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Beginner Crossbow #4072342
01/28/24 02:46 PM
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To begin with I know nothing about cross bows but am looking at getting one for my son to shoot until he gets old enough to effectively hunt with a compound. What are some things to look for when purchasing…brands, features etc? Not looking to spend more than $500.

Re: Beginner Crossbow [Re: BamaBoHunter] #4072348
01/28/24 02:49 PM
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Barnett has the best trigger I've tried. Far superior to my Centerpoint. You could get a Barnett 385 and a better scope and stay in your budget. He's going to need a rangefinder too. That's not as fast as some, but it'll have a good trigger.


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Re: Beginner Crossbow [Re: BamaBoHunter] #4072399
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Re: Beginner Crossbow [Re: BamaBoHunter] #4072988
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Great Company to deal with

Re: Beginner Crossbow [Re: BamaBoHunter] #4073706
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Budget to speed ratio, Killer Instant. Not as refined as my wicked wicked ridge or horton reverse limb, but will throw a arrow the same.


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Re: Beginner Crossbow [Re: BamaBoHunter] #4074491
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I lov my barnet hunter

Think it was 400-$450

Check out Gator!


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Re: Beginner Crossbow [Re: TDog93] #4074565
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Originally Posted by TDog93
I lov my barnet hunter

Think it was 400-$450

Check out Gator!


Thank you Tdog

Re: Beginner Crossbow [Re: BamaBoHunter] #4074775
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I've got a Horton I'll sell reasonable.

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From what ive seen especially as a beginner level, the barnett is a good affordable option.

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Originally Posted by Tigger85
I've got a Horton I'll sell reasonable.


What model/year? Price?

Re: Beginner Crossbow [Re: BamaBoHunter] #4075243
02/01/24 05:24 PM
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So, as a first time user, would you guys recommend the rope cocking device or the crank style? I have never shot a crossbow either, I do have a compound bow and have shot it for years.....I probably will get my crossbow sometime this summer and to practice and be ready for next season....I have areas that I can hunt where a rifle is not feasible.....

Re: Beginner Crossbow [Re: BamaBoHunter] #4075266
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I picked up an inexpensive centerpoint ampd 415, put a ravin scope on it and It will stack arrows at 75yards at 380fps.


My son is deadly with it, I have been impressed to say the least.


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Re: Beginner Crossbow [Re: Antelope08] #4075312
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Originally Posted by Antelope08
So, as a first time user, would you guys recommend the rope cocking device or the crank style? I have never shot a crossbow either, I do have a compound bow and have shot it for years.....I probably will get my crossbow sometime this summer and to practice and be ready for next season....I have areas that I can hunt where a rifle is not feasible.....


If you’re practicing (multiple shots) you’ll want a rope cocker. The crank is very handy in the stand/shooting house

Re: Beginner Crossbow [Re: FreeStateHunter] #4075517
02/02/24 08:27 AM
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Originally Posted by FreeStateHunter
Originally Posted by Antelope08
So, as a first time user, would you guys recommend the rope cocking device or the crank style? I have never shot a crossbow either, I do have a compound bow and have shot it for years.....I probably will get my crossbow sometime this summer and to practice and be ready for next season....I have areas that I can hunt where a rifle is not feasible.....


If you’re practicing (multiple shots) you’ll want a rope cocker. The crank is very handy in the stand/shooting house


I will primarily be hunting from a stand or shooting house......thanks.....


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