bought my first excalibur
Posted 04 February 2011 - 04:37 PM
Posted 04 February 2011 - 05:33 PM
I finally picked up my first crossbow, an Excalibur vixen, from a professor of mine, it has been fired twice and never hunted. For the price he wanted I couldn't pass it up. Its a little dated, needs need dissipator pads and a scope but looks to be in great shape! I'm looking to string and target shoot it tomorrow. Anyone have any experience with these or have any suggestions for these bows . Thanks!
Don't really need D bars on lower powered Excals like the Vixen. Suggest a new Flemish string may be in order. Lots scopes out there that will work just fine. I use a Luminze on m,y excals only because it's a variable scope whose reticule aim points can be tuned to the trajectory of your arrow. It and the Varizone (tad smaller and reticule does not light up) are distributed by Exal. Hawke makes some great crossbow scopes, their MAP is (IMO) the best for the money; it's a straight 3.5 power, It's a nice trim, compact scope that should fit the Vix nicely. You can spend a lot more but won't be shooting much beyond 40 with the Vix so why?
Posted 04 February 2011 - 05:45 PM
reading his posts for a few years now. I find his posts to be infomative,
entertaining, and funny.I get a kick at the way he describes deer as those
damm tick toters.
Posted 04 February 2011 - 07:19 PM
Posted 04 February 2011 - 08:06 PM
Posted 04 February 2011 - 09:06 PM
Posted 04 February 2011 - 10:54 PM
Posted 05 February 2011 - 02:21 AM
There should be two lines scribed across the top of rail [where arrow sits] down by riser [holds limbs] end. those are the acceptable brace height marks, where your string needs to sit 'at rest' [un-cocked]
You will want to sort the arrows and only shoot one type at a time due to probable weight differences, a grain scale will come in handy.
The rope cocker has two hooks on it and two handles like a pull start boat motor or lawn mower. They cut the effort to cock in half and more importantly center the string every shot. There should be a groove in the stock by the safety for the rope.
Link to Excal video's: http://www.excalibur...uctional_videos
Here's a pic of a stringing aid:
Edited by awshucks, 05 February 2011 - 02:27 AM.
Posted 05 February 2011 - 08:03 AM
Posted 05 February 2011 - 08:28 PM
Posted 05 February 2011 - 10:42 PM
So my first question about the dissipator pads related to the circles on this picture, they are rubber/synthetic pads that seem to have deteriorated over time. The first picture is of all the stuff that I got with this package except the target and the case. I did have another question about the metal with string thing on the bottom right of the first picture, what is this for? Is it another type of re-stringer? I am taking the arrows into a lab at school tomorrow and weighing and separating them out so that I can keep everything straight.I have been looking at scopes/sights for this but haven't seen anything that seems like a descent quality for the price. Thank you for your help everyone! Oh and Vixenmaster your bow resprayed and with the new stock looks great!
Edited by miken, 05 February 2011 - 10:45 PM.
Posted 06 February 2011 - 07:55 AM
Posted 06 February 2011 - 12:45 PM
Congrats on a great find!
ps: you can get a peep and pin for it, I've given all my extras away already but someone might have a set for cheap, they come w/ new bows, guys put scopes on and then they just sit in a drawer, lol.
Edited by awshucks, 06 February 2011 - 12:49 PM.
Posted 06 February 2011 - 11:12 PM
Posted 06 February 2011 - 11:32 PM
Here are the close-ups as requested thanks again!
Edited by miken, 07 February 2011 - 09:23 AM.
Posted 07 February 2011 - 09:41 AM
Posted 07 February 2011 - 10:55 AM
Thank you vixenmaster; I don't know any more ?'s to ask right now..I'm sure after messing with this thing a few times I'll come up with at least a few
Yes it is indeed a cocking sled, never tried one. The rope cocoer should be better & faster fer you. More ?'s
Posted 25 February 2011 - 02:39 PM
Posted 24 April 2011 - 07:38 PM
Now for a scope. Excaliber has just put new scopes on the market. This is good for many because there's nothing wrong with the older models!
The 'Vari & Lumi' scopes are great for all practicle purposes and can be found cheap! If you later find yourself getting more serious to x-bow archery, simply use your experience then, to upgrade.
Just a thought & welcome to the sport!