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Old 08-14-2010, 12:53 PM
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Re: PSE TAC 15/15i, 10/10i Crossbow Review

I have edited the article to add some info on my broadhead selection. I wan't sure how well I could get any of them to shoot.

Read what I learned about the Phat Head broadhead.
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Old 08-14-2010, 02:12 PM
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Re: PSE TAC 15/15i, 10/10i Crossbow Review

I finally have my TAC15 in hand; still waiting on the AR lower though...

Until that arrives, I've been looking at accessories. The three arrows that come with the TAC aren't enough, so purchasing at least 6 more is a given.

Thanks Len for the recommendation of the Phat Head broadheads, that will save me some experimentation time.

What sort of quiver are you guys using? I prefer to have one that attaches to the TAC -- given it's length, I'm guessing that the best arrangement would be a quiver that held the arrows parallel to the stock?
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velocity at 100+ yard ranges

Len (or others), did you ever get your chrono to work at 100 yards on the TAC 15? I've seen some postings on other forums saying that the arrow is traveling very slowly at those ranges such that it doesn't have enough kinetic energy to make a clean kill. No one listed any actual numbers though.

I've talked to a number of archers (using compound bows) that shoot at 80-100 yards at deer, antelope and elk (or at least they claim to do so!), and since none of their bows have an initial velocity that can match the TAC 15, it's likely that they have less kinetic energy at the 100 yard range than the TAC arrow does. But just b/c someone else does it, doesn't mean it's ethical I suppose!

Let's put this one to bed: anyone have measured velocity numbers (and/or kinetic energy) for the TAC 15 at anywhere around 100 yards?
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Old 08-14-2010, 06:54 PM
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saying that the arrow is traveling very slowly at those ranges such that it doesn't have enough kinetic energy to make a clean kill.
It is traveling very fast. I have not tried again to chrono at 100 yds. No need to. Even at 100 yards it zips right through ordinary targets that would be adequate for stopping compound bow arrows at 20 yards. No more proof is needed.

This thing is a long range killing machine. Watch for plenty of long range kill reports this fall from guys on LRH.

I got out to 120 yards today for the first time. At 120 yds, my Phat Head broadheads penetrated 12 inches of Block's new premium Polyfusion 400 FPS broadhead target. There is no need to convince those who made the comments you quoted.

By the way I shot a 3 inch, 2 shot group. It was hard at 3 power to see the black reticle dot against the mostly black target face. I think I will do better when I change the face color on this new target.

Ah, the arrogance! I am unsatisfied with a 3 inch group at 120 yards.

My educated guess is that the velocity at 100 yards is well over 300 fps. How much over 300 fps is a moot point.
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Old 08-15-2010, 09:56 PM
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Re: PSE TAC 15/15i, 10/10i Crossbow Review

I totally agree. Even 250 or 200 fps is still plenty to take down an elk (a lot of people hunt with recurves/long bows/old compounds that have a 'muzzle' velocity of less than 200 fps. I have a friend who has a short draw length (24 inches) and shoots 55lbs draw weight with a new 2010 Diamond compound and with hunting accessories (string silencers, etc.) she's only getting 210 on the chrono (just tested it myself today).

My local store didn't have the 400fps Morrell target, but they did have the Morrel Yellow Jacket crossbow target -- will that stop the TAC 15 arrows at 20 yards or do I need to ship in the 400fps to save my arrows?
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Morrel Yellow Jacket crossbow target -- will that stop the TAC 15 arrows at 20 yards or do I need to ship in the 400fps to save my arrows?
I have one Morrel Yellow Jacket crossbow target with only 2 holes in it. I'll sell it to you really cheap!
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Old 08-16-2010, 02:39 PM
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Re: PSE TAC 15/15i, 10/10i Crossbow Review

Let me guess, one hole in the front and another exactly in line with that one out the back... thanks for the info, at $15 per arrow I think I'll pay to have the 400fps target shipped in!

I've settled on a quiver and am working out a home-made mount as I can't find anything with a picatinny rail mount that fits.

I'm looking forward to attempting to match Len's numbers/performance! Anyone else?
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