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Old 10-31-2020, 07:51 PM   #1
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Hey guys and gals, I have been shooting and hunting with a compound bow most of my life. My 8 year old has been shooting a small compound bow and wants to take a deer with archery equipment. He canít pull back enough weight on his compound to make an ethical kill. We have talked about getting a crossbow but I know nothing about them. If I could get some input from the ones that shoot them or have shot them, that would be great. The crossbow will more then likely be used by my son, my wife and possibly my daughter in the coming years. Not looking to break the bank with the crossbow as we are new to the whole crossbow world. TIA


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Old 10-31-2020, 07:58 PM   #2
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Centerpoint Sniper 370. Cost about $250 and has an adjustable stock. Just get you some better bolts. I've had good luck using the 125 grain Ramcat broadheads or the swacker mechanical.
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Old 10-31-2020, 08:17 PM   #3
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Just order a centerpoint 370 for 250 from Scheels for my son. Gets here tomorrow. I couldn't find any negative reviews about them
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Old 10-31-2020, 08:22 PM   #4
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Thanks guys. I have looked at the centerpoint crossbows a couple of times but wasnít sure as I havenít ever owned or shot one. What bolts should I try and find? Are there certain weights that you prefer over others?


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Old 10-31-2020, 08:29 PM   #5
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Barnett makes a youth model called the Recruit. Smaller and less pull but still deadly
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Old 10-31-2020, 08:34 PM   #6
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I bought the karnage apocalypse. It has a ar style adjustable butt. My 6yo son can shoot it no problem.
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Old 10-31-2020, 08:55 PM   #7
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Thanks guys. I have looked at the centerpoint crossbows a couple of times but wasnít sure as I havenít ever owned or shot one. What bolts should I try and find? Are there certain weights that you prefer over others?


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I went with the Black Eagle Archery Bolts. I had them add the brass inserts and i'm pretty sure they need to be 20" long for the Centerpoint. The only bad on this bow is the trigger. Look on crossbownation forum. There is a guy in Dallas that makes a trigger kit that greatly improves the trigger weight and creep.
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Old 10-31-2020, 09:36 PM   #8
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Thanks everyone.


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Old 11-10-2020, 06:22 AM   #9
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So, the problem is your kid wants to hunt deer with archery tools like crossbows but can't pull enough weight. Right? Why are you being worried? Let him try with an entry-level crossbow.
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Old 11-10-2020, 07:33 AM   #10
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I have a brand new PSE FANG 350 with a hand crank for sale. Perfect for the young man and light. I will even throw in some extra crossbolts.

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Old 11-10-2020, 09:08 AM   #11
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Avoid Barnett
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Old 11-10-2020, 09:20 AM   #12
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Hey guys and gals, I have been shooting and hunting with a compound bow most of my life. My 8 year old has been shooting a small compound bow and wants to take a deer with archery equipment. He canít pull back enough weight on his compound to make an ethical kill. We have talked about getting a crossbow but I know nothing about them. If I could get some input from the ones that shoot them or have shot them, that would be great. The crossbow will more then likely be used by my son, my wife and possibly my daughter in the coming years. Not looking to break the bank with the crossbow as we are new to the whole crossbow world. TIA


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I have a like new Sniper 370 with everything ready to go plus target/broadheads/arrows. $225 located in Tyler, TX
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Old 11-10-2020, 09:31 AM   #13
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Wicked Ridge Ranger. Its made by Tenpoint. Large finger guard, built in cocking mechanism, built for the smaller frame. Bought one for my kids a couple of years ago and they have had zero problems shooting it.
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Old 11-10-2020, 09:54 PM   #14
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Old 11-10-2020, 10:22 PM   #15
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The Sniper 370 is an awesome entry crossbow. I have good luck with the Carbon Express Pile Driver bolts. I caught them on clearance at Walmart. Honestly any quality bolts will be fine.
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