I’m looking at getting into archery hunting and wanted to get a crossbow. I’d like to have one with a decocker so I don’t have to fire it to decock it. I talked to an avid bow hunter I know and he recommended Ten Point. My budget is around $550. Would any of y’all have any recommendations?
Barnett makes bows with speed at lower costs, can easily pick one up that can fire 400fps in the $400-$500 range, Bass Pro and Cabela's sell them. Not sure about an auto decocker function though. You can shoot decocker dart bolts for that though, $10 for pack of five Barnett brand at Academy.
Ten Point makes top of the line crossbows. I own a newer Horton made by Ten Point. Worth a look if their entry models meet your budget. Mine doesn't decock but it has a built in retracting rope that sure is nice. I have a block in the garage at the ranch so discharging it is real easy at the end of the day.
Kinetic energy is a little low, something to consider. I would also focus on the noise of the bow itself, don't know how many places have a range where you can shoot the crossbows but that would help as well. I have a Barnett Ghost 400 that shoots lights out out to 45 yards so far and going to shoot it a further distances as well to check it's accuracy. The only draw back is that I feel that it is pretty loud. I put limb dampeners on it and will put string leeches on it as well when I put on my new strin.