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#6839612 - 07/31/17 08:24 AM Need advise on Crossbows
gabesphotography Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 08/08/14
Posts: 25
Loc: Texas,Coryell
I have a compound bow, but I wanted to buy a Crossbow and I need a little advice. Because it's my first crossbow, I'm looking for a good entry level bow. Not sure which brands to look at, I see that Barnet has one that is on sale marked down from $499 to my price range of under $300 with a FPS of 330, but PSE has one about the same FPS, for $299, and then Center Point has one $299 with 370FPS... Just need help sorting out which would be a quality boy for under $300. Can anyone help

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#6839723 - 07/31/17 09:32 AM Re: Need advise on Crossbows [Re: gabesphotography]
kmon1 Offline
junior

Registered: 09/27/06
Posts: 21949
Loc: Texas
The Center Point of those 3 would be my choice, it can often be found for $250 when on sale. Check the online reviews of the 3 listed and pretty sure the CP will also have the better reviews.

All 3 of those have 5 year warranties.
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#6839972 - 07/31/17 12:09 PM Re: Need advise on Crossbows [Re: gabesphotography]
gabesphotography Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 08/08/14
Posts: 25
Loc: Texas,Coryell
Kmon,

Thanks for the help..

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#6840214 - 07/31/17 03:34 PM Re: Need advise on Crossbows [Re: gabesphotography]
cheetah577 Offline
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Registered: 08/19/13
Posts: 197
Loc: Dallas, TX
I have a Barnett Ghost 360 crossbow and I really like it. It is quite for an Xbow. It is a little out of your price range, but you can maybe find a used one cheap.


Edited by cheetah577 (07/31/17 03:34 PM)
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#6840316 - 07/31/17 04:58 PM Re: Need advise on Crossbows [Re: gabesphotography]
gabesphotography Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 08/08/14
Posts: 25
Loc: Texas,Coryell
Thanks for the help. I found at Center Point sniper 370 for a total of $230 after taxes and shipping so I went with that one.. I appreciate the input.

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#6840715 - 07/31/17 09:10 PM Re: Need advise on Crossbows [Re: gabesphotography]
Dodge_Rock Offline
Tracker

Registered: 09/18/08
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Just picked up a CP - shoots fast & accurate. I think you'll like it!


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#6841578 - 08/01/17 03:45 PM Re: Need advise on Crossbows [Re: gabesphotography]
kmon1 Offline
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Registered: 09/27/06
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When you put the CP together follow the directions, I like to use Something slick on the cable slide usually use some white lithium grease on it before installation or can be added after assembly with a toothpick or Q-tip. Instructions are not great for the plastic piece between stock and riser, be sure to use the plastic/rubber stick on piece. On the cable slide the deeper grove in it goes on the top cable as it is placed there from looking down on the riser assembly from above the way it will fit on the bow. THe cables will cross on the left side of the bow when viewed from above
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#6848392 - 08/07/17 12:21 PM Re: Need advise on Crossbows [Re: gabesphotography]
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Registered: 08/30/04
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Crossbows have come a long way from just a few years ago. Don't know how they are now since I've had mine, a Horton Dakota for over 25 years now, but stay away from any crossbow with a plastic safety. That is what I've seen fail, but again that's been several years back.
Another thing that isn't expressed enough about crossbows is they can be dangerous if you are not careful and don't pay attention to those limbs sticking out on each side when it comes time to shoot. Also be aware that there is enough clearance when those limbs spring forward when you are focused on your killing shot, and keep your fingers below and clear of the rail when you fire the bow.
Another thing to check is the shafts of your arrows (bolts) for cracks, and it looks nice and impressive when you have six arrows in a nice tight group where you can grab them with one hand and pull them out of the target, but one arrow striking another can and will crack a shaft, and the results of firing a cracked shaft can send you to the ER. I know, because it happened to me back in 1970
Also make sure you have a firm grip on the string when you [censored] the bow, or use a device to pull the string back. Any slip up here can cause a dry fire which could and probably will damage the bow, cables, and string.
Check the limbs before shooting, for cracks, and also check the string for fraying and cables to make sure everything is the way it supposed to be.
Get into the habit of checking all the above and I guess what it comes down to is just respect the crossbow just like you would a rifle or handgun.


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#6848678 - 08/07/17 04:44 PM Re: Need advise on Crossbows [Re: gabesphotography]
CJMO74 Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 10/26/16
Posts: 43
I'm selling my barnet DOA. I have taken some deer with it. Pretty nice bow for barnet. I just bought an excalibur matrix 380 and love it. If I were you I would save money and get a bow that will last a very very long time. The more I have aged I have found that dependability is key. Spend the few extra bucks now and you will have a bow for years to come just like Jimbo has stated he has had his for 25 years! Oh yeah if your interested in the DOA PM me and maybe we can work a deal out!

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