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    New York just allowed crossbows for hunting last year. This year they are now allowed almost all the time.

    I have 5 acres myself to hunt as well as some other areas that just too close for any kind of firearm. I'm looking to see if anyone has any input on a good crossbow? Before you say use a regular bow.... You can't hunt with a bow during firearms season, but you can use a crossbow. So let me get that out of the way.

    I see all kinds of packages and have looked at recommendations. I'm kinda leaning towards an Excalibur Axiom SMF. It's a total kit, only 6 lbs. Fits the requirements of NY as far as draw weight and dimensions.

    I'm sure crosssbows can get expensive, just like compounds.

    So who shoots them and what are any tips and tricks?
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    I've shot a few over the years and Excalibur is definitely my favorite. Any bow from them would be a good choice in my book. Happy hunting!

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    Does New York have a Garand season?

    Oh yeah, and use a regular bow!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pastor Chris View Post
    Does New York have a Garand season?

    Oh yeah, and use a regular bow!
    Only on chickens.

    And to be honest, I've actually found a spot where it could be used for it's range.
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    What about the Buck Commander crossbow by Barnett? Anyone have experience with that model?

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    Quote Originally Posted by myz View Post
    What about the Buck Commander crossbow by Barnett? Anyone have experience with that model?
    I crossed that off the list because it weighs over 8 lbs.
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    "I'm kinda leaning towards an Excalibur Axiom SMF. It's a total kit, only 6 lbs"
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    I purchased one in August. Dead on accurate...as long as I do my part.

    Been shooting it out to 35 yards and it is incredibly consistent.

    I added a M1 style sling (what I had laying around). Cut a section of inner tube to cover the metal clip so it doesn't clank.

    A few items to note:
    Use the included cocking aid. It is vital for accuracy to have the string properly centered.

    They are not silent. You will hear a noticeable 'Twang'.
    Excalibur recommends that if you can hear the bolt impact your target after the 'twang', your shooting distance is too far.

    Best of luck with what ever brand/model you select.
    Happy hunting.

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    there is a crossbow that is made in virginia, wish I could remember the name of it, but heard it was a good one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by caspice View Post
    "I'm kinda leaning towards an Excalibur Axiom SMF. It's a total kit, only 6 lbs"
    ************************************************** ***********

    I purchased one in August. Dead on accurate...as long as I do my part.

    Been shooting it out to 35 yards and it is incredibly consistent.

    I added a M1 style sling (what I had laying around). Cut a section of inner tube to cover the metal clip so it doesn't clank.

    A few items to note:
    Use the included cocking aid. It is vital for accuracy to have the string properly centered.

    They are not silent. You will hear a noticeable 'Twang'.
    Excalibur recommends that if you can hear the bolt impact your target after the 'twang', your shooting distance is too far.

    Best of luck with what ever brand/model you select.
    Happy hunting.

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    Others have suggested adding some shrink-tubing to the bolt retainer. It can create at little tap noise when fired.
    I stuck a short piece of plastic tubing on mine and it does reduce the sound a little bit.

    I picked up a package of self-stick furniture pads, cut two strips to fit the main brace where the string slaps. Helps a bit.

    It also helps to keep the string/serving and rail waxed.

    It will never be as quite as my Assayrian Horsebow, but I don't expect it to.



    Check YT for some action vids. It will give you an idea of sound generated

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