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I am a lifetime bowhunter. Well this year I must have done something to my shoulder and elbow. I can hardly pull back my bow. I have no idea how I will be able to shoot. I am thinking of buying a crossbow but I have never even shot one before. Any suggestions on where to start? What are the models I should look at? I hunt archery quite a bit including usually a solid week during the rut. Thanks for your help.
 

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Hey there.

Bummer on the shoulder but thankfully you now have some options. First thing is how bad is the shoulder? Cocking a crossbow with a rope cocker is not that easy, depending on the bow. Have you ever cocked one with a rope cocker, and if so, do you think that will be a problem? A crank cocker may be the way to go. Recurve style crossbows will generally require more force but some compound crossbows with long power strokes are bears as well.
 

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Thanks guys. I have never shot a cross bow. Sounds like I should visit some stores to look at these. I had no idea how they were loaded.
 

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Thanks guys. I have never shot a cross bow. Sounds like I should visit some stores to look at these. I had no idea how they were loaded.
If a rope cocker is ok for you that opens up alot of options. If a crank is in your future, TenPoint makes the best crank, IMO. At that point is comes down to how much you want to spend.

I suspect a rope cocker will be something you will be able to handle fine. If so, You would have to decide between a recurve style and compound style, then go from there. Recurves will be wider, slower and louder but bulletproof, easy maintenance and lighter up front. Compounds will be faster, quieter and much more narrow, but require more upkeep and are front heavy.

Costs will be between $400-2000 depending on what you want to spend. Some ultra reliable names to look at are TenPoint, Wicked Ridge, Excalibur, Kodabow, and Darton.
 

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If your not too far from Cabela's give them a call and ask if you can try out a crossbow. They did have a range behind the archery section and they did let you try different bows. I do not know if they are still letting people shoot.
 

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I was at Cabelas in Hamburg on saturday night and they still have the rang and some sample crossbows to try. I actually need to go back up again after I talked wiyh david @ wyverncreations.com and he made a couple sggestions for me wiyh my situation - torn bicep.
 

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Thanks everyone. I went to Cablas last week and shot a number of crossbows. Settled on a Wicked Ridge by Ten Point. Hopefully I will be posting some successful pics this fall. Thanks again for everyone's help.
 
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