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    Hey guys,
    My brother and I do alot of hunting together and he has decided to purchase a crossbow this summer for the 2011 deer season. I too want one, but have told him I wanted imput from hunters that bow hunt and have a crossbow for hunting. My question is, would you suggest buying a crossbow? Could you all please comment with your experiences toward the pros and cons. Thanks so much.
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    XBows
    Huntinbucks I myself was going to jump on the Xbow bandwagon UNTIL i did some research also so i stayed with my Bowtech. People loose alot of deer because they think a Xbow is like a rifle so to speak and take crazy shots and i have yet to hear a Xbow that was Quiet...A few friends of mine have them and I promise you that if you miss the first shot as loud as them things are, You probably wont get a follow up shot. My shoulder starts to bother me a little in cool weather from playing Football years ago and thats the ONLY reason i considered getting 1 but after i did my homework I just purchased a 60lb Bow. Today's Compound Bows are Rockets in a lower poundage package. My 60lb Bowtech Tribute shoots around 263 feet per second and is Quiet as a mouse. I have shot deer and the others just looked at the victim like it was crazy running off and went back to what they were doing. I will say that from all the Xbows out there from what i have learned...Excalibur is the way to go...Recurve limbs with No Cams OR Cables means that theres less to go wrong...If you go to the Classic I'm sure you can Find someone that will stear you in the Right direction but my OWN personal Opinion is this...I would shoot 1 BEFORE i bought it. When you find 1 you like just Goggle it for reviews...I promise it will save you time and MONEY....Good Luck and send some of those Turkeys toward me lol
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    crossbows
    i just bought a barnet jackal crossbow. i have never owned a bow but hav shot a few compound bows. i like my crossbow and it is quick 315 fps. ill let you know how it does for urban archery season. I like the red dot scopes vs thepins of a regular bow. i bought all i need for a total of 379 thats the bow muzzy broadheads and a cocking rope plus tax. if its deadly on the first shot i can wait till rifel season for my twofers.
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    crossbows
    I hunted with a crossbow for the first time this season and I really liked it. I wouldnt say its easier or harder than a traditional compound bow. They each have different challenges. I found that they can be a little bulky in a treestand. Its def harder to swing that thing around and make a shot than a gun or bow. Plus Im a big guy and I couldnt get it recocked in the treestand to shoot again. Also they are very noisy but even though it made a loud noise I still killed the buck and got a head for my wall. Like Gobblintom said you get the misconception you can shoot and kill like its a rifle. I have mine sighted in and could make a 50 yard shot very accurately but you can do that with a good compound bow. So I hunt with the same shot criteria for my crossbow and compound bow but if ol' big boy gives me a 50 yard shot Id rather take it with my crossbow than my compound bow. Anyway I recommend a crossbow. The way I see it whatever kind of weapon they legalize for killing a deer Im gonna try it out.
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    theyre noisy
    i havent shot one yet that was quiet and they are no faster than a compound bow unless you want to spend about $1500 on one, but im just gonna stick with my drenalin. Plus i think they take the challenge out of the hunt, its hard to get within bow range of a deer but if you can get in range and be able to draw back and make a clean shot on a smart whitetail you have done something. Im not saying ill never buy one because i know one day i wont be able to draw my bow back but until that day comes around im going to continue to love the challenge of a compound bow
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    Each to their own!
    My handicapped cousin has hunted with them for several years. I know through him that any xbow with a cam wheel will eventually be a problem. Xcalibur seems to be the best as far as reliability.

    The crossbow speed is misconceived to be able to out shoot the compound bow. Compound bows are quickly encroaching on the speeds of the xbow but, here are the facts. The longer the arrow the more stable in flight and accurate it will be allowing you to shoot longer distances. With practice you can rapid fire a compound but you can't a xbow. Xbows are almost impossible to cock in a climbing stand. Something to think about if you ever have a missed shot. With the compound just knoc another arrow and make the second shot count. I have had arrows deflect off tree branches and was able to kill the deer with the second shot because it just stood their!

    Just my 2 cents....hope this helps!
