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#6481965 - 10/05/16 11:13 AM Advice on Crossbows
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Registered: 07/06/09
Posts: 1700
Loc: Plano, TX
Let me start by saying I use to bow hunt (back when I deer hunted) but have since transitioned to 99% bird hunting. However; we've got a couple of nice deer on our property that need to be taken out and I don't really want to buy another traditional bow. I've become left eye dominant (right handed) so everything I shoot is left handed. With that being said, I'm entertaining the idea of getting a crossbow to use for this occasion. Any advice y'all can provide me would be appreciated. I don't know anything about which brands are good, I don't want to spend a ton of money, just need something semi-reliable. What say ye?

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#6482050 - 10/05/16 12:11 PM Re: Advice on Crossbows [Re: HoldPoint]
cheetah577 Offline
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Registered: 08/19/13
Posts: 159
Loc: Dallas, TX
I purchased a barley-used Barnett Ghost 360 crossbow I located on this website. It is awesome. The crossbow came with soft case, bolts, broad heads and was sighted in perfectly. A used bow worked great for me!
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#6482055 - 10/05/16 12:14 PM Re: Advice on Crossbows [Re: HoldPoint]
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Registered: 05/05/08
Posts: 1564
Loc: Bandera County
I just purchased an Excalibur 380 love it, very simple and easy to operate.

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#6482059 - 10/05/16 12:17 PM Re: Advice on Crossbows [Re: BowsnRods]
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Registered: 11/01/12
Posts: 6445
Loc: Lubbock, TX
Originally Posted By: BowsnRods
I just purchased an Excalibur 380 love it, very simple and easy to operate.


I love mine. The Excaliburs are more expensive but I think they're worth it.
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#6482094 - 10/05/16 12:32 PM Re: Advice on Crossbows [Re: HoldPoint]
HoldPoint Online   content


Registered: 07/06/09
Posts: 1700
Loc: Plano, TX
any brands to stay away from? What makes one cross bow better than the other than quality of materials? Has anyone shot the Cabelas branded crossbows - sounds like these may be rebranded barnetts?

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#6482110 - 10/05/16 12:40 PM Re: Advice on Crossbows [Re: HoldPoint]
jrgocards Offline
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Registered: 10/27/09
Posts: 884
For the purposes you describes I wouldn't worry too much about brands - just keep you fingers below the strings when you shoot!! You'll find that a CB is really fast and accurate, but very loud. I don't take shots over 25yds due to the loudness of the CB.

JR

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#6482201 - 10/05/16 01:29 PM Re: Advice on Crossbows [Re: HoldPoint]
stxranchman Offline
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Registered: 08/04/10
Posts: 52092
I have an Excalibur Equinox Litestuff that I like. Bit bulkier and heavier than the newer Excalibur xbows but it shoots well. I chose a recurve style xbow for several reasons. One is I can take the string off and on myself to change the string or relax the limbs in the offseason. You can dry fire it by mistake and not hurt the limbs. They are very accurate.
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#6482337 - 10/05/16 02:35 PM Re: Advice on Crossbows [Re: HoldPoint]
HoldPoint Online   content


Registered: 07/06/09
Posts: 1700
Loc: Plano, TX
ok - sounds like I've got some flexibility. Thanks for the input. Gonna go check some out tonight. Other than keeping your hands out of the way anything else specific to crossbows I need to know about?

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#6482339 - 10/05/16 02:38 PM Re: Advice on Crossbows [Re: HoldPoint]
BowsnRods Offline
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Registered: 05/05/08
Posts: 1564
Loc: Bandera County
I would recommend one that shoots 350fps or faster, they are a little noisier than a compound so you need extra speed!

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#6482412 - 10/05/16 03:43 PM Re: Advice on Crossbows [Re: HoldPoint]
stxranchman Offline
Obie Juan Kenobi

Registered: 08/04/10
Posts: 52092
Get a good scope with it. Some have a built in mechanical cocking device or you can buy the manual rope type aid.
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#6482428 - 10/05/16 03:53 PM Re: Advice on Crossbows [Re: HoldPoint]
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Registered: 10/16/07
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Loc: Arlington, Tx/Coke Cnty
I just bought a Wicked Ridge Invader G3. Great reviews and they are made by Ten Point.
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#6482502 - 10/05/16 04:35 PM Re: Advice on Crossbows [Re: HoldPoint]
Jimbo Offline
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Registered: 08/30/04
Posts: 4401
Loc: The last LF ranch in S. Texas
Most crossbows you buy nowdays will get the job done, but the lower end ones use a lot of plastic and I prefer metal parts in the latch and safety.
As mentioned keep your fingers away from the rail area when shooting, and also keep your range at resonable bow range of a compound bow.
Lot of false conception regarding a string gun that you can shoot long range.

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#6482535 - 10/05/16 04:55 PM Re: Advice on Crossbows [Re: HoldPoint]
HoldPoint Online   content


Registered: 07/06/09
Posts: 1700
Loc: Plano, TX
I figured as much - I'm looking at a 25 yard shot max

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#6482547 - 10/05/16 05:01 PM Re: Advice on Crossbows [Re: HoldPoint]
Jimbo Offline
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Registered: 08/30/04
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Loc: The last LF ranch in S. Texas
Originally Posted By: HoldPoint
I figured as much - I'm looking at a 25 yard shot max


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#6482555 - 10/05/16 05:09 PM Re: Advice on Crossbows [Re: HoldPoint]
Jimbo Offline
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Registered: 08/30/04
Posts: 4401
Loc: The last LF ranch in S. Texas
Crossbows are loud, and if there is no wind and dead calm even 25 yards is a far enough range the deer can easily duck the arrow even from the fastest crossbow.
Usually the faster the crossbow the noisier they are. I've got an old slow Horton that is over 20 years old and it's fairly quiet, and I've taken a lot of deer with that bow. So speed isn't everything.
A slight breeze and leaf russle can muffle the sound a little, and the closer the better

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