Whether you are obsessed with hunting or passionate for target practice as a hobby or sports, selecting the right gears is important for accurate and perfect results. People have been obsessed with archery for a decade and it is always considered as a hobby of royals. So whether you hold a crossbow or a compound bow, both can be an exciting experience. Both are amazing and fun to use.
We will look into all the features of both bows with their pros and cons so that you can sensibly choose the one that fulfills your requirements.
I have already been on the hunt of which is the best bow in hunting for a couple of months. During this time, I came across many bows but I found crossbows and compound bows the best among them. Both crossbows and compound bows are made for hunting an animal like a sportsman in a disciplined manner.
Shooting from a bow needs discipline and practice. Once you get the hang of it, then the shooting will be fun. Crossbow is a worth considering tool and is considered to be more superior, but I was still confused to choose between them both.
Before hitting the woods in the hunting season, I want to share few advantages and disadvantages of both compound bows and crossbows on the basis of some factors like size, power stroke, noise, speed, draw weight, accuracy, and weight.
The popularity of bow hunting and archery competitions urged the need for the invention of crossbows. They are easy to learn and are considered to shoot accurately as compared to other bows. Once cocked, it is ready to fire and knock the bolt. Crossbow is cocked at full draw as it doesn’t require any effort or energy from the hunter.
For achieving longer power stroke, the crossbow needs to be made longer, thus increasing its overall length.
While using a crossbow, you can fully concentrate on aiming as you simply need to squeeze the trigger while ready to shoot. It puts less strain on your joints and muscles as there is no need of holding the crossbow string. Thus it doesn’t require any extra effort or energy from the hunter, making hunting a lot easier for disabled or young hunters.
Crossbows have higher kinetic energy and shoot projectiles (350-450 FPS) faster than the compound bows. This additional velocity results in the longer range, ultimately result in hard-hitting bolts. They also have heavy draw weights (between 100 pounds to 200 lbs) than compound bows (50-80 lbs).
Being user-friendly, it targets disabled people and newbie’s in the world of archery. Providing an easy transition for shotgun and rifle hunters, it introduces them to archery, as they are aimed just in the same way as a rifle. Crossbows are relatively short range weapons.
For deer hunters, 40-50 yards is almost its maximum effective range. They weigh around 6-7 lbs and are a bit bulky.
Having a compact enough frame, you can easily use them in tight spaces and bushes. This makes it easier to shoot in kneeling or sitting position, unlike a compound bow.
While shooting from a rest, they give the same familiar feel to those hunting with a rifle or shotgun, thus enhancing precision and accuracy. They are also working well with the telescopic sites; these crossbows provide an easy platform to hunters having prior experience with shooting from shotguns and rifles.
Being a perfect mix of art and convenience, compound bows require training and practice. Unlike the traditional bow, it allows more customization. Compound bows are quiet as compared to crossbows, as its longer limbs allow a gradual release for the stored energy of the bows.
Being lighter than crossbows, compound bows normally have less draw weights than one-half of the crossbows. They normally weigh around 3-4 lbs. The rigidity of compound bows makes them more energy efficient as compared to others.
Compound bows are being more accurate because of its consistent anchor point. Having the mechanical advantage of let off while pulling the string, its draw weight is reduced to half, while the bowstring is drawn half. Thus making it easy to hold and draw the bow.
It reloads faster than crossbows as no special mechanism and cocking are required. All you need to do is to pull another arrow and draw it back again. Compound bows mostly shoot arrows at 250-330 FPS. From a greater distance, they allow more power and accuracy.
Compound bows are longer than crossbows, mostly relying on a number of multiple adjusting pins unlike the modern crossbows having scopes attached. For making the draw length longer, a compound bow only requires a module change.
What should I choose?
Bow hunters don’t like the idea of these expanding opportunities for crossbow hunting as they think that crossbow gives the hunter many significant advantages over a compound bow. While at the same time they are having some disadvantages in comparison to the modern compound bow.
If you are considering crossbow for hunting, you need to consider its pros and cons before making your final decision. Though it has certain advantages over the other archery equipment, still it doesn’t guarantee the sure thing.
The technique of a compound bow is different and needs more practice. Depending on your learning ability and confidence, Compound bows provide the real shooting satisfaction a hunter needs.
Crossbows are precise and easy to shoot but require more strength to cock along with being loud. Compound bows, on the other hand, are easy to aim and quick to load. If you want to enjoy the real feel of archery, I would suggest a compound bow because crossbows are not always allowed everywhere.
For someone having physical limitations, I’ll suggest a Crossbow.