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How Powerful is a Crossbow???

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Matt begins the video by aiming a wicked-looking crossbow at a bunch of chickens on his ranch, but of course doesn’t push through with shooting them. He has a new weapon to play with — the Mission Sub-1 crossbow. He admits that he doesn’t know a lot about crossbows, but this one drew him in because like the name says, it shoots sub-1 or groups that are less than one inch at 100 yards. This is what rifles do, so he decided to find out for himself.

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To start, Matt talks about draw weight, and the differences between bolts and arrows, and demonstrates how to load, draw and fire the crossbow. He’s set up a target at around a hundred yards and begins by test-firing to show that the bolt can hit the target at 100 yards. Upon inspection, without Matt aiming or using a rest or anything, he’d already shot a six-inch group. So that’s good enough for him with regards to accuracy, and he proceeds to do what Demolition Ranch does best — conduct some experiments with the crossbow.

First up is a box of printer paper, and the bolt did not go through the first box of 500 sheets. Matt then brings up the story of William Tell and the apple, and says while he won’t try to do that, he has some apples lined up. He sights, aims and the bolt goes through all the apples neatly. Then comes eight cans of cat food lined up, because who wouldn’t want to shoot a bolt through cans of cat food? And the bolt goes through all of them, pushing the cans forward. Matt says it was the perfect number of cans for the experiment.

Then it’s the body armor that stopped shotgun slugs. Matt fires and the bolt hits and pierces, but not very far into the dummy. For curiosity’s sake, he tries firing at the dummy without the armor, and the bolt stuck halfway through, not going all the way in like he figured. And for some reason, he follows up with 16 dinner plates in a row, hitting and breaking nine of them. And he attempts a trick shot that partly succeeds.

At the end is, of course, a bolt that is a .357 Magnum that was sent by a viewer. He explains the mechanics of the crossbow and the bullet, and fires. The bolt hits the target with a flash and a bang, making a dent in the steel. And as a finale, he makes his own version of the bullet bolt and tries it out, but it goes off in the crossbow and recoils on his face.

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