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Author Topic: Crossbow question  (Read 283 times)

Offline Snortweeze

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Crossbow question
« on: January 30, 2018, 05:46:26 PM »
I am looking into getting my 13 year old son a crossbow before this fall. My question is, what is a light weight unit that I can get him now and he can grow into and will still be able to use 5 to 10 years from now. Any thoughts and feed back is greatly appreciated.
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Offline Madgomer

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Re: Crossbow question
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2018, 06:31:30 PM »
Snort, I'm not an expert on this topic compared to a bunch of the others, but would certainly think it wise to get out to a couple of stores that have a little variety on hand & let him try a few out.  Length of pull and draw weight are the two things that come to mind when you talk about buying something a 13 year old can use for a while.  For length of pull you can mess around to some extent with thicker buttpads over time, and for draw weight there are plenty of crank-style cocking aids available if he can't yet cock something like a 150 pound Xbow by hand (not suggesting 150 is the minimum you need, just a popular point it seems).

When I was at the Deer Expo in Peoria last summer, I talked to the guys from Gearhead Archery (www.gearheadarchery.com) who had some pretty innovative bows and Xbows on display - lots of skeletonized risers and really short axle to axle lengths - they were light, but pricey.  A crossbow is nose heavy for sure, so shooting from a rest/bipod/monopod is probably wise, especially for a smaller person.  Keep an eye out too in the classifieds, Craigslist, etc - you may be able to grab a good deal on a lightly used one then upgrade him to a higher end one later after he gets some knowledge under his belt for what suits him best.  Good luck!
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Re: Crossbow question
« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2018, 08:20:40 PM »
Barnett recruit is probably the best bang for the buck. It has an adjustable stock, easy to cock and is a small framed bow. If you want the same bow with more speed step up to the Raptor.

I have the first gen Raptor and it is a nice bow. The newer ones are a little faster than mine.

There are probably others in the same price range but that is the one I am the most familiar.

Much likes other things a lot comes down to personal preference and feel.
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Re: Crossbow question
« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2018, 02:25:22 PM »
Snort,

Check out the Mission Crossbows, I tried the Parkers and found the Dagger to be lighter and well balanced.
They also have the 320 model for less $$.
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Re: Crossbow question
« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2018, 04:27:22 PM »
Parker Buck Buster is a light CB to carry.

Other brands have buit in or crank handles which may make it heavier. I am unsure of weight ogf these set ups

Parker has the Concorde CB. Very heavy but cocks and uncocks via Co2 bottle. They dropped thier price on them $600with iluminated scope. The big bix stores have lots of unsold inventory so thier price is double vs. direct from mfg
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Re: Crossbow question
« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2018, 02:54:37 PM »
Check out Amazon, Jap51 told me that he bought his as a Amazon Return for about $150 for the complete package!!!! scope, crossbow, bolts and soft case!!!
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Re: Crossbow question
« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2018, 10:30:23 AM »
Parker Concorde cross bow price has been reduced on the mfg web site $600 with the illuminated scope.

The big bix stores have yet to match that price.

I have the Buckbuster and Concorde so I can opine on either if curious
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