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    Cool bow but I don't think its much different then a smaller crossbow
    "Give a man a fish and he eats for a day, Teach a man to fish and he eats for the rest of his life"

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    My advice to new archers was ...
    If your equipment is blowing through and sticking 6 "in the dirt then go to a larger dia. broad head and get that energy working for you with larger wound channels, quicker recoveries, and a faster more humane kill. As long as accuracy is not affected!
    I currently shoot a 1-3/4" expandable Rocket sidewinder. I still have about 30 heads left. When they're done then I'll need to (gulp) buy something new. I had about 300 heads back when I was doing prototype design changes for the original inventor of Rockets. He sold out to Trophy Ridge a few years back.

    anyhow my 3 kills with the mini vertical crossbow were all pass throughs and stuck in the ground.
    more then enough energy and all arrows were recovered because I was elevated.
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    Hi SK33T3R i was wondering what the Rocket sidewinder looks like-so looked it up-looks cool........you can still buy them on Amazon...now you may want to hurry to buy what is available, if they will not last,but at least you could postpone the GULP.....Cheers

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    I would be open to try that Vertical cross-bow. However I wouldn't give up my smooth shooting Scorpyd Death-stalker for anything... lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by gbk View Post
    Hi SK33T3R i was wondering what the Rocket sidewinder looks like-so looked it up-looks cool........you can still buy them on Amazon...now you may want to hurry to buy what is available, if they will not last,but at least you could postpone the GULP.....Cheers
    All the ones I see are 100 grain head. Mine are 87 (sold back then as 85) The only difference between the 85 and the 100 was the large Trocar bone splitting tip. We started back then with the 85g buckblaster and we had a few kickouts when shooting at hard quartering animals. I came up with the idea of lengthening the original buckblaster body and then stole a bone splitting tip from a thunderhead and machined to fit. This extra length engaged the tip before the blades could change the trajectory of the broadhead. Another complaint was small entry holes. ME again! I came up with the angled tip on the leading edge of the blade to capture more hide/flesh to ensure a large entry hole. I was working as a patternmaker for a big car company and had access to every type of tool known to any machine shop. I was doing the odd "gov't job" as was the term back then. Anyway I acquired 300 sidewinder 85g heads as a reward for my efforts. I also have a bunch of 85g 4 blade sidewinders. About 20 left of those. I only use these for bears. They are nasty and I like the shortest recovery trail possible. Anyway I'm cursed because I think way more then I should.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bellerivercrossbowhunter View Post
    I would be open to try that Vertical cross-bow. However I wouldn't give up my smooth shooting Scorpyd Death-stalker for anything... lol
    Lol, nobody wants to give up their smooth shooting compounds. My left hand Mathews was a dream to shoot until I lost The strength to hold at full draw.
    Looking at 70 acres for deer hunting,so iíll Need a new bow,lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greenhorn View Post
    Lol, nobody wants to give up their smooth shooting compounds. My left hand Mathews was a dream to shoot until I lost The strength to hold at full draw.
    Looking at 70 acres for deer hunting,so i’ll Need a new bow,lol.
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    Keep us posted on whether you get the 70 acres or not. Always interested in hearing your bear/deer insights.

    Skeeter - congrats on the unique crossbow. Sounds like a winner.
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    Last season was the first year I never had a video camera with me. When I went for bear, and I got into the tree the first night, was when I realized my camera was TOAST! Finally got another camera XMAS- Sony HD unit.

    Then I found out my son upgraded to a new go pro 4K, so like a good father I took his old one, Hero3+.

    I finally figured out a way to attach it to my mini vertical crossbow. There's was 2 tapped holes unused on the mini riser. for use in a left hand set-up. I took an old dovetail quiver mount I made 20 yrs ago and chopped it down. Then added a spacer for clearance, drilled some clearance holes and attached it to the two tapped holes in the riser.. Then I took a piece of aluminum angle iron and made a mating dovetail. Works pretty slick. Slips off and on quietly and quickly. I can carry the go pro in my pack for protection and in about 5 seconds slip it into place. Never had a bow mounted unit before so this should be fun with 2 cameras going. Mount needs final beauty touches and of course some paint.

    any suggestions from you guys is always appreciated.
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    Last edited by SK33T3R; February 13th, 2018 at 08:20 PM.
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    The cannon EOS rebel T6i with a 135 mm lens takes nice videos at 30 yards. I need a bear and I’m videotaping a hunt for a new bear hunter.
    Back in the 80’s , their were about 200 hunters working at GM using compound bows . I heard last year their all using cross bows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SK33T3R View Post
    any suggestions from you guys is always appreciated.
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    HEY I ASKED FOR SUGGESTIONS AND NO ONE CHIMED IN
    Y'know what? that plastic weatherproof case doesn't allow the speaker to work! no sound! WTF!
    So changes have been made and now the unit is even smaller and lighter and more compact.
    Silver lining to this oops. Wish that happened all the time!

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    Here's the finished mount. Then I had another problem. I kept bumping the ON switch. It goes ON very easy. So I took a piece of .150" thickness hard plastic and drilled a 1/2" hole then sized down the outside. I used 2 sided tape and stuck it to the face as per the picture. Now I need to actually put my finger into the shallow hole to turn on the camera.

    Hopefully this is the end of this project and I can get to hunting with it.
    Last edited by SK33T3R; February 13th, 2018 at 01:38 PM.
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