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    Wow. I can hardly belive all these survived unscathed. Maybe I was wrong. I haven't seen one survive yet but I guess that doesn't mean it isn't possible. Hmmmm.

    Wonder how many were quickly sold on here "as new" lol!



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    ive seen plenty of dry fires and rebuilt plenty of dry fired bows here. its not good on any of them but i would have to say ive seen less damage to the dry fired hoyts, but then again ive seen axles and strings that needed to be replaced on those as well. a fellow dry fired an omen and the cams collapsed like a tin can, but with the little thin cams i can see why. the axles bent and the strings and cables were destoyed but the limbs were ok. ive seen monsters that pulled the cables through the cam like it was cut with a saws all . there is alot of energy on these new high energy bows and ive seen it do some crazy things. the only fool proof way is to not draw a bow without an arrow pointed at a target. i dont like to see bows come in that are in a trash bag. lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadBullArchery View Post
    Wow. I can hardly belive all these survived unscathed. Maybe I was wrong. I haven't seen one survive yet but I guess that doesn't mean it isn't possible. Hmmmm.

    Wonder how many were quickly sold on here "as new" lol!
    I hunted with mine for 2 more years and then traded it in at the dealer who watched me dry fire it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nuge60 View Post
    I'm curious about what bows have actually survived a dry-fire intact. I've learned here to NEVER draw my bow back without an arrow, even IF I have to point it at the wall while checking my drop-away, timing and clearance, but accidents DO happen and I think this info may be one good way to choose a new bow when that time comes... Has your bow survived a dry-fire with NO damage??
    Good info to help choose a new bow? It's not even a consideration, NONE.
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    I had a bowtech extreme vft that a buddy of mine dry fired at a dealer. That dealer traded with him on that bow, sold it to me and then he watched me dry fire it. I just finished setting targets on the 3-D course and I was dog tired I went in to shoot a while anyway and just forgot to nock an arrow. 68lb's 28" draw, I had a peep and speed nocks before I dry fired the bow. Sounded like someone fired a pistol. He took a look at it and it was fine. I killed a lot of deer with that bow and did very well at some IBO events.

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    Saw a Hoyt VE get dry fired twice by a guy that was more worried about judging yardage than loading an arrow. Guy has a 30.5" draw and was shooting 60lbs. First time he looked it over and kept shooting. Second time he was like "Man, I am too distracted, I am done". The proshop guy sposoring the hsoot looked his bow over and said, looks good. So the guy shot the rest of the competition with it. Still shooting it to this day I believe. I was impressed. Sure was loud though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhemming View Post
    im gonna go dry fire my vendetta ill post back in a few
    lol!!!

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    seen a few dryfires in my time. i think the faster and more agresive a bow is the more damage it takes. as a general rule bowtechs take em badly, splintered limbs bent cams, hoyts usually just destroy the string and cables. i would think just about any bow at 70 pds is gona need some work afterwards. drawlength and powerstroke are some factors to include also.

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    I can tell you that a low poundage Razors Edge can be dry fired twice with only minor damage to string serving.

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    Forgot to load an arrow during practice on my SBXT 4 years ago, blew dampener off string stop and string came off the cam. Sounded like a .22 going off. Had the bow checked out at the shop and everthing was alright, put new strings on and have had no issuses since.
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    I'm shooting one of the new Redhead Blackout bows (basically a diamond outlaw) and I accidentally dry fired early this week. Checked it over with the advice of the guys on here, looked good and shot my first 3D shoot today (which was a blast). I am glad my "less expensive" bow was able to withstand it!

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    Monster at the shop that blew the strings/cables, bent one cam and cracked a limb.

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    That does NOT sound like a survivor.....

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    Hoyt ,get serious

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    Old Mathews ultra light...It survived, a guy behind us at Augusta ASA last year dry fired his PSE moneymaker. slung the peep out but it survived.

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    my brand new never fired Redhead Blackout! everything looks fine so far. im an ass.LOL

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    Dry fired my Parker Blackhawk 70# @ 29" using the release in the kitchen at home. No damage whatsoever but one of the string leeches flew out at hit the wall about 10' in front of me and bounced back and hit me in the head. Scared the crap out of me and talk about sting!

    My wife has dry fired her PSE Chaos twice. Shooting target at the club, I heard her release and said did you have an arrow in then, she goes oops I forgot!
    Her bow was 34# @ 25" so there was not enough twang to do anything.
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    I dry fired an Admiral and a Switchback XT, no damage to either one but the string stops on the XT were like 50 yards away! Shame on me for doing it twice!

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    In 1995 I bought a hoyt difiant and being new to archery knew nothing about a DRYFIRE. It was set at 74 lbs. I wanted to break in the string so every once in a while I would pull back the string and let her go without an arrow. At the time I did'nt know any better. I guess it 's OK because I still shot it occassionally. It has Fastflight limbs. I did Dryfire my carbon element a week after I got it. When I was tuning it my release string broke at full draw. Lost my peep but no damage.

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    I dry fired an old (well, it was new at the time) XI Legend. I was busy gabbing with some folks while doing a demonstration and just flat didn't load an arrow. I was shooting in the vicinity of 70lbs at the time. Man it was one awful CRACK when I shot it, I had no idea what happened. Guy I was talking too said "did you mean to do that?" LOL. It bent both cams like tacos and the peep I'm sure was lodged in a wall somewhere, never did find it, but the riser and the limbs survived unscathed.

    Only other bow of mine that was involved in a dryfire (albeit not in my hands when it i happened), was a Mathews LX. Set at 65lbs, a coworker wanted to feel it, so I let him draw it (clearly a bad idea), I informed him ahead of time that it would pull like mad on the letdown. Well, he didn't really grasp just how hard the letdown would be and it slipped from his fingers. So, not a full dryfire I suppose, and it survived completely unscathed. Him on the other hand... A welt raised on his arm faster than anything I'd ever seen before. It must have raised nearly an inch from the basic surface of his arm, and was probably, 5 inches long and 3 inches wide. It was incredible. The next day, he had a bruise ALL the way around his arm, I still razz him about that once in a while

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    This past January I dry fired my 1999 Hoyt Viper. No issues, I continued shooting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by freebird@midwes View Post
    Most of the time the slow one's will not fly apart.
    is that why the hoyts are safe
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    dry fired my 2006 80 pound tribute once, still shooting it .

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    My Invasion survived intact. Needed a new string but limbs and cams were fine.

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    My buddy dry fired my brand new Darton pro 3000 2 years ago while it was set at 70 lbs. His hand slipped and speed nocks went flying. That was the only damage. A hca carbon four runner can also survive just about anything. But like others have said....they all can do it...its just luck.

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