Archery Bow vs. Crossbow
• The differences between an archery bow and a crossbow
aren’t really that much. The obvious differences are probably
their weight, how to hold it, and the difficulty to learn using
each one. In bowhunting, it all boils down to taking down the
target; regardless of which kind of bow is used, their killing
potential is the same and are affected by the same factors.
PSE TAC 15 Crossbow
- Velocity: 402-392 fps (425 grain bolt)
- Draw Weight: 155 LBs
- Energy: 153-145 ft-lbs (425 grain bolt)
- Power Stroke: 17.25 in
• The Learning Period
• Between a crossbow and an archery bow, the crossbow is
a bit easier to learn. A crossbow is fashioned with a trigger
that makes it easy to shoot; whereas, an archery bow cannot
be simply used by pulling a trigger. The most difficult thing to
learn in using a crossbow is maintaining a proper stance and
making sure that the bolt is straight in place; in other words,
ensuring that the bolt is cocked properly so it can be fired
straight where it is aimed at.
Horton Vision 175 Crossbow Scope Package
- Velocity: 325 FPS
- Draw Weight: 175 LBs
- Energy: 84 FT-LBs
- Power Stroke: 12.75 in
• Shooting Distance
• Although this matter may be dependent on the bow’s
model – regardless of whether or not it is an archery bow or
cross bow – the crossbow typically fires its load farther than
archery bows. When it comes to bowhunting using archery
bows, it is necessary to get in close at least twenty yards of
the prey before shooting; whereas, a crossbow can be shot
from a farther range.
Parker 12 Gale Force Crossbow Package
- Arrow Speeds: 350 FPS
- Draw Weight: 165 lbs.
- Power Stroke: 13.25-Inch
- Mass Weight: 8 lbs
• The Weight
• The weight is an important aspect when it comes to
bowhunting. A crossbow is marginally heavier than an archery
bow; this means that a crossbow can only be held in proper
stance for a minute or two before the need to lower it comes.
While an archery bow’s weight is distributed evenly, a
crossbow’s weight has a heavier front than its back part.
PSE 2012 Bow Madness XL Bow Ready To Shoot Package
- Draw Weight: 50, 60 or 70 lbs
- Draw Length: 25"-30"
- Velocity: 340-332 FPS
- Dexterity: Right or Left Hand
• Weather Factor
• Using a bow on sunny days does not really affect the two
kinds of bows, but when the weather is a bit snowy, using a
crossbow is the appropriate choice. To properly use an
archery bow, one’s movements must not be limited by
clothing, because there are physical actions required to fire:
Aim, cock, and shoot, whereas, using a crossbow just needs to
be triggered to fire.
• Final Verdict
• In bowhunting, the crossbow is better in terms of
distance and simplicity. Although it is quite a bit heavier and
more difficult to wield, it still outweighs archery bows. Also,
the fact that it can be used under any kind of weather makes
it even greater in comparison.