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Thread: Do crossbows hold their zero well?

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    Default Do crossbows hold their zero well?

    I understand nothing is perfect but my question is has anyone had trouble with the zero or bolt impact changing over time, assuming the bow was not dropped or otherwise damaged? I am wondering if age on the bow itself changes zero as the limbs age? I will certainly check my zero before hunting season each fall, but should I check it in between hunts ?
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    As long as you do your maintenance regularly, the zero should not change as long as the scope/sights are not jolted about.
    I have not had to change scope adjustment in the 5 years I have had mine.
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    Had bow sighted in and was shooting great, removed the limb assy to remove quiver mount and after reassembly I thought I should check it. Shot two shots very low then started shooting dead on again?? Did it have to settle in?? Should I be concerned??

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    Anytime that your bow is adjusted in that manner, it will change something and then zero must be reset or rechecked.
    Otherwise it should not change.
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    After sleeping on it I am convinced my scope is defective. I have emailed Barnett to see if they will replace it, but may just buy better scope!

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    With my recurve crossbows as long as the brace hight stays the same and I use the same weight arrows and the scope dosent get knocked around it's all ways on aim.
    The tolerance on your Barrett may change the zero a bit if you remove the riser or a cam go's out of time a bit.or the scope moves!

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    Thanks for the replies and I agree, what makes me think it's the scope, it always changes vertically and in same direction and same amount! It intermittently will shoot 12-14" low. The last time it shot 2 x with the same arrow 12-14" low then without any adjustment thee third shot went right in the bulls eye! This is the third time it had done this! Missed a doe at 20yds, so I shot at target and it shot underneath the target! Rezeroed it and then before I went to hunt again I thought I would check because I do NOT want a wounded Deer! And Again it shot two arrows under target and then back to zero without me touching the scope. I have checked and tightened scope mount 12 times! I ordered an Excalibur Tact-Zone Illuminated Scope, 2.5-6x32mm today so will let you know what happens!

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    What do you have for a crossbow?
    I had a TactZone on my first Matrix 330, but sold it to my brother in-law with the bow.
    I really liked the Tactzone!
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    Barnett Ghost 410 with a speed adjustable scope I think it is made by cross. I have had rifle scopes do this exact same thing. I ordered a tactzone scope, I know what Barnett will tell me, send the bow back and I really want to hunt the few days I have before gun season. I can't see where anything else would cause it to shoot 12" low at 20 yds and then back to zero! Any ideas would be appreciated!

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    Update, the tact zone scope I ordered never showed up, ebay is giving it till the 14th to see if it shows ,if not they will refund my money. In the mean time I called Barnett and kudos to there people, they agreed they think the problem is in the scope also so they sent me a replacement at no charge! I mounted today and it worked great like the original so will check it every few days to see if it changes zero!

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