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  1. RickS

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    I'm going to have to get a crossbow, I can't pull my recurve anymore. I shot a friends about 30 years ago, nothing fancy with a wood stock. I went to Bass Pro and had some sticker shock. I just want a plain recurve, wooden stock plain Jane. Any suggestions?
     
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    no such animal anymore..............having the same trouble myself.
     
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    I've been thinking of getting one... Big Five Sporting Goods, has the least expensive models.

    Crossbow :M-Tech USA 175 lbs Draw; One Sale $149.99
    Big 5
    Big 5
     
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    Any kind of new bow, in general today, seems to be a few mortgage payments worth. I am lucky enough to have my grandpas Wolverine Excalibur. I don't know enough about bows to recommend a new one but I almost always see a wood stock set up at every gun show I hit up. Best past is they are usually decked out with arrows and quiver and the price is relatively cheap. I would guess it's because most guys don't want a wood stock anymore. I'm not saying that are bad or good, that just seems to be the general trend. Good luck with your search!
     
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    Heres another website with some low prices:
    Thecrossbowstore.com: Recurve Crossbow

    JAGUAR 175LBS G1 CAMO RECURVE CROSSBOW RED DOT SCOPE PACKAGE $129.00
    Thecrossbowstore.com: Jaguar 175lbs G1 Camo Recurve Crossbow Red Dot Scope Package

    SAS DISTURBANCE 175LBS RECURVE CROSSBOW: Sale Price: $89.99
    Thecrossbowstore.com: SAS Disturbance 175lbs Recurve Crossbow

    I'm seriously considering getting a " Excalibur Bulldog ".. I just need to save up $$$$.
    Excalibur Matrix Bulldog 400: Power | Balance | Comfort
     
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    Jaguar at Rural King for $80. I took two deer with one last year. Very accurate. Good placement on both deer. First dropped on the spot. The other made it about 30 yards.
     
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    I just ordered a wooden stocked one from the crossbow store for $79. I ordered an extra string so I also got free shipping. I guess I will put my recurve up for sale. Thanks for the help!
     
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    I own one for the same reason but the good ones seem to be very expensive.
     
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    Barnett Crossbows | BCR Recurve Crossbow

    I bought 2 of those last year for $129 each on eBay. Wife wanted one too.

    They shoot fine, plenty of speed and kinetic energy to kill a deer ethically. Theyre also a little more narrow than the average recurve crossbow which i like. I use slick trick broadheads with them. I bought a rope cocking device to make my shots more accurate, 2 storage cases, a few extra bolts, and have just over $300 in the pair. Really happy with them.

    It's been my experience that a deer doesn't know it shouldn't die just because an arrow isn't going 400 fps. Some of the crossbows I initially looked at cost so much they should be semiautomatic and shoot deer without me even being in the woods, but the cheaper model I bought works very well.
     
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    plain recurve i would recommend anything in the Excalibur line up
     
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    Did not know crossbows for this price could take a deer.
    There are a couple bow only areas nearby that have some hogs,
    I'm not good enough with my bow but a crossbow should be easier.
     
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    It is.... with a red dot sight, it's very much like shooting a rifle.
     
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    May need to get one. It would open up a couple of hunting areas for me, that are less than an hour from home.

    Last time I saw these piggies but not in season at the time.
    https://goo.gl/photos/Qf6j9vtUquLmmq1c7
     
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    A nice xbow ought to do very well on wild boar. Even the cheap ones hit with 3 times the force of a comparable upright bow. My brother was given a brand new, unused Jaguar 175lb recurve crossbow. It's a starter xbow for sure... but good God is it effective! With a red dot sight, it's dang accurate enough for hunting. It needed a mod or two to keep the string from wearing prematurely, and having an extra string and a crossbow cocking rope are recommended. On that model (I mention it because it was referenced above) it helps to go with 20" bolts instead of 16".

    As Doug Marcaida is fond of saying on Forged in Fire, it will kill. :-D
     
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    JasonJ, what kind of mods?
     
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    Also, I hear you shouldn't use a regular scope on crossbows, is this fictional or true?If so, Is this true with red dots too? Don't want to ruin a perfectly good scope.
     
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    I shoot one of these and love it...

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    Eh... if the eye relief is proper for the scope placement, and the reticle can be zeroed for POI and account for arrow drop, it will work well. If none of those things, then it would work, but maybe not so good. Some people have issues with the "reverse recoil" and the scopes; they wont hold zero. Depends on the scope in that case. If the scope is rated as compatible with air rifles/air guns, then it should be fine.
     
