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Recommendation Needed

I am not a Crossbow hunter and I know next to nothing about them. However my ten year old grandson wants one so I need some recommendations and/or what to look for.
Grandkids will drive you to the poor house in no time and I have seven of them....

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I just upgraded from a Parker to a Ravin. Prior to buying the Ravin I did a lot of reading and watching on YouTube. The CenterPoint 370 seemed to be a good value for the money and guys seemed to like it. I also called a local archery shop and asked the salesman for his recommendation for a bow costing more than $1,000 and one less than $500. He recommended the CenterPoint for the less expensive bow.

I never handled or shot the CenterPoint but it may be a good bow to look at.

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Here is a link to the xbow. Notice it has a collapsible stock like an AR which would hopefully make it more likely to fit a child.

BTW don't take my word for it do some research.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Centerpoi...6c91f874f658ba

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I am not a Crossbow hunter and I know next to nothing about them. However my ten year old grandson wants one so I need some recommendations and/or what to look for.
Grandkids will drive you to the poor house in no time and I have seven of them....
If you don't want to go to the poor house by buying a Ravin or Ten point for a kid you don't know will stick with it, I don't think you can beat a carbon express, they are fast and accurate.

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Depends on a lot of things.

- Budget
- American made versus Chinese or Korean
- interested in youth bow or an adult bow that he will keep using
- does you want a crank cocker or will rope cocking be fine

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Wicked Ridge is a nice inexpensive option. I have a Parker but they are out of business.
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I got a CenterPoint Sniper 370. It was one of the least expensive models, yet it well made and accurate. I don't know if I would recommend it for a ten year old though. It is heavy and has a 185 lb draw weight.

If I were you, I would definitely take the kid to a shop and talk to an experienced bow expert. Have the kid hold the bow and ideally, have him cock it and shoot it. I am thinking a recurve with a cocker would be the way to go but I am not an expert.

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If I were you, I would definitely take the kid to a shop and talk to an experienced bow expert.
Experienced is the key and at a shop that specializes in crossbows. They should be able to go over the pluses and minuses of every brand they sell (which should be at least four) and the unique features of each.

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Thanks to all for taking the time to reply. Now I'm more confused than before We have no archery shops locally so I guess I'll have to take him up to the big city I'll let ya know what we do. Maybe I'll just talk him into being a gun hunter.
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Thanks to all for taking the time to reply. Now I'm more confused than before We have no archery shops locally so I guess I'll have to take him up to the big city I'll let ya know what we do. Maybe I'll just talk him into being a gun hunter.
It is a lot simpler and probably cheaper in the long run. Buying the bow is the first step then you need arrows, a broadhead target, a range finder, a blind etc. It gets expensive.
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