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Early Christmas gift Bulldog 380

Post by NEPAbowhunter » Sat Dec 10, 2016 11:32 pm

Got a great deal on a gently used Bulldog 380 from Crossbow Talk. My wife and daughter said Merry Christmas and make sure it is under the tree Christmas morning :D First thing I did was put it together which was easy and straight forward. Noticed immediately how nice and balanced it is.
It is better balanced and handling than my 355. It even feels lighter, especially in the front end. I then took the ADF off and replaced the cap screws with some torx screws.Image Then I took the Hawke XB 30 Pro off my Kodabow and mounted it. ImageI then shot it a few times in my basement. I am used to the feel of the two stage Trigger Tech trigger in my 355. The trigger does not feel like that :lol: There is some creep then it goes. I think I can live with it, I'll wait and see. Noticed the serving was looking a little rough from being shot so I polished the trigger latch with .1000 micron paper, moved to the .2500 micron paper and finished it off with .5000. Here is a close up of the riser Image Here is the Bulldog 380 with a 20 inch arrow cocked and locked Image And another with an 18 inch arrow cocked and locked. Image
Took the rail off to make sure everything was tight and took a pic of the trigger linkage Image Stock screw near trigger screws into the silver stand off in the pic. The front stock screw just screws up into the rail. I was careful not to crank on it. Here is my 355 and Bulldog next to each other Image Ordered a Tac Pak bracket today because I like to use a foregrip on my crossbows, instead of holding the stock. I need to wrap the stirup with something to. I put some shrink on the hold down spring, and put on a new endless loop string I had laying around from my 355. Have to get out and sight it in. Second archery here in PA opens after Christmas and I want to take it out on a few hunts. With the short time I have the bow I think my 355 may be taking a back seat. I expect it to be just as deadly and accurate as the 355, plus a little faster. It is a sweet bow, and I am liking it alot! For you guys leery of the bulldog stock, just handle and shoot one. I think you will change your mind. Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year!
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Re: Early Christmas gift Bulldog 380

Post by L. E. Carroll » Sun Dec 11, 2016 3:39 am

Your new bow looks great !

After your late season and should you have some time and access to a cronograph ? Would it be possible for you to post up some speeds with different arrow weights as well as your overall conclusions as to this new model and it's merits?

I'm curious as to how it compares speed and handling wise with current Matrix 380 model ?.

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Re: Early Christmas gift Bulldog 380

Post by Arrowflinger » Sun Dec 11, 2016 6:11 am

Nice lookin rig bro. Someone's having a Merry Christmas! :D
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Re: Early Christmas gift Bulldog 380

Post by mr meat » Sun Dec 11, 2016 7:26 am

Congrats on the bow!
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Re: Early Christmas gift Bulldog 380

Post by xcaliber » Sun Dec 11, 2016 7:57 am

Nice, Merry Christmas! Can't wait to hear more about your new bow after you stretch out the ranges.
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Re: Early Christmas gift Bulldog 380

Post by flightattendant100 » Sun Dec 11, 2016 8:36 am

Congrats on a GREAT Christmas present! Thanks for the run down and great pics. I have been interested in how all that was plumbed.

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Re: Early Christmas gift Bulldog 380

Post by vixenmaster » Sun Dec 11, 2016 10:05 am

Mighty fine indeed, congrats on a nice Christmas gift
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Re: Early Christmas gift Bulldog 380

Post by Squirrel » Sun Dec 11, 2016 10:44 am

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Re: Early Christmas gift Bulldog 380

Post by BrotherRon » Sun Dec 11, 2016 10:59 am

Very nice :)
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Re: Early Christmas gift Bulldog 380

Post by joe171 » Sun Dec 11, 2016 11:59 am

Great Post ........... :D


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Re: Early Christmas gift Bulldog 380

Post by Normous » Sun Dec 11, 2016 12:16 pm

Nice workroom!
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Re: Early Christmas gift Bulldog 380

Post by SEW » Sun Dec 11, 2016 3:06 pm

I think you have a very nice, gentle set-up. To me, the Hawke SR Pro is the best overall, user friendly, dedicated Xbow scope available. My BD400 is gentle and user friendly. Expect the BD 380 to be even more so.

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Re: Early Christmas gift Bulldog 380

Post by ThunderXB » Sun Dec 11, 2016 6:52 pm

Very nice.

My question is:

Where did you get those torx head 8-32 x 1/4" button head screws for the ADF scope mount??
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Re: Early Christmas gift Bulldog 380

Post by Pinpoint » Sun Dec 11, 2016 7:16 pm

Very cool bow!!! Thanks for the pics!!
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Re: Early Christmas gift Bulldog 380

Post by acreek » Mon Dec 12, 2016 2:52 pm

Congrats on the gift!

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