Hunting Man, great info, that's exactly what I'm looking for. You say you like muzzy 3 blades at 100 grain weight, is muzzy a brand or a type of bolt? My DH and I were thinking probably a lung/heart lung shot would be what we'd want. If double lung is quick, that's what I'll try for. Can you give me an estimate how fast they go that way? I really don't want a wounded deer running through the woods, or lose one because it makes it over to the neighbor's property to die. (I can probably get my neighbor's permission in advance, to go on their land to retrieve a deer, we're on good terms, but, I'd rather avoid that, for humanitarian reasons, and nuisance-to-neighbors-factor) If I'm gonna kill something, I want to do it as quickly as I can manage.
I'm a dedicated omnivore, and want to take responsibility for providing meat for myself and my family, (as my DH does, as well) I just don't want to cause suffering unnecessarily, if I can avoid it.
So blades at least 1 1/8", that sounds good, would wider be better for a quick kill? Or would they be more likely to get hung up on ribs or something? I butcher my own chickens, I'm not squeamish, so don't worry about putting me off with detailed reasons for choices. I'm pretty pragmatic, circle of life, and all that. (Something died, now I can cook it, hurray, meat in the freezer!)
Are you familiar with the Horton Tacoma? (Trac-150, 150lb. draw) It seems like an economical model, but I don't know if it would be right for what I want. It doesn't have a crank or mechanical loader either, I haven't seen one yet that does. (but I just started looking yesterday) I'm thinking I can add a scope to whatever I get, is that correct?
Ever try a Barnett? They seem to have good prices, but I don't want to buy a P.O.S. trying to save money.
Thanks so much, I really appreciate the help!