I am a bow hunter. However, my 14 year old son would like to get into hunting with a crossbow. I have begged him over the years to get a bow, but he was always content to just hunt with a rifle. Now he mentions he like to take advantage of the warmer season & extend his deer hunting time. He's asking for an x-bow for Christmas. I have no clue why a crossbow? But I figure it will give us more time together practicing & hunting. He's fairly small for his age. I have never shot a crossbow, heck I've never even seen anyone shoot a crossbow. So what should I be looking for? Will he be able to shoot a regular size crossbow? Please help me with anything you can recommend.
I can only say, safety, safety,,,a crossbow string will take the finger clean off an adult man, and i have seen many men with fingers or portions missing, I can't stress enough that safety must be the number factor if he gets a xbow.
Get in touch with Arrowhead. He will point you in the right direction. My 12 year old wanted to bow hunt this year too. We got a Parker Enforcer. He shoots it well, just didn't get an opportunity with it this year.
My 6 year old can shoot my Ten Point and my Horton. However I have a set up for him where I have a shooting stick. Once on the stick he does the rest. Your 14 year old should not have a problem with a Cbow if he is used to a rifle.
In the $400-$500 range there are the Excalibur Axiom and the Parker Enforcer. The Parker has an auto safety and an anti-dry fire device. The Excalibur is a recurve and all maintenance is done by the user. They are 36 inches wide and have a manual safety.
In the $600-$700 range there are many more options. The Parker Tornado is my favorite in the group. Small, compact,accurate, more than enough speed and fairly quiet. It has a lifetime warranty too. The Ten Point Titan HLX is another to look at. The Excalibur Ibex or the Phoenix are good too.
Parker and Excalibur have the best customer service in my opinion.(usually two or three days for a repair) There are many crossbows to choose from. Be sure to check the warranty and be aware of customer service issues. It isn't fun when you have a broken bow in the middle of the season and it has to be shipped back to the manufacturer for service, because of a lack of dealer support. If you call or P.M., I will explain these issues in detail.
Just me being curious, but no mention of the Hortons?? They are quite cheap, and I have had great time with mine. I have the 150 summit and the scope mount was broke somehow or another. I did some research and found a direct contact # and they sent me the replacement parts free of charge within a day or so. Granted I have VERY limited experiance with this matter, but the Hortons are just as accurate as my buddies x-bows for a lot less $$...
Those who turn there guns into plowshares will be forced to use them by those who did not!