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Old 09-14-2017, 10:42 AM   #1
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Due to past shoulder injury I am switching to a crossbow. Went from a compound with harsh draw cycle to a recurve then a long bow. Going to miss the trad stuff. I just can't do it anymore. So....what crossbow do you recommend
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Old 09-14-2017, 10:43 AM   #2
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Spend the extra money and get an Excalibur. No need for a bow shop and you can repair pretty much everything yourself. Tough as nails.
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Old 09-14-2017, 10:45 AM   #3
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Excalibur. Cheaper in the long way and will last way way longer than those with cams. trust me, I've been there.
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Old 09-14-2017, 10:45 AM   #4
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X2 Excalibur all the way!!
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Old 09-14-2017, 10:50 AM   #5
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Sniper 370 affordable, accurate, fast, and dependable.
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Old 09-14-2017, 10:56 AM   #6
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Excalibur for sure, will be my next purchase. We currently have a Barnett Recruit Recurve(fairly inexpensive) since are new to the game and have small shooters. It's been great so far and all my shooters have loved it! I've had a compound xbow as well in the past but it's really hard to beat the advantages of a recurve xbow.
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Old 09-14-2017, 10:57 AM   #7
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Excalibur, but for those that have had shoulder surgery, I have worked with some the draw was too much for them without using the crank.

Compounds will get you plenty of speed without the extra weight needed by the recurve to obtain the same speed.

Tenpoint and Parker crossbows are built in the USA and are reliable bows No more need for a shop with them than a compound bow, that is all they are is a heavy draw compound on a gun stock.

For much less money than any of those the Center Point Sniper 370 is a lot of bow for under $300 and they have been very responsive on the couple calls we have had on them.
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Old 09-14-2017, 11:00 AM   #8
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I like the ten-point titan. It is very accurate. Whichever type you decide on, make sure you get a cocking assist device, due to your bad shoulder.
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Old 09-14-2017, 11:18 AM   #9
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Excalibur is what I have and it was worth the money.
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Old 09-14-2017, 11:20 AM   #10
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I have a Wicked Ridge for my son, it works well. Sorry about your shoulder man. I have some problems with mine and switched to a Mathews NoCam. Very easy to shoot bow.
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Old 09-14-2017, 11:44 AM   #11
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I love hunting with a crossbow. I have had three shoulder surgeries, and because of physical therapy, I can draw a bow. Physical therapy made all the difference, but even though I have the choice, I will still choose to hunt with a crossbow sometimes.

I am on a fb group with a ton of people with opinions on the best crossbows. Imagine that. One of my takeaways from many posts is how much people like the Sniper 370. I sometimes wish I had paid less than I did for my Carbon Express Covert CX3 SL.

The Sniper 370 consistently gets rated well with the much pricier brands and models (eg http://www.bestcrossbowsource.com/be...money-in-2016/).

If I had a lot more money, I would look into Scorpyd.
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Old 09-14-2017, 12:16 PM   #12
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I'm in the same boat as you're in - because of my bad shoulder I couldn't pull more than 15lbs. on a bow, so I sold my bow and bought a Killer Instinct (KI-350S) crossbow from a fellow TBH member. I've yet to use it for hunting, but I am very pleased with it.

Here's a link to a previous thread from someone seeking crossbow advice - I provide a reference to a book that you might find useful:

http://discussions.texasbowhunter.co...6&postcount=25

BTW, the short answer to your question - the author recommends recurve crossbows for beginners, and he likes the Excalibur line.

Good luck,

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Old 09-14-2017, 12:24 PM   #13
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I have a ten point titan ss with the cranking system. I believe it is called the Acu Draw System. Very easy to use and very accurate.
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Old 09-14-2017, 12:32 PM   #14
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If I was going to buy another crossbow I would buy a Scorpyd or Ravin.
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Old 09-14-2017, 12:33 PM   #15
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My advice is to get one with some sort of crank or automatic cocking device. If you have shoulder issues, you will not be able to cock the crossbow. I know from experience.
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Old 09-14-2017, 12:36 PM   #16
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Mission or Ravin
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Old 09-14-2017, 12:38 PM   #17
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I just remembered that Parker makes a crossbow that automatically cocks and decocks using CO2 gas - I looked it up for you and found that it's on sale:

http://www.parkerbows.com/crossbows....detailsku=1109

If I didn't already have a new crossbow, I'd be on the Parker big time!

