Looking for crossbow recommendations

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

  1. 3X8

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    Google DIY crossbow press, there are a ton of easy to make safe presses you can make yourself.
     
  2. William H Bonney

    William H Bonney

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    When I bought my Parker, it was the smallest & lightest on the market. With that said, I still couldn't re-cock (rope cocker) it from my treestand, very awkward & unsafe really.
    Nope problems with the Ravin at all.

    The other thing no one has mentioned about the Excalibur's is that they sound like a 10 gauge going off when you shoot 'em. :lol:
     
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    Excalibur G340 cheap,accurate, reliable, inside 3" dot 20,30,40,50yrds.
    Took 10mins to zero at all yardages. Diablo bolts, 150grain bolt cutter broadheads.
    Noisey but too late for them to know unless beyond 30yrds.

    I like the ability to de-cock rather than carry a discharge arrow and bag.
     
  4. sureshot006

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    Can't remember for sure but I think it was something like string replacement every 300 shots. Thats a LOT. Maybe a time factor too I suppose.

    Don't have to de-cock if you don't want to. I thought the safety features were top notch but yeah if you let go of the crank bad things can happen. Have used other crossbows with cranks. Unless something has changed, ravins crank system blows the others away.

    There is definitely something to be said about being able to work on it in the field or whatever. But anyone with injury issues should strongly consider something with a cocking assist... over 200 pull# is not trivial.
     
  5. Cat Power

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    it's every 2 years for string replacement or 400 shots, that's in the manual. Again, I owned one. Just want to post accurate information

    IMO the crank system on my R9 is not even close to the Excal's or the new Acuslide on the Ten point. My buddy just bought a new Viper 400 (per my recommendation because he wanted a ravin type bow) and I just got the 340 Mag, so I think I'm qualified to make this opinion. I have shot lots of shots through both. Neither one of ours can dry fire the bow and have a handle turning at high rate of speed if you accidentially let go to injury hands like the ravin R9.

    My only reason for posting is awareness. I don't want anyone to injure their hand like I did. I got lucky.

    if the 2020 ravins are improved over the R9, I apologize for my ignorance
     
  6. Fissshh On!

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    I just got this email from Ravin, says replace the string after 400 shots. I don’t think I’ve shot my crossbow 100 times in the last 4 years, I do look at it occasionally and haven’t seen any wear yet.
     
  7. sureshot006

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    I haven’t used new crank systems so maybe they changed. I just know the R15 from... I think 4 or 5 yrs ago. Used the tenpoint accudraw before that and the ravin is way better. I dont see how you can dry fire the ravin. I'd think the latch that holds the string would stay attached. But I can definitely see being cautious and warning people about de-cocking. Lot of stored energy.
     
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    Yeah no way the average guy is going to use up the recommended shots. But kinda like tires they should be replaced every so often. Curious why other xbows dont have similar maintenance. Especially where there is rail rubbing.
     
  9. Dynrat

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    I appreciate your feedback and no worries that it is negative towards Ravin. So far I've heard both positives and negatives for every brand. That is what makes the world go round. I'm a die-hard Chevy guy. Not just because I work for GM, but as a third generation mechanic I always have been, but... I don't care which of major brands you refer to I've heard good and bad opinions/experiences from all major truck manufacturers.

    I'd rather get all the feedback and make a fully informed opinion.

    Honestly, the de-cocking isn't as big a deal for me. If I can't do it safely then I can use that target I referred to in the original post to fire a field point to let it down instead.
     
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    Certainly pros and cons to all of them! The airbow fixes all that lol
     
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    Can you please post how much your speed (FPS) has decreased by not changing string for 4 years? They stretch do to time.

    Mine dropped significantly
     
  12. Cat Power

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    I want to be clear, because this is a safety issue.
    I used the term "dry fire" in a previous post. It was a result of the handle slipping out of my hands during the de-cocking procedure.
     
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    Yep. The manual warns of this.
     
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    You are being smart getting all the feed back and learning before buying.Its a big investment
     
  15. Hillsdales Most Wanted

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    Look no further, here ya go!!!
    Anywhere from $329-379 at Dunhams. Buy 2 if u want a backup. Crack a limb, oh well throw it away & buy another.

    Adjustable stock is a must for me. maxresdefault-1.jpg