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Old September 17th, 2020, 09:27 PM #1
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Leaving Crossbow Cocked... for how long?

I finally took the plunge and swapped a pretty nice extra 30/40 for what I think is a pretty serious Crossbow with crank in VG condition. Crank was mandatory for me because of age and back.

I got a Barnett Ghost 400 w/ a center stand rest type of thing and scope.

QUESTION IS..... how long can I leave it cocked without shooting the decocking arrow I bought for it. Will it harm it if I left it cocked for weeks on end?
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I finally took the plunge and swapped a pretty nice extra 30/40 for what I think is a pretty serious Crossbow with crank in VG condition. Crank was mandatory for me because of age and back.

I got a Barnett Ghost 400 w/ a center stand rest type of thing and scope.

QUESTION IS..... how long can I leave it cocked without shooting the decocking arrow I bought for it. Will it harm it if I left it cocked for weeks on end?
Good bow, but definitely not a good idea to leave cocked any longer than a day. Strings will stretch if left in tension for long periods of time.
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Good bow, but definitely not a good idea to leave cocked any longer than a day. Strings will stretch if left in tension for long periods of time.
That's what I needed to know.... thanks.
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That's what I needed to know.... thanks.
Some of those special "decocking bolts" are only good for one or two shots before they come apart. Still cheaper than a high quality bolt though.
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If I remember correctly, the instructions for my Ravin said something to the effect of, "It's ok to leave it cocked all day while hunting, but you probably shouldn't overnight."

I don't know much about crossbows...but the Ravin can be uncranked. Have you looked for instructions...maybe yours can too?
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If I remember correctly, the instructions for my Ravin said something to the effect of, "It's ok to leave it cocked all day while hunting, but you probably shouldn't overnight."

I don't know much about crossbows...but the Ravin can be uncranked. Have you looked for instructions...maybe yours can too?
Uncranking would be great BUT since I got it at a hock shop.... no directions. I'm hoping I don't shoot my eye out or decapitate myself.
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Uncranking would be great BUT since I got it at a hock shop.... no directions. I'm hoping I don't shoot my eye out or decapitate myself.
Here's a general Barnett manual. There are lots of Youtube videos as well.
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Uncranking would be great BUT since I got it at a hock shop.... no directions. I'm hoping I don't shoot my eye out or decapitate myself.
Just remember: Do not point at Dong
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