Good luck,

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Old 09-14-2017, 12:38 PM   #18
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I use the tenpoint Invader. Its awesome.
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Old 09-14-2017, 01:07 PM   #19
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Having been there, my recommendation is..... don't do it.

Instead, get arthroscopic surgery, PT, a lighter bow, or just lay off for a year (hard, I know, but hey, I did it after 50 years of shooting).

Why I'll never buy another crossbow:

Too heavy to lug around.
Too slow to reload.
Too much movement involved in cocking it.
The one I had was also too temperamental in terms of the telescopic sight staying in alignment.
Without a cocking winch, you'll still need to put stress on both arms.
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Old 09-14-2017, 01:26 PM   #20
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Ravin
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Old 09-14-2017, 01:29 PM   #21
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Depends on your budget.
If a tight budget, I would go Sniper 370.

If no budget I would go Scorpyd or Mission.

Personally I don't like Excalibur. They make a tough bow, but its slow and loud.
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Old 09-14-2017, 01:31 PM   #22
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Mission Sniper. Sweet.
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Old 09-14-2017, 01:36 PM   #23
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Another thought: shoot some different makes and models that you can as whatever is near you, and see what you like. You might learn some specs are more important to you than others (eg I didn't want a bow that was too wide, because I like the option of spot and stalk). Even better if you have a friend with one who would let you take one hunting.

As for the compound vs. recurve, I can say I did learn the hard way (more than once) that the unexpected can and will happen. I broke a string with no backup weapon twice. I am a bit hard-headed from time to time. Now, I bring my compound bow as my backup when hunting with the crossbow and vice versa.

I have offered mine to a friend or two to try. When I bought mine, I didn't have any friends who owned one. I also wish I had done a little more of what you are doing now: getting others' opinions. I am happy hunting with a crossbow, but I could be happier with my choice of make and model.
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Old 09-14-2017, 01:57 PM   #24
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http://discussions.texasbowhunter.co...d.php?t=627630
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Old 09-14-2017, 04:34 PM   #25
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Well I just bought a Barnett recruit. It's accurate but man is it loud. Any way to quite these thins down
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Old 09-14-2017, 05:00 PM   #26
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Go to crossbownation forum they have a bunch of information and reviews. I purchased a center point sniper 370. Their reviews rate it high. I went from a Excalibur Axiom to this xbow with no regrets. I have the Excalibur for sale right now. If interested PM me.
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Old 09-14-2017, 05:06 PM   #27
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I have installed the Ten Point string stops in a Raptor before and think it can be used on the Recruit, that did help the Raptor noise level. About all crossbows are loud, the quietest I have ever shot or been around are from Darton.
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Old 09-14-2017, 05:38 PM   #28
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I second the Excalibur suggestions. I had the same problem with my shoulder. Tried Tenpoint, a PSE, a Barnett, ended up with an Excalibur- (I now own 3) they're lighter, plenty fast, deadly accurate, and dependable. No wheels to get out of whack. AND they have an out of this world warranty. Go to the Excalibur web site and Click on the three bars beside the Excalibur name. Scroll down to forum, and trading post to see if there are any good deals for sale.
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Old 09-14-2017, 05:38 PM   #29
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Old 09-14-2017, 09:28 PM   #30
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Carbon express compact is a great xbow for the money.
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Old 09-14-2017, 09:40 PM   #31
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Ten point Stealth
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Old 09-14-2017, 09:57 PM   #32
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Old 09-14-2017, 09:59 PM   #33
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Has anyone else noticed the OP has already bought a crossbow?
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Old 09-14-2017, 10:02 PM   #34
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Quote:
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Has anyone else noticed the OP has already bought a crossbow?
Never lets facts get in the way of a good thread.
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Old 09-14-2017, 10:05 PM   #35
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Has anyone else noticed the OP has already bought a crossbow?
I think everyone is hoping he takes that Barnett back.
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Old 09-14-2017, 10:31 PM   #36
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I think everyone is hoping he takes that Barnett back.
Not going to argue that point
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