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by galamb
Wed May 23, 2018 10:21 pm
Forum: Crossbow Hunting
Topic: Vortex Razor reflex sight
Replies: 7
Views: 1222

Re: Vortex Razor reflex sight

I have been using a reflex sight for going on 10 years now. Not as (high priced) as the one you note, been using an NCSTAR DB4 and/or a Browning Buck-Mark reflex (probably the same mfg making both - they are identical). I have never had them spook a deer due to reflection. I prefer the variable reti...
by galamb
Thu Mar 08, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: Crossbow Hunting
Topic: Vixen II
Replies: 10
Views: 2239

Re: Vixen II

I have been deer hunting with a Vixen II for almost 10 years now. It is both ethical and deadly. Yes, it is “slow” by today’s standards but would have been the fastest bow on the market not so many years back. It is the demands and expectations of hunters that have changed, deer have not got any tou...
by galamb
Tue Feb 27, 2018 12:00 am
Forum: Crossbow Hunting
Topic: I want to go bear hunting
Replies: 10
Views: 2044

Re: I want to go bear hunting

I fish and upland hunt with a couple of outfitters in the Elk Lake, Matachewan, Shining Tree area (about 700 kms/easy day's drive from Kitchener - about the same distance from where I am in the Kingston area). There are a few dozen that cater to bear hunters and the success rate is well over 90% wit...
by galamb
Tue Feb 20, 2018 6:08 pm
Forum: Crossbow Hunting
Topic: Arrows and accuracy
Replies: 9
Views: 2561

Re: Arrows and accuracy

Depending on "what" you are hunting you don't often need to go greater than 125 grains - 150 if you are using them to get weight up front. If you are hunting Elk or Moose - something with tough hide, tougher ribs, might clip a shoulder you would be better served with an "old school" traditional "sha...
by galamb
Sun Feb 18, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: Crossbow Hunting
Topic: Which one?
Replies: 14
Views: 2514

Re: Which one?

What is important to you? Do you need the compact wingspan of the micro because you shoot from tight spaces? Do you need the extra speed of the 380 because you are pushing the distance envelope a little and want a little flatter trajectory when you are reaching out? Does one appeal visually over the...
by galamb
Sat Feb 17, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: Crossbow Hunting
Topic: Arrows and accuracy
Replies: 9
Views: 2561

Re: Arrows and accuracy

Recurve crossbows (apply) max energy to the arrow as soon as you pull the trigger unlike a compound which does so when the cam (kicks) over so both will benefit from slightly differently (designed) arrows. Many Excalibur shooters who shoot something other than factory supplied arrows, whether on pur...
by galamb
Wed Feb 14, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Crossbow Hunting
Topic: Crosman Recurve
Replies: 20
Views: 4248

Re: Crosman Recurve

A whole whack of US States added crossbows to their "bow seasons" which is no doubt why everyone and their dog is jumping on board. For us folks who have some "age experience" we remember all the "Hawken Rifles" that hit the market after Robert Redford told us we just had to have one back in 1972. O...
by galamb
Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:15 pm
Forum: Crossbow Hunting
Topic: Crosman Recurve
Replies: 20
Views: 4248

Re: Crosman Recurve

I had a good look at the Heritage at a buyers show back in December. Felt good, balance was decent and it seemed reasonably well built. I was considering adding it to the bunch we sell until I saw the price. The "wholesale" was 20 bucks MORE then what I retail the Grizzly for. I said that to the Rep...
by galamb
Mon Feb 12, 2018 1:27 pm
Forum: Crossbow Hunting
Topic: Chinese made broadheads
Replies: 36
Views: 7228

Re: Chinese made broadheads

The majority of our hunting/fishing stock/supplies/offerings are "pre-ordered" every December. That is when the vendor shows are in full swing. The price is set at that point, stuff is ordered and a (contract to buy) is established. Regardless of what the Canadian dollar does a week, a month or many...
by galamb
Wed Feb 07, 2018 11:26 am
Forum: Crossbow Hunting
Topic: Chinese made broadheads
Replies: 36
Views: 7228

Re: Chinese made broadheads

Because products made in NAFTA countries with components also made in NAFTA countries are exempt from any duties going across the US/Canada border you sometimes get your eyes opened as to what Made In the USA or Made in Canada actually means. Domestically a Made in Canada product can have a signific...
by galamb
Wed Feb 07, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: Crossbow Hunting
Topic: Axiom value
Replies: 11
Views: 1925

Re: Axiom value

When the model discontinued we sold off the Axiom's (synthetic rail) for $399 Canadian which was about 250'ish off the regular price.
by galamb
Mon Feb 05, 2018 3:36 pm
Forum: Crossbow Hunting
Topic: Chinese made broadheads
Replies: 36
Views: 7228

Re: Chinese made broadheads

There is a huge misunderstanding about "how much" an actual brick/mortar retailer actually makes. People hear about Apple making billions and assume the phone store in the mall is doing as well. Our "break even" point - or "not for profit" if you like is a margin of 12.5%. That's what it costs us fo...
by galamb
Sun Jan 28, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Crossbow Hunting
Topic: How fast are our arrows actually traveling at 100 yards ?
Replies: 10
Views: 3162

Re: How fast are our arrows actually traveling at 100 yards ?

A few of us at work jiggered around with a 355 Matrix. We couldn't shoot further that 70 yards (space limitations) but did measure the speed and drop over that distance. What was surprising to us was the loss of speed stayed fairly consistent right at about 4 fps for every 10 yards. We assumed at "s...
by galamb
Sat Jan 27, 2018 2:59 pm
Forum: Crossbow Hunting
Topic: Chinese made broadheads
Replies: 36
Views: 7228

Re: Chinese made broadheads

That was kinda my point. There is no doubt that some were "reverse engineered". Others come in exactly the same packaging. We ordered about a half dozen fleabay broadheads to compare to the "real stuff" right from the wholesaler. In particular the (chinese) NAP products showed up in the "factory pac...
by galamb
Sat Jan 27, 2018 2:46 pm
Forum: Crossbow Hunting
Topic: FPS v. Penetration
Replies: 3
Views: 801

Re: FPS v. Penetration

If you have a few evenings to do some intense reading you should google Dr. Ashby's penetration tests. He did heaps of studies on "just killed" African game (mostly) using different arrow weights at different speed with dozens of different broadheads. While the tests were all done with vertical bows...