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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 08-06-2010, 10:07 PM Thread Starter
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Crossbow life span?

I am looking at a Parker Buck Buster 175 and I am wondering how long these bow last till they are shot out and ready for the garbage man.

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Re: Crossbow life span?

never really thought bout that....but with my excalibur xbow it has a lifetime warinty, so i guess if mine ever wear out there replaced free , i knew i bought the best xbow made.........bob

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Re: Crossbow life span?

I know of a Parker Tornado that has well over 2500 shots and it's still going strong. Any modern crossbow from the top three (Ten Point, Excalibur and Parker) should last a very long time. They are all quality bows.

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Re: Crossbow life span?

Kind of a interesting question. Quite a few speed bows out there right now that put alot of stress on their components.

I know of some that the limbs exploded in a week and some that get shot alot and show no signs of fatigue. Pretty sure the top names do extensive research and why they offer lifetime warranties.

Their are many folks hunting with very old Hortons and Barnetts still hunting with them. Personally, I am not aware of any real difference between crossbows and compounds as far as their lifespan.

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Re: Crossbow life span?

I've narrowed my crossbow search down to the Parker BB175 based on kinetic energy, adjustable stock length, reviews and most of all price. Any one have comments on this bow?

For a few years I have looked at crossbows for personal use and possibly using this for mentored hunts for deer, turkey etc

After looking at posts and talking to guys that hunt with younger kids (still a few years off to hunt with mine) I came to the conclusion of using a cross bow for mentored hunts for the first few years. I don't want to throw a low-medium sized caliber deer rifle/shotgun at the kids and expect them to enjoy the hunt while getting thumped or end up with a pin hole in the game.

I ask the question about life expectancy because if the span of time from now till they are old enough and show more interest and maturity to handle a weapon. I am getting ready to part with one weapon and I hate to not replace this as soon as possible.

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Kind of a interesting question. Quite a few speed bows out there right now that put alot of stress on their components.
Thats why I am leaning towards the Parker BB175, you get a good warranty for limbs, trigger and body (minus the usual string, cable and wheel (wear parts)) I am not physically disabled and I can not see spending top dollar on a crossbow.

My Hoyt is 10 years old, still shoots very well, but its 30 some inches of limbs with 75# of draw weight.. alot less stress than a crossbow on the bow.

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Re: Crossbow life span?

Crossbow limbs are engineered to take the stress. Excalibur dry fires theirs many times on purpose during R&D.

I believe the Parker BB175 is bulletproof and is a fine choice for what you intend to do with it. I would not hesitate to say that it should last for decades with just string maintenance.

BTW, thanks for introducing kids to the sport we love.

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The oldest is almost 5 (the size of a 6-7 year old) and every time I go hunting or have a gun out she is very interested in what is going on. I know she is a few years off from fully understanding the concept of what happens/consequences of pulling the trigger on a weapon, but shows alot of potential. Worse case she does not hunt, then I have a weapon that I can use and I am not stuck with a youth gun.

Original I had Excal on the top of the list, after talking to a guy at the LGS his only draw back was the length of limbs for a tree stand, I started to shy away from them after that.

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Re: Crossbow life span?

The limb length is a little bit of a drawback...but it makes up for it by not haing to shoot it to decock it.
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Re: Crossbow life span?

I noticed that as well. What is the preferred way to decock after a hunt? Shoot a junk bolt into the dirt at 60 yards?

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