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#5505093 - 12/28/14 07:34 PM crossbow recommendations
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Ok so next season will be the first season on a lease and in an area where I can only take does during bow season. Therefore I need a crossbow or bow. (Favor the crossbow) I have seen them from a few hundred to 2 grand. I don't wanna break the bank but I d I nt want a hunk of junk. So the good bad and ugly what does everyone use and what not!!!

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#5505140 - 12/28/14 07:59 PM Re: crossbow recommendations [Re: basspromaster]
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Dfwpi has a complete set up in the classifieds

10 point or Excalibur depending on the style you want. Once you get it sighted in there is. No need to practice

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#5505215 - 12/28/14 08:26 PM Re: crossbow recommendations [Re: basspromaster]
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#5505426 - 12/28/14 09:51 PM Re: crossbow recommendations [Re: basspromaster]
Terry Chester Offline
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Registered: 10/20/14
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Loc: Decatur, TX
My personal preference is TenPoint, this was because of the accessories it came with, ie the Accudraw crank drawing system for cocking.

Since I have had the Tenpoint I have contacted them several times with questions, customer service and satisfaction is job one it seems.

If this is your first one I would suggest you go to a pro shop and shoot as many as you can to see which suits your needs.

Have fun.

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#5505611 - 12/29/14 12:36 AM Re: crossbow recommendations [Re: basspromaster]
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Thanks Terry and that is the plan to go and shoot at a pro shop I just want some input here since I know that pro shops will push you in a direction they want you to go and maybe not one you wanna go.

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#5505612 - 12/29/14 12:37 AM Re: crossbow recommendations [Re: basspromaster]
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Any recommendations of a pro shop in San Antonio area?

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#5505992 - 12/29/14 09:44 AM Re: crossbow recommendations [Re: basspromaster]
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I have an Excalibur and love it. It is the Equinox Lite Stuff. The newer models are faster, quieter and narrower in width. They are not a compound style x-bow which means you can change or remove the string at anytime if you want to. If you happen to misfire it is not going to hurt the x-bow. You can [censored]/uncock it with the draw-aid rope cocking device also.
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#5506272 - 12/29/14 11:49 AM Re: crossbow recommendations [Re: basspromaster]
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I also have an Excalibur for sale if you are interested.

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#5506460 - 12/29/14 01:35 PM Re: crossbow recommendations [Re: basspromaster]
Cleric Offline
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I am in same boat and looking at the Barnett brotherhood. It looks like good performance for the money

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#5506562 - 12/29/14 02:39 PM Re: crossbow recommendations [Re: basspromaster]
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I would like to try crossbow, so what's the dollar figure for a decent one?
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#5506692 - 12/29/14 03:35 PM Re: crossbow recommendations [Re: basspromaster]
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Like anything the x-bow is not that bad but the accessories add very quickly. You can get a package bow from couple of hundred dollars up to $2000. IIRC I paid around $800 for package from Cabelas and then added extras to get the price over $1000....I bought extra string, cocking rope, unstringing rope aid, extra bolts, broadheads, target, wax/lube, soft carrying case etc.
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#5507965 - 12/30/14 06:01 AM Re: crossbow recommendations [Re: basspromaster]
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The Matrix 380 that DFWPI is selling is a good, tough reliable crossbow. Be careful of plastic stocks. I have a Horton I had bought off of a friend and the plastic stock cracked. I was trying to sell it a and a potential buyer pointed it out. I have since modified it and it is a tack driver but I will still need to build a wood stock for it someday. Buy used, buyer beware. Buy new and buy cheap, buyer beware.
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#5509610 - 12/30/14 08:24 PM Re: crossbow recommendations [Re: Cleric]
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Originally Posted By: Cleric
I am in same boat and looking at the Barnett brotherhood. It looks like good performance for the money

I shoot compound, recurve! Wife got me the brotherhood W/400 grain arrows with 125 broadheads
This sucker hits hard!!!!!! Sighted it in from 20 to 50 no problem! Took my first doe with it yesterday eve. Clean pass thru, blood trail was unbelievable! The package comes with everything you need for 400ish
It's 7 lbs and very compact! I love this thing! Can't wait to put it thru a Hog! Doesn't come with string cocking device only downfall! I use gloves and the foot stirrup 160lb pull! That's my 2 cents!
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#5509882 - 12/30/14 10:49 PM Re: crossbow recommendations [Re: passthru]
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Registered: 07/18/13
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Loc: Ontario, Grey County
Originally Posted By: passthru
The Matrix 380 that DFWPI is selling is a good, tough reliable crossbow. Be careful of plastic stocks.


Great crossbows. I replaced the plastic with a laminated on my 380 and walnut on my 405.

380 - Spare (for when I have guests)



405 - Duty



The 405 is the first crossbow i have ever owned that will consistently break both shoulders on a whitetail and have a pass-thru. In order to do that you need to use a G5 or similar tough fixed blade plus a bolt like the Goldtip Laser Pro IVs. Anything lighter and their is a good chance the bolts will shatter if you are trying to break shoulders
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#5509956 - 12/31/14 12:56 AM Re: crossbow recommendations [Re: basspromaster]
dizzy17 Offline
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Registered: 08/20/12
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I have been using a tenpoint with 125 gr broadheads. I have had great luck with it. Deadly accurate. Pass through shots on everything, including a 250 lb boar at 20 yards three weeks ago.

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