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Been talking to James at Antler Archery in London, ON, Canada the past couple weeks, both on the phone and via email.

Great person, very knowledgeable, friendly and happy to help with any and all questions.
Highly recommend dealing with him if you are in the SW Ontario area.

Here is his website:
https://antlerriverarchery.com/page.php?pageType=productDetail&productId=10455814

He also has an indoor shooting range there.

Today, he was kind enough to meet me 1/2 way, one hour drive for each of us, and deliver a new Ravin R26 package and Soft Case.

It's turning out to be a nice day here so I'll be setting up at 20 yards this afternoon.
I'll stretch it out to 30 tomorrow then go to the local range during the week and see how far I can group them before I run out of steam.

Here's a few pics of our CenterPoint 370 Specialist and it's case, alongside the R26 and it's case, for a good visual on the size difference between the two.

Looking forward to some fun this weekend, that's for sure!

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It’s a good one. So many great features:)
Believe me, Moon, one of the reasons we chose the R26 was due to reading your thread about it, all 9,437 pages!
LOL, J/K!
Seriously, we did learn a lot by reading your posts, thank you for taking the time to add so much valuable info to the Forum.

We are going target shooting at the ranges as a Family, so the R26 was a logical choice right now.
I will take my Son hunting this fall, if all goes well.
We'll have various manufacturers, velocities and styles to choose from and learn about.

I can see us getting an Excalibur (most likely) or other recurve xbow next season.
Although we like the newest Crank System the Excaliburs have seem very nice, we are still unsure about the stability of the TD (take down) versions. It seems they get a little loose fitting after a while, or did we mis-read? Anyway, that's for another day.

I did manage to get the scope on the R26 today and we watched the 40 minute video compilation on the Ravin site again and again.
We have also gone through the Manual a few times.
It think practising cocking and decocking is enough for today.

I ended up having unexpected changes in my plans, such as to take a nap (LOL, very important) and entertain unexpected Family members that stopped by.
 
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Now, I can relate to taking a nap:p.
I’ve also heard of the takedown bow becoming loose with use. If so, I’m sure they will quickly take care of that glitch if it actually exists.
 

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Now, I can relate to taking a nap:p.
I’ve also heard of the takedown bow becoming loose with use. If so, I’m sure they will quickly take care of that glitch if it actually exists.
Yup, nothing like a little siesta, mid-day, or as required, for that matter!
Musta got it from Dad, I swear he could sleep standing up if he had to.
Still kicking right along at 92 years young!

Anyway, this R26 is one heck of an engineering accomplishment!
So well balanced, I can hardly wait to sight it in tomorrow at 20 yards.
I will start at 10 just to see how it reacts.

Which reminds me, I asked the Dealer I got it from and he said 20 yards then 50 yards is the correct way to sight it in.
I read somewhere in the Forums here that others were doing it at 50 first, then 20, which doesn't make sense to me.

I think I'll err on the side of caution and play it safe.
 

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If you have the Ravin scope, the turret adjustments are for the 50yd crosshair since it's in the center of the scope.

Maybe the start at 20 is so if you can *roughly* sight in at 20 you'll have a better chance to hit paper at 50.

Then, do all of your turret adjustments at 50 and move back to 20 to make your speed ring adjustment.

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Perhaps scope on that one has different instructions than on an R10, but you only sight in at 20 to basically “get on paper”, then take it out to 50 for fine tune adjustments with turrets, then use speed ring to dial in all other distances-i would read the manual!
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Thanks all for the comments.

The Manual states to start at 10, then 20, then 50 yards to sight in the scope.
That to me sounds about normal/ logical.
I would never take a first shot at 50 yards unless I didn't care about possibly losing an arrow.

I believe most manufactures, as a rule of thumb, set the xbow and rail from the factory to hit a 7" pie plate at 10 to 20 yards, if using the scope they ship with the xbow. Something like that...

Anyway, just finished brunch, going to work in the garden with the Family then we'll set up the scope once the yardwork is done.

Using the Crank, I should be able to take at least a 16 - 20 shots today, as opposed to my usual 8 -10 with the hand cocked CenterPoint 370, before I run out of steam.

The Crank Assist we ordered April 9 for our CP 370 is days away, according to UPS tracking. That is a loooong time for sure, but the circumstances are unusual to say the least and we understand it's not just UPS, of course.
 

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Set your speed dial first for the rated speed of your bow then start at 10 to make sure you don't miss the target then use the turrets at 20 to get dead on, then go to 50 and use the turrets again if necessary to get dead on. Then go back to 20 and adjust the speed dial if necessary.
It is very different from a regular speed dial scope and there are only 2 or 3 scopes that use this sight in system that I have heard of so far.
 

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Ok, so I took 10 shots today and let me tell you, I don't like this Ravin R26!
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I love it!!!
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I am not an expert by any means but will share our limited shooting experience today.

Once we figured out the tricks with the Thumb Release and arrow load, we set up at 10 yards.
Using the supplied Ravin 0.003 arrows.
Scope's Speed Dial Setting is at 400.

