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Broke out my trusty R10 for the first time after hunting season today.
Since the wind was calm and it was cloudy, I decided to see if my R10 was still shooting field points good after hunting season. I was fortunate to kill 2 doe and a buck with my R10 this year and actually used the same arrow to kill all three.
Also wanted to try out my new homemade shooting bench I made at my farm last fall. After setting my old bag target out to 40 yards and replacing my broadheads, I gave it a try. Much to my amazement, I shot to the left about a 1-1/2". Well I figured I hadn't leveled the crossbow before the shot so I tried again and shot to the right about 1-1/2". At this point, I said to myself what the hell because this thing was shooting my broadheads dead on during hunting season.
Just happened to glance at my Ravin nock on my No.1 arrow and noticed it was not straight up when the hen vanes were laying on the bench. So I grabbed it and discovered I could easily twist it. That's when I realized that could very well be my problem. I guess shooting 3 deer with the same arrow maybe requires a closer inspection of the arrow.
Well to make a long story short, I replaced the nock and aligned it properly. Bang, the arrow went in the 1/2" dot and so did the next 2 arrows in my quiver.
Archery Shack cables and string held up great throughout hunting season and show no signs of wear.

My old 2 blade 1-3/4" Rages performed great as well with zero scope adjustment required when switching from field points. Broadheads are certainly a personal preference and what works for some doesn't work for others. But I'm 12 for 12 with these old Rages and I bought a pack of 50 o-rings on eBay a couple of years ago and replace them each year. I think I paid $25 a pack for these things a few years ago and bought like 6 packs so I'm still trying to use them up.

For those that have asked how I rest my crossbow on a shooting bench, I've included a pic. to share. I actually just use a foam block (that you can purchase at any place that sells canoes) that I strap down to the bench for the front rest and just a sponge to rest under the pistol grip. Again, this is just personal preference but it works for me.

You might also notice the dual limb silencers I use on my R10. Folks talk about how loud Ravins are but I swear my R10 is not loud at all. I hunt in the foothills of the mountains and there's a lot of pastures and fields. This means sound carries really far and I can actually easily hear a human conversation a quarter mile away on a calm day. My wife was filling the bird feeders this morning and didn't even know I was shooting about a 100 yards away from her. In fact, some might not believe me but when I shot my nice 253 pound Illinois 9 pointer the year before last, he didn't even run off after the 30 yard shot.
I don't know, maybe he was deaf but it certainly had me scared I had missed him. Fortunately, he just slowly walked off and dropped dead within 40 yards. Freaky stuff happens but I certainly am not concerned at all about the so called 'obnoxious noise' of my Ravin.
 

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Broke out my trusty R10 for the first time after hunting season today.
Since the wind was calm and it was cloudy, I decided to see if my R10 was still shooting field points good after hunting season. I was fortunate to kill 2 doe and a buck with my R10 this year and actually used the same arrow to kill all three.
Also wanted to try out my new homemade shooting bench I made at my farm last fall. After setting my old bag target out to 40 yards and replacing my broadheads, I gave it a try. Much to my amazement, I shot to the left about a 1-1/2". Well I figured I hadn't leveled the crossbow before the shot so I tried again and shot to the right about 1-1/2". At this point, I said to myself what the hell because this thing was shooting my broadheads dead on during hunting season.
Just happened to glance at my Ravin nock on my No.1 arrow and noticed it was not straight up when the hen vanes were laying on the bench. So I grabbed it and discovered I could easily twist it. That's when I realized that could very well be my problem. I guess shooting 3 deer with the same arrow maybe requires a closer inspection of the arrow.
Well to make a long story short, I replaced the nock and aligned it properly. Bang, the arrow went in the 1/2" dot and so did the next 2 arrows in my quiver.
Archery Shack cables and string held up great throughout hunting season and show no signs of wear.

My old 2 blade 1-3/4" Rages performed great as well with zero scope adjustment required when switching from field points. Broadheads are certainly a personal preference and what works for some doesn't work for others. But I'm 12 for 12 with these old Rages and I bought a pack of 50 o-rings on eBay a couple of years ago and replace them each year. I think I paid $25 a pack for these things a few years ago and bought like 6 packs so I'm still trying to use them up.

For those that have asked how I rest my crossbow on a shooting bench, I've included a pic. to share. I actually just use a foam block (that you can purchase at any place that sells canoes) that I strap down to the bench for the front rest and just a sponge to rest under the pistol grip. Again, this is just personal preference but it works for me.

You might also notice the dual limb silencers I use on my R10. Folks talk about how loud Ravins are but I swear my R10 is not loud at all. I hunt in the foothills of the mountains and there's a lot of pastures and fields. This means sound carries really far and I can actually easily hear a human conversation a quarter mile away on a calm day. My wife was filling the bird feeders this morning and didn't even know I was shooting about a 100 yards away from her. In fact, some might not believe me but when I shot my nice 253 pound Illinois 9 pointer the year before last, he didn't even run off after the 30 yard shot.
I don't know, maybe he was deaf but it certainly had me scared I had missed him. Fortunately, he just slowly walked off and dropped dead within 40 yards. Freaky stuff happens but I certainly am not concerned at all about the so called 'obnoxious noise' of my Ravin.
I would like to get one of the brackets for my handle. How do I contact you?
Thanks....
 
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