I'm looking to potentially get a crossbow in the coming months. I'll most likely continue to primarily hunt with my compound but I would like to see my dad use it mostly. I also like to tinker with new things. I've got a budget of $400 so nothing crazy. I've seen crossbows in my price range with speeds from 250-350fps. If I got a 250fps crossbow would I regret it? Should I be looking at a minimum fps? Would a 250fps bow be good to 35 yds?
I wouldn't say that you would regret it, but I would get something of decent quality. The Wicked Widge Warrior is one I would look at. It is in the $400 range. Wicked Ridge is made by Tenpoint so you have great customer service if you need it. The ATA show is in a couple days and from what they are saying there is going to be a new bow or two in the Wicked Ridge line.
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250 is very slow for a crossbow. In combination with a crossbows short arrows, it will lose energy fast. You can get good quality crossbows shooting in the low 300s for $300-$400 new. The Barnett Recruit, Raptor, Wicked Ridge Warrior.
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