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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 12-21-2017, 01:09 PM Thread Starter
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I'm hunting with a ten year old Tenpoint Titan Extreme. Looking into purchasing a newer crossbow. They are so much smaller and lighter than the one I am currently using. Any recommendations on a good crossbow for a decent price? I may stick with the Titan because I like the one I have,but am curious as to other peoples experiences.

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My buddy just bought a new Titan for $400...on sale. I just bought my first crossbow. Did a lot of research and hands on, shooting, etc. My choice was the Tenpoint Eclipse RCX. Happy with my decision.

These are the bows I researched and shot.......Ravin R9......Tenpoint Turbo......Horton Vortec.....Excalibur Micro 335 & 355. All capable, quality bows that I would have been happy with. I chose the one that felt best to me.

The main issue I had with the Ravin R9 (390fps) is it is a "crank only" bow. The Tenpoint Eclipse is rated at 370fps with a 140# draw weight that is very easy to manually cock. (you can add a crank if needed) It felt well balanced and is quiet as crossbows go.

Shoot different bows and pick the one that fits YOU....just like a vertical bow. Happy shopping!

By the way. Do yourself a favor and call David at..... He is a wealth of knowledge and will give you unbiased opinions on "all things crossbows".

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i have been shooting tenpoints for years and love them. have been shooting a venom for 4 years and am considering getting a carbon phantom rcx for next year. not sold on ravins yet. not keen on a few things including the crank only aspect. also the have their own special press to work on them . saw a few reviews of guys that werent too crazy about their scopes. for 2 grand that makes me leery.
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Not bashing Ravin...I was not keen on the scope and the 5yr warranty. Tenpoint just felt better in my hands overall.
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demillo. take a look at the pictures of the Carbon express I just purchased in this thread.

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For a compound--Tenpoint, and yes if you can afford it--look at a Ravin. In recurve--Excalibur. I like working on things myself so I went with a new Excalibur 380, to get away from the older wider limb recurves. I haven't had a single problem with it, and have taken multiple deer with it. Over all I cannot say anything bad about any of the newest flagship models from most of the bigger names in crossbows. Today's modern crossbows are literally tack driving machines. It's all in what you want. Honestly the sky is the limit. My recommendation is to buy the best that fits into your budget. There is no need to struggle financially, and wreck your budget. I would look at mid price range right up through higher end, and see if you can shoot some at a pro-shop. From there--find the one that you liked, and fits into your budget.
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What is your budget?
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Probably around $600. I'd like something decent, but don't need the best.

Barnett's are very cheap, but I don't know about the quality. How about Horton? Weren't they recently purchased by Tenpoint?

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Customer service is also a big thing to consider as well. Search thru this forum and you will find some manufacturers do not have good customer service. I have a 10 year old Parker Terminator. When I dropped cocked bow out of a stand the limbs cracked. Parker sent me new limbs free in 3 days, no questions asked. Local gun/archery shop says Parker is one of the better companies to deal with.
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Horton was recently purchased by Ten Point. Kudu58 has a Horton Havoc for sale in the classifieds. Might be worth a look. I've not heard good things about Barnett and stayed away. DPMS is a dealer rep for at least a couple of crossbow manufacturers. He's a wealth of knowledge. I hope he chimes in here. I'm liking my Mission, but I don't think they have much that would be in your price range, at least for a new one.
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