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I am not a Crossbow hunter and I know next to nothing about them. However my ten year old grandson wants one so I need some recommendations and/or what to look for.
Grandkids will drive you to the poor house in no time and I have seven of them....
 

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I just upgraded from a Parker to a Ravin. Prior to buying the Ravin I did a lot of reading and watching on YouTube. The CenterPoint 370 seemed to be a good value for the money and guys seemed to like it. I also called a local archery shop and asked the salesman for his recommendation for a bow costing more than $1,000 and one less than $500. He recommended the CenterPoint for the less expensive bow.

I never handled or shot the CenterPoint but it may be a good bow to look at.

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I am not a Crossbow hunter and I know next to nothing about them. However my ten year old grandson wants one so I need some recommendations and/or what to look for.
Grandkids will drive you to the poor house in no time and I have seven of them....
If you don't want to go to the poor house by buying a Ravin or Ten point for a kid you don't know will stick with it, I don't think you can beat a carbon express, they are fast and accurate.
 

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Depends on a lot of things.

- Budget
- American made versus Chinese or Korean
- interested in youth bow or an adult bow that he will keep using
- does you want a crank cocker or will rope cocking be fine
 

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I got a CenterPoint Sniper 370. It was one of the least expensive models, yet it well made and accurate. I don't know if I would recommend it for a ten year old though. It is heavy and has a 185 lb draw weight.

If I were you, I would definitely take the kid to a shop and talk to an experienced bow expert. Have the kid hold the bow and ideally, have him cock it and shoot it. I am thinking a recurve with a cocker would be the way to go but I am not an expert.

Good luck.
 

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If I were you, I would definitely take the kid to a shop and talk to an experienced bow expert.
Experienced is the key and at a shop that specializes in crossbows. They should be able to go over the pluses and minuses of every brand they sell (which should be at least four) and the unique features of each.
 

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Thanks to all for taking the time to reply. Now I'm more confused than before:smile2: We have no archery shops locally so I guess I'll have to take him up to the big city I'll let ya know what we do. Maybe I'll just talk him into being a gun hunter.
 
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Thanks to all for taking the time to reply. Now I'm more confused than before:smile2: We have no archery shops locally so I guess I'll have to take him up to the big city I'll let ya know what we do. Maybe I'll just talk him into being a gun hunter.
It is a lot simpler and probably cheaper in the long run. Buying the bow is the first step then you need arrows, a broadhead target, a range finder, a blind etc. It gets expensive.
 

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Killer Instinct Ripper 415. $399 and lifetime warranty.
 

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Coyote, I am not sure what your experience is with crossbows or bows in general but excalibur makes a great product. Not the cheapest option nor the sexiest but you can work on it and do all your own maintenance without a bow press. They are all recurve design but bullet proof. I always have believed in KISS (keep it simple stupid). Has worked for a lot of hunters for decades and I have used the same bow for a decade and wouldn't change for anything. Just my 2 cents. Good luck
 

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As some others mentioned, the CenterPoint 370 is a good choice for starter xbow. I bought my 10 year old son one this year. Got it sighted in within minutes of putting it together and heck, he is shooting tighter groups than me. Had adjustable stock hat he can grow with. The only thing I am not a fan of is the play in the trigger but it suits him fine for the price we paid. Bought off Amazon and CenterPoint has a $25 rebate at the time as well. Still trying for his first deer.
 

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My one daughter does not like to shoot guns. She loves shooting the crossbow.
I bought the centerpoint 370. The only knock on this thing is the trigger. But to an inexperienced kid it makes no difference.
I got it out of the box assembled it. I was hitting a 2” piece of tape at 40 yards in no time.
She was 13 and little. I got a Caldwell tripod that we would stick it in. She was able to manipulate that easily.
 

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A CenterPoint or Carbon Express are quality crossbows, inexpensive and all they will ever need. I hear people talk of inexpensive models being a "starter" crossbows, which makes me laugh.

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I hunt with both a crossbow and a compound. I use my crossbow when I'm in a blind bc I'm not good at drawing back a compound bow seated. The crossbow is too awkward in a stand so I only hunt with the compound out of a stand. My crossbow is one I won at a gun raffle and I have no complaints. It is a Barnett Predator. Is it heavy? Yes Does it shoot accurate and fast? Yes. Has it taken deer? More than I can count on my hands and toes. I'm going to get my son shooting it here this coming yr. Barnett's are a good crossbow for the price. Too add to it I use a tripod with it when I'm in the blind.
 

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I don't keep up with crossbows but last week I was at a bow shop so my son could pick out a new bow for Christmas.While he was shooting several,I was B.S.ing with the owner and he was working on a couple of the newer centerpoints that are similar to the ravens.He had two in there that blew up and said that was common with that model.
 

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Thanks to all for taking the time to reply. Now I'm more confused than before:smile2: We have no archery shops locally so I guess I'll have to take him up to the big city I'll let ya know what we do. Maybe I'll just talk him into being a gun hunter.
You can buy a youth model Savage or Mossberg in 243 pretty cheap.:smile2:
 

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Depends on a lot of things.

- Budget
- American made versus Chinese or Korean
- interested in youth bow or an adult bow that he will keep using
- does you want a crank cocker or will rope cocking be fine
I would also add and in my case it allowed me to extend my deer season and also allowed me to hunt in areas that were too small to use a gun (shotgun).
I hunt with my archery tackle from the start of early archery season right through the extended deer seasons in 5C & 5D...
I get the impression that John lives out in the boonies so other than an optional season like (archery) the gun may be the way to go...
 
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