July 4th, 2013, 11:58 AM
Random shots with a Parker Tornado F4...chrono'd
Parker Hunter arrow, 401.6 grains total weight = 322 FPS (100 grain field point)
Parker Red Hot arrow, 409.6 grains total weight = 317 FPS (100 grain NAP Spitfire)
It didn't quite make the advertised speed, but they never do....except in bow magazines and internet forums ...it was raining though, I expect the weight of the water on the arrows and on the rail and string held it back a few FPS.
I just wanted to shoot it a few times, a little rain never hurt anybody anyway...took 4 shots to sight it in.
July 4th, 2013, 12:34 PM
Arrows weighed on an RCBS 505 (powder scale)
The chrono is a Competition Electronics Pro Chrono Digital.
July 4th, 2013, 08:59 PM
It is possible that I was too close to the chrono today...I'll try it again tomorrow, just to make sure.
July 5th, 2013, 11:05 AM
25 yards, Crosspro 100 FX head, 322 FPS...Consistent for 35 shots....I believe she's ready.
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July 5th, 2013, 11:13 AM
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July 5th, 2013, 02:00 PM
I had planned on a 25 yard sight in...but it won't work...had to do 20 yards because the 25 yard zero was fine at 35, but at 45 it was 4" high using the crosshair.
Zeroed at 20 it was 2" low at 40...I adjusted it to hit dead on at 40 (using the 40 yard crosshair)....shot it again at 20, its about 1/2 inch high...close enough to perfect for me!
Its a very accurate bow...about 1.5" at 40 yards.
I had one weird shot today...the arrow hit the target, but went about 8" low and 4" to the left...not sure exactly what happened there....the arrow seemed to have all the power behind it, it penetrated the same as the others, it was a 40 yard shot...but it sounded different...I thought maybe I didn't have the cock vane down, but don't really know...might have just been me, and a bad shot.
July 5th, 2013, 02:03 PM
July 5th, 2013, 02:04 PM
Nice shooting! None of my parkers made the advertised speed. All off by almost 10fps. I didn't twist them past factory specs. F4 Tornado is the best bow Parker has made IMO
July 5th, 2013, 02:06 PM
My other booboo of the day...used the 20 yard crosshair on a 40 yard target
Hit the cinder blocks at over 290 fps...tough broadhead!
That's a solid block (cap block)...wrecked the arrow all but the nock.
July 5th, 2013, 02:08 PM
Chrono results....dry this time.
322 fps with 410 grain arrows...and still going 306 fps at 25 yards.
All shots taken sitting using Primos Shooting Stix.
July 5th, 2013, 02:33 PM
Thanks...I'm enjoying it...probably put at least 100 shots down range today.
Originally Posted by pinshooter
July 5th, 2013, 02:51 PM
FOC with Red Hot arrows and Crosspro 100FX heads...11.54%
FOC with Parker Hunter arrows and same broadhead...17.82%
July 5th, 2013, 05:35 PM
My F4 Tornado shoots at an average of 342 FPS with a 400 Gr. arrow. After strings a cables settle in, your axle to axle legnth may be out up to a 1/4 of an inch. Give string and cables a couple of twists to bring it back into specs. Axle to axle legnth is 20 3/4 inch on the F4. When its back into specs and when using a chrony, make sure chrony is dead level and your bench rested bow is dead level also. Just by keeping the bow and chrony dead level may bring your speed up quite a bit. Give it a try. Heres a good read about keeping it level.
Be safe and have fun.
July 5th, 2013, 05:47 PM
The chrono and bow were level...the string and cables likely did settle some today though....
Let me check the axle to axle...
Axle to axle is 20 13/16ths inches...it settled 1/16"....I probably won't mess with any of that this year though, don't have a press of my own to break it down yet.
I just realized I didn't post it....it clocked 328 FPS with a 400 grain arrow today...the rain had it slowed down a little yesterday....only 12 FPS under advertised speed ain't bad.
Thanks for posting though...I'm just learning the ins and outs of crossbows...I know a little about vertical bows but I'm a student on the xbow...they are very similar, yet very different.
July 5th, 2013, 06:07 PM
The Crosspro 100FX heads fly pretty good out of this bow...I didn't shoot past 45 yards today but they grouped just fine to there...I just prefer fixed blades, old fashioned I guess...
I do understand that mechanicals may be a little more accurate...completely...makes prefect sense...but as long as I can get fixed blades to group decent l'll keep shooting them.
I may play around with the NAP Spitfires some tomorrow if I have time after stretching it out some more with the Crosspros (out to 50 yards at least).
July 5th, 2013, 07:48 PM
Nice review Ridge. I like that crossbow myself
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July 5th, 2013, 08:08 PM
Thanks...its been a long time since I've had this much fun with a new toy...I had forgotten how much I enjoy archery.
Originally Posted by Ramrod
July 5th, 2013, 08:51 PM
Crossbows are addicting and a blast!
Hawke XB30 Pro
July 5th, 2013, 09:00 PM
They are for sure :-) The F4 will be a great bow for you. Like I said best Parker ever made IMO :-)
July 7th, 2013, 10:01 PM
Didn't get to shoot anymore today...l've been busy moving from my "man hole" (pictured below) into my very own "man cave"....
Man hole...back end of the laundry room.
Man cave...small bedroom....now its MINE!!!....Gonna build the reloading bench tomorrow....2 feet longer and 6 inches wider than the other one.
July 8th, 2013, 07:58 PM
Got the reloading room all setup....I'll shoot the xbow some tomorrow.
July 8th, 2013, 08:01 PM
Nice shooting and like the reloading station nice.
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July 9th, 2013, 07:39 PM
thats sweet shooting bow!
Just a burnt out bow junkie
August 2nd, 2013, 08:19 PM
I'm supposed to be back home for 4 days starting Thursday...we'll see (I'm in Iowa right now)...
I hope to have some trail cam pics to share when I get back.
March 1st, 2014, 01:50 AM
I have bought another Parker...ordered a Challenger from Wyvern tonight...this one is for my youngest son for his birthday.