The Crossbow Conundrum
Crossbows are fun to shoot, accurate, and lethal. Their proficiency curve--the amount of time and fiddling required to become consistently accurate at hunting ranges--is short compared to that of compound or traditional bows. But that ease of use is deceptive. Because crossbow arrows are typically shorter and heavier than compound shafts, they are less aerodynamically efficient, shedding speed and energy at about the same rate as a compound's longer, lighter arrows, which are shot at a lower draw weight. My first buck had been the casualty of my thinking that just because I was consistently accurate out to 80 yards, I should shoot at a deer at that distance.