How many shoot their TAC-15's off-hand?

Discussion in 'PSE TAC 15/15i Crossbow Hunting Forum' started by BillyTell, Dec 8, 2010.

  1. BillyTell

    BillyTell Member

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    I am really dying to pull the trigger (pun intended) on a TAC-15i. But, I enjoy shooting off-hand a fair amount of time. I will probably spend 75% of the time off a rest but it is important for me to be able to shoot comfortably offhand as well. I've been told the TAC is not a good crossbow for shooting off hand. I would like to hear from individuals with real, firsthand experience? Is the comfortable off hand? BTW... my current xbow rig weighs in at 10.7 lbs albeit an extremely well balanced weight.

    Thanks and any and all opinions!
     
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  2. Len Backus

    Len Backus Administrator Staff Member

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    BillyTell

    Clever handle. The TAC 15 is more front heavy than others. If the 25% usage is going to be at moderate ranges, say 40 and under, it may not matter. But beyond that will be a factor. It's just like the quest for the perfect car, scope, woman, etc. It depends. :)
     

  3. BillyTell

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    Thanks for the reply. It looks like it is just as hard as it is to find a good woman. I guess you just have to take the good with the bad. ;-)
     
  4. Len Backus

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    But I found mine in eighth grade
     
  5. BillyTell

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    bow or woman? :D I have 23+ years and two wonderful sons with my current one and she's still the girl of my dream so I think she's a keeper. ;-) Now... if I can find that kind of happiness with a bow! It took more than 2 dozen guns in my collection before I was completely happy. I guess the wife should be glad I'm not as fickle with woman! :rolleyes:
     
  6. Len Backus

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    :rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:
     
  7. J E Custom

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    It is a big , awkward , crossbow for true off-hand shooting so weather I am prone, sitting
    or standing I try to use a rest of some kind.

    For prone, I use a by-pod attached to the crossbow. for sitting and standing I use a Primos
    mono pod (The one with the trigger release that allows you to raise the bow to the shooting
    height and simply pulling the trigger release and the mono pod extends to that height).

    I really like the mono pod for hunting turkeys because of it's fast adjustability.

    I have not made a true offhand shot with mine (I'm sure it is possible) but I allways try
    to aquire a rest of some sort with rifles , pistols and crossbows if possible.

    So my answer would be= No.

    J E CUSTOM
     
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  8. khan1960

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    Like many others have responded, the TAC 15 is a front heavy bow. I have no problem shooting offhand at a target, because it is "point and shoot", which only takes seconds. In most hunting situations, it takes longer for the target to get into an ethical shot position. Since I hunt from a ground blind, I use a stick for stability. I just don't have the strength to hold a position for the length of time it takes sometimes to get the good shot; another reason I chose a crossbow over a regular bow, after pulling back on my son's bow. It's hell gettin old LOL
     
  9. sgiandubh2

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    Hi....I frequently shoot my Tac 15i off hand, however I use an AR15 vertical hand grip when doing so. With the adjustable stock , just the right amount of pressure & control can be maintained using the hand grip and I can be almost as accurate free handed as with a mono, bi, or tripod. I varmint hunt exclusively with the TAC 15i and feel that the free hand style makes me faster on target and also lightens the carry load to & from my sets.
     
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  10. Len Backus

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    Tell us about your varmint hunting. Any pictures?
     
  11. sgiandubh2

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    Hi...I do have a coyote hunt planned for this week....hoping to have some great pics & report.
    My latest project is still in progress...the PSE TAC 15i. Although I have taken two coyotes with " straight out-of-the-box "set up, I have since added the HHA SPORTS "OPTIMIZER SPEED DIAL ".[​IMG] Installation is a breeze and minimal test shots are required to "zero". A small adjustment must be made by extending the crank to pass over the dial.
    The lowest dial setting gives a point of impact 1.25" high @ 20 yards. [​IMG]This addition is valuable to me for these reasons: I don't have to count mil dots : I can adjust the magnification of the scope and still use the cross hair for point of aim. [​IMG]

    The interest voiced by some in the forum concerns off hand shooting. Although the bow is somewhat intimidating to look at and hold, it is much more balanced and easy to shoot off hand once you adjust to the "shock" of the tactical look. It appears that WEIGHT is a primary concern to some. I have taken an unscientific, however I believe accurate account of the actual weight a shooter holds at MY balance point. I attached a WILSON COMBAT 90 degree forearm grip to the front rail. With my left arm holding this grip the downward weight measures 6.8 pounds.[​IMG] (with sight in bipod attached). For field use I remove the bipod and the weight drops to 5.6 pounds.[​IMG]The weight held by the trigger grip seems nominal with the majority of this weight being held by my shoulder. [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
  12. Len Backus

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    Mac

    I am going to try one of those vertical grips. And I am in the process of setting up an HHA unit.
     
  13. sgiandubh2

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    Len
    Check your e-mail for pics.
    Mac
     
  14. Super 91

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    In a word, yes I do shoot my TAC-15 off-hand. I have killed two whitetails under 40 yards doing so, and could have killed a number of others, I just did not want to harvest them.

    Under 50 yards shooting off-hand with the TAC is very doable, provided you have done some shooting on the range prior that trying it on game. It is front heavy compared to other crossbows, but with a proper hold, you can do just fine with it.