Looking for crossbow recommendations

Discussion in 'Michigan Whitetail Deer Hunting' started by Dynrat, Oct 16, 2020.

  1. kisherfisher

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    I love the lighted dots on my ten point scope. Something to look for. Trigger , a good smooth trigger, a must. Lighted nock bolts . Can follow your shot in low light and recover for lethality of shot. Not to mention reusability .
     
  2. Cat Power

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    Excal Axe 340 here and love it
     
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  3. bigbuckmiddaugh

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    Weight and size was a huge factor for us. I've owned 4 brands and going from a compound to lugging 10 lbs around got old. Lol
    Out of all the money, We actually ended up with two Barnett recruits lol small, light not the fastest 320-325 fps but I don't shoot over 30 yds and it gets the job done. Not to say the other crossbows don't have so nice features.
     
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  4. KingHingeCut

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    I was at Dunham's yesterday and from what I see there is a lot more demand for crossbows even at store displays. All the crossbow cases etc it seems like crossbow is the new bowhunt.
     
  5. Nostromo

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    Great.

    I like my Darton which I bought because it was made in Michigan. But, having something like an acudraw would have it's advantages.

    Good luck whatever you decide!
     
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    Trigger Tech makes a replacement trigger for your Excalibur. I purchased one as soon as they hit the market. Love it.
     
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  7. Smokin-the-eyes

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    I’ve owned Parker’s for years and like them light and accurate

    If I was to upgrade I would be looking into the hickory ridge Mini vertical crossbow couple guys at camp have them and really like the concept little odd at first glance but could see how they could be very effective and maneuverable in the tree i believe they have a 28” arrow instead of the bolt believe they are in the $800 range

    If you do go with the crossbow it will open your eyes to a lot of new hunting strategies stalking and sitting on the ground is the new normal for me especially on state land spots where you don’t care about spooking or educating deer
     
  8. retired dundo

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    I’ve had mine for ten years .love it never had a problem
     
  9. Trophy Specialist

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    Something to consider; when I shot compound bows I always had a backup bow ready to go because they are prone to problems and most of those problems happen during hunting season when parts and repairs take longer to remedy. Now that I'm using a crossbow I follow the same precaution with a backup. Crossbows are probably even more prone to breakdowns no mater the make or model.
     
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    Another thing to consider with what ever one you chose is you will want a quality, silent, crank cocker for it. I have an Excalibur Matrix 400 and even though I can cock it with a rope cocker it is not easy. If anything were to happen to me phisically I would likely not be able to cock it and cocking it while hunting in a treestand make the crank a must too.
     
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  11. Biggbear

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    For what it's worth I've got a Tenpoint Nitro RDX and love it, mine is a couple years old. My understanding is the new ones are faster and a little lighter.

    One thing to consider is how you're going to cock it. A rope cocker may not be too bad now, but as things change, it might become difficult with a bum shoulder.
    The new Accudraw let's you decock with out having to fire it. Just a thought.

    My Grandma used to say, "getting old's not for sissies" she was right as rain on that one. I'm headed for a knee replacement soon, couldn't agree more about the weather. Went up the tree like a squirrel for EAS, last weekend 32 degrees I was grounded, just couldn't take the pain.
     
  12. Dynrat

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    Definitely would be nice to have something that can be shot from both a tree stand and a ground blind comfortably. I have two runs on my property up north lined by small pines with no large hardwood in range. Heaviest runs on my property and would love to hunt them but never been a fan of shooting my vertical from a blind. I’m 6’ 2” and have a decent wing span. My Mission vertical has a relatively larger brace height. Between those tow plus a stabilizer on the front it gets pretty tight to get to full draw and especially if you have to move at all to line up a shot.

    I’m getting some recommendations for Ravin on here. The only reason I left them off my original list was some negative feedback I had originally received about the fact that they lock you in to buying all proprietary accessories. I am really liking what I’m hearing about the trigger pull though.

    I am getting a little nervous about Tenpoint/Wicked Ridge. Reading reviews it seems like they have some issues with limbs. I’m sure no manufacturer has 100% quality but my research is showing a relatively larger number of complaints.


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    Thanks for that feedback. Easy cocking mechanism is fairly important. My brother-in-law suffered a stroke last year and has some significant challenges. Would be nice to have something that he could use if he chooses.


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  14. Cat Power

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    You won't like the resale value of ravin either, and safety features of the ravin (be careful de-cocking, about took my finger off), nor will you like the 15 fps loss in speed annually by just sitting (average). I believe the owners manual says to replace string every 3 years, that is to regain speed (bow shops love to sell them for this reason too). I sold my R9 this summer on this site and bought a NEW Excalibur AXE 340 with upgraded trigger, crank, etc.

    Just my 2 cents

    I did kill some nice bucks with my r9 though, and the narrow axle to axle width was nice in a blind. It just wasn't for me
     
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    Thanks for that feedback. I’m actually talking to someone about a used R9. I understand they sell a press so you can change your own strings though. Not sure what it costs but it might be something to consider. Changing strings every other year it might pay for itself. Not overly worried about resale since I tend to keep my equipment for ages unless something goes wrong. I’ve had my Mission Eliminator II since 2014. Had my PSE before that for almost 20 years and the only reason I upgraded was because my shoulder couldn’t take the 60% let off anymore so I moved to the 85% on the Mission.


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