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Recurve vs compound crossbows? Advice needed

Hi all, my dad spurring for me to get an excalibur as he says they shoot nice and are light because of the lack of pulleys etc...also smaller. That being said, art the limbs under constant pressure if you cock the gun..isn't that bad vs a crossbow wit pulleys and cams that have letoff.
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Re: Recurve vs compound crossbows? Advice needed

The limbs of Excaliburs have been very reliable. No worse than compound styles. Any limb can fail, but Excaliburs are no worse than others, even with all of that weight being on the limbs in the fully cocked position.

Down side to recurves is the very heavy draw weight of their newer models, along with noise and vibration. It takes them 275 pounds of draw to get the speed that many compound styles can get with 150 or 175 pounds of draw.

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Re: Recurve vs compound crossbows? Advice needed

The Excals are a little lighter but definitely not smaller . They are usually wider. Yes, when you cock the bow the limbs are under constant pressure, but I wouldn`t worry about it in a day of hunting. Just de-cock it at the end of the day and all will be fine.

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I've had a Excalibur for 8 years. Have always kept it strung, shoot it often, like changing to fancy strings once in a while. With a recurve you can do your own maintenance, at home or in the field. I don't sell them but if you want 110% customer service I'd get an Excalibur.
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Re: Recurve vs compound crossbows? Advice needed

I prefer a recurve. Love my Ten Point GT Flex.

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Re: Recurve vs compound crossbows? Advice needed

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I've had a Excalibur for 8 years. Have always kept it strung, shoot it often, like changing to fancy strings once in a while. With a recurve you can do your own maintenance, at home or in the field. I don't sell them but if you want 110% customer service I'd get an Excalibur.
Plus you can de-cock without firing a bolt. And the Matrix, and certainly the new Micro series, are not that much wider than a lot of compounds.
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Re: Recurve vs compound crossbows? Advice needed

I really wanted to go Excalibur in the worst way.Even considering strongly buyin a older NIB Axioms.But all they have now is thumbhole stocks and I hate em.After shoulderin tons of XBOWS over the years I really like the feel and balance of the Parkers.I have the Thunder Hawk.
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Re: Recurve vs compound crossbows? Advice needed

Xcal is simple, extremely accurate and being able to work on it with out a press is a huge bonus.

I don't understand being able to uncock without a bolt though, you can do that with a compound too.

I'd be super surprised if you were unhappy with the xcal
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Love my Excalibur
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Re: Recurve vs compound crossbows? Advice needed

I'm on my second Excalibur. Started with an Equinox, now I shoot a Matrix 380. They are bulletproof, very reliable. Wouldn't shoot anything else.

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