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Crossbow for a 30 year Archery veteran . . .??

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Old 08-05-2019, 12:57 PM
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Here's my dilemma . . . (you've all heard it before). I've been an archery hunter (elk, deer, lopes, etc) for 30ish years. But recent health issues will require me to move to a crossbow if I want to continue archery hunting. Which I DO! I've spent countless minutes surfing the web and reading review after review . . . ENOUGH! Not sure how many years of hunting I have left, so I'm not keen on spending "Raven" money. But I do have to have quality without missing a house payment. Speed is not critical . . . important, but not critical. Quality of build, accuracy, decent accessories like a good scope, string cocker, bolts, quiver, etc. Light weight wold be nice, but I realize it's gonna weigh bout what my rifle is.
So I'm asking for suggestions that will at least cut down the list of makers / models that will serve my purpose. I realize this like asking, "What truck should I buy?", or "How brown should my toast be?" Best help would be to remove certain brands from my purchase, and add favorite makers/models with my parameters. Asking too much? . . . Yes. Also, I live in Cheyenne, WY where there are no stores I can go to to shoot crossbows to help reduce the list of possibilities. I will be buying "sight unseen."
Thanks for any help . . .
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Old 08-05-2019, 01:57 PM
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Ten points will provide you with quality, accuracy and speed and still be in the affordable range i think.

Allot of people seem to like the centerpoints too.

I'd come up with an excuse to drive down to Cabela's in Boulder CO and hold some. Nothing beats being able to handle something before buying it.

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Old 08-05-2019, 02:17 PM
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Good idea! I'm about halfway between Sidney's Cabelas and Denver's Bass Pro Shop.
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Old 08-05-2019, 03:14 PM
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I forgot about the one in Sydney that's right off route 80 i think. I've been to that one.

Like I said, for making the type of commitment you are... I'd want to get my hands on some and see what feels right.

Youre not a new guy trying out archery to see if it's something that you would like. You already have allot of experience and you know what kind of hunting you'll do and what you'll be able to carry.

So getting to handle some will be beneficial.

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Old 08-05-2019, 03:43 PM
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I will add this, honestly have a GOOD look at the reverse limb draw X bows
they IMO balance SO Much better, there worth a closer look that just buying by price tag or speeds!
since I gather your also going to be using a hand crank over manual drawing them back to load,
pay close attention to how LOUD the cranks are and then think about being in a very quiet forest and using it!
there NOT all created equal, or work the same!

NOTHING beats SHOOTING several models too, , watch your thumbs too when shooting them! LOL

lots of great X bows out there, the narrower they are, the more user friendly they can be too!
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Old 08-05-2019, 04:22 PM
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Actually no, I prefer the rope cockers. "reverse limb draw X bows", you referring to the likes of Raven?
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Old 08-05-2019, 05:31 PM
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I'm using a 20 year old horton.

That gets the job done.

But when I eventually upgrade I'll strongly consider a reverse limb bow. They seem much narrower and nicer to carry.

If you do allot of moving, like most Western hunts involve.. weight and comfort while carrying will be important. Mine is heavy, bulky and miserable to carry.

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This is a reverse limb bow.




I have not shot one. But they feel better balanced to me because the weight is more centered instead of out at the end of the bow. They're also narrower
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Originally Posted by Bocajnala View Post
This is a reverse limb bow.




I have not shot one. But they feel better balanced to me because the weight is more centered instead of out at the end of the bow. They're also narrower
Nice! But more than I want, or can spend.
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I do like the lokk and features of the Tenpoint Turbo GT!
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