First shot was about 3-ish" low and 1/2" right.
We adjusted 10 clicks at a time between shots and checked the results.
Three shots later, we were in the bull, having adjusted about 40 clicks UP and 5 clicks RIGHT in total, if I recall correctly.
We will carry on at 20 and 30 yards in the next few days then head out to the range during the week (preferred, less people there) or next weekend to stretch the R26 and CenterPoint 370 out to 50 yards and beyond.

Likes:
  • Very light xbow, not front heavy at all. My Wife and Children can handle it fairly easily, although they did not shoot today as they were at Grandma's while I sighted and shot the xbow.
  • Very well balanced xbow.
  • Very easy to crank. This will allow me to spend more time shooting and less time resting between shots due to getting winded easily because of my health problems.
  • Trigger break is very short and crisp. What a pleasant difference when compared to our CenterPoint 370 (which will surely get TX_RDXguy's mod done, now that we have something to compare it to, beside firearms).
  • Loading arrows is easy after we realized that it takes considerable force to get the required "audible click", as the manual clearly states. I believe I was somewhat apprehensive yesterday, not knowing what to expect and thinking "man that's a lot of force and still no "click"? Something's gotta be wrong" LOL.
  • Draw handle/quiver bracket is secure. It clamps and unclamps either with no issues using one hand.
  • Solid feel, no rattles or loose components (thinking of the Cheek Rest/Butt Plate on our CP 370)
So-so but still very, very good:
  • If this xbow had an adjustable cheek rest and butt pad, it would really kick @$$! Mind you, I found it to be very easy to shoot but my arms are a little on the long side for being 5'10" so I found my left hand placement wanting to creep towards the front of the forward grip.
  • My eyes are not the best and the scope is out of focus at 10 yards, but not a show stopper by any means.
  • No matter what distance I am sighting or whatever the Scope's Speed Setting is at, there appears to be a very, very light "ghosting" or internal reflection of the reticles, especially when they are illuminated, either red or green. If you remember what TV looked like with over-the air antennas, when a signal would bounce off buildings and produce a "ghost" image, I guess that would be an exaggerated analogy. Again, this could be me. No one else complained about it when sighting through the scope. I've had laser surgery for myopia many times over the past 30 years and I do see halos around bright lights at night, especially when the surrounding area is very dark. Not so good for an astronomer/astrophotographer LOL, one of my other passions. I also wear "tri-focal" (progressive focus) glasses sometimes, so it is more likely than not just me.
  • When preparing to cock the xbow, the Draw Handle has to be cranked a 1/4 to 1/2 turn or so in the COCK direction to relieve tension (I'm guessing) on the Thumb Release Button. This makes the Draw handle a little finicky to remove so that the "Trac Trigger Firing System" can slide down to the serving. Now that I think about it, it was either the Ravin or TenPoint video I watched where the presenter stated the Crank Handle had to be turned 3 times. I think it was a TenPoint video but maybe it's similar for the Ravins as well.
Anyway, all in all, a truly remarkable design and a very well-built product. Kudos to Ravin's Design Engineers, Assembly Team and to the Company as a whole! Two thumbs up!

Cheers,
dynamo61

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  • No matter what distance I am sighting or whatever the Scope's Speed Setting is at, there appears to be a very, very light "ghosting" or internal reflection of the reticles, especially when they are illuminated, either red or green. If you remember what TV looked like with over-the air antennas, when a signal would bounce off buildings and produce a "ghost" image, I guess that would be an exaggerated analogy. Again, this could be me. No one else complained about it when sighting through the scope. I've had laser surgery for myopia many times over the past 30 years and I do see halos around bright lights at night, especially when the surrounding area is very dark. Not so good for an astronomer/astrophotographer LOL, one of my other passions. I also wear "tri-focal" (progressive focus) glasses sometimes, so it is more likely than not just me.
Many of us on here wear "tri-focals". Have you adjusted the focus on the scope? It moves way to easy, and with the protective cap on it, moves even easier. Might just pull the protective cap off the scope (the one by your glasses) and check the zero mark. See if turning the housing one way or the other helps improve the clarity.

Once adjusted, I carefully installed the protective cover and marked the spot with a silver Sharpie so at a glance, you can see if it has been moved.

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Many of us on here wear "tri-focals". Have you adjusted the focus on the scope? It moves way to easy, and with the protective cap on it, moves even easier. Might just pull the protective cap off the scope (the one by your glasses) and check the zero mark. See if turning the housing one way or the other helps improve the clarity.

Once adjusted, I carefully installed the protective cover and marked the spot with a silver Sharpie so at a glance, you can see if it has been moved.

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Dang It, I bet the Wife or Kids played with the focus cuz I know I had it set yesterday, or was it the day before?
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That is my story and I am sticking to it LOL, J/K.

Regardless, I must have been thinking perhaps I was too close to the target for focus, if that is in fact even possible.
We're done with 10 yards shooting anyway, but I will confirm tomorrow.

Great tip about the sharpie, we have silver and bronze colors on hand so we can each mark spots, if we have to, for a quick visual.

