Originally Posted by Double Lung 20
If you are a millionaire of extra hundreds mean nothing to ya...and frankly I don;t really like how they shoulder at all, nor the clanky built in cocker.
There are a zillion brands all of a sudden. Back when I dove in the first year you could in PA, Parkers and Excals were the really the only ones mentioned when someone asked a question like this. Parkers if you wanted compound, Excals if you wanted recurve limbs.
Now as expected the market is full of choices and prices ranges...My steps would be 1. pick style compound or recurve 2. pick a price range 3. PM arrowhead on here and tell him your answers to 1 and 2, sounds like you want to base your decision on research, well arrowhead does his research, in fact I am waiting to here his report on the Native as we speak.
Lots here give advice based off the one they have since they dropped their dough there, IE I would recommend Parkers cause I got 3 of them and love how they feel and had nothing but backstraps and racks with them....BUT Mike (arrowhead gives advice based off the tests he has done. in fact, I am contacting him real soon for crossbow #4 for my hunting gang..and it may not be a Parker this time. I did shoulder thma all this summer at a bass Pro, that is good advice if on-line buying. Go and shoulder them and look them over...but you may be better to buy elsewhere and get better service and packages...etc..
Good luck with it all! Hunting with the crossbow is the most fun i ever had in the woods largely because it turned my archery hunting from a solo pursuit to a family one, hands down my favorite thing to do now and I (we) don;t even have any shoulder injuires or anything...LOL...just love being in the woods as much as possible with as many family members as possible.