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woodsdog2

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Well folks my first ever kill with a crossbow was yesterday, the first day of Gobbler season here in NY. It was an HCM. I tricked it out as @Jtaylor and others have recommended with the 5/16" by 18 nylon lock nut with a neoprene washer underneath, I turned both limbs down to maximum and made sure tiller was the same on both... mine is 6 3/16" top and bottom even and it also lines up with the rear of the screw as Jerry describes in his videos. I changed out the scope to an older Bushnell Trophy red dot that has mutliple different reticles. I have been using the crosshair one. At first I didn't think I was going to like the red dot on it with just 1x magnification as you can see the foot stirrup and part of the riser when sighting it on target but it actually forms a kind of a "V" that I find gives me a bit greater precision. I didn't want to buy another red dot so I just used one I had on hand but for someone originally tricking it out, I would recommend maybe something with 3x magnification. The only other thing I did was wax the strings and cables not covered with serving and I noticed the "brushes" on my rest would loosen after a few shots. I pulled the screws out of each and coated them with some string wax and screwed them back in the plastic housing. So far they seem to be holding tight. I also added a HHA sight bracket recommended by @redsquirrel but I like four arrows so I use one of my old Kwikee four arrow quivers. Finally, I just added some bow jax sound dampaners to the limbs and the stirrup. This turkey was at about 12 yards facing away from me when I shot. After the shot he ran-flapped another 30 yards and collapsed in a pile in cut cornfield. This was my first ever crossbow kill and my first ever hunt with the HC Mini. I also took @Nutterbuster's recommendation on the Waldrop Pac Seat. I was tired of lugging my folding camp chair around with no real great way to carry it. With the Pac seat and a chest harness, I was able to carry my chair and my blind on my back. About as portable as you're gonna get with archery blind hunting for turkeys. I used NAP spitfires I had when I shot flappers for my regular compound setups. I couldn't believe the hole it made in the Turkey. I'll show some picks later. Got to get to church.
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philsanchez76

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Well folks my first ever kill with a crossbow was yesterday, the first day of Gobbler season here in NY. It was an HCM. I tricked it out as @Jtaylor and others have recommended with the 5/16" by 18 nylon lock nut with a neoprene washer underneath, I turned both limbs down to maximum and made sure tiller was the same on both... mine is 6 3/16" top and bottom even and it also lines up with the rear of the screw as Jerry describes in his videos. I changed out the scope to an older Bushnell Trophy red dot that has mutliple different reticles. I have been using the crosshair one. At first I didn't think I was going to like the red dot on it with just 1x magnification as you can see the foot stirrup and part of the riser when sighting it on target but it actually forms a kind of a "V" that I find gives me a bit greater precision. I didn't want to buy another red dot so I just used one I had on hand but for someone originally tricking it out, I would recommend maybe something with 3x magnification. The only other thing I did was wax the strings and cables not covered with serving and I noticed the "brushes" on my rest would loosen after a few shots. I pulled the screws out of each and coated them with some string wax and screwed them back in the plastic housing. So far they seem to be holding tight. I also added a HHA sight bracket recommended by @redsquirrel but I like four arrows so I use one of my old Kwikee four arrow quivers. Finally, I just added some bow jax sound dampaners to the limbs and the stirrup. This turkey was at about 12 yards facing away from me when I shot. After the shot he ran-flapped another 30 yards and collapsed in a pile in cut cornfield. This was my first ever crossbow kill and my first ever hunt with the HC Mini. I also took @Nutterbuster's recommendation on the Waldrop Pac Seat. I was tired of lugging my folding camp chair around with no real great way to carry it. With the Pac seat and a chest harness, I was able to carry my chair and my blind on my back. About as portable as you're gonna get with archery blind hunting for turkeys. I used NAP spitfires I had when I shot flappers for my regular compound setups. I couldn't believe the hole it made in the Turkey. I'll show some picks later. Got to get to church.
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Congrats man! Awesome way to break in your Mini for sure!
 

woodsdog2

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I said I'd post pics of the entry and exit holes from the NAP Spitfire I used. No damage to the broadhead that I could tell whatsoever. Arrow went right through the bird lengthwise and stuck in the ground about 2 inches. That little mini packs a decent punch. Has anybody went to a heavier arrow setup for their mini? If you have please elaborate on your results when you get a chance. Top photo is the exit wound, bottom is entry.IMG-6135.jpg
 

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