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Noooob crossbow setup

Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Camping' started by stooxie, Dec 19, 2006.

  1. stooxie

    stooxie NRA Life Member

    Apr 10, 2005
    Northern Virginia
    Greetings all,

    Ok, I think the 70 degree weather in VA is killing my chances of bagging any deer at the place I can hunt. So, I'm thinking about switching to archery and hunting various people's backyards that tell me they've currently got deer in them all day long. I don't have any archery setup.

    I've done lots of reading and research and I think I've settled on a Horton Hunter 150 red dot package.

    My question is about the arrows. Seems you can't by "whole" arrows (bolts). At best, you can buy fletched shafts and then you need broadheads. Do I also need inserts and nocks as well?

    I was thinking about using the Horton broadheads (either fixed blade or the Tekken things) on the included LS MX shafts. Again, not sure what else I might need. The package comes with practice heads.

    So, can you guys help me make my shopping list? Here's what I've got so far (from

    Pro Hunter Broadhead Wrench
    (10 available)* $2.25

    CB607 Hunter Hd 150 Red Dot Package
    (12 available)* $488.99

    CP12 Horton Alum Inserts 12pk For Lghtng Strike
    (15 available)* $7.25

    BF200 Hunter Fx Pro Cut-on-impact Broadhead Hntr Fx Pro 3 Pk 100gr 3bld Brdhd
    (8 available)* $23.25

    I guess I need one of those foam block targets, too.

  2. Plenty of places sell whole Bolts with Fletching, knocks, ect...

    Dicks Sporting Goods sells them for the Horton bows. I also think their price on the Horton hunter package was cheaper than that. (IIRC it was $399)

    I bought my crossbow from Sportsmans Guide. They have a Horton 175 lb package with red dot sight for $399.

    I'd get that, the Rope Cocking Device,

    Some 10-point bolts


    Some mechanical Broad Heads

    A Block Cross Bow Target

    And I don't see any field points listed, but you'll want some of them for practice as well.

    I shot a nice spike buck in a back yard over in Great Falls with my Crossbow.

    Edited to add:

    Don't get one of those cheap foam targets from Walmart. A crossbow will shoot right through them and still have enough energy to split a 4x4 treated post.