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Looking for a new Xbow "HELP ME CHOOSE"

I'm looking to get into the xbow thing but I'm having a hard time making up my mind. I shot the Parker tornado and really like it. What are your guys recomendations, should I go with a certain brand, certain speed, or compound verses recurve? any input will help me choose my first xbow.
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Re: Looking for a new Xbow "HELP ME CHOOSE"

go with a excalibur!! any one... simple, easy to change string in field, very,very accurate. less things that can go wrong. also can uncock with one hand . i have never meet a person that shot one and didnt buy one! if you get one buy a 5 dot target, or youll be splitting bolts every time. arrowhead
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Shoot them all and pick the one that feels best to you.

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Re: Looking for a new Xbow "HELP ME CHOOSE"

I'm going to shoot a few, I just wanted to be pointed in the right direction with a little knowlage before I do.
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Re: Looking for a new Xbow "HELP ME CHOOSE"

Excalibur and Parker make some really fine bows.

The Parker Tornado is probably our best seller. It is a small package that packs a punch. Most of the ones we chronographed are right at 340 f.p.s. and they come with Hawke optics. Great bow if you are in a treestand.

The Excalibur is also top of the line. It is dead solid reliable, shoots great and has a decent trigger. All the maintenance is done by the owner, as you can unstring it yourself. Great bow in a ground blind.

Both the Excal and Parker are capable of 2 inch groups out to any reasonable hunting range.
Have you looked at the Ten Points? They are worthy of a look if you want the absolute best bow money can buy. Both the Shadow CLS and the Phantom CLS are amazing.....but it comes at a price.

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Hands down excalibur. Check there website, the owner and wife are hunters. All big name brands are copying the technology (no pulleys limb system). Vortex 200 lb. pull.
My toy is the phoenix 175 lb. pull. My brother inlaw just purchased the vortex. The accuracy is unbelievable.
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Re: Looking for a new Xbow "HELP ME CHOOSE"

I have both the Parker Cyclone and the Excalibur Vortex. Both are mighty fine crossbows and makes. In my smaller portables I find myself carrying the Cyclone more because of its narrow width. Where I have more room, much prefer the Excalibur.

The Excalibur is a breeze to take care off and as rugged as they come. It is much louder than my Parker and slower. You can uncock it manually which is a big plus.

Lots to think about but I guess I would decide on compound versus recurve based on the style of hunting you do. Compound = narrow, quieter, faster (in general)
Recurve = bulletproof, easy maintenance, better balance (in general)

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Thanks DPMS, I hunt from a treestand alot so I was looking for something that is great in tight spots. looks like its atleast going to be a compound.
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Re: Looking for a new Xbow "HELP ME CHOOSE"

Hard to beat the Tornado in that situation. Depending on what you want to spend, Ten-Point, Bow-Tech, Scorpyd all make very narrow bows.

The Horton Vision with its reverse limb technology is an awesome design but it has had it share of problems and is slower than many comparable bows.

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Re: Looking for a new Xbow "HELP ME CHOOSE"

i'd go with the parker if your in a treestand. i have the buckbuster 175 i got from arrowhead and love it. i think its the same width as the tornado but alittle longer.

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