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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-20-2018, 08:43 AM Thread Starter
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Some crossbows you can decock them by using the cocking aid/cables & some you can use a decocking bolt. The Barnett Wildcat that I have has a anti-dry fire mechanism so you have to have a bolt in place before you can pull the trigger. Which with a little persuasion you can decock it with the cables. What's the general consensus?

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I have a target that sits outside of the cabin so I can fire a practice bolt into it at the end of every hunt. Same goes for when I practice at home. If I'm hunting/shooting somewhere away from either I always have a old bolt that I just shoot into the ground. With my X-bow, it would take two people to decock it using the cables. One to pull the trigger while the other holds the cables.

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I have a target that sits outside of the cabin so I can fire a practice bolt into it at the end of every hunt. . . . .
^ ^ ^ same thing i do ^ ^ ^

just me, i wouldn't try to hold back the cables by hand and let it off.
too much potential for a bad boo-boo, although finger re-attachment
surgery has made many improvements in the last few decades.

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Roger that on shooting an extra bolt into the target & advances in modern day surgery..........LOL

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minimal cost, purchase a decocking bolt and put it in you quiver. pull the hunting bolt out and the decocker in and fire down below you stand. the wide flat head prevents deep penetration into the ground. by the way, a few years ago I had just made the change and a fair size coyote made an appearance at about 20 yards. went for the headshot and he was DRT! full winter coat, a buddy I was hunting with wanted it since there was practically no damage. Until he moved away, the hide hung in his man cave and looked great!
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just take a field point and grind it flat and shoot the arrow into the ground. I keep an arrow like that in my quiver all the time. It can do double duty as a small game arrow if a bird or rabbit happens to present itself for the menu. Make sure you do have soft ground though as ive ruined a few arrows shooting them into surfaces to hard.

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