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into the evil world of crossbow hunters. Seriously though I am thinking of getting a crossbow (yes because it is easier)lol. I really like the new Barnett Whitetail Hunter Pro but I'm not sure I want a compound over a recurve. I understand if you have a problem with your recurve string you just throw another one on and your good to go. Any thoughts or experiences to the Pros & Cons of each?

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JK I have had an Excalibur for a long time. I know others with the wheeled bows as well. I have not had one problem with mine other than changing a string. Simple enough to do in the field. Wheeled bows will need serviced in a shop unless you have the equipment. In archery season it's sometimes not easy to get your bow back quickly if you have to take it in. The recurves are a little wider and a little noisier but I never had a deer notice. The wheeled bows are nice also. I like the Excalibur for peace of mind customer service. 100% guaranteed. If you look at their forum you'll see they have had some issues with the newer compact bow limbs but they have no problem replacing them if there is a problem. It's not as big of a problem as some people make it out to be. Dry firing a bow is usually bad news. Recurves seem to survive more than wheeled bows. Either way you go you'll have fun.

Once you make your decision I have one real point of advice. Keep your fingers below the rail. It's easy to make this mistake and you'll be surprised to see part of your finger or most likely your thumb headed towards the target before you feel the pain.
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thanks for all the info, I was looking at the Excaliburs also. I am leaning more and more towards the recurve just because there is less maintenance.
 

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Recurves will be slower per pound of pull, louder, harder to cock, and wider. But they will be easy to maintain, balance nicely, and lighter up front.

I own several recurves and compounds. Comes down to personal preference. I like the features of both.
 

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Have you had any issues with the compounds? Do you have to have them serviced every year? I would imagine you need to have them serviced at a shop.

Thanks for the info.
 

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Have you had any issues with the compounds? Do you have to have them serviced every year? I would imagine you need to have them serviced at a shop.

Thanks for the info.
I have been fortunate that I have had only one limb issue with a crossbow and that was a compound. It can happen to any bow. Just a lot of weight and power in the limbs.

Most manufacturers recommend string and cables every three years on compounds. Honestly, I let mine go a bit longer. Yes, unless you have a bow press and some knowledge of bow tuning, the shop is required for compound work.

On recurves, the string change is a breeze if you have the stringing aid. No cam timing to worry about and the brace height is easily adjusted.
 

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Thanks again, I am tossed I like the ease of a recurve but the speed and compactness (is that a word) of the compound. I am now leaning towards a compound. probably a Horton or Ten Point
 

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I am now leaning towards a compound. probably a Horton or Ten Point
Good choices from the compound world. Tough to go wrong with either.

As far as speed, many of the Excalibur recurves will shoot much slower than their advertised speeds as well since they spec their bows with very light arrows. Mine average about 25fps slower than advertised.
 

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I was actually thinking of getting a ravin just because of how narrow & fast the bow is, but after seeing their warranty no way would I consider touching one at those prices.
 

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Have you had any issues with the compounds? Do you have to have them serviced every year? I would imagine you need to have them serviced at a shop.

Thanks for the info.
Never had a issue with compounds. I normally change strings every 2 or 3 years after the season ends that way I am less likely to go down during archery season.
 

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i have a excalibur micro 355 and with my hunting bolts with 150 gr. tips chrono at 344. thing wieghs 5lbs and isnt all that wide. its lite, accurate, and easy to maintane.
 

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Don't overlook Mission crossbows (made by Matthews) in your search. I was a Matthews shooter before I went to a crossbow, and was impressed with Matthews quality in their bow lines. I was originally looking at Ten Point's and the Horton Storm RDX, and they were very nice, and I wasn't even thinking about Mission's crossbow line at first. After shooting the Mission Sniper Lite and the MXB 360, I ended up buying the MXB 360. I'm really impressed with it so far. I'd not be afraid of a compound type crossbow.
 

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Thanks for all the input everybody. I have to say I'm still tossed between compound and recurve. I really like the simplicity of the recurve but a narrow compound would be nice.
 

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Thanks for all the input everybody. I have to say I'm still tossed between compound and recurve. I really like the simplicity of the recurve but a narrow compound would be nice.
I will second the Mission is you are still considering a compound. What is nice with Mission is that the limbs can be let down without a press. I have the MXB400. I usually recommend the 360 though as the 400 is a beast. They are very narrow when cocked as well and much quieter than an Excalibur.
 

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I will second the Mission is you are still considering a compound. What is nice with Mission is that the limbs can be let down without a press. I have the MXB400. I usually recommend the 360 though as the 400 is a beast. They are very narrow when cocked as well and much quieter than an Excalibur.

I was eying up a Horton Vortex because of how narrow it is. I am also somewhat limited to Cabelas because of Gift cards and points and I don't believe they carry the Mission bows. But I will definitely check them out, Thanks!
 

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I was eying up a Horton Vortex because of how narrow it is. I am also somewhat limited to Cabelas because of Gift cards and points and I don't believe they carry the Mission bows. But I will definitely check them out, Thanks!
You're right, Cabelas does not carry Mission/Matthews equipment. Another thing you should think about is rope cocker vs. AccuDraw. As for me, I'm not a fan of the AccuDraw system. IMHO it's slow and very noisy. Unless you have a physical limitation that doesn't allow you to use a rope cocker, I'd stick with the rope cocker. But you should check that out for yourself. So many good choices out there. Just because we prefer something doesn't mean it's for you. Good luck in your search. We'll be anxious to hear about what you end up with.
 

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Thanks, you confirmed my thoughts about the rope cocker compared to the crank. It seemed slow & noisy in the videos I watched. I just be buying in the next week or so.
 

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I had a crank and sold it and went back to the rope.I bought the crank to be able to hunt after surgery.They are loud but I always cocked my crossbow at home before getting to my stand.They are heavier than a rope cocker that will fit in any pocket.
 

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I looked at a bunch a few years ago for my son.I ended up buying him a stryker 380.It was light,narrow,pretty quiet and had a nice trigger.I was skeptical because they had limb issues at the time but we've had no problems.It has 100's of shots through it and has been used pretty hard.I changed the string before last season and it's fine for this year but he's using a compound now.The thing is a deer killing machine.
 
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