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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-30-2012, 01:59 PM Thread Starter
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Any input on this xbow, guys? This is my first xbow and I've heard different things about the limbs. The bow is crazy fast and accurate. Just looking for some feedback. I've had it for a few months and hunted this fall with it. Not one issue and took a doe in early archery with it. I got a new compound so i'm looking to move this on down the road. I just don't know much about it or xbows in general and was hoping to have info for somebody who may be interested in the xbow.

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-02-2012, 03:09 PM
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I believe BowTech warranties do not transfer from the original owner? The 380 has been plagued by limb problems. Has alot of nice features but they are not a bow I recommend for various reasons.

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The limb problems occurred over a year ago (if not more). No one even stocks those old 380s anymore partially because all the "old" inventory has been fixed by BowTech and also because they sell so fast. What you'll see in stores are all new 380s.

I love the 380; it is really awesome and shoots dead-on straight out of the box.

I'm very suspicious of anyone who talks about the limb problems, because of what I said in the above paragraph.

It is like me saying because 1976 Ford F-150 had fuel tank problems so now 2013 models are bad too. That is just --.

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The new black limbs are still blowing. I know a few folks that are on their third set.

It was what it is. Some have not had problems, some have. As I said, these bows have a lot of nice features but the limb issues, recent safety issues, customer service issues along with Bowtech's business model of catering to the vertical crowd and treating the crossbow crowd as second class citizens adds up to a company that I will not support nor recommend at this time.

Maybe that will change?

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The 350 has been a reliable bow and is plenty fast enough.

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I tore up my strings in the 380 due to my error (as described in another post) and the dealer replace the entire crossbow with no questions asked. They could have said "no" because it was caused by user error but they stood behind their product.

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I've sold a few of the 380's and the 350's this year. All had issues....every single one of them. (the 350's are not immune) All were made between 01/12 and 07/12. Issues were limbs, triggers and arrow retention levers. You will have to cull arrows for the 380 as it doesn't like any arrow I've tried to date.

If you got a good one, you likely love it, but if you get a bad one you are going to hate it. Last guy here with a broken SZ 380 (one week old) traded it on a Barnett Vengence. No problems or issues since.

If it sounds like I'm downing the Strikezone, I'm not. I own one and shoot it once in a while. The limbs crackle every time I cock it, so I don't shoot it often as I'm resonably certain it's going to blow up. I just keep a Ten Point as a backup, so I know I have a bow to shoot if I need it. If the SZ 380 was as reliable as a Ten Point and had a stock one inch longer, it would be a force to be reckoned with.

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