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Unread 01-13-2010, 07:42 PM
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Choosing a crossbow?

Don't know much about bows, and nothing about crossbows.

What are some pro's and con's on compound or simple limbs? Also, some crossbows shoot arrows and the string doesn't ride the rails, and some shoot arrows or bolts and the string does ride the rails. Is one better than the other?

In Texas a licensed hunter can hunt with a crossbow during rifle season, and I'm thinking about it. The rules also allow some handicapped hunters to use crossbows during archery season, but there's no allowance for just being mentally challenged, so I don't qualify............

I hope I haven't offended regular bowhunters, Tom
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    Unread 01-14-2010, 02:48 AM
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    Re: Choosing a crossbow?

    I am a long time bow hunter and in Texas it has not been legal to use a crossbow for game
    animals in the past unless you could get a doctor to give you a disability pass allowing
    you to use one.

    But now they are legal except in certain counties during bow season and in all counties
    during regular rifle season.

    I don't know much about crossbows and maybe some of the members that live in states that
    have allowed the use of crossbows for a while can help with the type of crossbow that would
    be best.

    I would think that the compound type would be better simply because they store more
    energy and have a longer draw. also the use of a compound type should allow you to use
    longer arrows with less spine .

    Most of the compound crossbows are centered and do not touch the string like the re curve
    ones do and should not wear the string as much.

    I would recomend talking to a reputable archery shop and find out as much as possible
    before purchasing one.

    As I said I have never used one but someday I may have to and it would be nice to know
    more about them.

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    Re: Choosing a crossbow?

    Be sure that the string pushes the bolt (arrow) at least 15 inches on the crossbow you get.

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    Re: Choosing a crossbow?

    I spent quite a bit of time over the last year researching crossbows. my mother in law got a disability permit since we all bowhunt, she decided to get a crossbow. I cannot tell you what is the best, but i can tell you what we decided to go with. we shot most of the crossbows out there and ended up using the xcaliber as the one we compared to. We liked the idea of the xcaliber because over all they were very simple and we could change the string in the field, it is easy to do, and the strings are under $20 dollars. In cross bows there isnt much difference in velocity between the xcaliber and the bows with cams so we didnt consider the bows with cams to have an advantage. the xcaliber was just as smooth, just as fast, so it made sense for us. With the scope, the bow shoots very well. my mother in law shot a nice muley doe with it this year and overall she has been happy with it.

    one thing i was surprised to learn was that it is really only effective out to 45 yards. atleast with the scope we got, we couldnt get a spot to hold on past 45 yards. in addition, the groups opened up more than i would have liked. when we started this project i thought it would be a huge advantage over my hoyt, but after shooting them alot, in my opinion i think the advantage goes to the regular bow. If you have trouble with drawing, holding etc, then dont get me wrong, they are a great alternative. good luck with your pick, and before you decide, check out the xcaliber product line.
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    Re: Choosing a crossbow?

    Lamiglas, nothing beats experience. Another experienced hunter (offsite) gave me nearly identical information, including the Excaliber. He has $1500-$2000 crossbows, and still recommends the Excaliber. The local archery shop is closed until next week, so I haven't been unable to shoot any of them, but I've been surprised that a $400 crossbow is considered inexpensive! I'm regrouping, but will make up my mind in the next 2 weeks.

    JE and joseph, thanks for jumping in.

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    Re: Choosing a crossbow?

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    Lamiglas, nothing beats experience. Another experienced hunter (offsite) gave me nearly identical information, including the Excaliber. He has $1500-$2000 crossbows, and still recommends the Excaliber. The local archery shop is closed until next week, so I haven't been unable to shoot any of them, but I've been surprised that a $400 crossbow is considered inexpensive! I'm regrouping, but will make up my mind in the next 2 weeks.

    JE and joseph, thanks for jumping in.

    Tom
    Did you decide what you were going to go with? I have not hunted with a crossbow personally, but my couple of my friends do. They just opened it up here in Maryland. I can talk to them if you haven't already purchased one.

    My personal opinion is a good compound bow. Archery is a fun skill to learn and I always take my bow out camping. If I have enough room, I'll bring my stand and set it up and practice. And it is just a good feeling holding the power with your arms versus just pulling a trigger.

    Bow hunting is another expensive sport to start. If you need more information on what ya need, give me a yell and I'll try to help you out.
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    PSE TAC 15 crossbow

    I am about to get into crossbow hunting. I met Pete Shepley, president of PSE, at the SHOW Show last month and he showed me the new Tac 15 crossbow. It shoots a 412 arrow at 425 fps. It utilizes an AR-15 lower which means you can have an adjustable stock and match grade trigger if you wish.

    This crossbow looks like the ultimate for the long range hunter. I am getting one very soon. I'll be publishing a review article on it some time this spring.

    In the next post of this thread there is a video on it.
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