the cats whiskers. But recently I tried a bowjax string dampners on a flemmish string and it was good in cutting down high end noise too. Big Difference. I wanted something I can pull off easily and reuse on another string. But I'd go for the reliability and accuracy of Excalibur over a quieter compound any day.
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Re: Best way to quiet an Excalibur?

Postby papa bear1 » Wed Aug 31, 2011 5:42 am

Dash wrote:I like the cats whiskers. But recently I tried a bowjax string dampners on a flemmish string and it was good in cutting down high end noise too. Big Difference. I wanted something I can pull off easily and reuse on another string. But I'd go for the reliability and accuracy of Excalibur over a quieter compound any day.

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where can i find ....Bowjax string dampners??? :?

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Re: Best way to quiet an Excalibur?

Postby M&M » Wed Aug 31, 2011 5:59 am

I have shot quite a few deer with mine and none have complained about it being loud, I have not put anything on it to quiet it down and have never had a deer jump the string, if it is too loud for you I suggest ear plugs!! Just kidding of the ear plugs, but really don't worry about the sound by the time the deer realizes he has heard something the arrow is allready through the deer
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Re: Best way to quiet an Excalibur?

Postby wheelie » Wed Aug 31, 2011 6:46 am

M&M wrote:I have shot quite a few deer with mine and none have complained about it being loud, I have not put anything on it to quiet it down and have never had a deer jump the string, if it is too loud for you I suggest ear plugs!! Just kidding of the ear plugs, but really don't worry about the sound by the time the deer realizes he has heard something the arrow is allready through the deer

Fully agree with M&M, nothing more can be said. Words well spoken.
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