Need help with a new Crossbow purchase

Discussion in 'Crossbow Hunting (Not PSE)' started by Huskers97, Aug 22, 2014.

  1. Huskers97

    Huskers97 Well-Known Member

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    I am looking at 2 crossbows. Barnett Buck Commander and Bowtech Strykezone 380. I need some advice on which is the best choice? Prices are basically the same.


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  2. jbmabrey

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    Use this link to make a comparison-

    Excalibur 2014 Commercial - Crossbow Cross Examination

    This may help you decide between different compound crossbows.

    I personally have 2 Excalibur crossbows. I've had to change the strings each year and I can't shoot more than one arrow at a spot on my targets. I've split 3 arrows over the years.

    Try an Excalibur before you decide. good luck
     

  3. slappypsu

    slappypsu Member

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    checkout Kodabow
    I have one and love it
     
  4. Lone Hunter

    Lone Hunter Well-Known Member

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    What jbmabrey said. Look real hard at an Excalibur. They even have a micro out now that makes shooting out of a tree stand easier. They are super accurate and you definitely don't shoot at the same spot every time unless you want to ruin an bolt. I really like mine.
     
  5. cholla chomper

    cholla chomper Well-Known Member

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    I spent months reading and watching videos on utube about cross bows and read all of the reviews people have posted and now my excalibur will be here on friday. Most of what I read is that a compound crossbow is alot more maintenance, more string and cable failures and some cam failures, If you have a failure you are done hunting until you take it to a bow shop for repair with the recurve crossbow a string can be changed in the stand and keep hunting. The excalibur is warr for life to the original purchaser, The excalibur can be uncocked without firing a arrow into a target. check out this video
    Crossbow Cross Examination: Durability Test
     
  6. 445 supermag

    445 supermag Well-Known Member

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    Out of those 2 bows you mentioned it's the bow tech for sure. I don't trust barnett bows yet. Some people say they are great and a lot say different.

    I have a Excalibur 405 matrix and a Scorpyd slp 165 and I love both. I only wish my slp was like the newer models in that they are smaller and lighter. Mine may go by by soon to fund a new Orion 160.

    There are a lot of good bows out there and Excalibur is one as is scorpyd. But you are going to pay way more than the 2 bows you mentioned. So take that into consideration before you get too excited about a bow.

    Go over to archerytalkforums and go into the crossbow section and read for a month or two. I have to say that most are biased towards the bow they own. Present company included!

    But do research and you really need to shoot a bow for yourself before you buy, especially if it's your first. Excalibur is a fantastic bow but it is very loud. Almost firecracker loud but you do get used to it. Compounds are way easier to draw back and much quieter and this is fact. Excaliber has the ruggedness and is so easy to do what ever you need to do to the bow. Change a string especially in the field is a 1 minute procedure. Even though scorpyd is a compound bow to change their string is also pretty darn easy too.

    But please go shoot the bows if you can.

    Good luck and enjoy

    Brian
     
  7. cholla chomper

    cholla chomper Well-Known Member

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    Recieved my excalibur on friday and put it together right away could'nt wait to try it, it came with the 4 dot red and green sight it took three arrows to sight it in and was slapping arrows against each other at 20 yds I am supprised with the accuracy of this thing but as others said it is a little loud but I dont have another brand to compare it to and the only thing I am going to change is the sight I am going to upgrade I think to the Nikon bolt XR but I have heard the scopes from excalibur work very good but for the price of some of them I can get the nikon.
     
  8. TheMoose

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    I had a Bowtech 380 for exactly 1 day and it blew up in my hand... well the shaft of the bolt shattered and I got carbon splinters in the neck and hand and the cams were broken.... took it back to the bow shop I got it from... they were to return it to Bowtech and after a couple weeks of inpatient waiting on my part(leaving for bowhunt in two days) found out that it hadn't been sent back yet, but also was told by dealer that 4 other 380's had been brought in with the same problem... said he could replace it, I chose not to...I did get credit for my money and bought an Excalibur Equinox... love it... The Bowtech 380 problem was two years ago and I never heard anymore about what caused it or if anyone else had the same issue...Excalibur is very forgiving... I dry fired it once and cringed... nothing damaged, and only had to restring it...

    TheMoose
     
  9. Mxracer532

    Mxracer532 Well-Known Member

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    My dad bought a matrix 380 2 years ago and if he had it to do all over again he WOULD NOT buy a Excaliber. First time out on a its maiden voyage the limb broke while taking a practice shot at camp. They replaced the limb (after season was over of course). This yr late season 1st morning limb broke again when he cocked it. Sure they will replace it but whats the good in that if its broken all the time. Not to mention its so loud a 40 yard shot is stretching it.