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Excaliber Micro - Late Season Limb Snap

The title about sums this story up! I headed out this morning for the late archery season with my Excaliber Micro. I bought the thing new this past summer. It's been shot maybe 75 times total and has been on 12 or so hunting trips. This morning as I'm waiting for it to get light I hear a couple of pings. I assume its some squirrels above me in the trees dropping debris down my way and pinging off my crossbow. I'm moving my bow around a bit to try and avoid the falling debris, it's now starting to get light and I hear the same noise, yet I'm not seeing or feeling anything hit me or bounce of the ground - a look up shows no squirrels above me either. I started to examine the bow and could see that the right limb was starting to crack. One or two more pops and I decided I wasn't hanging on to the thing anymore. I set it down out in front of me and watched the woods come alive. Around 7:30 the final pop occurred and the entire limb snapped. I stayed put until 8:30 or so as to not disrupt my hunting buddy and then headed back to the house to grab another bow. When I texted my buddy about what happened he said he heard the final pop and he was positioned about 50 yards away.

This totally sucks. Called the shop I got the Excaliber from and they said this is a known issue, had a couple come back. Heading there this afternoon to drop it off, said they need to replace the head and both limbs. Looks like I'm using the backup bow for the rest of the late season. So not happy right now.

I really want to love this bow, so light, so fast, so easy to maintain. Looking back I never had an issue with the two junker Barnetts I owned or the Wicked Ridge that treated me right.

Stuck it out till 10:30, not a deer in sight.
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Wow. It's a known fact the newer Excel's have limb problems. If you look at their forum you'll see a lot of horror stories. One thing you can count on excal will make it right. Their customer service is second to none.
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That stinks for sure. Good thing is Excals customer service is top notch. Overall, they are still a very reliable bow.

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Excalibur crossbows were trouble free prior to being sold.Just saying.
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I was going to get one when the time came and was telling people to check them out.Not so sure now.
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Excal has changed their business model some since being sold. They went to pushing the envelope a little with the design to get narrow and fast. ALong the way the have had a couple of hiccups with some limb issues. The one thing that hasn't changed is their great customer service. THey will get you back up and running in no time. You don't even have to be the original owner of the bow. No other company will do that.

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The title about sums this story up! I headed out this morning for the late archery season with my Excaliber Micro. I bought the thing new this past summer. It's been shot maybe 75 times total and has been on 12 or so hunting trips. This morning as I'm waiting for it to get light I hear a couple of pings. I assume its some squirrels above me in the trees dropping debris down my way and pinging off my crossbow. I'm moving my bow around a bit to try and avoid the falling debris, it's now starting to get light and I hear the same noise, yet I'm not seeing or feeling anything hit me or bounce of the ground - a look up shows no squirrels above me either. I started to examine the bow and could see that the right limb was starting to crack. One or two more pops and I decided I wasn't hanging on to the thing anymore. I set it down out in front of me and watched the woods come alive. Around 7:30 the final pop occurred and the entire limb snapped. I stayed put until 8:30 or so as to not disrupt my hunting buddy and then headed back to the house to grab another bow. When I texted my buddy about what happened he said he heard the final pop and he was positioned about 50 yards away.

This totally sucks. Called the shop I got the Excaliber from and they said this is a known issue, had a couple come back. Heading there this afternoon to drop it off, said they need to replace the head and both limbs. Looks like I'm using the backup bow for the rest of the late season. So not happy right now.

I really want to love this bow, so light, so fast, so easy to maintain. Looking back I never had an issue with the two junker Barnetts I owned or the Wicked Ridge that treated me right.

Stuck it out till 10:30, not a deer in sight.



Say it isn't so!!!! well so much for them being invincible goes to show anything is possible with mechanics involved. Hope you get it fixed.
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Getting it fixed was hassle-free I haven't got it back yet but they're replacing the entire head and limbs at the very least at least customer service was excellent
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Least no body got hurt
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Say it isn't so!!!! well so much for them being invincible goes to show anything is possible with mechanics involved.

Have to agree with NiceRack here. Every manufacturer of any goods will always have a defect at some point. It's how the company handles it that makes the difference.


It does suck big time when it happens though. Had my Bowtech fail while practicing 2 days before the season opener and did not get it back for several weeks. That's why its good to have a backup so you aren't dead in the water.
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