Last updated on February 10th, 2021 at 06:49 pm
How to load a crossbow? It’s a normal and confusing question that will also be in your mind. Loading and using a crossbow needs a little science. You have to be patient. Overall, it is a simple process, but a small mistake can be dangerous. It makes safety the foremost goal of this guide. It would be best if you abide by the rules of safe handling and safety.
Do not load or prepare your crossbow until you are entirely aware of what you are doing. Therefore, it is quite necessary to go through all the steps in this guide before loading your crossbow.
Basic Steps Before Loading a Crossbow:
Firstly, you need to be careful about some basics before you start loading your crossbow.
- Go through the manual: Normally, every company ships a manual with a crossbow. Sometimes those manuals are also available at the websites of those companies. Try to check the necessary steps in the manual.
- Use correct arrows: Make sure the arrows you want to load are the correct ones. You can find it out in the manual or check a complete article about the best crossbow bolts/arrows.
- Turn on the safety: You have to turn on the safety feature of your crossbow. It will help you to keep away from any unwanted circumstances while loading the crossbow.
- Use the Stirrup: The stirrup is important for your safety. Try to use it for your feet to avoid any mishap.
- Use of a cocking device: There are different ways to cock a crossbow. Some people might use their hands to do this, but it is quite risky. Therefore, we advise you to use a cocking device to avoid any mishap and injury.
After looking through some of these necessary steps, we will introduce the procedure of loading a crossbow.
Examine the arrows and crossbow
It is essential to examine both arrows and the crossbow for any cracks or damage. Make sure you check every nook and corner. Inspect all the limbs, strings, and components of the crossbow. Make sure all the bolts and screws are tight. Check the structural firmness of the crossbow. Carefully examine the bowstring. If there is any damage or the string seems to be too loose, get it fixed by a professional.
Putting your foot into the cocking stirrup
Now you have to examine both the arrows and crossbow thoroughly. After that, place the crossbow in a vertical position on the ground. At this stage, make sure the stirrup is facing the ground and not you.
Now put your foot into the cocking stirrup. This step is quite critical if you want to load your crossbow correctly. Make sure you hold the crossbow firmly against the ground.
Now, you can use either a hand cocking device or use a cocking string. However, we recommend the latter for safety. Then, pick up your cocking device for the next step.
The appropriate orientation and use of the cocking device
If you are using strings for this purpose, it is essential to accurately orient the cocking string. One trick here is that you can place the string in the groove of the crossbow. It will help you to pull the ropes firmly. Afterward, you can place the rolling hooks of the cocking string on either side of the barrel.
We also advise that you use the same spot on the crossbow string to attach the hooks. You can mark those points with a marker, so you don’t forget them.
Now, pull the bowstring with the help of the cocking device. Ensure that the force is even on both sides of the bowstring. You need to apply consistent pressure and pull the bowstring until you hear 2-3 click sounds. When you hear clicks, it means the crossbow is cocked and ready.
Now you need to place the bolt or an arrow correctly.
Placing the bolt / arrow
Once the crossbow is ready, you can place the bolt or an arrow. But, be careful that you don’t accidentally press the trigger. That is why turning on the safety feature is essential.
While placing the bolt, make sure you place the fletching in the barrel groove. Otherwise, the bolt is not accurately in place. It can also cause an accident and damage to the crossbow. Now, you can slide the arrow back into the barrel. It will help in seating the arrow correctly against the bowstring.
Voila! Your crossbow is ready to shoot. Just remove the safety before you fire.
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Loading a crossbow might appear to be difficult, but in reality, it is not. But turn it into a reality, you need to follow precautions and practice safety procedures.
It is best to always start by reading the manual. There is no shame in reading a manual, even if you are a professional hunter. After reading the instruction manual, turn on the safety feature of your crossbow. Still, if you need further assistance, this guide has indeed solved your queries about how to load a crossbow or how to cook a crossbow.