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1. I went to the local Excal dealer to look at a 360 TD. I had reviewed the specs including the physical weight of the crossbow being 5.6 lbs. When I picked it up I was surprised and disappointed at how heavy it was. It had a scope, quiver with bolts and the crank cocker. I then weighed the bow on a scale they had and it was nearly 11 lbs. Does that sound right?

2. How much draw weight in an Excal do you realistically need to provide enough kinetic energy for deer at 50 yds?
 

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You have more than enough to do the job, but a lot of things can go horribly wrong at 50 yards. Your only shooting a crossbow not a rifle. If the animal takes just one step as you fire, you've made a really bad shot or miss. Best to keep it 30 and under. Just my .02. All the best with your new xbow though.
 
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1. I went to the local Excal dealer to look at a 360 TD. I had reviewed the specs including the physical weight of the crossbow being 5.6 lbs. When I picked it up I was surprised and disappointed at how heavy it was. It had a scope, quiver with bolts and the crank cocker. I then weighed the bow on a scale they had and it was nearly 11 lbs. Does that sound right?

2. How much draw weight in an Excal do you realistically need to provide enough kinetic energy for deer at 50 yds?
1. 10+ lbs sounds a little high but don't get hung up on a number. Go by how it feels shouldering to you. That's why they make the quiver and Charger EXT to be removable.... So that when you are maneuvering for a shot it is actually light.

2. Energy is not just determined by draw weight on an Excal (or any xbow for that manner), but also power stroke. For example, a Bulldog does more with a 250 lb draw than a 250 lb micro because of the longer power stroke.

And at 50 yds, energy is not your limiting factor for deer. That micro you were looking at has more energy at 50 yds than what an old 285 fps Excal from 20 years ago had at 5 yds, which was more than sufficient. Like mentioned by @treestand at 50 yds the added time for things to go wrong is your limiting factor.
 

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I would never think about shooting a deer at 50 w a crossbow. 20 to 30 yrds ok.
Ferral hogs at 50.... all day long. I just took a pig at 50 yards w a complete pass thru. Ran about 30 yards. With a deer its about a humane harvest, not so much with a pig.

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I believe that any advertised weights are bare bows, no quiver, scopes, or mounts, etc. Anything additional you add to any bow runs the weights up. As far as distances....I like the advice given about not shooting out to 50 yards. I know there are others that state they will take shots to 50 or farther, and have killed deer at those longer distances, but I'm another that feels that bad things can happen past 35-40 yards. To each his own though.

The 360 is plenty capable and accurate at those distances with plenty of KE to get the job done. Heck, my old Excal shooting at 315 fps will also give you pass throughs at that kinda distance if the deer stands still long enough.;):)
 
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I went to an outdoor store and saw the 360 TD and G 340 , both felt heavy to me..
My VIXEN with scope , quiver mount , and dissapator bars weighs 7 3/4 pounds.. Never needed to shoot more than 25 yards... My VIXEN shoots 318fps with a 350gr. arrow. But am shooting 440gr arrows now..
 

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I would never think about shooting a deer at 50 w a crossbow. 20 to 30 yrds ok.
Ferral hogs at 50.... all day long. I just took a pig at 50 yards w a complete pass thru. Ran about 30 yards. With a deer its about a humane harvest, not so much with a pig.

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Yes deer are nervous string jumpers and I don't care what anyone says not one crossbow I ever shot is as quiet as people claim.. They are all loud in dead calm still woods
 
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