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#3702740 - 07/03/14 08:49 PM Xbow?
landman
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I don't know how bow hunting going to go this
year, only about 15% left in right eye

So what cross bow rigged out for $6-700?

Thanks
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#3702821 - 07/04/14 03:21 AM Re: Xbow? [Re: landman]
mike243
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I have a Barnett that has been good for 1/2 that since they legalized them for every body.hope you have a full & speedy recovery
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#3702831 - 07/04/14 05:03 AM Re: Xbow? [Re: mike243]
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I like the parker Thunderhawk in that price range.
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#3702869 - 07/04/14 07:19 AM Re: Xbow? [Re: Diehard Hunter]
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Wicked Ridge by Tenpoint, Invader, Warrior, or Raider.
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#3702952 - 07/04/14 09:49 AM Re: Xbow? [Re: landman]
Wes Parrish
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 Originally Posted By: landman
I don't know how bow hunting going to go this
year, only about 15% left in right eye

So what cross bow rigged out for $6-700?

Sounds like what you're needing most is an optical sight, and it's just much more practical to mount quality optics on a crossbow.

The crossbow itself is overall about as much disadvantage as advantage (compared to a vertical compound bow). IMO, the big advantage (to those with poorer eyes) can come from quality optics.

I think recurve crossbows (such as Excalibur) are the better way to go.
http://www.excaliburcrossbow.com/
For that price range, I'd consider one of the lower-cost Excaliburs. If you get it as a "package" deal with their scope, consider replacing that scope with a better one.

IMO, most crossbow scopes have too much magnification, as having a 4x (or more) magnification can be a handicap at under 30 yards. But you do want a "traditional" type scope (adjustable to your eyes) rather than a red-dot type scope. The Nikon crossbow scope is a fixed 3x, unlike most of the scopes that come with the factory "package" deals.

Personally, I've recently gone to a crossbow mainly over the aging eyes issue, and the ability to easily use a traditional scope on a crossbow. I'm using a Nikon Monarch 1.5x shotgun scope. Among the "crossbow" scopes available, Hawke Optics seems to have the best selection of decent glass.
http://www.hawkeoptics.com/hawke-crossbow-scopes.html
I particularly like their XB30 1.25-4x24 as well as their XB 1x32. Again, you really don't need much if any magnification for under 30 yards, and anything over 2 to 3x can be mostly a handicap. For you (and me) the big advantage may be more the focus feature of the optics, along with just a little magnification.

My bottom line is I believe your sight selection may be more important than the make or speed of the crossbow. I'd rather have an entry-level slow-speed Excalibur with a better close-range scope than a more expensive high-speed anything with a cheap sight.

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#3702958 - 07/04/14 09:58 AM Re: Xbow? [Re: Wes Parrish]
cecil30-30
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I got a tenpoint turbo xlt II for $750 out the door from bow viper a few weeks back. Excalibers are loud and cumbersome. Id have to recommend tenpoint.

Edited by cecil30-30 (07/04/14 10:00 AM)
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#3703271 - 07/05/14 07:39 AM Re: Xbow? [Re: cecil30-30]
Phil1979
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I don't know a lot about them, but I have a Tenpoint and I like it, no complaints.
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#3703305 - 07/05/14 08:36 AM Re: Xbow? [Re: cecil30-30]
Wes Parrish
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 Originally Posted By: cecil30-30
Excalibers are loud and cumbersome.

Which Excalibur are you referring to that is loud?
Mine "sounds" about the same as any compound I've heard.

I've heard the Excalibur 405 and 380 (both of which are approaching the limits of physics) are loud, as are I believe the compounds crossbows that shoot bolts over 380 fps?

Compared to a vertical bow, all crossbows are "cumbersome", and the recurve crossbows are slightly more cumbersome than compound crossbows. However, the newer Excaliburs are lighter than most compounds, and not as cumbersome as their older models.

I particularly like their new Matrix 330, weighing only 5.1 lbs, and I've heard it is "quiet" (for a crossbow). And a speed of 330 fps is faster than what most crossbow hunters are currently carrying afield.
http://www.excaliburcrossbow.com/catalog/crossbow/matrix_330

What I like most about the recurve crossbow is the same thing I like about the recurve vertical bow: Simplicity. Not only is there less to go wrong, there is almost nothing to go wrong.

If you accidently cut your string afield, takes all of 5 minutes to replace it (and I don't even have to go back to the truck). Even BSK could do it. What typically happens when a string breaks afield on a compound crossbow?

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#3703324 - 07/05/14 09:38 AM Re: Xbow? [Re: Wes Parrish]
landman
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I have never even shot one
Trying to get setup up for season
Bows and Guns
And wondering about all my stands in the woods setup for right handed shooting
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#3703457 - 07/05/14 05:53 PM Re: Xbow? [Re: Roost 1]
backroads
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 Originally Posted By: Roost 1
Wicked Ridge by Tenpoint, Invader, Warrior, or Raider.


I have an Invader and like it. I killed a few with it last year. 315ft/sec and won't break the bank

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