Opps. After I posted the topic "Wondering" I saw the current posts. Don't know why I didn't see them before. Anyway. Now I am wondering what type of crossbow the experts on the forum might suggest. I will just say that I am on a limited budget and can't buy the top of the line xbow.
Im no expert but i have owned and used a few brands of crossbows. In my opionion id steer clear of the Barnetts. Not so hot reputation for quality. Had one years ago and that thing, although decently accurate, was a heavy, wide beast. Also string wore very fast and had a cable snap while attempting to shoot a nice buck. Take a good look at the Wicked Ridge lineup--they are made by Tenpoint and are great bows for the money. Used a Parker Thunderhawk for several years. Nice light ,relatively compact bow that gave me no problems and killed a pile of deer. Still keep it as my backup xbow. Try handling a few different ones that are in your price range and see which one you like best as far as fit etc.
Not sure what a limited budget is defined as but if that is around $500, I would suggest the Wicked Ridge Invader. I hunted with one this year and killed a nice wild hog in SC with it. Made by TenPoint. Backed up by excellent customer service. Reliable and made in the USA.
It depends if you are a beginner or an expert. There is no need to spend huge bucks at beginner level. Go for something that's around $150. Being a beginner, that's what i did and it works fine. You can opt for cheaper options at Amazon or Ebay. There are other online mediums that offer even cheaper options however, the quality can be compromised at very low prices.