For some tasks; whether you are driving a car, a motor bike or simply hunting with a crossbow there is such a thing as too much power.
As said previously while on the bow and arrow day we had a go with my latest super duper crossbow, 200lb+, and very impressed we were too. The only thing was that it is simply too powerful for the original purpose it was bought for which was to hunt rabbits and pigeons. You would get them, the bolt travels at 420 ft/sec which means that at the ranges we were looking at, 15 to 25 yards, it would take less than a quarter of a second to get there. Not enough time for even the fastest rabbit to move. Notch up one rabbit.
The issue though is that during the bow and arrow session the bolt was going completely through the archery target. Coupled with a broadhead it even went beyond the target into the grass. As a rabbit or a pigeon don’t have the stopping power an archery target has we thought the bolt will go right through the rabbit and hardly be slowed down. The chances are it would get stuck in a tree or buried in the ground rather than just being stuck into your new meal. We won’t be able to afford to lose any bolts after an event never mind it looking like it could be a common occurrence.
This means that for our needs the most powerful crossbows, the ones we look at, are actually not the best for our needs. Larger crossbows are for larger creatures, deer, horses, cows etc. while smaller crossbows are what we are really looking for as our main tool. In addition to being smaller they are much cheaper and there is a good selection.
Our problem is that we are unable to test the crossbows hunting for real to find out what is the best for rabbits, sheep, deer, etc. we just have to try them out and see what happens to dummy targets.
Of course, before we worry about bolts going through we need to make sure that we can hit our target every time. Much easier with a crossbow with sights anyway. I would guess most people could get good scores with a crossbow at a max of 25 yards.
Then we come down to a compound crossbow or a basic crossbow. The main benefit of compound is power in a smaller package. We want to get away from that so a simple crossbow can easily supply the power we need. I’m more likely to be hunting rabbits and pigeons than deer. These simple crossbows are easier to repair as well so it is win win. It is amazing what you learn and deduce when you are trying things out in the field.
I’m now looking at basic crossbows of around 100lb as the mainstay of my preps. There are a few good ones out there worth looking at.