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Old August 19th, 2013, 10:42 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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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 it is obsolete and I can't find a new cable for it anywhere).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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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 it is obsolete and I can't find a new cable for it anywhere).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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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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Sub $200 compound Crossbow with all the accessories

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