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    Compound!
    I would agree with everyone else! The pros of the compound in my opinion out way the pros of the xbow. I would say if you have someone or yourself has shoulder problems which would cause problems with drawing a compound then xbow all the way...but...I looked at a lot of compounds before I got mine and there are some out there that are not harsh to draw by any means. I shoot a Diamond Rock at 65# and it shoots a beman 340 with 100 grain broadhead at 267 fps. ya thats 60 fps less then a xbow but the buck I shot this year was a full pass through and then I had to dig it out of the ground because it cut through a root under the dirt and got stuck in the ground. Trust me it doesn't take 330 fps to kill a deer. There are many nice compounds out there...for between 400 and 600 dollars you can have a bow that performs and kills a deer just as good as those 1500 dollar bows. Like everyone else said xbows are noisey and a pain to draw in the tree and logically the length of the arrow will be much more inconsistant then the arrow of a compound bow. MY personal opinion...Go Compound!!!!
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    A couple more notes.
    Mathews has a 'Generic' Company called Mission. Kind of like Bowtech and Diamond. Mathews builds bows that arent quite as pretty and puts a different name on them and sells them for 400 dollars cheaper. Would be worth looking at. MY friend shoots a Martin Cheetah and it has to be one of the smoothest drawing bows I have drawn through all the bows I tested before buying mine. I easily drew 70# on his Cheetah and I couldn't think about pulling 70 on my Diamond or a Fred Bear. Also Huntersfriend.com is a great site to order one after you find the one you want because they sell them field ready and set them up and paper tune them and site them to a 2 inch group from 25 yards for you.All you have to do is slightly adjust the sites according to the way you shoot/anchor.
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    Compounds
    Avidarcher, I agree with ya that its best to Try before you buy or do your homework and get reviews. I take most of my shots sitting down and my Bowtech Tribute is maxed out at about 63 pounds and When i shot the doe with Viper and Creek in Anson, She had done made me in the tree and actually blowed at me so i pointed the bow at her and drew in 1 fluid motion with her looking right at me and touched off and she went about 50 yards with the shoulder shot. A friend of mine has a New PSE Bow madness and the cam on that thing!....Man, its a job drawing it, its like your waving at the deer trying to get to full draw and add the adrenalin in the mix and it looks impossible to be. As far as Speed...Your right again..I have had faster bows and the 1 thing i can tell you is 'Fast bows just make you miss quicker' lol.....My theory is this...'Dead is Dead, No matter how fast your arrow goes.
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    xbow
    Thanks so far for all the comments. It appears to me right now I have pretty much decided to stick with my Parker compound and not get the crossbow. You all have brought up some good points. I beleive I will just put my money somewhere else where it would benifit my hunting better. Thanks again!
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    xbow
    Thanks so far for all the comments. It appears to me right now I have pretty much decided to stick with my Parker compound and not get the crossbow. You all have brought up some good points. I beleive I will just put my money somewhere else where it would benifit my hunting better. Thanks again!
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    Parker Bow
    Hey Huntinbucks what kind of Parker bow do you have? I have a 2010 Parker Wildfire Extreme.
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    Parker
    I have the Hunter mag. Shooting 70lb with clear passes. Really do not need the max poundage. May lower this season. Old shoulder acts up after shooting sometimes. It is about 3 or 4 years old. Nothing special about it. It does what I need and it took three deer this past season. I like it. Would like a nicer bow, but I'm a poor boy here.
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    Hunter Mag
    Parker's Hunter Mag is a Great Bow for the money, My friend shoots 1 and it has never let him down and you will not beat their Customer service....Its the best i have ever seen...About a 24 hour turn around to get you shooting again. When they say 'LIFETIME' warranty they mean it and MATHEWS considers the life of a bow is 3 years...I know this because the stabilizer bushing stripped on my Mathews Z-Light and they charged me $14 for that little piece of brass because my bow was 5 years Old. A good friend of mine used to own a Bow shop and Mathews Customer Service is a Big thumbs down if you have a problem. Parker is AAA++++ for the money
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