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Kking102296 04-24-2020 08:37 PM

Crossbow recommendations
 
New hunter here, Ok so about the recommendations, I’m hearing that lower cost bows like centerpoint are reliable as well, and I don’t need a 600+ bow, how true is that, what about killer instinct? Again just trying to gain all the knowledge I can. And Excalibur I want really starts at 7 so that’ll be something for later down the line that I make a more expensive purchase but for now I want to spend around that all together if not less than that for bow package,case, rail lube, if it doesn’t come with the package wax and a target for now and arrows and field points if it doesn’t come with the package as well, and some decent optics if the bow calls for it and doesn’t already have some decent optics on it. Will be deer hunting. Edit: after more research I am opting out of the “budget” bow selection and want to stick with reputable brands, I hear wicked by TenPoint is going also, I thin the crossbow is called the TenPoint titan skinny, anyone have hands on experience with that bow, also another question I wanted to ask m, how much is a “suppression or dampening” system NEEDED, could I not put on one my bow and it be perfectly fine? Also I’ve pretty much narrowed it down now. Between the Excalibur matrix G340 or the TenPoint TitanSS skinny


mrbb 04-25-2020 05:13 AM

best advice, is go to a few bow shops(when you can) and go and actually SHOOT them models and a few others
and there is NO real reason anyone need a higher costing X bow, not to say higher costing bows are bad or not worth it
just saying there are a lot of great deals on X bows and they will shoot well , be reliable and safe!
they just won';t have all the best features and speeds
but they will for sure kill you deer if you do your part right!

one of the main reason I suggest going and shooting possible models, is making sure it FITS YOU< as what gits me and others might not be what feels comfortable and fits you
then you can HEAR the differences in noise of firing each model and there is a difference
shooting them also helps you get a feel again for fit and balance, and you get to se how wide they are and what type of hunting you do, how wide they are will matter!

nothing beats going and shooting bows before buying IMO

all the reviews in the world will never beat actually going and test shooting some models and picking the one YOU like best!

Oldtimr 04-25-2020 05:48 AM

Very good advice above! go to an archery shop where you can shoot a variety of cross bows and have your questions answered and have them tell you which bolts and broad heads would be good for you. Then buy more arrows just to use for practice. A shop will also assemble your crossbow properly generally at no cost. If you buy online you will have to assemble it.

Kking102296 04-25-2020 06:32 AM


Originally Posted by mrbb (Post 4374643)
best advice, is go to a few bow shops(when you can) and go and actually SHOOT them models and a few others
and there is NO real reason anyone need a higher costing X bow, not to say higher costing bows are bad or not worth it
just saying there are a lot of great deals on X bows and they will shoot well , be reliable and safe!
they just won';t have all the best features and speeds
but they will for sure kill you deer if you do your part right!

one of the main reason I suggest going and shooting possible models, is making sure it FITS YOU< as what gits me and others might not be what feels comfortable and fits you
then you can HEAR the differences in noise of firing each model and there is a difference
shooting them also helps you get a feel again for fit and balance, and you get to se how wide they are and what type of hunting you do, how wide they are will matter!

nothing beats going and shooting bows before buying IMO

all the reviews in the world will never beat actually going and test shooting some models and picking the one YOU like best!

that’s the problem there is no archery shop real close to me closest one is bass pro and I’m not sure if they let you actually shoot the bow. Sticking on the lower end of the spectrum, Barnett just dropped a recurve for 2020 the wildcat and blackcat same bow different color rated like 260 FPS, is that enough for deer, I do realize my shot will probably have to be within 20-25 yards if not closer if its even doable

Cope087 04-25-2020 02:30 PM

Brand New Killer Instinct 425 FPS Crossbow FOR SALE!!
 
I am selling my Killer Instinct 425. It was 535.00 after tax and hasnt been taken out of the box. Comes with lifetime warranty, scope and everything you would get from any hunting goods store. I have pictures and would answer any questions you may have. I want be hunting for a yr or two, so I have no use for it at this point. Still in box, hoping to get 400.00 or close to it. Call or text me at 3522790294 and ask for Joe.

BOWHUNTERCOP 04-30-2020 12:49 PM

There is no need to spend alot of money on a very good reliable crossbow. The money saved I would opt for better optics.

I have two Centerpoints, and no issues at all !!!

My most current one is the Centerpoint 415 Patriot which is sold at Walmart, but they come under two other model names: Amped, and Heat, all three are the same no difference. I replaced the scope that came with it with a Hawke Sports Optics 1.5-5x32 XB1 SR Illuminated #12221 it's speed rated about $170 maybe less,another decent scope is a Centerpoint Illuminated Scope that isn't speed rated about $50.00 the quiver replaced with a Kwikkee Kiver, the supplied bolts I use to discharge only, for sighting in and hunting I use Victory Decimators with Lighted Nocks three for $30.00 from Dick's Sporting Goods. I had the trigger adjusted so now it's 2.5 lb pull with a 1/8" creep, the bolt retainer was replaced (not necessary) with a brush retainer. For a good price on the Centerpoint 415 click on the link below, add your email and once in stock they will contact you, three friends did it last month and got them a few weeks ago
https://northwoodsoutlet.com/product...-415-crossbow/

lemoyne 05-02-2020 06:37 PM

There are a few things to look at;
The trigger pull is very important
be sure you won't have trouble cockling some take a lot of strength unless you get a winch type cocker
depending on strength and age how heavy the weight can make a difference in how steady you can hold it
The ones you are looking at are good choices but it would be best to shoot them for 5 or 6 shots before deciding.





