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My son wants his own crossbow, we have been sitting together since he started hunting and it's time to cut him loose. any suggestions on a youth crossbow? cocking the bow , In my eyes is going to be the main issue.
 

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Youth choices are limited, unfortunately. There are some youth crossbows out there but their quality is not up to par with the general offerings.

For that reason, I have steering folks towards the new Darton Rebel135ss. Darton has been quietly making crossbows for a long time and have developed a loyal following. Darton makes many components for other crossbow manufacturers, which is a little known fact.

Darton crossbows are the easiest cocking compound crossbows that I have ever shot, which is a factor to consider when cocking is a issue. The Rebel is very short, fast enough, easy to cock, and will balance sweet with it's bullpup stock and forward trigger. it is a quality bow and Darton bows are pretty much bulletproof within the crossbow world.

Check it out on Dartons website.

Good luck.
 

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How old is your son and how big is he?I think most crossbows already have a short enough length of pull that most kids can handle well.My son is only 9 and not a big kid for his age.He shoots a full sized crossbow just fine and I replaced everyone of his youth rifles this past year with full sized ones.If cocking one by himself is the main issue,I would just buy one with a hand crank.
 

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There is a method to cock a crossbow that I'm trying to get a decent video of. It makes cocking even the big ones easy for the smallest lady or child. I'll try to link it up as soon as I get it finished.
 

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Stock length and pounds of pulls/length are things to look at. Check out Excalibur. Have some nice bows.
 

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My son is currently 13 yrs old 110 lbs. he shoots my Excalibur fine. But like I said. Its time. just looking for some input. I will look at all, I have time on my side now
 

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How much money do you want to spend?I shot a 100 lb scorpyd.It was very easy to cock.In fact I think it would be good for a kid because the stock folds out of the way when you cock it.It shot right around 300+ fps which is smoking for a 100lb draw.Not cheap though.
 

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If he is hunting on his own then he is 16, so there may be several crossbows that he could cock on his own. You would just have to try them out. Personally I would wait a few days until after the ATA show to see what new stuff is coming this year.
 

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dpms said:
Youth choices are limited, unfortunately. There are some youth crossbows out there but their quality is not up to par with the general offerings.
Yep. Exactly.
 
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