tenwalker, without knowing anything about crossbows, I had settled on the simplicity of the recurve bow, and after doing some research and posting this thread, I hadn't changed my mind. The PSE Tac 10 (more compact than the Tac 15
) is now what I would buy though, complexity and all, because of the performance and features, but the high price is a big stumbling block. I'm a rifle hunter by choice, and crossbow hunting is just something I want to try. The jury's still out on paying that much just to scratch an itch.
Good hunting, Tom