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Making the switch.

Well sold my vert bow yesterday so I'm making the switch. got a bad back so going to try the crossbow for awhile. now to go look around and see what I like. been reading about the wicked ridge line online they seam pretty good for the money. I'm looking to stay around 500 to see how I like a crossbow. any other bows I should look at in this price raange?

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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-25-2013, 01:33 AM
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Re: Making the switch.

Don't be afraid to buy that Wicked Ridge used, there can be some good deals if you look and are patient. Excellent service on those bows as well.
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Re: Making the switch.

Tough to beat the Wicked Ridge for a compound style at that price point.

Of you are into the simplicity of a recurve style. Look at the Excalibur Axiom. about the same price but bulletproof. You will give up some speed and it will be a bit louder.

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Re: Making the switch.

Dpms what are the pros and cons of compound vs recurve? I have been looking at the warrior and invader. Invader is a little faster and comes with the accudraw. how important is speed with crossbows with my vert bows I always shot mid weight or heavy arrows. I'm going to check out a few shops friday and handle a few diff bows and see what I like.

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Re: Making the switch.

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Dpms what are the pros and cons of compound vs recurve? I have been looking at the warrior and invader. Invader is a little faster and comes with the accudraw. how important is speed with crossbows with my vert bows I always shot mid weight or heavy arrows. I'm going to check out a few shops friday and handle a few diff bows and see what I like.
I am not a speed guy. In fact I tend to shoot heavy arrows which slow the bow down even more. Slower arrows tend to be more accurate, will quiet the bow down, be easier on the bow itself and aid penetration. Even a slow crossbow is often faster than the top end compounds.

As far as recurve versus compound. This is a debate that goes round and round. I own and shoot both.

Recurves are almost bulletproof and require much less maintenance. The tend to balance better and are lighter up front. No cams to go out of sync and the string can be changed without a bow press. On the flip side, they are generally louder with more vibration, wider and they will be slower than a compound style of the same weight. Cocking can be more difficult because the force increases as it nears the end of the stroke and that is where you run out of leverage.

Compounds will be faster, much narrower, quieter and usually easier to cock. On the flip side, the require more maintenance, bow press to change the string and are front heavy. Center serving life can be less as the string angle is more accurate as well.

Really comes down to personal preference. I have killed plenty of deer with both and I enjoy hunting with both types for various reasons.

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Re: Making the switch.

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Tough to beat the Wicked Ridge for a compound style at that price point.

Of you are into the simplicity of a recurve style. Look at the Excalibur Axiom. about the same price but bulletproof. You will give up some speed and it will be a bit louder.
X2. I agree, the Wicked Ridge and Excalibur are the best value out there. Trouble free as well.

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Re: Making the switch.

Arrowhead thanks for your input I will def get ahold of you when I ready to buy. How much diffrence is there between the warrior and invader other than the accudraw?

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Re: Making the switch.

If you have a bad back, you may want to consider the Ten Point Accudraw. I discovered that even with a rope cocker (or Accudraw 50), my back would start objecting to cocking my xbow after 6 or 7 shots.

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Re: Making the switch.

I would recomend a compound style if your hunting out of a treestand and a recurve if your on the ground or in a ground blind. Love my parker tornado though
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Re: Making the switch.

Thanks for the info so far. Think I'm going compound style looked at the wicked ridge invader the other day they feel nice. Anyone have any info on the barnett quad 400 a guy I work with has a buddy selling one. It only been shot a few times and he needs money so the price is pretty tempting.

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