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Life expectancy of a crossbow? ( Esp. the limbs)

My Parker Cyclone is now 5 yrs old and is by far my favorite weapon that I have ever owned. It has a lifetime warranty but since Parker stopped making them a few years ago Im worried that if something like one of the limbs breaks I won't be able to get it fixed despite the warranty because of lack of replacement parts. I usually replaced my compounds every 3-4 years but crossbows are a completely different animal. My question is how many years would you guys keep using a crossbow that you absolutely loved ? My concern is it failing during the rut etc and not being able to get it repaired in a short period of time or repaired at all due to lack of replacenent limbs/parts. Thanks

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Great ? It seems like a lot of Co.,s that make products of all sorts seem to come out w/out owin the customer squat whenever they use the it is no longer in production excuse and we don,t have any more parts.
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Re: Life expectancy of a crossbow? ( Esp. the limbs)

Not sure of exactly how long but I know that with proper care there are alot of people that have crossbows that are 15-20 years old and still shooting. Just like anything else they will eventually wear out. I think most get replaced due to wanting to upgrade than actually being wore out.

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For how much I paid for my crossbow it had better last forever.
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Re: Life expectancy of a crossbow? ( Esp. the limbs)

I too have a Parker Cyclone. My first and I absolutely love it. When hunting from my stands, it is important to have a crossbow that is narrow. This cyclone really fit in nice.

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Re: Life expectancy of a crossbow? ( Esp. the limbs)

The only suggested major maintenance are new strings and cables every 3 or so years. One of the largest manufacturers of crossbows told me that if limbs are going to fail, the great majority happen during the first year.

If the limbs fail down the road, and a model and/or parts are no longer available, manufacturers will often credit you something towards a new bow.

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Re: Life expectancy of a crossbow? ( Esp. the limbs)

Thanks guys!! dpms, always great advice and info( Jeff Pike from York here in case you remember me : )) The only problem is I don't like any of the new Parkers.... I have been thinking about buying a spare set of limbs if I still can get them.

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Jeff Pike. Sure do.

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Re: Life expectancy of a crossbow? ( Esp. the limbs)

On my 4th front end of my parker tomohawk. Limbs keep cracking or coming apart.

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I have a Parker safari magnum outfitter package I bought in 2004.

replaced the string and cables once because a local pro bow shop said I should when I took it in for maintenance. that was probably back in 2013.

never had an issue with that bow or the red dot scope that came with it.

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