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    I think you'll be out of luck trying to find a wooden stock new crossbow. Everything is polymer these days.
     
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    I received my wooden stocked recurve crossbow. I paid $79 for it, it looks pretty good. It came with no instructions for assembly or stringing. I figured assembly out and found a YouTube video on stringing. I will be testing it out the next couple of week, and will be mounting a red dot. I also want to try some different length bolts with it.
     

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    IMG_0159.JPG I have had a Excalibur Matrix 355 for a couple of years now and I have to say it is absolutely amazing. So accurate I will not shoot two bolts at the same bulls eye because they would robin hood. I love the fact that you can change out the string anywhere in just a couple of minutes if needed. The down side is the price, like everything that's good quality it don't come cheap. The good side is they are built so well they should last a lifetime.
     
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    I just ordered two Jaguars from Rural King after shooting a friend’s over the weekend.
    I really wanna take deer with my traditional longbow but this year has been difficult to get practice in and I’m not ‘in shape’ for shooting trad well enough to ethically hunt this season.

    My dad’s always wanted a crossbow, so he’s getting the second one for Christmas. It’s amazing these aren’t more popular than they are. For the money, in my opinion, they’re the H&R of crossbows.

    I’ll post up some pics when it gets delivered.
     
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    ok........been there done that the m tecs and other cheap crossbow packages WILL NOT do what you want the scopes are not fit for a bb gun and the bows are crap no range or nock down power if you are able see leagal to use one in youre area suck it up and get a good one the compounds are stronger and easeyer too cock and have the down range power you will need to take game a good set of carbon bolts with half moon nocks are a must always use the half moon nocks when a crossbow misfires it is a dangerous thing to be hold or held for that matter the flat nocks csn not take the strain of a good crossbow.............the bows are not cheap byt you will be galad you spent the money......and it is important to keep the string waxt.or it will wear and fray quickly they are not easy to replace.....get a good scope made for a crossbow.....preferably with an etcht reticle the shock they need to endure is tremendous out of a crossbow.
     
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    Look up plans on the internet. Have made a couple of medieval style, with 150 pound fiberglass bows. Don't know if the glass bow is still available. The trigger has no safety, so be forwarned.
     
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    LIKE anything today, you can find it on the internet and you can find reviews of everything.

    BUT

    Before you invest your hard earned $$$ check the reviews and comments on warranties and customer service. There seem to be a fair number of bows that suffer failure long before they should because of the load and shock that is found on a crossbow system. I have one that is OK but I know there are lots better out there now. I am still looking for THE PERFECT CROSSBOW... and might have found it but until I figure out how to pay for it....
    http://ravincrossbows.com/
     
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    Most shots in my woods are 40 yards or less so a "kids xbow" like the parker challenger has been awesome. I got a more powerful one and it doesn't really perform any better in those close shots just cost more.
     
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    Well my jaguar arrived at my doorstep this morning and I have it all assembled.
    Once I get some more bolts through it I’ll post up a mini review, but so far I’ve shot 5 bolts through it and it’s shot extremely smoothly. At ten yards, shooting offhand, I’ve kept my bolts within a 1” circle or so.

    The build and quality seems extremely solid for the money. I plan to go back over all the bolts with some blue lock-tight soon.
     
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    I just bought a mk350 off of ebay and I love it so much I'm gonna sell my old barnett wildcat, I put a bsa 4 power scope & did some upgrades it's about #175 now. And my compound bow a Parker Challenger. Gonna sell both. Going mk350 crossbow & primitive only. The reason I went with mk 350 was the ease of cocking & accuracy. The old wildcat was great but the new mk is awesome.
     
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    Here it is, just itching to have a deer in it’s sights
     
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    I’ve taken a couple of deer with my Jaguar crossbow. I can consistently hit a 2” diameter at 30 yards. I put a different scope on this year, but took two deer with the red dot.
     
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    Awesome! What kind of scope did you upgrade to?
     
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    I just bought a relatively inexpensive scope which works well. It is a Raging River crossbow multireticle scope. I paid $40. Not the best on the market by far, but is plenty good enough. I can see at least as good, maybe a tad better, as the naked eye at dusk and dawn. The reticles are about 5-6 yards difference.
     
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