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Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Coatesville, PA
New to crossbows! Suggestions for purchase welcome
I'm a long time lurker of this site and only rarely feel the need to post. That being said, I am amazed at the wealth of knowledge here and need some help!
I will definitely be buying my first crossbow this year in anticipation of the upcoming deer season. I've been doing lots of research and trying to come up with what I should be looking at.
First things first- I don't have a huge budget for this. I'm looking to spend about $600 max out the door for a complete set up. $500 would be better, but I know I'm really limiting myself on availability and quality at anything drastically under $500.
I've been doing the research on compound vs recurve. After spending lots of time reading on the subject I am fairly certain I want to go with a recurve. Still plenty of hitting power, if not as much as a compound, and much easier servicing of general wear and tear items. I hate the idea of breaking strings out in the field and having to wait for a tech to fix it, paying $50-$100 and having to wait a week to get it back.
I shot a barnett C5 and quad 400 at the local bass pro shops. The only thing I learned from that is that I prefer a reticle scope over red dot, though I could live with either I think.
The excaliber axiom package looks pretty nice and fits the bill. This is new for 2010, right? So no one has handled one yet I suppose. Although I'm leaning away from compounds, the wicked ridge xbow line looks good as well.
In the running-
Ten Point GT Flex
Excalibur Phoenix (out of price range as a package?)
Excalibur Ibex (again, out of price range as package?)
Excalibur Exocet (same thing as above?)
Wicked Ridge Invader
Horton Legacy 175
Anything else I should consider?!
If you have any good suggestions and thoughts on an xbow in this price range, please post and give me your thoughts! I'm really excited about getting into using an xbow and I know you guys have tons of experience and knowledge to throw around on this.
To Arrowhead- Will you be carrying the axiom kit? Also, if you have any good deals in this range, please PM me and let me know!
Thanks in advance, folks.
Moving into crossbows this year! Excited to get to deer season again!