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Lightweight Crossbow?

Are there any new lightweight crossbows on the market this year? I am hoping to see some titanium stuff one of these years....or maybe it's already out there and I just don't know about it?

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Re: Lightweight Crossbow?

Not really. The existing Horton Ultralite, Bowtech Strykezones, Excaliburs and Middletons are on th elight side for crossbows.

TenPoint and Barnett are using carbon fiber in the barrels to lighten up the front end. Even with the carbon, the bows are still on the heavy side.

The reverse draw technology that Horton has makes for a better balancing bow. It "feels" much lighter up front becuase the weight is towards the rear. Scorpyd is using the same technology but their bows remain on the heavy side. Barnett has a new reverse draw but it is in pre-production mode now. Who knows what the finished product will come in at.

I do wish, and have let the manufacturers know, that I would much rather have them make the existing bows lighter, better triggers, shorter, narrower etc... before putting so much emphasis on speed these days.

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Re: Lightweight Crossbow?

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I do wish, and have let the manufacturers know, that I would much rather have them make the existing bows lighter, better triggers, shorter, narrower etc... before putting so much emphasis on speed these days.
I agree whole heartedly...I seems that manufacturers, with all the technology available, would be offering some higher end products. There are a lot of light weight metals and polymers out there that would fit perfectly into a crossbow.

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Re: Lightweight Crossbow?

I have a feeling that the materails you are talking about are somewhat exotic in nature. Therefore, you would see dramatic increases in price. Mangesium would be much more expensive, than say aluminum and so on. Reinforced plastic and aluminum shake out at about the same weight.

I have a feeling we will see these materials become more mainstream in the future, as more states go to full inclusion. As it stands right now, the cost of production is probably too high for the number of units they are producing.

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Re: Lightweight Crossbow?

Is there anyone out there using Titanium? I have several rifles that utilize titanium where it makes sense. Rifles that weigh around 5# are the norm when Titanium is used in the action/bolt/etc. They are a pure joy to carry and shoot fantastic. Why doesn't one of these crossbow companies develop a new model that incorporates Titanium? I pay upwards of 3-5k when I buy a new custom rifle and I am not alone. I think a lot of people would pay a couple grand or so for a lightweight, reliable, fairly quiet crossbow.

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Re: Lightweight Crossbow?

I agree that titanium would be a great choice of material. That being said, look closely at the Ten Point Carbon Elite XLT. The carbon fiber is slippery and makes a great barrel surface. It's not likely to wear servings much at all. That is a good thing, as servings are prone to abrasion from other materials.

If I had my choice of any crossbow out there and money wasn't part of the equation, the Carbon Elite would be my first choice. It is a sweet crossbow for sure! I handled one at the ATA show and the balance is very good. It's a small, compact and lightweight package and gets good speeds. It gets my vote for the best new crossbow for 2012.

To answer your question though. There are no titanium crossbows.

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