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Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: The village of Saint Thomas, Franklin County, PA 4B, but most likely hunting in either 4A or 2C
Re: BowTech Stryker or 10 Point Phantom ?
First of all, I would be more concerned about how you are going to cock the bow than about speed of the arrow/bolt. What I mean by this is, how severe is your shoulder injury? Can you put your foot into a stirrup and lift half of the draw weight of your crossbow, say half of 150 pounds or 75 pounds? If so, a crossbow with a rope cocking aid will be just fine for you. If not, you need to look at mechanical cocking devices. That would be my first bit of advice.
If you are going to be an ethical crossbow hunter, your shots will be 30 yards or less, with the occasional shot taken at a completely unaware deer at around 40 yards. In other words, just about what you would take with the compound bow. Most of the crossbows on the market are accurate out to those ranges, so your choice of weapon will not be really critical.
Go to a well-stocked archery shop that has a range and will allow you to try several bows. After doing so, including cocking the bows, decide which one meets your needs the best.