As one who owns a crossbow, you already know the following:
1 All crossbows kill.
2. All crossbows are accurate enough for hunting.
3. All crossbows are noisier than we would like.
With that in mind, you may already have the crossbow that's right for you; maybe you just want a new tool, that's up to you, but whatever crossbow you choose, it will do the same basic thing your bow does now. Maybe you've had it long enough to discover it has a design defect you don't like, or doesn't fit you as well as you like so you simply want something else, that's your business.
Which crossbow is best for YOUR hunting? Whichever one fits you best, and you trust the most to do what it's supposed to do.
I would not buy a crossbow based on what fits someone else, go to a sporting goods store where they have A LOT of crossbows, pull them all up, look through the sights, notice how they fit. Is the scope mounted at the right height, or do you have to hold your cheek above the stock before you can see through it properly? Do you prefer open sights, scope, or dot? Is the thing heavier than you can hold long enough for a good shot. Is it too long, short, etc?
There is no way to answer these questions from someone else's recommendation, you have to see for yourself. Then take it home and become INTIMATE with it's features, quirks, etc.
I see a lot of posts in crossbow forums where people say they won't shoot a deer past 30 yards. That's OK, if that's where you are in your ability, but you and I both know that if a 12 point stood broadside at 40 yards, he's going to get shot at, you need to know what to do with an opportunity 10 yards beyond what you think you can do [not saying do it just because you can]. Making a statement about 30 yard limits tells me either they don't have confidence in themselves, or in their equipment; "hunter ethics" sounds high and holy, but really has nothing to do with it, it's confidence, preparation, and intimate knowledge of your chosen weapon that rules the day. Unfortunately some will not do what it takes to become knowledgeable, confident, or even competent. Know this: If you are a lousy shot with your present bow, you will still be a lousy shot with a $2500 [unnamed] bow; they do the same thing and ability doesn't increase with the price tag. This is exactly the same scenario where a mediocre golfer thinks he will improve his game if he buys new golf clubs, there are other, more important factors involved. Fact is, if you don't do what it takes, your frustration and dissatisfaction level will elevate with the price tag of your equipment.
The only way to gain confidence in your equipment is to PRACTICE, DRILL, and REHEARSE. Whenever possible you should shoot at least 5 arrows a day 3 or more times a week, that takes care of practice and drill; that will increase your confidence; gain confidence in your equipment and you gain confidence in yourself.
Practice with what you are going to hunt with. I've said this before: the blind is no place for experimentation, know what your weapon will do under any circumstance before you go hunting. If your broadheads strike a different place than your field points, write down how many clicks up/down left/right it takes to bring the broadhead to bullseye, and then take the shot to confirm it. I recently saw a post by someone who said they will not take the shot to confirm their adjustments because they were afraid of losing an arrow. I would rather lose a $15 arrow than a wounded deer.
I see posts all the time that go something like this: "Hi, I'm a noob, I'm thinking about buying a crossbow, what should I get?" Come to find out, the guy already ordered a crossbow, doesn't have it yet, and just wants to confirm in his mind if he made a good choice or not. I can't think of a better recipe for dissatisfaction with a purchase than to get 15 opinions, all who name different crossbows, and none of them mention the one Noob just purchased. Meanwhile Mr. Noob doesn't even have his crossbow yet and now is already dissatisfied with it.
Let me ask you a question: Will the deer you kill with your present bow be any deader if you kill them with another bow? Who cares what fits someone else and what they say is the greatest thing since sliced bread...be your own man, keep your own counsel, make your own choice.
Others might disagree with what I've told you; that's OK, I have nothing to prove, I'm not trying to sell you equipment, I'm not part of any manufacturer fan club, I'm not trying to reinforce in my own mind that the crossbow I just bought was a good decision, I just tell it like it is. Good luck in whatever YOU choose. Let us know so we can rejoice with you.
Last edited by Jack Pine; 01-28-2012 at 05:35 AM.
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