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Now I’ve done it!...

I purchased a bow. Not just any old bow, mind you, but a fancy, top-of-the-line, straight-shooting, Excalibur crossbow.

Many years ago, I bowhunted and used a pretty nice compound bow that I became very good with. I went to the range and practiced, practiced, practiced. I shot so much that it was almost instinctive when I acquired my target.

I managed to harvest a few deer and had a lot of fun. After a few years, I sold the bow and told myself I was done with bowhunting.

But, I guess I wasn’t done, because I now have an Excalibur Equinox Crossbow. A few months ago, I decided I was going to continue my bowhunting adventures, and, after a great deal of research and many conversations with some experienced crossbow hunters, I decided on the Excalibur.

One comment that was mentioned to me several times by other crossbow hunters who had purchased a different brand was, “I wish I had bought an Excalibur.”

Because these were experienced crossbow hunters, their comments stuck with me as I researched crossbows.

Here are some of the reasons I chose Excalibur:

I wanted a crossbow that would send the bolt (arrow) downrange at a blistering speed, and this bow will do it at 350 FPS.

I wanted a bow with a short overall length so it would be easy to cock and easy to get through the woods and into my stand with. This bow has an overall length of only 38 inches.

I also felt it was important to have a bow that had proven results with a bolt, and Excalibur makes the bolts for this bow with amazing accuracy results.

A scope was also needed so I could place the bolt EXACTLY where I was aiming, and this bow comes with a real nice scope that is set up for the bow and bolt for several different ranges.

And, I wanted a bow that I could accessorize with everything I’d need. Excalibur offers a lot of accessories that are tailor-made for my bow, and I was able to get everything from one place.

I figured that lighter was better than heavier, and this bow weighs in at around 6 pounds. It is a recurve, so it has fewer moving parts than a compound, and fewer moving parts means fewer things to go wrong, and less weight.

When I bowhunted before, I damaged a string in the woods. Because a bow press is needed to change a string on a compound bow, my hunt was done.

Obviously, I did not have a bow press in the woods. With the Excalibur, I can change the string in the woods without a bow press – a BIG, BIG PLUS.

Over the past several years, I have seen a lot of bowhunting shows and many times have seen the deer jump when the arrow was released from a compound bow. This is because compound bows make more noise when you release the arrow than the Excalibur crossbow.

One feature that I was not aware of until I got the bow is that it can be de-cocked without having to shoot my high-dollar arrow and broadhead. I think this is a great feature, and here’s why.

With some bows, you have to shoot the arrow to de-cock it. If you are in your stand and it’s time to get down, you have to shoot the arrow somewhere. Where do you shoot it? Into a tree? Not likely.

In the ground would be the most logical place, but after spending your hard-earned money on arrows and broadheads, you hate to shoot it into the ground where you might break or bend the arrow.

If you did, you would surely have to either replace your broadhead or spend some time with a sharpening stone to get back the razor-sharp edge. I like the Excalibur way better. Trigger pull is something that all good shooters are concerned with. The Excalibur has NO trigger creep and is set at the factory at a nice, crisp 3 pounds.

When my bow showed up and it was time to put it together, I eagerly started unpacking the parts and...what’s this? In the package was a video with step-by-step instructions on how to assemble my new Excalibur bow.

This was great for me and would be for all you guys out there that have that normal guy problem. You know what I mean: Instruction Manuals. That’s right, instructions.

What guy reads instructions? This video, with step-by-step instructions, is the answer.

This I could do!

I went and got my laptop, inserted the video, and with the guy on the video showing me “how to,” it was a breeze to quickly have my Excalibur crossbow assembled and ready to shoot.

I went outside and set up my target at 20 yards, and after a few shots, I had the scope dialed in to the 20-yard mark. I proceeded to do the same with the 30- and 40-yard marks until I had the bow ready for a hunt.

I was amazed at how accurate the bow was. Out to 40 yards it was grouping about 1/2 inch. You are reading correctly, 1/2-inch groups from a bow. The Excalibur folks have definitely done something right to achieve that kind of accuracy.

Up until then, I had been using field or target points; now I was ready to give it a try with broadheads, as they will fly a little differently than target points.

I shot a few times at each distance from 20 to 40 yards using the broad heads, and I was still impressed with the superb accuracy of this bow. The groups opened up a little, but were still under one inch, even out to 40 yards.

I am happy I chose this bow. I had no idea it was going to be as accurate as it is, and accuracy is everything for me when I hunt.

Right out of the box, this bow shoots more accurately than some rifles I have owned. All I had to do was dial-in the scope and I was ready to hunt.

Now that you can hunt with a crossbow in so many states, including Florida, there is no reason not to have your own Excalibur.

Excalibur makes crossbows to fit everyone from your kids to great big, burly hunters. Draw weights range from 40 pounds to 225 pounds. And, with the aid of the cocking string, you should have no problem cocking your bow.

They also make a C2 Crank Cocking aid that will allow even a little guy to cock their largest bow.

Watch out, wild game, I have an Excalibur Crossbow. Check out www.excaliburcrossbow.com to find the right bow for you.

If all firearms were treated as if they were loaded, there would be no more accidental shootings.

Shoot straight, shoot safe.

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Jim Hammond has had some sort of gun in his hand since he was 5 years old. He started with a Daisy BB gun as a small boy, and with careful instruction from his very safety-minded father, has become a skilled and knowledgeable shooter now willing to share his knowledge and experience as he has FUN SHOOTING. “Safety first and everything else will follow.”