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Crossbows have a much shorter draw or “power stroke” than other types of archery equipment. Therefore, to produce the same arrow speeds and distance, a crossbow must have more than twice the draw weight. However, crossbows are a short-range hunting tool—they are usually limited to one shot from 40 yards or less due to noise and recocking. Crossbows are no more accurate and can shoot no further than other types of archery equipment. Like compound bows, crossbows have sights and scopes available for more accurate shooting, along with many other accessories. Crossbows tend to weigh more than other bows.

Comparison between bow and crossbow

In range and power, a crossbow is equivalent to a longbow or compound bow that is about half the crossbow's draw weight.