Crossbow Shopping - Help!
I know it's early 2012, but I decided to begin reading/researching with regards to purchasing a crossbow to get into a little Archery this year. It's taken quite a bit for me to even consider getting into crossbow. I have shot compound the majority of my life, but honestly was looking to getting back into some archery, and I don't have the same amount of time to practice properly with a compound and all that. As such, I've found crossbow a little more appealing recently...
I am having a pretty tough time narrowing down the selections. My basic criteria is reliability, accuracy, physical weight, and price.
The Horton Team Realtree Ultra-lite really catches my eye. I find the price tag attractive for something that supposedly is ready to hunt. I like the lighter weight and the overall look as well. I have done some reading, and haven't really came across any "horror stories" either.
In addition to Horton, upon my Dad's (who hunts crossbow with a Parker) recommendation, I looked at some Parkers, some Ten Point, and Excalibur crossbows. I see pro's/con's to a most, like anything.
Parker seems to make a line or rather affordable bows, and I know my Dad's shoots A-OK!
The Ten Point seem really popular, but quite heavy both physically as well as the price tag, and it seems their "big catch" is the cocking device being built on (I'm not concerned with cocking the bow manually).
The Excaliburs are interesting to me, and I must say I'm not really into the recurve design currently, but I was a little interested to see/hear more after hearing some people really RAVE about these bows. I suppose recurve limb design does lend itself to reliability (less to go wrong in my mind), which means a good bit to me.
In general, this is just a cry for opinion of those of you with crossbows out there. Few things:
1. Anyone know of any complaints towards that Horton TRT Ultra-Lite?
2. What is your opinion on what's the best out there right now considering reliability, weight, and price. I'm assuming they're all pretty accurate if you can shoot...
3. Is there anything out there that I haven't looked into per the above that is strongly recommended/popular due to positive consumer review?
As always, thanks in advance for taking your time to read!