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Unread 05-28-2010, 02:46 PM
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Re: Choosing a crossbow?

I bought a TEN POINT INVADER and I love it! at 40 yards on a bad day I can kill a 10 inch paper plate ,,and on a good day my shots are just over 6 inches..

Rule #1 stay away from any bows made in CHINA.

The EXCALIBUR is a very good Crossbow. Great quailty! you will not go wrong.
Its the Weatherby of Crossbows.
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Unread 08-15-2011, 03:58 AM
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Re: Choosing a crossbow?

Interesting thread and much of the info I needed. The Excalibur appears to be a sound choice and the PSE offers what I would want in a more technical setup. Choices...
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Unread 08-15-2011, 11:21 AM
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Re: Choosing a crossbow?

It's been awhile since I started this thread, but a couple of months ago I made a painless trade for a Horton Legend. Didn't expect much from it, but I have been surprised. I started a thread titled "It ain't a TAC 15, but it's mine". It's a good enough bow that I've backed off buying an Excalibur or TAC-15 for the time being. I haven't shot it past 30 yds yet, but will shoot it out to 50 just to see how it does. If it won't group at 40 or 50 yds, I'll go back to trying to buy a TAC-15. I had stated a preference for the TAC-10 because of its smaller size, but was told that they're the same price as a TAC-15, but can't match the performance of the TAC-15.

After I shoot the Horton at 40 and 50 yds, I'll post the results on my other thread. So far, I'm impressed with its performance and with Horton's customer service. When I ordered a spare string from them, their Tech spent a lot of time answering questions that I had learned enough to ask.

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Unread 08-15-2011, 12:20 PM
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Re: Choosing a crossbow?

Two years ago NJ allowed xbow for all archery seasons.

I initially bought a Stryker xbow @ 405 fps.
The cables and string did not last long, it was huge and awkward ( IMO ) so I sold it on ebay.

I now have a Horton Vision which is about 300+fps and very narrow, under 20 inches axle to axle.
Being a reverse draw design it is very well balanced.
It is tough on servings due to extreme string angle.


I am up in the air as far as staying with an xbow.

They tend to be heavy, wide ( think about width if you hunt from a treestand and need to shoot behind you ). Most are tough on strings ( the string drags on the rail with MOST xbows ) and also most need a device to cock the bow due to heavy draw weights.

I am seriously considering using my vertical bow with a draw locking device.....not 100% sure yet.

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Unread 08-15-2011, 07:45 PM
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Re: Choosing a crossbow?

I'm looking at the Horton Team Realtree 175 , Parker Cyclone or Tornado, Barnett Predator, and Excalibur Exocet. The Tac 10 and 15 have features I like, but poor value, of course I could say that about all of them. Seems to me I should be able to get a good rifle or scope for some of these prices.

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Unread 08-17-2011, 07:32 AM
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Re: Choosing a crossbow?

Hi folks, planning on buying the new Bowtech strykezone 380,any feedback? Also what scope do u guys recommend? I heard the one that comes in the package is junk... Thx
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Unread 08-08-2012, 11:54 AM
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Re: Choosing a crossbow?

I have been hunting deer with a crossbow in Il. for quite a while. I started out with a ten point eleit light, and didn't like it . It was too heavy in the front and to put a new string on it I had to take it to a pro-shop and spen d $100.00. for the past 8 years Ive used a Excaliber Exocet, 200 lb. recurve . It's light accurate, and a new string only cousts $25.00
I use 85 grn monatec g-5s and at 35 yards they cant duck fast enough to get under it, and it has enough power to shoot through a deer lengthwise.
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