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I'd be wasting my $$, right?

Okay, I've been a rifle hunter for nearly the past 30 years, but I can't seem to get up into the northern woods lately so any hunting I do this year will be limited to WMU's 5C and 5D. Consequently, I'm considering a crossbow. They're legal and (pretty much) silent so they won't arouse the local PD if I let a bolt loose in a local township that prohibits shooting a slug gun or muzzleloader.

Anyway, last week I visited the Bass Pro shop in Harrisburg and they had plenty of crossbows for sale. The cheapest one was around $400. Yet on Ebay I see plenty for around $150 or less which have at least a 125 lb draw weight, like this one:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/180-lb-Camouflag...=item3f0ed52cf5

Since I'm a total n00b when it comes to crossbows or archery equipment, would I be throwing my $$ away on a set-up like that or could I reasonably expect to hit a deer at 30-40 yards with a crossbow like that and a few hours of practice?
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Re: I'd be wasting my $$, right?

I got my Parker for 325 complete. I would stay away from off name brands. I had the same question last year and glad i went with name brand products. Research the company and model on the net to find what others say. Best of luck

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Re: I'd be wasting my $$, right?

Check out Arrow Precision...I have the Fury. Very reasonably priced and very accurate. I got it as a "starter" and decided it will do me for a few years. They are made here in SE Pa as well.
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Re: I'd be wasting my $$, right?

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Since I'm a total n00b when it comes to crossbows or archery equipment, would I be throwing my $$ away on a set-up like that or could I reasonably expect to hit a deer at 30-40 yards with a crossbow like that and a few hours of practice?
Glad to hear of another whose interest was peaked by the crossbow. Yes, one of those crossbows will kill deer. With that said, it will be well worth it in the long run to save a few more bucks and invest in a proven bow backed up by a establish crossbow company whose products have been proven to be reliable and effecient.

Just about every crossbow manufacturer offers bows at the $400 price point. Look at you investment just the same as you would a new firearm or compound. Take care of it and enjoy it for many, many years.

Look at Wicked Ridge, Parker Bushwacker and Excalibur Axiom.

Best of luck to you and please show us your successes.

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Re: I'd be wasting my $$, right?

Buy a Parker crossbow with the lifetime guarantee, best money you can spend. Even if you think the technology will improve, it can't improve enough to dramatically affect archery hunting from 30 yds and in. My closeout Parker Terminator is at 340 f/s. I have no doubt that my it will be just as effective 20 yrs from now as it is today with the proper maintenance.
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Look at an excalibur. 100 % gaurentee, less moving parts, well woth the money. You bust it they fix it. Check out their forum and ask some questions there.

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Re: I'd be wasting my $$, right?

A few points to consider. The bow linked to has a 180 lb. draw weight, but it only has a 10 inch power stroke. Power stroke is very important to a recurve crossbow such as the one pictured. Even though it has a 180 lb. limb it won't have much time to transfer it's energy to the arrow, and does it in such a way that it is quickly lost. It will have an effective range of 20 yards.

An Excalibur 175 lb. crossbow uses a 14 1/2 inch power stroke. The longer power stroke of the Excalibur will do a much more efficient transfer of power to the arrow. It will also have a longer effective range.

Think of baseball and bunting versus a good follow through and how the power of the bat is transferred to the ball. Crossbows work in a similar way, and especially recurve crossbows.

There are a few options for a quality crossbow under $300 if you are looking to save some money and get a really good weapon. Give me a call at 814-662-4321 in the evening and I'll be happy to talk crossbow with you.

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jaybjr: Do yourself a big favor and give Arrowhead a call. I jost bought my first this year for the kids and he took care of us. I also agree with dpms. I had an older gentlement tell me don't settle for something, wait and get what you want, "Cry Once" he said. I assume about spending the money. I prefer my compound but the crossbow is growing on me.
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Arrowhead-------Generous offer. Wished more like you were around to go the extra mile to help a fellow hunter. Kudos

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Re: I'd be wasting my $$, right?

For $300 brand new, it's hard to beat the Barnett Jackal, got one this fall and am very impressed with it. Remember, it's a $300 package not 5-6-$700, so fit and finish isn't what those others are, but for a less expensive bow to start with' I think it's great.

Alrighty then!
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