BOWHUNTERCOP 05-03-2020 08:19 AM

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My Centerpoint 415

Antlers1111 05-05-2020 06:15 PM

Great advise above, really good idea to go to a pro shop and shoot a few bows to see what you like the feel of and your comfort level with loading different draw weights.
I haven't found any brands that I really love the trigger pull on, would be interested to here if anyone has a favorite brand/model with a really good trigger pull?
My personal favorite, minus the trigger pull is the Excalibur, awesome bows and they have such a simple design. Not a lot of moving parts to worry about.

bronko22000 05-11-2020 06:27 AM


Originally Posted by BOWHUNTERCOP (Post 4374893)
There is no need to spend alot of money on a very good reliable crossbow. The money saved I would opt for better optics.

I have two Centerpoints, and no issues at all !!!

My most current one is the Centerpoint 415 Patriot which is sold at Walmart, but they come under two other model names: Amped, and Heat, all three are the same no difference. I replaced the scope that came with it with a Hawke Sports Optics 1.5-5x32 XB1 SR Illuminated #12221 it's speed rated about $170 maybe less,another decent scope is a Centerpoint Illuminated Scope that isn't speed rated about $50.00 the quiver replaced with a Kwikkee Kiver, the supplied bolts I use to discharge only, for sighting in and hunting I use Victory Decimators with Lighted Nocks three for $30.00 from Dick's Sporting Goods. I had the trigger adjusted so now it's 2.5 lb pull with a 1/8" creep, the bolt retainer was replaced (not necessary) with a brush retainer. For a good price on the Centerpoint 415 click on the link below, add your email and once in stock they will contact you, three friends did it last month and got them a few weeks ago
https://northwoodsoutlet.com/product...-415-crossbow/


Originally Posted by BOWHUNTERCOP (Post 4374982)
My Centerpoint 415

I also recommend Centerpoint. I have 2 Sniper 370s. I liked mine so much I got one for my grandson. They are fast, well made, accurate and won't break your wallet.

archeryrob 05-20-2020 05:24 AM

Center point and Killer instinct bows are just fine and will lay a deer out just as dead as the expensive ones. That Center point 415 link posted and the KI Hero 380 go for $300 and are all you need. I have a KI 350 and the safety went bad and they gave the shop near me an entirely new trigger/safety to replace it. The same trigger as the 380 and what an improvement! So good Customer Service also. Think of this, my buddy has an old excalibur recurve crossbow. Its a nice one, but older and slower. He shot a buck with it and the bolt went through and buried 6" into a walnut tree to never be removed. It could have went though three deer with that much energy. So think about how much bow you really need as these two here have more energy.

Since you can't go to a shop, Lancaster archery sells a lot of stuff online and I'm sure they would probably help over the telephone right now. They also post a lot of youtube videos show the bows they sell with various arrows and broadheads and which are the most accurate. A lot of advice is probably sitting on those videos for you to watch. Call them, what do you have to loose, except maybe a bad decision without pro help.

A dampening systems is not going to quiet the crossbow, if that is what you're thinking.

archeryrob 05-20-2020 05:35 AM

Actually I was wrong on the archery shop, Borkholders Archery was the shop I was thinking of.
Here is their video on the Hero 380
and they don;t look like they sell Centerpoint

excalibur43 08-02-2020 04:15 AM


Originally Posted by BOWHUNTERCOP (Post 4374893)
There is no need to spend alot of money on a very good reliable crossbow. The money saved I would opt for better optics.

I have two Centerpoints, and no issues at all !!!

My most current one is the Centerpoint 415 Patriot which is sold at Walmart, but they come under two other model names: Amped, and Heat, all three are the same no difference. I replaced the scope that came with it with a Hawke Sports Optics 1.5-5x32 XB1 SR Illuminated #12221 it's speed rated about $170 maybe less,another decent scope is a Centerpoint Illuminated Scope that isn't speed rated about $50.00 the quiver replaced with a Kwikkee Kiver, the supplied bolts I use to discharge only, for sighting in and hunting I use Victory Decimators with Lighted Nocks three for $30.00 from Dick's Sporting Goods. I had the trigger adjusted so now it's 2.5 lb pull with a 1/8" creep, the bolt retainer was replaced (not necessary) with a brush retainer. For a good price on the Centerpoint 415 click on the link below, add your email and once in stock they will contact you, three friends did it last month and got them a few weeks ago
https://northwoodsoutlet.com/product...-415-crossbow/

I shoot a Centerpoint Amped. Just bought it this spring. Like you, I replaced the scope with the same scope by Hawke, I shoot Bloodsport bolts and 125 grain Rage Hypodermics.With my set up, I chronographed it at 355 fps. Can't wait to take it deer hunting this fall.

BOWHUNTERCOP 08-02-2020 12:21 PM

best price around
https://northwoodsoutlet.com/product...-415-crossbow/


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