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New Crossbow arrived today ...

Post by XB I GO » Mon Mar 05, 2018 10:28 pm

After a tough choice because we have to make this one work for us and last, we went with the Matrix 380. It will fit in the ground blind a little better than the Axiom and it is safer to backpack when it is cocked because of the anti-dry fire. The size is good, we can shoot off hand by ourselves and do not have to always use sticks. I put the Leupold on it, But the Tact-Zone is pretty nice too except I don’t care for the little triangles. The camo pattern is much darker than the Axiom and may blend in with the dark pop-up blind better. The Axiom will still get used quite often but just not when I am by myself at our little property. Next week is spring break so the shooting will begin.

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Post by vertacre » Mon Mar 05, 2018 11:50 pm

Congratulations on the new bow. And, I really like your totem pole. :D

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Post by flightattendant100 » Tue Mar 06, 2018 5:37 am

Congrats on the new bow. You will love it!

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Post by xcaliber » Tue Mar 06, 2018 7:37 am

Congrats on a fine bow.
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Post by mr meat » Tue Mar 06, 2018 7:59 am

Congrats on the great bow!
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Post by RobD » Tue Mar 06, 2018 8:19 am

Congrats on your new bow. The 380 is a very good choice. I started with the Axiom, sold it for a 330, then went to a 355, then added a 350LE, then replaced the 355 with the 380.
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Post by GrassyKnoll » Tue Mar 06, 2018 9:14 am

Great choice of bow.... Congrats!!!
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Post by paulaboutform » Tue Mar 06, 2018 10:05 am

Congrats on what is probably the best all around bow Excalibur has made. I think you'll love it! Great game pole you've got as well... that's a tremendous Texas Dall!

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Post by XB I GO » Tue Mar 06, 2018 3:46 pm

The Leupold dialed right in, 6 shots and bullseye at 20 yards. Right now we have 20" and 470 grain bolts. The string was on the limbs right out of the box. The space between the bumpers and string is a half inch. From the seam where the stock and riser come together the string is about 1 1/8 inch, maybe a little more. I read that is too much. The instructions say 1/2-1". That would put it right off the bumpers. Should I get my Dad to loosen the string?

I did not use the speed measuring thing yet but the 30 yard mark is putting the bolts 3/4 inch low with a setting of 340 fps. I'll adjust that when I know what it really is.

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Post by Boo » Tue Mar 06, 2018 3:58 pm

Just shoot the bow as it is. The string will creep and get longer with use. If you back off the twists in the string too much, you will loosen the serving.
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Post by XB I GO » Tue Mar 06, 2018 4:02 pm

Ah, OK! Thanks

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Post by gerald strine » Tue Mar 06, 2018 4:27 pm

Congrats on the new bow it will serve your family well for many a year, I do not think you will ever require more power than what you have now great choice.!
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Post by gerald strine » Tue Mar 06, 2018 4:28 pm

Nice Jackalope buy the way !
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Post by SEW » Tue Mar 06, 2018 4:31 pm

The M380 has been out 6-7 years now. I’ve had mine for 6 years, over 4,000 shots, same limbs. Many responders on your thread have or have had M380s.
I’ve yet to hear from anyone who’s had one not be complimentary of them. You should feel good about your choice.

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Post by IronNoggin » Tue Mar 06, 2018 4:38 pm

SEW wrote:
Tue Mar 06, 2018 4:31 pm
I’ve yet to hear from anyone who’s had one not be complimentary of them. You should feel good about your choice.
I'd Say!! :D
Collected mine the first year they came out.
Must have pretty close to the same number of shots, and it has taken a LOT of game!
Best bow I've ever held, IMO the best Excalibur ever produced.
As a consequence, I'll be holding onto mine forever!

Great Choice!
You are going to Love It I'd bet!!

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