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crossbow recommendations

Posted By: basspromaster

crossbow recommendations - 12/29/14 01:34 AM

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!!!
Posted By: Brother in-law

Re: crossbow recommendations - 12/29/14 01:59 AM

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
Posted By: DFWPI

Re: crossbow recommendations - 12/29/14 02:26 AM

Yes I do smile
Posted By: Terry Chester

Re: crossbow recommendations - 12/29/14 03:51 AM

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.

Terry
Posted By: basspromaster

Re: crossbow recommendations - 12/29/14 06:36 AM

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.
Posted By: basspromaster

Re: crossbow recommendations - 12/29/14 06:37 AM

Any recommendations of a pro shop in San Antonio area?
Posted By: stxranchman

Re: crossbow recommendations - 12/29/14 03:44 PM

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.
Posted By: rjd

Re: crossbow recommendations - 12/29/14 05:49 PM

I also have an Excalibur for sale if you are interested.
Posted By: Cleric

Re: crossbow recommendations - 12/29/14 07:35 PM

I am in same boat and looking at the Barnett brotherhood. It looks like good performance for the money
Posted By: colt45

Re: crossbow recommendations - 12/29/14 08:39 PM

I would like to try crossbow, so what's the dollar figure for a decent one?
Posted By: stxranchman

Re: crossbow recommendations - 12/29/14 09:35 PM

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.
Posted By: passthru

Re: crossbow recommendations - 12/30/14 12:01 PM

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.
Posted By: BadLander

Re: crossbow recommendations - 12/31/14 02:24 AM

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!
Posted By: Hirogen

Re: crossbow recommendations - 12/31/14 04:49 AM

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
Posted By: dizzy17

Re: crossbow recommendations - 12/31/14 06:56 AM

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.
Posted By: QuitShootinYoungBucks

Re: crossbow recommendations - 12/31/14 07:07 AM

Originally Posted By: DFWPI
Yes I do smile


$800 for all that is a steal, somebody needs to buy that. I also have an Excalibur Matrix 380 and can't recommend it any more highly. Lifetime warranty in the event you need it, but you likely won't as they are one of the 1-2 best.

I would buy DFWPIs setup so that I have two but I think I'm going to get a Micro and see what I think about it.
Posted By: DFWPI

Re: crossbow recommendations - 12/31/14 08:20 AM

Well, its been hard to try and sell it for some reason, and may wind up hanging onto it. I did buy me a new compound the other day, so maybe I will hunt some with the both of them.
Posted By: basspromaster

Re: crossbow recommendations - 12/31/14 08:37 AM

Thanks guys
Posted By: QuitShootinYoungBucks

Re: crossbow recommendations - 12/31/14 11:19 AM

Originally Posted By: DFWPI
Well, its been hard to try and sell it for some reason, and may wind up hanging onto it. I did buy me a new compound the other day, so maybe I will hunt some with the both of them.
. I think just wrong time of year. Start that up in July and I bet you get it gone in a hurry. Hell, I may buy it from you then, keep me in mind.
Posted By: Pittstate

Re: crossbow recommendations - 01/01/15 03:45 AM

I have the Parker Gale Force (350 fps)and the Carbon Express Interceptor Supercoil (360 fps)which have adjustable stocks. I also have the Parker Tornado F4 which shoots 340 fps and is compact like my Interceptor. I have shot many Ten Points and a few Barnettes (use to have the Jackal).

Haven't found a bad one yet. My opinion is the Parker is best for the money. Many are not far off.
Posted By: Tactical Cowboy

Re: crossbow recommendations - 01/01/15 06:44 AM

I recommend a real bow.
Posted By: jshouse

Re: crossbow recommendations - 01/01/15 01:58 PM

Originally Posted By: Tactical Cowboy
I recommend a real bow.


so its traditional or recurve hunting only for you huh? no compounds or rifles...right? they make it too easy.
Posted By: Pittstate

Re: crossbow recommendations - 01/01/15 03:20 PM

I personally like a compound over a crossbow. Much easier to reload for second shot. As far as hunting, it is all about getting the animal within 30 yards for an arrow or bolt. If I can get the buck within 30 yards, it doesn't matter bow or crossbow.
Posted By: Seadog

Re: crossbow recommendations - 01/01/15 03:26 PM

I may have to get a crossbow!!! My shoulder is all messed up!!!
Posted By: Tactical Cowboy

Re: crossbow recommendations - 01/02/15 12:07 AM

Originally Posted By: Seadog
I may have to get a crossbow!!! My shoulder is all messed up!!!
That's acceptable.
Posted By: Tactical Cowboy

Re: crossbow recommendations - 01/02/15 12:08 AM

Originally Posted By: jshouse
Originally Posted By: Tactical Cowboy
I recommend a real bow.


so its traditional or recurve hunting only for you huh? no compounds or rifles...right? they make it too easy.

How did you know about my love for a stickbow?
Posted By: jshouse

Re: crossbow recommendations - 01/02/15 12:41 AM

I did some searching to see if I was acceptable....looks like I'm not, will you forgive me?
Posted By: Tactical Cowboy

Re: crossbow recommendations - 01/02/15 12:47 AM

It is possible.
Posted By: Reich

Re: crossbow recommendations - 01/07/15 08:09 PM

You cant go wrong with Tenpoint or Excalibur. I personally hunt with a Kodabow Big Rhino model. The trigger and workmanship is above the other mentioned companies.
Posted By: Terry Chester

Re: crossbow recommendations - 01/11/15 10:54 PM

TenPoint Stealth XLT for me. Will keep on using Tenpoint, just my preference.
Posted By: JakeinTX

Re: crossbow recommendations - 01/15/15 01:19 AM

I use an Excalibur Ibex, I like it a lot. I am also looking at picking up one from Wicked Ridge.
Posted By: jmhartt

Re: crossbow recommendations - 01/17/15 06:34 PM

Absolutely loved my tenpoint
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