How to Shoot A Crossbow Like Daryl Dixon

crossbow 313Daryl Dixon is a character from the popular television series called “The Walking Dead.” This series is based on a comic book of the same name and his character was created by the comic book writers; Frank Darabont, Charles H. Eglee and Jack LoGiudice and is played on screen by Norman Reedus. Dixon’s character was first known as an expert tracker from the south that is living in the shadow of his brother Merle. Although he is quick to anger and is ill tempered, the core group of survivors keeps him because of his skills in animal hunting and killing zombies.

Daryl Dixon is known for being efficient in killing zombies and this will not be possible without his weapon of choice, the crossbow. If you want to learn how to shoot like him, there are plenty of tips that you need to know first. Here are some of them.

Buy the Best You Can Afford

There is a huge different between a cheap, bargained crossbow and a top quality crossbow model. The cheap model will save you a lot of money, yes, but it will not be as well built, accurate and dependable as the top of the line model. You will find that these bargained crossbows will just fail you in the end. There are packages available for beginner crossbow archers. These packages already include everything you need to shoot ad hunt properly. They’ve also included everything that you need for your shooting experience including the crossbow, some arrows, arrow points, a scope sight, cocking device and a quiver. The price on these packages can range from $800 to $2000.

Although it’s a bit pricey, you are sure to have a top quality bow that will give you the best shooting and hunting experience.

Use Enough Draw Weight

There is now a minimum and regulatory draw weight for crossbows but it still differs from state to state. The overall range for crossbow draw weight is 75 to 125 pounds. Any crossbow that is found in this range can be used to efficiently kill a deer at a moderate range. If you want a crossbow that’s better for hunting, get one with a heavier draw weight of 150 to 200 pounds. The general rule is that the bigger the crossbow, the better—and faster.

Shoot a Fast Enough Arrow

All bow manufacturers are trying to push their bow’s speed up and when it comes to crossbows, you are able to do this by increasing your draw weight. That being said, the initial velocity of a crossbow should at least be 300 fps.  This kind of speed will give the arrows a good amount of kinetic energy so it can take down any big animal and reduce arrow trajectory when you’re in a longer range for a more accurate shot. Some crossbows are not pushing their speed to 400 fps so there is more room for improvement.

Use a Scope Sight

Most crossbows still use open sights but it will be better for you to use a scope sight because it will increase your accuracy. You can choose within 0 to 5x of magnification and it also allows for crosshair configuration. There are also multi reticle scopes that allow you to have 3 to 5 dots or a horizontal crosshair. TenPoint crossbows are made with a scope.