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Old August 19th, 2013, 09:42 PM   #1
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Best Cheap Crossbow?

Hey everyone,

I've been toying with the idea of getting a crossbow once I finish paying off my assorted 10/1 spending.

I've seen crossbows out there for anywhere from $80-$200, and I imagine that they are the bottom of the heap...

But are they any good? Looking for the occasional target bow with maybe some hunting someday.
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Old August 20th, 2013, 07:01 AM   #2
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Ditto on this request. My 20+ year old compound bow finally gave up the ghost (cable snapped and caught me across the face... that was fun... it is obsolete and I can't find a new cable for it anywhere). Am strongly thinking about going cross-bow, but would also like to get some thoughts from folks.
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Old August 20th, 2013, 07:07 AM   #3
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Ditto on this request. My 20+ year old compound bow finally gave up the ghost (cable snapped and caught me across the face... that was fun... it is obsolete and I can't find a new cable for it anywhere). Am strongly thinking about going cross-bow, but would also like to get some thoughts from folks.
My 30 year old compound is still going.

Comparing the Crossbow to a compound.
  • I get better accuracy with a Crossbow than the compound.
  • The Compound is whisper quiet, the Crossbow makes noise.
  • The crossbow is way heavier. The compound feels like a feather in comparison.

If you can wait till after deer season and pick up a used crossbow. You will get a better deal for your money, than paying new for a lesser quality.
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Old August 20th, 2013, 11:05 AM   #4
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You might find something used that is acceptable for perhaps $300 more or less. As for me, when I went crossbow shopping last year, I ended up with an brand new Excalibur Phoenix Lite Stuff package from Total Sports that I found while serching the internet for just $565. This included a scope and 4 shafts, an attached quiver, cocking aid...basically what you need to get started. These are recurves rather than compound, but that seems to keep the price down a bit and has the added advantage that you can re-string the bow yourself if you need too. Most compounds require careful adjustment when restrung and I wouldn't have likely done that myself. I also purchased 6 additional shafts as well as 6 broadheads...another nearly $100 and a case I found online for $40, plus a stringing aid and a spare bow string for another $50. It does add up pretty fast. I am very happy with it and it is more than the raw basic needed for hunting even giving a 175 lb pull rating. It is very accurate and more than enough for basic deer hunting. I've already destroyed 2 shafts by striking one shaft already in a target with a second shaft. That was at 30 yds. A quick search found a similar deal on Cheaper than Dirt right now.


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Ditto on this request. My 20+ year old compound bow finally gave up the ghost (cable snapped and caught me across the face... that was fun... it is obsolete and I can't find a new cable for it anywhere). Am strongly thinking about going cross-bow, but would also like to get some thoughts from folks.
did you look on ebay?


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Old August 20th, 2013, 12:45 PM   #6
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Sub $200 compound Crossbow with all the accessories

http://www.bowviper.com/p-2284-arrow...FalcMgod4FAAtw
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Old August 20th, 2013, 02:51 PM   #7
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Check out Natchez - sale on last years Horton crossbows - discounts up to 65%.

Don't know anything about crossbows but wanted to share with you today's email I got from Natchez - might get you a better bow for your budget.
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Old August 20th, 2013, 03:20 PM   #8
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Check out Natchez - sale on last years Horton crossbows - discounts up to 65%.

Don't know anything about crossbows but wanted to share with you today's email I got from Natchez - might get you a better bow for your budget.
That's because Horton's went bankrupt and you will not get any kind of repairs on your new crossbow ever.


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Old August 20th, 2013, 03:25 PM   #9
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Sub $200 compound Crossbow with all the accessories

http://www.bowviper.com/p-2284-arrow...FalcMgod4FAAtw

Compound? What's the difference? I'm glad someone started this thread because I'd like to get one. Is BassPro a good place to look for one? I'm limited as to the sites and links I can open.
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Old August 20th, 2013, 03:26 PM   #10
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Check out Natchez - sale on last years Horton crossbows - discounts up to 65%.

