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Old 05-20-2018, 07:52 AM   #1
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So after almost getting killed by a distracted driver while riding my motorcycle, I still have 8 broken ribs and a broken clavicle. So after almost a year I took the bow out and have come to the conclusion that my Motorcycle and Bow Hunting days are over.

So with that said I am leaning to a Crossbow. What do ya have out there? Things to look for and avoid?

Compound or Recurve?

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Old 05-20-2018, 08:02 AM   #2
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Centerpoint 370 Sniper. Easy on your budget, quick to site in, and an absolute breeze to shoot. Deadly out to 40 i can say with certainty, l haven't attempted kill at a longer distance yet
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Old 05-20-2018, 08:10 AM   #3
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If there’s a list of “bests” with Barnett on it, then that list was produced by Barnett or the maker of the list is a total ****ing moron.
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Old 05-20-2018, 08:24 AM   #4
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If there’s a list of “bests” with Barnett on it, then that list was produced by Barnett or the maker of the list is a total ****ing moron.
Bahahaha You are prolly right.
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Old 05-20-2018, 08:27 AM   #5
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Centerpoint 370 Sniper. Easy on your budget, quick to site in, and an absolute breeze to shoot. Deadly out to 40 i can say with certainty, l haven't attempted kill at a longer distance yet
Nice Crossbow. So you like the Compound over Recurve?
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Old 05-20-2018, 09:54 AM   #6
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I shoot a recurve right now but would switch to a easier cocking compound very soon
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Old 05-20-2018, 10:43 AM   #7
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I'm with you brother. No motorcycle wreck but serious neck and back issues.

I have owned several crossbows. First and foremost, don't buy one that doesn't have an anti-dryfire mechanism. Telling you that from exlerience.

I would stick to the 350fps and under bows. Above that, in my experience, it gets pretty tough to get a broadhead to fly.

I like the Mission Sniper LT. It isn't the fastest, but it is easy to cock and is pretty quiet for a crossbow. I also like the concept of the recurve crossbows, but it takes a ton of poundage to get speed. Bowtech (Stryker) makes some reasonable poundage crossbows that still get good speed. With crossbows, I am a fan of less poundage (stress on the bow and shooter) and better efficiency.
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Old 05-20-2018, 10:50 AM   #8
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Good advise
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Old 05-20-2018, 10:55 AM   #9
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Recurve.....maintenance is nil and can be done at home if need be. Keep it simple.
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Old 05-20-2018, 10:59 AM   #10
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Recurve.....maintenance is nil and can be done at home if need be. Keep it simple.
Excalibur Bulldog 380 recurve has my eye
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Old 05-20-2018, 11:30 AM   #11
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There are several good ones out there.
Personally I like the Mission crossbows. You can change the string and cables yourself without a press.
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Old 05-20-2018, 11:38 AM   #12
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I am pretty impressed with the Sniper 370. So far we have used the GoldTip Ballistics bolts and ... Rage heads.. Sorry that was hard for me to type. They have worked exceptionally well, even with extreme angle shots. I will say the bow is nice, but if you purchase it, you may want to look into a different optic. We are still using the factory sent optic, but only because I have not found something I really want to put on it.
That bow pack a solid punch and easy to use. HOWEVER, IF you wanted to simplify it, there are several short stroke recurve limb models that have great ratings as well.
My dad purchased a Wicked ridge ranger and has had no complaints thus far either, though the Sniper 370 WAY outperforms that bow with less cost.
Sorry to hear about the accident. Hope you get back to enjoying the hunting world.
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Old 05-20-2018, 11:56 AM   #13
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Hi Coker737:

Whether recurve or compound, you should check to make sure the crossbow will take a cranking device for cocking. If you type "crossbow" in the Search window, you should find a lengthy thread on crossbows with some really excellent advice and recommendations from TBH members written last year. Best of luck to you, and I hope you get well soon.

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Old 05-20-2018, 12:46 PM   #14
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Excalibur. You can find decent used bargains locally and on ebay. They are simple, accurate, and easy to maintain.


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Old 05-20-2018, 01:50 PM   #15
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I started out with a compound crossbow. Went through 3 bows before settling on Excalibur. I agree with above, just make sure you get one with anti dry fire. Crossbows are murder on bowstring servings. Changing strings and reserving strings is simple on Excalibur’s. I now own three models and love them. Besides, their warranty is unsurpassed in the industry. There are a lot of good deals out there on the Grizzly.
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Old 05-20-2018, 02:06 PM   #16
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Sniper 370 gets my vote also. I bought my son one for Christmas last year and he has never shot one. After dialing it in, he was shooting 1 1/2" groups out to 40yrds. These pics were 20 yrds and 30 yrds. It does have a long trigger pull but not bad after you get used too it.
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Old 05-20-2018, 02:31 PM   #17
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The sniper 370 is a great budget friendly crossbow. Wicked ridge made by ten point gets my vote as well.
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Old 05-20-2018, 02:33 PM   #18
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With your budget...Ten Point
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Old 05-20-2018, 02:41 PM   #19
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Wicked Ridge works for me.
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Old 05-20-2018, 03:40 PM   #20
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I am another vote for the sniper 370. I changed out the optic to the Excalibur speed compensating scope. I use the Pile Drivers and Rage Chisel tip and it is a bad motor scooter. It’s quieter than my buddies recurve Excalibur and faster. It also has the dry fire safety on it.
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Old 05-20-2018, 04:00 PM   #21
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I prefer using a Parker Tornado or Parker Cyclone. Both are great Crossbows.
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Old 05-20-2018, 05:55 PM   #22
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If I were buying one, I would lean towards the real narrow crossbows.. I really like the Raven R10 but have never seen one fire in person. They are pricey but look amazing.
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Old 05-20-2018, 06:07 PM   #23
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https://m.ebay.com/itm/New-2016-PSE-...EAAOSwB09YFDIQ

I bought one and its a shooter
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Old 05-20-2018, 07:19 PM   #24
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This. I have a titan. With your physical limitations, the accudraw will make cocking it a breeze. My 5’2” wife can cock ours with ease. My 11 and 12 year olds can hit a quarter at 30 yards on every shot. Fast and fairly quiet. Definitely deadly.
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Old 05-20-2018, 07:21 PM   #25
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I’ve been using Excaliburs for several years now and am very pleased.
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