need advice on first crossbow
I need some recommendations on crossbows. I will be buying my first within the next 2 years. What I look for is something simple, accurate, and tough. I do not need a bunch of bells and whistles, fancy paint jobs, or a bow that high maintenance. I started looking around a few weeks ago and found many crossbows out there cost as much or more than high end rifles with all the fancy paint jobs, trigger jobs, tricked out barrels and super secret big buck attracting recoil pads. What recommendations do yall experienced crossbowers have for me?
I just joined the crossbow ranks with a Stryker 380 (bowtech). It was a toss up between that and the 350 which would have done just fine for a little less money. I shot similar bows in Barnett, and Ten Point. I liked the lightness and speed of the SZ 380. Also the trigger was very nice.
If you don't have access to a proshop nearby like I do I would get an Excaliber because they seem much simpler. But I'm a novice myself but when I can sit down at the pro shop and put two arrows 1" apart 1" high of the bull at 20 yds after a long absence from bow hunting I'm impressed because my shooting skills are not what they used to be at 65 yrs old.
I'm going to use luminocks and crossfire crossbow broadheads 100 gr
My two cents
I don't use the "Steady Eddy" that you had to buy with it for my hunting style so you want to consider that. I bought a soft case and never use the clumsy luggage type case that came with it. I need the string crank but if you have the strength to pull it back I would eliminate that expensive item.
I've got a suspicion though about the lighter crossbows.
Once when I was in the bow shop a guy came in with a newer crossbow and the whole upper part with the limbs had come loose and it wasn't just a simple tighten bolts job.
Also, I've heard of guys putting rifle scopes (likely cheap ones….but) on their crossbows and the recoil vibrations are so weird or whatever that the eyepiece of the scope cracks at the threads and breaks off. I've heard of this more than a few times. So I figure the high end crossbows are heavy for a good reason.
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