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Crossbow for 8 year old son

Any recommendations? Should I go with a youth bow? Or not? Curious what ya think?

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Re: Crossbow for 8 year old son

The Excalibur Vixen II is a good bow for youth hunting. The stock is shorter than most and the bow is very reliable. They are 150 lbs.
The Parker Buck Busters have an adjustable stock, so that the bow can grow with your young hunter. They come in 150 and 175 lb models.
Carbon Express has the XB series that also has an adjustable stock design. The have 0 inch, 1 inch and 2 inch buttpads that can be added or removed to grow with a youth hunter. They also have one of the best cranking device mounts that I've seen. The XB 3.3 has 185 lb limbs and the XB 3.5 has 200 lb limbs.

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Re: Crossbow for 8 year old son

My son uses my Buckmasters crossbow. The stock is too long though. We were at the show yesterday looking at them and the way to go is with one that has a collapsible stock, like the ones on an AR-15, so you and him can use it.

I looked at the Parker, only downside of all the ones I have seen so far is the weight. The little guys can't hold them up so you have to have shooting sticks. I talked to my archery guy and he said there are some new models coming out this year that will be lighter so i am going to wait and see what comes out.

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Re: Crossbow for 8 year old son

Personally I would not spend the money on a AR type crossbow for a child.Maybe you have way more money than me.If you do I don't begrudge that.However the average person may dig a little and accept a tradeoff or two.Actually I would think shooting sticks would be good for an 8 year old.That's me though.

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Re: Crossbow for 8 year old son

In the lighter bows there is the Parker Enforcer 160 and BushWacker 150. Nice light package and both are under 6 lbs.

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Re: Crossbow for 8 year old son

Thanks for the info guys, this will get me started! Appreciate it!

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Re: Crossbow for 8 year old son

As in a youth bow,do you mean xbow or compound?
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Re: Crossbow for 8 year old son

Youth crossbow, Didnt think I would need to clarify in the crossbow forum. Just wondering if I should go with a youth one(smaller, lighter) Or get like a 150 draw weight little heavier he will grow into since I will be with him all the time anyway for a while!

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Re: Crossbow for 8 year old son

I saw "youth bow",not crossbow,big difference between the two.I thought you meant crossbow,or a youth compound.
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Re: Crossbow for 8 year old son

Just stating the obvious, Any tips?

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