Many hunters often would like to know what speed is best for a crossbow. The answer is typically standard because there are multiple variables involved in hunting and successful shooting, that it becomes difficult to provide a direct answer without first answering a number of questions. Here is a list of a few of the pros and the cons of using the fastest crossbow.
An ultra-fast crossbow includes the type that reaches a speed of 380 fps and over.
The Advantages Of Speed
1. Flatter Trajectory
The faster the projectile, which is an arrow in these cases is fired, it travels much further before gravity sets in. When an arrow is shot faster, it travels longer distances and the trajectory will be flatter. This means the shooter needs to know less about the exact distance associated with the target.
2. Longer Range
Because gravity is always a constant that pulls the arrow down, when an arrow is traveling faster, the further it can travel which translates into greater range. However, greater range does not automatically translate into greater accuracy.
3. Increased Kinetic Energy
As speed of the arrow increases, so does the kinetic energy, which means more energy is then transferred into a target.
4. Popularity Factor
Not every hunter or shooter is too concerned about this pro, but for the speed demons this does count. There are always going to be the people that like to push the boundaries and to obtain as much speed as they can out of each arrow.
The Disadvantages Of The Fastest Crossbow
When the energy that is released is increased, the vibration and shock levels also increases. Anything on a crossbow which does not feature some form of a suppression system will create a “twang” which amplifies as the release of energy increases. This may not be a problem for a hunter within 25 yards or less of the animal, but once they out by 35 yards or more, the noise will definitely alert the animal and cause them to quickly run away.
2. Margin For Errors
Like any other moving objects, the faster that it travels, the more even the slightest mistakes are going to have an effect on the trajectory. This means even a little mistake in the performance of the crossbow or in the individuals shooting will be amplified exponentially.
3. Component Failure Or Wear
The different components on the high-speed crossbows undergo far greater stress in comparison to the standard-speed models. The incidence of wear and tear along with failure increase. Shooting or owning one of these ultra-fast crossbows will require diligence when it comes to inspections and maintenance of the crossbow. This also includes the utmost care to never dry-fire it.
4. The Need For Specialized Equipment
Due to the fact that the majority of crossbows are not meant for launching arrows at a super-fast speeds, the standard arrows are not capable of handling such speeds. Most manufacturers of the fast crossbows have a disclaimer in place where the owner of the crossbow should only use the specialized arrows that come with the crossbow to ensure safe firing. These arrows usually feature specialized nocks and stiffer spines to handle excessive pressure that is generated by the crossbow.