If you haven't heard already, Horton Crossbows are going out of business! This means that parts and accessories are going to be hard to come by. Luckily we have found a simple solution for those of you who are in need of a crank for your Horton crossbows. The Parker Sidewinder crank can be used interchangeably with the most of the Horton crossbow models. Watch our video for a quick tutorial!
You really got ripped off by the company who fixed your cable slide. The slide itself should only cost a couple of bucks. I think they stuck it to you because they knew Horton went bankrupt. I worked several years in a pro shop and would probably have charged you about $20 for the fix. You are right about Horton parts they will be like gold soon. Many people still don't know they are out of business. I have two Horton crossbos and I have started buying spare parts for them when I see them on the internet.
A crossbow can be a highly accurate, fun to shoot weapon. However if it is not maintained properly it can quickly lose its accuracy and even become dangerous to the shooter if a critical part should fail. To avoid any problems there are several simple maintenance tasks which should be performed regularly.
The first task is to keep the strings and cables lubed and waxed. The center serving section of the string should be treated with rail lube every few shots and the flight rail of the crossbow should also be wiped with the same lube. The rest of the string and cables (skip this step for steel cables) should be treated with bow wax by globbing it onto the string and rubbing vigorously with your fingers to warm and melt the wax into the string fibers. Strings and cables are expected to wear and need to be replaced as soon as they show signs of fraying. By waxing and lubing often, you will extend their life to several times that of untreated ones.
The second task is to clean and lube the trigger mechanism of your crossbow. Dust and debris have a way of collecting in trigger assemblies causing them to fail or become hard to pull. Remove any grime from the trigger with a compressed air can, cleaners made for firearms, or both. A few drops of gun oil should then be squirted into the clean mechanism.
The last task is to give the limbs, axles, and cams (if it is a compound crossbow) a visual inspection. The limbs should be inspected for any cracking or splintering along the edges and front and back sides. If any are found the crossbow should not be shot until it has been returned to the dealer for warranty repair. The axles should be examined for any worn, cracked, or missing bushings. Most crossbow bushings wear over time and this shows up as excessive cam lean. If the cams appear to lean or you can see a cracked or missing bushing return the crossbow to the dealer for further inspection and repair.
Sounds stupid but.. the cables themselves are made of a steel cable
What you should do is on one of the cables put a small one layer of duct tape wrapped once around it.
The rubber ..well almost like rubber texture will help the cables slide across each other. I own a Horton Tacoma trac 150 crossbow
I'm sure they will fix you up and help out if they care about customer satisfaction at all lol. If not, don't raise hell to them because you don't want to piss people off and then let them work on you're stuff...(experience). Just call BBB right there in the store and start reporting. Kinda been there done that with a regular bow and small town archery shop.