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Finally went out deer hunting today for the first time with my (well Dad's) Xbow. Only had to walk 200-300 yards from the trailer as trailer park owner has a treestand behind the water filtration system. Climbed up in the dark, pulled the bow up, cocked it and put a bolt in (all in the dark) and sat down to wait. Half later saw a small buck about 75 yards away, walking parallel so never came close. About 15 min. later for some reason looked at the end of the bolt....had grabbed my discharge arrow that has a judo point on![eek] Glad now it wasn't a legal buck and it came in range!!
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You gots to pay mo tention to what ya doin' boy. There's some real southern talk for you Jon.  [biggrin]
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I don't think it matters what point Jon has on his bolt, you need to hit the animal first....... *Crickets*. [smile]
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Some good came out of it though Jon.  My daughter wants to do a little bit of hunting, fair weather only.  She can't draw enough poundage for a compound.  I have an old cheap xbow.  Now I know to carry a discharge arrow.  We've shot it, but just never thought about how to let it down when in treestand.  I guess I just figured we would shoot a deer first time, every time[rolleyes]
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Some good came out of it though Jon.  My daughter wants to do a little bit of hunting, fair weather only.  She can't draw enough poundage for a compound.  I have an old cheap xbow.  Now I know to carry a discharge arrow.  We've shot it, but just never thought about how to let it down when in treestand.  I guess I just figured we would shoot a deer first time, every time[rolleyes]

What king of crossbow? Tore the tendon to the bicep so cocking 150# I can do but sold that one and now use my Dads 17-18(?) Excalibur which is a 165# pull. Probably could do it but it is a longer stock and a struggle to do everytime. I use their C2 cocking device to crank and uncrank it (only downside is think it's $159.00). It is also able to be let down just using the cocking rope, put it on normally except one end is close the the string/trigger and other is high. Pull trigger and let down. Now most (think TenPoint came out with one can uncock with the pull rope) can't do that. We try to tell people discharging into the ground could be dangerous the next time as unless you check very carefully you may have a split/bent arrow and cause a possible dry fire or worse yet putting it into your hand/forearm. Really the best way is to get a $20.00 discharge bag and use that. With my compound crossbow I always lowered it cocked but carefully to avoid branchs, etc. (rope was short enough so it stopped well short of the ground so was hanging).

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I think the local shop told me it was a cheap Horton (are they out of business??  If so, that's it becasue they said if I happen to break a limb or something it was done)  I'm going to shoot a judo point into the ground from the tree stand each time.  Well, she will.  She needs the practice anyway.  She may never actually get in a tree stand with me.  Last year was twice, and this year she's been too busy and now it's getting too cold for her fairweatheredness. 
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Yes Horton is out of business for about 1.5-2 years now, TenPoint bought the name only (think it was mainly for the reverse limb rights), not anything else so they aren't responsible for any warrenty. That said (this will probably confuse people) TenPoint has come out with a Horton line, kind of like Mathews has with Mission or Hoyt used to have with Reflex.
Check around first if something does happen to your Horton. When the bank took over they liquidated parts and Dave (archery shop I help at) bought alot of parts and has been shipping them all over the country, including Alaska and overseas. He is getting low on some stuff but there is also Joe from The Crossbow Shop (think it is) down in Tennessee who bought a couple semis full of parts and basically closed his shop and is selling these parts full time. Can get you the phone number if you need. Synthetic strings and cables are no problem as we can make them if Dave doesn't have them. He bought one of the machines Jessie (Viper Strings/ Viper X??) had and Jessie now makes a majority of the strings for crossbow companies think. Pretty sure he does all of TenPoints.
Make sure to check that bolt everythime before you shoot it. Make sure it is a soft spot in the ground. I used to shoot into the ground with my Parker and broke 2 bolts so I'm not comfortable doing that. Also make sure you have the right nocks on the bolt and also a point/judo point(...know you said that) as no front weight can cause a dry fire. Alot of people don't know there are specific ones recommended by the manufacturer and using the wrong one could void the warrenty. Excalibur used a flat nock and think TenPoint does too. Think Horton is a half moon(?) and Parker uses a full capture. Wrong one can cause the string to jump over the bolt and cause a dry fire (mucho bling for some of them if limbs and cams get damaged along with string/cables). Also make sure the bolt is COMPLETELY pushed all the way back to the trigger assembly. Even with anti dry fire if it say may be 1/4" away it could defeat it and the string can hit the bolt and jump over it or else shoot it but since it wasn't seated fully against it then it again will act as a dry fire as it could sense it as nothing against it.

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I have a crank for my Parker.  Much easier than pulling it back.
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I have a crank for my Parker.  Much easier than pulling it back.

You the crank Charles? [rofl] Have one on the Excalibur (no not me [nono]) too and you're right it is alot easier, noisier and slower but easier on us old farts (and yes this includes you Charles).

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Actually I can`t stand the crank but I cannot find my red hot cocking rope.
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Actually I can`t stand the crank but I cannot find my red hot cocking rope.

Come on you tightwad and just go to the store and spend 20 bucks for one (doesn't need to be the Red Hot one by Parker. Or if you drive up here I will give you one I used on my Challenger. [biggrin]

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Nope the one with the wheel are over $30.  I have had issues with the one without the wheel.
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Nope the one with the wheel are over $30.  I have had issues with the one without the wheel.

You talking about the brass rollers? If so I have 2 here, can send one down. Was it the string jumping up onto the rail? If so make sure the hooks are facing up. This seems to give a bit more down pressure and stops that from happening. At least it did for me.
Never mind about the brass rollers. Looked for one today in Parkers catalogue and saw what you were talking about and asked Dave and he said they were about 30 bucks but neither him or I noticed any problem with the cheaper ones. No marring of the finish, etc. And if a wimp like me can use one and not notice a supposed 50% reduction in pull weight then a stud like you shouldn't either. [smile]

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TenPoint's since 2013 require an Omni Nock that is what I shoot.

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No they are red rubber wheels that ride on the side of the stock.  The other type want to go over the rail.
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10-4 on the nock and rope cocker. I've been building up my muscles (okay muscle) as the guy who helped Dave finally got a job. I get to assemble and sight in all the crossbows! So watch it if you buy one up here!! [rofl] Is kinda funny when I pull back on the rope cocker and have to stretch to the limit on my tippy-toes to finally engage it!
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