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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-24-2016, 11:59 AM Thread Starter
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Best cross bow for youth.

looking to get my son a crossbow. hes 6 now and I'm thinking with practice over the summer he can be ready to hunt next year at 7. looking for xbow recommendations with price not being a factor, and if you have any tips for hunting with a youngster. Thanks in advance.

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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-24-2016, 12:12 PM
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OK my suggestion is going to be one with an adjustable stock, like the one's with the AR collapsible one's
this way he can grow with it
as NO X box is going to be made for a kid that small, the problem is the distance from the grip to the trigger, even when you GET a shorter stock, that distance doesn't change, and will take time to learn and as he grows his grip will always be changing
I would also HIGHLY advice you make sure he learns to keep his fingers DOWN below the barrel of the X bow, so not to loose any fingers and that can mean, staying SUPER attentive when a deer in there and excitement is high
a X bow string when firing can take fingers right off!
I like seeing kids in the sport, but I am NOT a fan of kids this age doing the shooting, sorry don't mean to offend, just saying my thoughts, safety is a big concern to me for them, as excitement can make a kid do silly things , so be extra careful here please and best of luck to you!
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mrbb thanks for your input. you didn't offend me at all this is exactly what I was looking for. my feelings are totally on the shelf for this one. you do bring up good points on the dangers of crossbows for kids.

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Not a fan of the youth crossbows out there. They are on the slow side and built with cheaper components to keep the cost down.

I always recommend more expensive full size crossbows with the adjustable buttstocks that the kids can grow into. Mission makes a great crossbow that is light, fast, reliable, and has an adjustable buttstock. I would not recommend their top end crossbow, the 400. It is very hard on itself. The Dagger and MXB320 and 360 are sweet crossbows.

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Barnett Jackal. Can still be used into early teenage years until you decide to upgrade. I've had one for 4 years and would recommend them to anyone looking for a beginner/budget crossbow.
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The PSE Fang LT is worth a look as well.

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The Parker Challenger is a lightweight X-Bow. My son is 8 and has been shooting it for a year. He killed his first deer with it this year. Teach him to shoot fingers down through the stock, this is how all 3 of my kids hold the bow in the stand and it prevents the change of the fingers getting taken off.
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I bought my son a stryker 380 when he was 8.He's not a big kid and had no problems using it.It seems that most crossbows have a smaller length of pull.My suggestion is getting him one that's light,which is why I bought him the stryker.Using a rest or bipod gets old after a while and limits shot opportunities,which is why light is important.By the time they're 9 or 10 most kids can evolve away from having to use a rest but the weapon has to be on the lighter side.
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Check out the Parker Ambusher.
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I bought a Parker Challenger for my daughter when she was 7. She began hunting as mentored youth at 8, and after I felt she was accurate and ready. She harvested bucks at ages 9 and 10, including this past archery season. No complaints on the Challenger here.
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