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Txhillbilly 03-10-2011 06:47 PM

Trying Something Different-Crossbow
I've hunted with guns most of my life,and when I was younger I shot a little archery with a long bow but never hunted with any type of archery.

Last year I was going to get a compound bow,but when I went and tried out a few,the joints in my arms and shoulders just didn't agree with my brain.
I hurt for days,from old racing injuries.So I decided not to get a bow.

I started looking at Crossbows,we can hunt with them here in Texas now.I shopped around,and tried out several different brands and styles.
Most conventional/compound crossbows are very front end heavy,and feel awkward when shouldered to me.

Then I found this one-The Horton Vision 175

It looks strange with the reversed limbs,but it feels like a rifle when shouldered.The weight is more centered,it doesn't feel like your holding a boat anchor up to your shoulder.
With 175lb pull weight,this thing shoots a 20" bolt around 325fps.Pretty fast for a crossbow.
It uses a metal sled with a rope,that fits on top of the rail to cock the string.It is easy to use.
The scope also came with the crossbow,it's a 4x illuminated green/red with ballistic lines.From the ranges that I have fired the bow,the lines in the scope are callibrated pretty close.It is dead on at 20,30,and 40yrds,I haven't had time to try it at farther distances.
It is also very quiet when fired,some of the other crossbows that I shot were very loud,and others made metallic sounds when fired.

I'm hoping to take it deer hunting this fall.If I can afford gas to get to the deer lease.

Dillinger 03-10-2011 07:10 PM

That is one sexy & evil looking Zombie Zapper. I have always wanted a crossbow, I have just never got to the point where everything else was satisfied and I could justify it.

Serious case of envy over here. :o


NitroxAZ 03-10-2011 07:26 PM

That is too cool. I have wanted one for awhile also. You said that is pretty fast for a crossbow. How many fps is required to hunt with one in Texas?

amoroque 03-10-2011 08:59 PM

Very cool looking cross bow.

I think a lot of us hunters are concerned with the rising gas prices this year. Looks like its going to be a repeat of 2008.

Txhillbilly 03-11-2011 12:27 AM


Originally Posted by NitroxAZ (Post 461864)
How many fps is required to hunt with one in Texas?

I haven't even looked to see if there is a fps regulation here,but I know several guy's that have hunted with theirs,and most have 150-175lb pull crossbows.

I know what you mean,these things aren't cheap.I got this one from Natchez Shooters Supply at the end of last year for a great price,plus I had a $50 off coupon so I got it for around $600.
I think Cabelas gets $799 for this one.

Dillinger 03-11-2011 12:40 AM

I love the look of that one. I went to the website and then I did a google search around the web. :o

CA357 03-11-2011 12:50 AM

I really like the idea of a crossbow, but I've been concerned about how quickly a follow up shot takes.

Dillinger 03-11-2011 01:23 AM


Originally Posted by CA357 (Post 462096)
I really like the idea of a crossbow, but I've been concerned about how quickly a follow up shot takes.

A 20" shaft with razor sharp broadheads traveling at 300 plus feet per second is going to cause a lot of damage. You might not need a second bolt. :eek:


CA357 03-11-2011 03:09 AM

If I miss, or dealing with more than one zombie is what I was thinking.

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