Nothing is worse than seeing that big buck standing right in front of you and realizing you can’t shoot because something’s wrong with your equipment. This is particularly true in bow hunting, since you’re sitting so close to your quarry that he may scent you at any moment.
If you shoot a Excalibur crossbow, however, you may have a chance to correct the problem before that mossy-horned buck walks by. Excalibur crossbows all have recurve limbs, which means they’re not nearly as complicated as compound bows (either crossbows or vertical bows). In addition, Excalibur crossbows are designed so that field maintenance is easy, as long as you’ve packed the right tools in your kit. Most of the time when a problem occurs, you can fix it and get back in your stand so you don’t miss out on any hunting.
A damaged string is probably the most common malfunction you can have with any bow. All you have to do is bump the string with your broadhead and you’ve created a bow that’s unsafe to shoot. If your bow has compound-style limbs and you damage a string, it’s a trip to the pro shop. But if you have a new string and an Excalibur Stringing Aid in your pack you can put a new string on your Excaliber Crossbow in just a couple of minutes. The Stringing Aid is like a bow press in your pocket; you hook one end on each tip of the limbs, pull up on the Stringing Aid, and latch it into the cocking mechanism just like you do the string. Put the safety on, pull the old string off, and put the new on one. The total elapsed time is under a minute; less if you’ve done it a couple of times.
Because all bows vibrate—and Excalibur Crossbows are no exception—parts can work loose if the screws aren’t tightened the way they should be. A loose part—particularly a part such as a scope mount—can ruin your day’s hunt. Since Excalibur crossbows are put together with Allen screws, a set of Allen wrenches can be your best friends. You can tighten anything on your crossbow if you carry the right sizes along.
Scopes are great on crossbows, but they’re also vulnerable to damage. If you drop your crossbow, bump the scope, or bang it into something on your way up a tree, you run a serious risk of knocking your scope out of alignment or damaging it. Of course, if you do something like that it’s usually going to be on a Friday afternoon when the bow tech at your pro shop is off until Monday. One way to have a backup sighting system for your Excalibur crossbow is to carry a spare fiber optic peep sight, also made my Excalibur (it’s part #2294). If you have one, you can put it on in place of your scope, do a fast sighting in, and keep on hunting.