Cheers,
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So I got a little free time today to shoot the R26 and backed it up to 20 yards.
Set up a makeshift rest for stability, instead of shooting with my left elbow on my left knee, as I did for the initial 10 yard shots.
Waiting for our Matrix rifle rest to be ready for pickup, hopefully by Friday at latest.

First three shots were 2" high and 1" to the right.
Dialed the scope 20 clicks lower and 10 clicks left.
Took three more shots and called it a day as I am very happy with the results, images attached.

I have booked time at the local Sportsmen's Club this Friday afternoon to dial it in for 50 yards and see how it goes.
Taking the CenterPoint 370 as well, it has been reasonably good to 30 yards, so far, without a rest.

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Got out to the local range today with a Buddy of mine.
Brought the Ravin R26 and the CenterPoint 370 (which we did not shoot).

We could not shoot inside due to social distancing bla, bla, bla, but it's only 20 yards inside anyway.
A little chilly, 38F feels like 33F and a north wind at 15mph, gusting to 25mph.
Very light, blowing snow but not enough to worry about.

Not an ideal May day but great to get out of the house nonetheless.
Frost warnings for tonight so I gotta cover up the plants I told the Wife NOT to plant (should of told her to plant them, then for sure she wouldn't have planted them LOL).

Anyway, we set up the orange discharge bag at 20 yards and nailed it, 2 shots each.
Set up the yellow 19" target at 50 yards, a few shots low, adjusted the scope, a few shots high, adjusted again.
Slight adjustment left as well, which was strange as the wind was coming from the right.
Musta been swirling around in there, I dunno.
Got grouped nicely around the 9-ball target and had fun the rest of the way.

Buddy did put one in the VERY bottom of the bag, I think the second or third shot at the 50-yard target and he could not figure out why.
I told him he more than likely forgot and looked through the 20-yard reticle, which he admitted he probably did.
The Ravin scope has the 50 yard reticle in the middle of the ocular, confusing for me the first time as well.
We got a laugh out of that one but he recovered no probs.

First time Buddy has shot an R26.
He really enjoyed it and he is taller than me at around 6ft. tall.

All in all, fun to get out.
I'm guessing we shot around 30 arrows each in about 2 hours.

Hopefully will get my Matrix X-bow Rest soon so I can bring it out to the range and dial in both x-bows.
It's been on order since last Sunday, and the store is 5 miles from home, darn-it-all!
They are that far behind filling orders.

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Been talking to James at Antler Archery in London, ON, Canada the past couple weeks, both on the phone and via email.

Great person, very knowledgeable, friendly and happy to help with any and all questions.
Highly recommend dealing with him if you are in the SW Ontario area.

Here is his website:
https://antlerriverarchery.com/page.php?pageType=productDetail&productId=10455814

He also has an indoor shooting range there.

Today, he was kind enough to meet me 1/2 way, one hour drive for each of us, and deliver a new Ravin R26 package and Soft Case.

It's turning out to be a nice day here so I'll be setting up at 20 yards this afternoon.
I'll stretch it out to 30 tomorrow then go to the local range during the week and see how far I can group them before I run out of steam.

Here's a few pics of our CenterPoint 370 Specialist and it's case, alongside the R26 and it's case, for a good visual on the size difference between the two.

Looking forward to some fun this weekend, that's for sure!

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Do they have an outdoor range? I'm looking for an outdoor 3d for vertical bow and crossbow.....I'm east of London by a few hours but would drive if there is a good course to shoot
 

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Do they have an outdoor range? I'm looking for an outdoor 3d for vertical bow and crossbow.....I'm east of London by a few hours but would drive if there is a good course to shoot
Hi Snipe78, yes we shot outdoors today.

For x-bows, you have to bring your own target bag.
You can shoot the 3D targets with verticals.
The x-bows tear up the 3D too much.
They will invest in better 3D targets for x-bows soon.
More and more Members are requesting them.

I bought my Ravin R26 from Antler Archery in London.
They have an indoor range, not sure if they have outdoor.
Give them a call, they are close to you.
Here is their website:
https://antlerriverarchery.com

Cheers,
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That's AWESOME!!! thanks for the info much appreciated! I am gonna check it out for sure! I just bought a custom ordered hoyt Rx4 with 80 pound limbs and dying to hit a 3d course! And when I get my R20 back I want a place long range outside to shoot!!
 

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That's AWESOME!!! thanks for the info much appreciated! I am gonna check it out for sure! I just bought a custom ordered hoyt Rx4 with 80 pound limbs and dying to hit a 3d course! And when I get my R20 back I want a place long range outside to shoot!!
No probs, Snipe78.
That RX4 looks like one [email protected]$$ bow!
Dang, wish I could still draw one back, too many issues with shoulders, back, knees, bla, bla, bla...

I'm with you on the long range shots, prefer them actually.
If our darned TenPoint Vapor ever arrives some day soon, I'll be going for 50 to 100 yards most of the time, all things considered.

Waiting on so much stuff these days that is delayed shipping, when a package does come, I'm like "what the heck is this? Open it and say, oh yeah, forgot I ordered that!"
LOL.

Have fun!

Cheers,
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