Okay. Disclaimer to get it out of the way. If you are one of the anti-crossbow folks keep moving. Don't need haters, trolls, or negative derailment of the thread. Short history. Destroyed my shoulder over 20 years ago when a drunk driver hit my on my motorcycle. I've now had 7 shoulder surgeries and am still get recommendations for a shoulder replacement. For the most part I function fine. Especially after my drive to get back in shape this year. Despite the shoulder issues I've stayed with a vertical for years. I just enjoy shooting it more than most crossbows I've tried. I've also found that most of what I tried was extremely noisy. Fast forward to now. Been shooting all summer to stay dialed in without too much issue, but can only shoot maybe one or two dozen arrows at a time before I start getting sore. Never really thought of it as an issue because hunting you only draw once per outing (maybe a couple times at most) usually. However, it appears that weather may be a factor. I have extreme arthritis in the joint. I keep a target in my yard on the way to the woods. I take 3 target arrows with me and put them in the target on my way out to make sure nothing in my setup moved and I'm still dialed in. Had my first sit of the year yesterday and my first time shooting since the weather swung. In the cold was a completely different game. Only ended up shooting 2 of the 3. I would not say it was painful, but might say moderately or more uncomfortable. I also had more difficulty holding the draw like I normally practice and was sore after just the couple arrows. So it might be time to start thinking about making the move for me. So far I've shot a bunch of crossbows from several brands. Up until now I think I like Mission, Excalibur, and Tenpoint the best. Given that I have a budget of $1200-1500 maximum for a full package with everything I need to hunt, store, and maintain the unit I'm looking for any recommendations, warnings, input, feedback, etc. from those of you who have actually used a crossbow for hunting whitetail. I'm thinking I'll be fine for the rest of early season, but would like to find something that I can get and practice the heck out of with for late season as any colder temps might be prohibitive.