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How many of you have a back up cross bow. Do you think its necessary to have one.
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I have 3....my Excalibur Grizzly, (primary) Carbon Express Heritage,(back up). My third is a Carbon Express Blade....for tight spots and ground blinds. I feel it isn't necessary to have a backup bow as long as I have another weapon(shotgun, compound bow,ect.) just in case. Having 3 crossbows is more of problem for me. I've found each bow to have different needs when hunting. When using one everything is always the same. In that moment of truth when the big one steps out I don't need anything to think about except aiming and slowly pulling the trigger.
Anyone want to buy a backup bow ?

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I don't but also believe it might not be a bad idea. I just last week purchased a new ten point shadow nxt with the idea of using my old pse rdx 365 as a backup. However a co-worker who wanted to get into crossbow shooting wanted my old one and I let him have it. I'd still like to have a backup eventually but can't afford to sink much into something that will likely not get used much at all.
 

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absolutely necessary. No matter the brand you currently shoot.
Crossbows are prone to failure of cables and strings, limbs etc because of the large amounts of stress on the bow.

Its too long of wait between hunting seasons for me to be held up for even a few hours if its in my control.
Factor in work, bad weather, family commitments. I would never allow equipment to have the smallest possibility of holding me up.

When it comes to hunting the only thing i want stopping from going is that I just don't feel like it.
 

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Before marriage, mortgage and children I used to go out west to hunt and to Ohio. I'm going to pass on what the guides would tell me when we talked about equipment and what to bring. Hopefully it relays the message they intended to get across to every client.

You want to make sure you have the right clothes, socks and broken in boots because you want to STAY dry and warm without blisters...wet and you're done. Blistered feet and you can't hunt very far
Good binos...there's a lot of land to cover and the more you can see, the better your chances of spotting a shooter
A backup rifle or bow...break or ruin your gun, ruin your scope or bow due to a fall, unintentional dropping of it, horse steps on it etc can ruin your trip in a heartbeat. The outfitter can loan you his rifle, but are you comfortable with it??? Bows are like fingerprints...unique to each bowhunter. It's almost certain no one else's bow will fit you nor do the sights fit you.

I thought that was sound advice coming from outfitters who've seen every kind of client, problem and scenario in the field. I followed that advice since I was spending $thousands on a one week hunt, I didn't want it ruined because I was unprepared.

The backup crossbow will last you years. The money you save to hunt is hard earned. Isn't your success worth the extra equipment? I'd bet it is. Just my $.02
 

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I have 3 crossbows ready to hunt. I could have a fourth together in 20 minutes or less. I just like crossbows and experimenting with what different combos will do. I never want to be in a situation where I have to wait for a shop or crossbow company to fix and return my bow so I can hunt. For 2020, I’m focusing on getting my 380 hybrid (with 3 sets of limbs), and my Burky RDX bow (with one extra limb set) all set up perfectly for me, and just rolling with them.
 

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I have 2 Crossbows, both Excaliburs and both close to the same design. They both handle the same, and are sighted in ready to go. They use the same arrows, nocks and points/broadheads.
The G340 is my primary, and the GRZ2 is the back up. They use the same string, so the spare in my case can be used for either one.
 

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I have 2 Crossbows, both Excaliburs and both close to the same design. They both handle the same, and are sighted in ready to go. They use the same arrows, nocks and points/broadheads.
The G340 is my primary, and the GRZ2 is the back up. They use the same string, so the spare in my case can be used for either one.
That's as prepared as one can get!!! Identical equipment means no stressing or thinking about what to do...just grab and go! Smart man;)
 

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I own 2 crossbows and would only consider selling one if there was another I wanted to buy. Luckily, since 2012 I never needed a backup but it's fun killing with both of my bows every year.;):)
 

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I went 6 years with no back up because I have a Mission MXB400 and everyone knows that they are completely trouble free...at least mine is. ;) I also have a great dealer who would probably lend me his personal bow if I ever broke down and needed one.
Now I am into recurves and have 2 of them as well as the MXB400 (which is for sale). :cool:
I like recurves much better than compounds but will always have a backup or extra limbs with them and why not? If anything ever happens to a recurve I could put on a new string and new limbs in 10 mins and not lose my scope zero.
 

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I currently have 2, both ready to hunt, this year while packing my buddy asked [why bring 2?] Well 2nd day there he broke the string on his accudraw called the nearby bow shop and they told him they could get him a manual ten point sped cocker in 2 days or fix his accudraw in 3 to 4 days. He was very happy I brought along a 2nd bow!
 

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You just never know!
 
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