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#1 bullseyetony



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Posted 04 June 2010 - 01:10 PM

Just curious or everyones opinions on the top five hunting crossbows.

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Posted 04 June 2010 - 01:18 PM

Which ever one I got at the time is number one to me! :o

My take on it is:
Ten Point
I have to quit. Can't think of any other brands.

Okay just got back from peeking at the Crossbow Manufacturer section!
I'd have to add Horton to that list, but I don't know enough about the rest of them to make a judgement on what else should be in the top five.

Edited by Ranger, 04 June 2010 - 01:21 PM.

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Posted 04 June 2010 - 03:01 PM

I was looking for manufactures and models if possible. Easy cary. Good for the field and so on.

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Posted 04 June 2010 - 03:51 PM

for hunting I would pick the simplest one I can find
the one with not too many things to go wrong and spoil a shot at that trophy of a lifetime.

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Posted 04 June 2010 - 03:55 PM

IMO, we've taken all the models of Horton bows afield for at least 10 years pre-the latest takeover that sent everything to China, and the older bows, including all over the USA,(north and south) Canada, South Africa, and South America(Argentina) and you can't beat the old bows. I have a long love affair with the Legend 165 & 175 models. Butch loves the Hunter 175, and the VISION but the down fall is loosing the cocking device. Wouldn't that suck to get out fo the country to hunt and have that situation?
If I could take any models of bow with me to hunt worldwide, I would look at the old Hortons & Ten Points. There is a good reason for those two companies bows. It would be a model that I could cock by hand, and I would also take a set of peep and pin with me, so it would have to be set up for the peep & pin if there were a scope problem. Happened to me in South Africa so reverted back to the peep & pin. Saved the life time hunt. Took the world record Warthog in 2003.

In all honesty I need to disclose this info too with the other. We took a Barnett Quad to Argentina, and the guide dry fired it and it exploded into peices. So, it would have to be a bow that could take abuse like that. Hence, the older Hortons.

P.S. You couldn't get me to leave the country on a lifetime hunt taking a #150 bow or less.

So Would need to be able to cock by hand.
would need to be able to add peep & pin.
would need to have tough limbs in case of dry fire.
would need not too new string and cable.
Never take anything brand new on a special hunt. Never. Including shoes/boots.
You will be sorry if you do everytime. Know your gear, and know your appareal.

Edited by Guide Girl, 04 June 2010 - 04:00 PM.

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Posted 04 June 2010 - 03:58 PM

My take on it is:
Ten Point
I have to quit. Can't think of any other brands.

Okay just got back from peeking at the Crossbow Manufacturer section!
I'd have to add Horton to that list, but I don't know enough about the rest of them to make a judgement on what else should be in the top five.

Is this a pop quize??? If so, Ranger won except I'd have to put Ten Point on top simply because I have one. And Bullseyetony, those are manufacturers of crossbows.



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Posted 04 June 2010 - 04:36 PM

Off the top of my head,would say.
Tenpoint Turbo XLT.
Horton Vision.
Bowtech Strykeforce.
Bowtech Desert Stryker.
Fortunately, Have a spare crossbow so maintenance in the field is a non issue ,never more than 5 minutes from a spare.
And if I were going to some remote place to crossbow hunt and invested thousands of dollars would surely have a spare.more than strings have been known to brake.
Have hunted with all of the above and taken many Deer and Turkey with the exception of only shooting the Horton vision.No one crossbow is just right for everyone.
There are many variables to choosing a crossbow,such as how and where you hunt,what you hunt, your physical capabilities,as well as how a particular crossbow fits or feels,and last but not least,being confident with the crossbow.

Edited by SPECIALIZED, 04 June 2010 - 05:40 PM.

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Posted 04 June 2010 - 04:49 PM

There are alot of top quality bowes out there.And you will get alot of difrence in opinion. Thinges about a bow that are important to me may not be a big deal to someone else.My self i want a bow with a good track record.With not alot of things to go wrong.Width doest matter to me i hunt on the ground most of the time any way.It is important to me to have support such as easy to get parts. I do not want to make a comerical out of this but with the bow i hunt with now if i had a break down with 1 phone call in 3 dayes i can have the parts to fix it! If i touch the string with a broadhead i can have a new one on and not evan go back to the truck. With all that being said i cant think of many that pass my test.We cant all like the same thing.Diffrent strokes for diffrent fokes Sorry about the spelling all to much huntin, fishin, trappin not enough learning :D

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Posted 04 June 2010 - 05:37 PM

Excalibur (any model) Scorpyd (any model) Ten Point Turbo XLT. Parker Terminator or Tornado. Darton Serpent.:D

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Posted 04 June 2010 - 08:23 PM

I love my 6 Point GT Flex - very adjustable, recurve design means I can change my own string in a matter of minutes (or less) and very accurate.

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Posted 04 June 2010 - 10:27 PM

Well I've only owned Tenpoint, have two Shadow and Titan and love both of them so I'd have to say Tenpoint, Tenpoint.

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Posted 04 June 2010 - 11:05 PM

i have been happy with all of the bows i have owned. horton hunter 165#, 10 pt stealth x-2 and the latest and greatest, the strykeforce. if i think that i may hunt over 75 days in a season i might buy another strykeforce just in case something goes wrong with "number one". other then that i think i'm set for the rest of my life xbow wise.

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Posted 05 June 2010 - 01:18 AM

I'm really surprised that we haven't herd more from the parker guys. I have a tornado and its awesome in the woods because of its size but I know we all have our own favorites and that's great that we all like different things that's why there's so many makes and models of everything we shoot. How boring would it be if there were only one bow for us to shoot. I don't think there's a wrong answer to my question I was just curious about everyone's opinion on this and love all the input keep em coming.

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Posted 05 June 2010 - 06:48 AM

1-Parker Tornado
2-Excalibur Ibex
3-Ten Point Turbo XLT
4-Parker Cyclone
5-Excalibur Vortex

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Posted 07 June 2010 - 07:07 PM

1-Excalibur Vortex/Exocet 200
2-Excalibur Ibex/Phoenix
3-Parker Tornado
4-Ten Point Turbo XLT
5-Whatever you can get on your budget.

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Posted 08 June 2010 - 03:52 PM

1 darton lightning
2 darton impact
3darton serpent
4dartonimpact sport
5horton dakota sl

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Posted 24 June 2010 - 03:13 PM

I like the Excalibur Exocet 200.

Enough power for anything you can hunt, but, not so powerful as to prematurely wear string or break bolts.

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Posted 24 June 2010 - 08:22 PM


I have a Parker Tornado and I love it!

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 05:43 PM

Excalibur only ones i have ever owned, Vixen, Phoenix, Exocet 200 !

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Posted 27 June 2010 - 09:43 PM

I've owned and used extensively the following x-bows: Hunter Mag Extreme(now 10-pt), various PSEs(Foxfire,Flashfire,Starfire,etc), Parker Saf Mag(#150 & #175), and Strikeforce. My order: 1) Strykeforce, 2) Mid-Upper level 10-Pts, and 3) Parker in this order. If I heard that BT was going to discontinue production of x-bows, I'd likely get a ticket speeding to get a 2nd one. BUT LIKE MOST OF US, I'M ONLY REFERENCING MY EXPERIENCES. I expect that the Scorpyd, Swiss bow(I have shot one a few times - liked it), Horton Vison, the Excalibers, and others all have strong points and if I had experience with them, my list might be quite different. Yet, what matches the compactness, quality, speed,durability, accuracy, etc of the Strykeforce? Nothing that I know of or at least have experienced. So, for my usage(which might be different from others - we all differ) the Strykeforce seems ideal.