Re: Crossbow hunting from a treestand.
Welcome to the world of crossbows. I also hunt a lot from treestands, rather small portable treestands. One things that is rapidly changing is the length and width of crossbows, which is a great thing for hunters using them. There are getting much narrower and that is certainly a asset when hunting from trees. If a limb hit the tree when shooting, the force can impart some serious harm to the hunter. The larger the diameter of the trunk, the more this comes into play. On smaller trees, you can lean and get the limbs beyond the trunk for shots to the rear. Is it a huge handicap? Not with most of todays bows but it is something to consider.
You are wise to look at TenPoint and their XLT(extreme limb technology)limbs. Very narrow when cocked. Mission is also making some very nice and narrow crossbows.
You may want to look at what TenPoint does with Horton. They bought the name and the rights to some of their technologies when Horton folded. It is anticipated that they will introduce and reverse draw crossbow at the ATA in January. Currently Barnett and Scorpyd make reverse draws but the Scorpyd comes in at $1500. The new Horton reverse draw may be the most anticipated crossbows in years.
Reverse draws offer many advantages over conventional limb models and I prefer them for that reason. They are the best balancing, most maneuverable, and quietest crossbows on the market, IMO.
Just as with vertical bows, I would try to shoot them before buying them. What feels great to one person feels horrible to others. Also, cock them. There are great differences in how some bows cock. Some are easy and some are not so much.
If you are in the market next spring, I will have a lightly used TenPoint Vapor for sale.
Good luck and have fun in your search.
I support all hunters, regardless of weapon or technique!