Budget Crossbow

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  1. will62

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    I took the Jaguar crossbow I got for Christmas to the range to check it out after shooting .22s for a couple of hours with my son. Overall I was very impressed with this bow considering it cost just under $100 online.

    I was keeping all my bolts within a six inch circle at 20 yds with the open sights, I did not check to see how the red dot sight performed as my son was not feeling good after a doctor appointment.

    A conversation with the range master indicated that several people in the local area had gotten some of these budget crossbows around Christmas and overall had mainly positive reviews. My only negatives were that it seemed to need more lube on the rail after 5-7 shots. I don't know if this is normal as this is my first crossbow and there seemed to be a bit more string noise than expected. That might be an issue while deer hunting.

    Can the string on a crossbow be quieted like you can on recurves and compounds?
     
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    My 10 Point crossbow recommends re waxing after every 3 - 5 shots.
     
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    The manual that came with it recommends rewaxing after 10-12 shots but it seemed very dry after six shots. Not going to complain about that if that is normal.
     
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    My brother has one, it'll definitely do the job of a crossbow and take game. I found this a while ago as well, might be something to look into:

    https://www.archerytalk.com/vb/showthread.php?t=2327814&highlight=jaguar+crossbow
     
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    @Blackhawk45hunter started a thread about the Jaguar awhile back.

    I have one and have taken a couple of deer with it. It’s very accurate. The string sits on the rail, so eventually, despite the amount of lube used, the serving string will break. $8 for a new string.
     
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    You need to work on your trigger pull if you’re only getting six inch groups at 20 yards. Mine will literally have bolts clustered close enough together to cause scuffing on the bolt shafts.

    That crossbow can be extremely accurate.

    I recommend taking the rail off and using a fine sharpening stone to soften the edges and polish the ‘fingers’ that hold the string back. They have sharp edges from the factory and that’s what actually eats your string serving the most and after doing that, you’ll get a lot better string life.
     
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    I had it back out today and with some help from the range instructor was able get my groups much closer to just over 2 inches at 20 yds. Now the big thing is practice.

    Thanks for the advice on polishing the fingers.
     
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    One other thing I just remembered is to try your best to pull the string straight back when cocking. It’s very easy to pull it 1/4-1/2 inch to either side of center and that little bit will wreak havoc on your accuracy.

    Marking 1/2 inch on each side of center on your string with a paint marker is a great visual aid
     
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    Agreed. A cocking rope helps to pull straight back.

    I’ve yet to file down the rough edges. Laziness I guess.
     
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    This thread has me itching to blow the dust off mine and get it warmed up for deer season, it’s right around the corner!
     
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    Anyone know where to get one. Can only find the black ones on Amazon. Everywhere else is out of stock.
     
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    I just checked online myself, sprortsmansguide.com usually has them, out of stock on the camo. Thecrossbowstore.com, camo also out of stock, also Amazon as you mentioned..and only 3 left of the black ones. Seems to be a supply issue.

    Here is a used one on ebay: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Jaguar-Cam...970529?hash=item3d6e25b721:g:NNUAAOSw9sZa2M90

    Otherwise.. maybe wait and see what comes back in stock.
     
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    Snagged one off eBay. Got for a real good price. New in box.
     
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    I keep thinking about one, but I like still hunting, and I'm not so sure it would work well for that.
    But they sure look like fun.
    I should've bought one when they were still really cheap.
     
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