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I'm only 16 and just got a 175lb pull strength recurve crossbow and can use it with out any devices I don't lift but I do free run and I'm only 5"7 and weigh 155 lbs so hopefully this can help but I may worn that not many of my friends can use it though
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I recently got an old used crossbow with no markings anywhere except for a series of numbers stamped into the left side. I have absolutely no idea what the draw weight is. Does anybody know a fairly easy way to tell? Yeah, you can tell I'm a newbie lol
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I have a rope roller cocker but I have never used it. Mine is a 175. most of the other guys have to use rope and roller cockers for 150 and 175 bows. I notice sore fingers after about 12-15 shots. I guess I could wear gloves but I want to keep it simple. If you dont use a cocking device make sure to add flourescent string to the bowstring on each side of the bow so you get a straight pull and even alignment with a visual each time.
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I have a rope roller cocker but I have never used it. Mine is a 175. most of the other guys have to use rope and roller cockers for 150 and 175 bows. I notice sore fingers after about 12-15 shots. I guess I could wear gloves but I want to keep it simple. If you dont use a cocking device make sure to add flourescent string to the bowstring on each side of the bow so you get a straight pull and even alignment with a visual each time.
I would use it, i have tried with mine with just my hands and i notice the inaccuracy because of torquing the string a bit, i always use a rope cocker on mine and i get really good groups because of it
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I have absolutely no idea what the draw weight is. Does anybody know a fairly easy way to tell?
Get two 100# luggage scales (~$10 each). Hold one in each hand and place the hooks where you would grip the string. Draw and cock the bow, but don't pull any harder after you hear the string latch engage.

The scales have two hands on the dial. My old scales have a black one which reads instantaneous load and the red non-returning hand which records peak load, but colors may vary. Add the two red hand (peak) readings together to find the approximate draw weight. On a compound bow the peak draw weight will probably be some distance from the string anchor point, however there are a few "Zero Let-Off" bows where the peak weight is at full draw, just like a recurve.

Some modern recurve crossbows have draw weights above 200#. In this case a pair of heavier fish or meat scales might be used. Also, many newer crossbows have automatic safeties and some are equipped with anti-dry fire mechanism that require the string to be overdraw by an inch or so. If your bow has these, then let a friend read the scales as you pause for a moment after the string latch engages, but before pulling the string back further to engage these safety mechanisms. This will give you the approximate working draw weight of the bow, but of course the max readings obtained when all safeties are engaged is what you really pull when fully cocking the bow. Be careful and have fun.

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My Wicked ridge Invader came with the rope cocker built in to the stock. It has spring loaded recoils on the ropes. Very nice.

http://www.wickedridgecrossbows.com/...cat=Invader+HP
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i have a walmart 190 lb bow, and it is a bitch to try cocking, with or without a pull cord, how do i adjust the tension down to about 150 pounds, or less. it is a single blade bow and it fires 16-20 inc bolts. and where would i find the adjust at.
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Ive got a old 220 magnum prod Barnett Commando self cocker. makes it easy. but those without, by a goatsfoot lever and install the pins. leverage is your friend. walmart sells hand crank style CCD's for [email protected] for barnett.
my lil crossbow, a barnett trident has the 125 LB prod, and the foot lever for cocking as well....
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www.crossbows.net for a more traditional crossbow.........
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120lbs is about the limit of what is fun for me to cock by hand.

I most powerful I ever made was 350 and that was goats foot only territory for me.

These where all medieval styles mind you with linen strings, the one for the 350 was over half an inch in diameter. Its probably different if you use dacron.
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