One of the big advantages one has when shooting a crossbow is the scope. Unlike traditional recurve and compound bows using sight pins, peep holes and kisser buttons for aiming, crossbows offer hunters a much easier to use and more traditional approach with the same type of optics used on rifles and slug guns and some hand guns.
The only real noticeable difference between a crossbow scope and a rifle scope is the reticle. Arrows (or “bolts”) loses kinetic energy much faster than rifle bullets or shotgun slugs. An arrows’ trajectory isn’t nearly as flat so the reticle inside the scope is designed with multiple crosshairs much like the pins on a compound bow sight. This allows the shooter to quickly adjust for arrow drop by simply using lower and lower crosshairs to shoot greater distances.
With most crossbow scopes when you adjust the crosshair up and down and left and right you are moving all of them at once. This can make things a bit tricky at certain distances because different crossbows shoot at different FPS, and different arrow sizes, broadhead weights etc can all affect how quickly the arrow drops at different distances. With lower end crossbow scopes you just have to live with the fact that you may hit a bit high or low at certain distances. Higher end models, however, can be more finally tuned to the specific FPS of the crossbow the scope is mounted on. This adjustment often provides better overall accuracy across all of the ranges.
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