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Hi, This is my first crossbow post. Would like to purchase one for next year. Never hunted with any type of bow. I have read a lot of stories of guys having the limbs break on their bows. Since this seems to be a common problem with crossbows, is it dangerous to buy a used bow and loose the warranty?
Thanks in advance for your advice,
Ray
 

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SaveYour Money for a new one with a warranty , not too many limbs break with the newer bows , Excallibur and Parker have great Customer Service , I have owned both crossbows so I can't comment on any others . I would advise You to shoot as many as You can before You buy.....Good Luck.
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I would probably buy new unless I personally new the person selling or from Arrowhead. Arrowhead usually has some used bows which would save you some money. If you are looking for a crossbow, I would call Arrowhead. He had alot of experience and good prices. He will be able to steer you towards what bows will work the best for your needs and price range.
 

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Buy New & Also wait for the new models to come out in a few months
 

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Read the warranty first.A used crossbow most likely has none.Most are for the original purchaser only.Although a top notch company may still cover it.
 

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That's a hard one, everyone has their opinion on this.
Recurve = Excalibur or Kodabow

Cams = TenPoint/Wicked Ridge Crossbows, Parker, Horton, Bowtech, Winchester

They all have their + & -
Just work with a good dealer like ArrowHead on here. Makes a big difference if u have any issues & need warranty repairs!!
 

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We warranty all of our used crossbows for 30 days.

Read the warranty on the new ones carefully. Most only offer a 5 year on optics and limbs. Your optics and limbs will be the first thing to go bad on most crossbows.

Limb failure is often traced back to user error. Not always, but more often than not. Just be sure your nocks are turned the correct way and always fully seat the arrow to the string.

2012- too early to tell. Keep watching here. I'll keep everything updated as the information comes in.

Rumors so far - Parker has 4 new models and Excalibur has two new models. I can't discuss them just yet.
 

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A local dealer recommended the wicked ridge or the strykezone 380. He said the 380 had a lot of limb problems, but he felt they worked those out. He said the wicked ridge is a great bow with no problems. He said the wicked ridge is about 300 fps and the 380 is 380fps. I read reviews on the 380 and people loved they way they shot, but almost every review mentioned limb problems. Is 300 fps fast enough or should I look for something in the 380+ fps?
 

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I own a SZ380 & love it. I have an original & had no limb issues. Also the SZ350 everyone who has one loves it.
 

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I have a used one for sale that is in top shape. I dont know why you would want to pay full price when you could get a good used one for almost half the price... Depends on the person selling it too I guess... Good luck!
 

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The Wicked Ridge are good bows, no doubt about that. However, they come with a five year warranty on the limbs and optics. They also feel a little front heavy to me.

I've been shooting the SZ 380 for several weeks now. I have many things I could say about the SZ 380, but I prefer not to discuss it in an open forum. If you will send me a P.M. I'd be happy to share what I've learned about them.
 
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