Are you going to do most of your hunting from the ground or from a tree? I know there is a lot of love for Excalibur here, and at one time I though I wanted one, but I honestly have no idea how guys hunt from up in trees with these big crossbows. I own an older Parker crossbow and completely gave up trying to hunt with it from a treestand. It was such a pain in the ass to maneuver that I went back to my compound. Enter Ravin. I purchased an R26 this spring, and that is one badass machine! That sucker is made for us tree hunters! I haven't flung an arrow at a deer yet with it, but I am very satisfied with how it handles up in a tree.