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#1 vonfatman

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Posted 26 July 2011 - 10:26 AM

A friend gave me his crossbow. It's unfired. It's a Horton Hawk SL (see attached pics)
Is this a decent crossbow for hunting whitetail within 25 yards?
Do I need to do anything (service wise) to the bow before I begin to practice?
I have some 18" bolts now (length excluding the point). What length bolt does this bow use?
Any and all information is greatly appreciated...I do not see much on this bow so I thought I'd start with a few questions.

I'm thinking about using a red-dot...is this a good idea? If so, any particular model/manuf. out there I should consider?

Bob

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#2 briarpatch

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Posted 26 July 2011 - 10:39 AM

there's not a lot of info out there on this crossbow. From what I can find, you should be shooting a 20-inch arrow (bolt) out of it. It looks to shoot in the 260-270 fps range. I'd take it to a pro shop and have them look it over...make sure there are no cracks...no string/cable issues....in the pics the thing looks brand new....

It appears to be similar to the Summit 150 in performance...and they're on the Horton website with a red-dot scope on them

#3 BlackBoarDown

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Posted 26 July 2011 - 11:55 AM

Need to move this post to the Horton page and get a factory rep to answer your questions.

#4 vonfatman

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Posted 26 July 2011 - 07:35 PM

I'd sure appreciate a comment or two from the Horton folks

Thanks briarpatch!

Bob

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Posted 31 July 2011 - 05:01 PM

It uses the same string and cable my Explorer uses. As for the red dot from what I have read some like them some don't. I took the red dot that came on mine off and put a multi cross hair scope on. The thing with the red dot I found is at longer distances say 30-40 yards the red dot would cover the spot on my target and made it hard to see. After changing the red dot for a scope my Accuracy is allot better. I cant shoot the same spot or I'll be replacing arrows.

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Posted 31 July 2011 - 11:40 PM

A friend gave me his crossbow. It's unfired. It's a Horton Hawk SL (see attached pics)
Is this a decent crossbow for hunting whitetail within 25 yards?
Do I need to do anything (service wise) to the bow before I begin to practice?
I have some 18" bolts now (length excluding the point). What length bolt does this bow use?
Any and all information is greatly appreciated...I do not see much on this bow so I thought I'd start with a few questions.

I'm thinking about using a red-dot...is this a good idea? If so, any particular model/manuf. out there I should consider?

Bob

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Sorry for the delay in responding to your post. Absolutely the bow will do the job of putting venison in your freezer. You do need to shoot 20 inch moon nock arrows out of it, and I would bring it to a shop to let them check the string. Even if unshot strings are your weak point, and are subject to damage form time and heat. As far as a red dot, you sure can mount one on the bow. Some guys love them, and others such as myself prefer a scope. Its up to you, and either will work.
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Posted 01 August 2011 - 04:39 PM

Great information!!! Thanks so much. I'm off to my local archery shop this week!!

Bob