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New to xbows need some help

I am new to xbows and looking at either the Barnett Predator for speed or the Parker
Tomahawk. I have between a 500 to 600 limit. I have been reading some bad things about Barnett reliability and service but liked the speed of the Predator. Parker seems to be more reliable and have better service. Any advise would be appreciated.
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Re: New to xbows need some help

My advice is don't get caught up in the speed thing. It is a rare compound that shoots a honest 340fps with hunting weight arrows. And that kind of speed was and still is considered fast.

For $500-600 nothing wrong with the Tomahawk. Good bow with top notch customer service and warranty. Also look at the Wicked Ridge line by TenPoint. Great bows with even better customer support.

I am not sold on Barnett but that is only my opinion.

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Re: New to xbows need some help

My limit was $500, I bought the tomahawk a few weeks ago, great little bow, plenty fast, and dead on accurate.

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Re: New to xbows need some help

I bought a Wicked Ridge Invader. Put the Bow Jax on it and the top mount quiver bracket and you will have a great set up in your price range. I love mine.
I agree not to get caught up in the speed race. Faster is not always better. A good quality bow with the vibration and noise limitted is perfect.
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Re: New to xbows need some help

Look closely at the Wicked Ridge Invader. Wicked Ridge really stepped it up this year. The 2012 models are much better than last year and now they have string stoppers coming for them. These will be amazing with the stoppers.
I won't get into alot of details.but we had three bows in the store last month that were blown up. I've learned alot about what makes a good crossbow and what makes them break. I've never seen a broken Excalibur and I've never seen a Ten Point that wouldn't work.

I'm not saying they are the only brands out there,but those two brands are among the best and customer service will never be an issue.

Give me a call at 814-662-4321 and we.will answer all your questions. I can help and would be happy to do it. I may even be able.to save you a few dollars.

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Re: New to xbows need some help

I see that the parker bows have a lifetme warranty and the wicked ridge is only fives years. Should this be something that I consider?
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Re: New to xbows need some help

Warranty is a factor that you should consider, regardless of what you're buying.
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I see that the parker bows have a lifetme warranty and the wicked ridge is only fives years. Should this be something that I consider?
It is worthy of consideration. Most issues with any crossbow will happen in the first two years. If issues don't show up you are good to go for many years beyond that.

My thoughts on warranties have changed in the last few years. If you build a bow that has problems, you need to offer a lifetime warranty and if you build a bow that is of the highest quality you won't need a warranty. Ask any Excalibur owner if they have ever had an issue with thier crossbow and the answer will likely be a no or never. (they wouldn't really need a warranty) The same can be said about Ten Point. I service close to 50 crossbows a year, some need strings and/or cables, while others are here for broken risers or slivered limbs. I get to see alot of issues that tend to sway the way I think about crossbow design, and I look for those designs in future models. I also look for the designs that never seem to have issues or failures.

We are still a small but growing mom and pop business. I'm alot like everyone else in that I have a limited budget. I've got to invest wisely and I want nothing but happy customers. There are so many crossbows that are new this year, it was difficult to figure out what to buy. We looked closely at all of them and the clear winner was Wicked Ridge, Ten Point and Excalibur. They just don't have the issues that the other ones have.

I'm a little concerned about some of the new bows we saw this year. Lots of untested, quick to market bows out there. The manufacturers are rushing product to market, to meet the demand for something new and faster. I almost would rather see product refinements, rather than a new model with more bells and whistles.

Of course, all of this is just one mans opinion. In the end, the only person you need to make happy is yourself. Try as many crossbows as you can and pick one that just seems like it's an extension of yourself. If your crossbow fits, any little issues will soon be forgotten. All of the major crossbow companies out there will have enough warranty to keep nearly everyone happy.

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Re: New to xbows need some help

Ya know there are lots of new bows coming to market now and each company its trying to get its piece of the pie.....

For that price point I WOULD LOOK VERY HARD AT PARKER BOWS.I would also look at excals. But Parker has a slight edge for me. Its more compact and faster,less noise. Plus made in the USA.

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Love my Parker- tomahawk

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