Don't know anything about crossbows but wanted to share with you today's email I got from Natchez - might get you a better bow for your budget.
I'd be a little hesitant to purchase something like this without a warranty. Horton went out of business and Tenpoint bought the rights, equip etc but have no plans on servicing, maintaining, or honoring horton products at this time.

remember you get what you pay for.
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Old August 20th, 2013, 06:20 PM   #11
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Natchez Shooting Supply has some Hortons on BIG discount. Horton went out of buisness and there is no warranty. Probably have to act fast. They are a decent Xbow, I have a hunter 175 from a few years ago.

http://www.natchezss.com/category.cf...=HM&catLevel=1
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Old August 20th, 2013, 06:38 PM   #12
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I just finished working out the same thing. Hopefully I got it right. I can't say yet because I'm still waiting for my crossbow (should be here on Thurs). I wanted something to try hunting with, so I wanted it to be powerful and fast enough. I didn't want to get the bottom of the line, but I wasn't about to spend a fortune either. I read a lot of reviews and ended up with a Barnett Jackal Hopefully it does what I need.

Here is what it all worked out to cost so far:

Barnett Jackal w/ 4x32 scope (no bolts) - $229.99 + $12.50 s/h
rope cocking devise - $9.99 (free s/h)
pack of 5 carbon bolts w/ 100 grain practice tips - $35.47 (free s/h)
lube wax - $9.08 (free s/h)

Total to the door - $297.03

I'm sure someone will chime in about how their XXXXX is much better in this way or that and only cost $500 or $600, but I thought I was doing pretty good at the under $300 price point. I'll have to get back to you once I get to shoot it (hopefully before this weekend )


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Old August 20th, 2013, 06:49 PM   #13
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Compound? What's the difference? I'm glad someone started this thread because I'd like to get one. Is BassPro a good place to look for one? I'm limited as to the sites and links I can open.
There are compound and recurve bows and crossbows.

Recurve bows use the strength of the limbs, meaning you have to pull the entire 150 lbs when pulling the string back.

A compound bow uses the strengh of the limbs and a little science in the cams (aka pulleys), that will reduce the 150 lbs as you pull the string back.
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There are compound and recurve bows and crossbows.

Recurve bows use the strength of the limbs, meaning you have to pull the entire 150 lbs when pulling the string back.
A compound bow uses the strengh of the limbs and a little science in the cams (aka pulleys), that will reduce the 150 lbs as you pull the string back.
While you're technically correct in your statement about recurve crossbows, I use a cocking aid to cock my 175 lb recurve and it's not at all difficult. No way I could pull that hummer back with just my hands.


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Old August 21st, 2013, 12:12 AM   #15
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Any good starter packages? I'm a total archery noob, so a "kit" would be nice.
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Old August 21st, 2013, 12:35 PM   #16
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we have a Parker bushwacker its a good crossbow...its killed 6 deer so far...so I cant complain. going on its 3rd season I hope to kill a few more animals with it...


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Old August 22nd, 2013, 03:27 PM   #17
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Barnett Ranger (recurve)
I love mine.
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Old September 13th, 2013, 10:09 AM   #18
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I have an SA Fever 175LB recurve crossbow I bought on a whim last year for $150 on black friday. Here it is for $135 now with bolts, scope, quiver, etc:

http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/c....aspx?a=959330

I upgraded my bolts to cabela's carbon fiber ones and hope to get a deer or two this year with it. Higher quality than expected. No, not a top-tier bow, but able to take a deer at 30 yards all day.
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Old September 13th, 2013, 10:59 PM   #19
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I have an SA Fever 175LB recurve crossbow I bought on a whim last year for $150 on black friday. Here it is for $135 now with bolts, scope, quiver, etc:

http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/c....aspx?a=959330

I upgraded my bolts to cabela's carbon fiber ones and hope to get a deer or two this year with it. Higher quality than expected. No, not a top-tier bow, but able to take a deer at 30 yards all day.
The single greatest reason I purchased a recurve is that it is fairly simplistic... I can even restring it myself. The Excalibur (I chose the Phoenix model) was what was recommended to me for a recurve and I haven't been at all disappointed. It isn't, however, an inexpensive crossbow.


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Old September 14th, 2013, 09:02 AM   #20
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I have a 3-4 year old Horton Summit -works great - kills deer and shoots where you aim it-I wouldn't be afraid to buy one even though they are out of business-especially at a steep discount.
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