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Howdy y'all. My hunting buddy is getting his first xbow (already bought one off of ebay) for deer season this year b/c of a bad accident that renders his left arm too weak for a standard bow. Neither of us knows much of anything about xbows, so I thought I'd ask for some advice. I know y'all would probably have recommended a certain brand or to go shoot some first, but he only told me today he already ordered one. I didn't think to ask what kind until after he'd left. All I know is that it's a 150 lb. draw.

That being the case, what advice do you have for someone who's never shot one?
What is the effective range of one w/ 150 lb. draw for whitetails?
Do you use different broadheads than with standard archery? What do you recommend?
Can you shoot xbow at a regular archery block target?
What type of penetration should I expect at a given range?
What type of accuracy should I expect at a given range?
He told me that the one he bought was rated (advertised) at 310 fps. Does this make sense given the bow's reported draw?

Obviously, I'm way out of my league and need to bone up fast to help him out. Maybe I'll even like it enough to get one myself. Anyway, thanks for any, and I do mean ANY advice.
Peace!
 

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I can give you a few tips. By the fps and poundage it's a compound. They require a minimum arrow weight, going too light will damage the bow. The ballistics of the arrow will be very close to a 60 lb vert bow. Range is personal choice, most stick to under 35 yds. As far as penetration, good hits will almost always be pass thru's. Centering the string on the rail when cocking is critical to accuracy, most use a rope cocker even though 150 isn't hard to hand cock. B-heads are the same, gotta watch some mechs need double bands. I use Slick Tricks, they fly the same as field points outta my three xbows. Knowing the range and performance of the xbow is just as critical as w/ any other type of bow. They are alot of fun, especially for dinged up old fogies like myself. Good luck!!
 
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Rage Broadheads

JUst harvested my first deer with a RAGE Broadhead. WOW!! What a hole. The deer turned just as I shot or jumped at the sound. I hit the deer in the guts and the broadhead took out a lung on exit. I was about a 35 yd shot. The entrance wound was so huge that a lot of the intestines, etc, were outside the deer. The deer went maybe 10 yds and went down withinn seconds. I was not happy with my shot, (I thought the deer was pretty much broadside when I released).but I was amazed at the damage it did. No way my Muzzy (or my .270 Browning) would have done that much damage. I will post a couple of pictures later.
 
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