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Decided to get a crossbow so I started to look at the posts in this forum. I wanted to see what bows were recommended for beginners.

I was surprised when I saw that the latest post was in 2009. I don't want to make a decision based on information that is eight years old.

Just wondering if there were more current posts and if so, what happened to them.
 

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Opps. After I posted the topic "Wondering" I saw the current posts. Don't know why I didn't see them before. Anyway. Now I am wondering what type of crossbow the experts on the forum might suggest. I will just say that I am on a limited budget and can't buy the top of the line xbow.
 

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Im no expert but i have owned and used a few brands of crossbows. In my opionion id steer clear of the Barnetts. Not so hot reputation for quality. Had one years ago and that thing, although decently accurate, was a heavy, wide beast. Also string wore very fast and had a cable snap while attempting to shoot a nice buck. Take a good look at the Wicked Ridge lineup--they are made by Tenpoint and are great bows for the money. Used a Parker Thunderhawk for several years. Nice light ,relatively compact bow that gave me no problems and killed a pile of deer. Still keep it as my backup xbow. Try handling a few different ones that are in your price range and see which one you like best as far as fit etc.
 

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Not sure what a limited budget is defined as but if that is around $500, I would suggest the Wicked Ridge Invader. I hunted with one this year and killed a nice wild hog in SC with it. Made by TenPoint. Backed up by excellent customer service. Reliable and made in the USA.
 

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Just missed it. Ten point had the wicked ridge invader with cocking system on sale for $329. complete with bolts. Now you know what my grandson and granddaughter are getting for Christmas.
 

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It depends if you are a beginner or an expert. There is no need to spend huge bucks at beginner level. Go for something that's around $150. Being a beginner, that's what i did and it works fine. You can opt for cheaper options at Amazon or Ebay. There are other online mediums that offer even cheaper options however, the quality can be compromised at very low prices.
 

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One thing that I should mention. I am right handed but am legally blind in right eye. Because of that, I must shoot left handed. I have gotten used to that with rifles and shotguns.

Are there left hand versions of crossbows? Are there some that can be used both left and right handed?
 

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While I do hear that Barnett is the 'most repaired' x-bow at some shops; my cousin has two and they kill several deer each year with no problems...I guess they got 'good' ones...
 

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There is a possibility to buy a higher level previously loved crossbow someone is selling to upgrade to a higher priced crossbow.

On the other hand I bought an inexpensive Horton to get me through my triceps surgeries a few years ago and I took two nice bucks with same. One Ohio buck was the second largest buck I have taken.

Basically, if you have a crossbow that shoots accurately to 25-30 yards with a good broad head you are in the ball game for success without mortgaging your house. Most whitetail East of the Mississippi are taken under that yardage.
 

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I like the wicked ridge invader however after 2 years the limbs started to split. They did replace them for free last year. in just a little over a year the new ones are starting to splinter already.
Excaliburs are supposed to be bulletproof but I know many folks that are on theirs second and third sets of limbs. Sometimes, we just get unlucky. There is so much pressure on crossbow limbs, it can happen at any time on any bow. Most limbs are made by just a few companies.
 
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