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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-07-2010, 12:30 AM Thread Starter
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which crossbow for dad?

My 73 year old dad would like a crossbow for christmas. I have no knowledge about them. I'm looking to get one that Anyone have a suggestion on what to get?
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Re: which crossbow for dad?

Cool.

So many choices and levels of expense.

Recurve style usually louder, slower and wider making it a bit harder to maneuver. But they are simple to maintain and lighter up front. Compound style usually faster, narrower and quieter. But harder to maintain and heavier up front.

Cocking a crossbow is also a consideration. Most are cocked with rope cockers or a cocking device such as a crank. Crossbows with longer power strokes require more effort near the end of the stroke to fully cock them with rope cockers. Cocking devices such as Parker's Sidewinder and Ten Point's Accu Draw make cocking a breeze for anyone. If the effort to cock the crossbow is a concern, consider one that has a crank available, or if using a rope cocker, one with a shorter power stroke.

The Excalibur Axiom is a recurve style, lightweight, affordable and is bulletproof. Not available with a crank but does have a short power stroke making cocking relatively easy with the rope cocker.

The Parker Enforcer and Tornado are compound styles with great performance, quiet and compact. Heavier up front though. Parker's sidewinder cocking device will work for both as would a rope cocker.

Both Excal and Parker have great customer service.

If Dad is gonna be hunting from the ground and wants a super reliable, easy to maintain and cock bow, look at the Excalibur Axiom.

Alot to consider and good luck.

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Re: which crossbow for dad?

dad won a nice horton crossbow at the hastings vfw gun raffle a few weeks back
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Re: which crossbow for dad?

thanks for the info
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Re: which crossbow for dad?

the excalibur bows do have a crank available for their bows too....easy to put on and take off
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Re: which crossbow for dad?

Give me a call or send me a P.M. I can help you make a good choice.

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Re: which crossbow for dad?

We decided to let him pick wich one he want's after christmas. Thanks for all the help.
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