I'm for sure a crossbow newbie & by looking at my post count you can see I'm sort of a lurker trying to learn as much as I can. This will be my 3rd deer-crossbow-hunting-season, this 2020. My first xbow was a PSE Fang & I traded up to a KI Ripper. I hope someday I will be experienced enough to provide my own insights to share with this board. So far I've come to some conclusions & I was wondering if I'm way off in my thinking.
- I sold my PSE Fang & sorry I did. You should always have a back-up xbow if you're serious about your deer season. The mechanics of the xbow means careful attention to maintenance for safety & reliability sake. Have a back-up!
- New high-tech xbow are now approaching 500 fps velocity levels - that is getting close to a .45 slug! But even so, the xbow used for hunting should be considered a short range weapon. Even at 500 fps a lot can happen during arrow time-of-flight. I know that all to well from my vertical bow days from all the deer that jumped or ducked my string.
- No matter what model or what you do, there is no such thing as a quiet xbow. Mine sounds like a .22 rifle!
- High-end bows are usually more accurate because the buyer is usually buying high-end arrows to match. Xbow accuracy is a function of properly matching arrows to the xbow & a xbow that is tuned to the best it can be. Even a bargain name brand xbow properly tuned by the owner or competent archery shop can be stunningly accurate with perfectly matched arrows.It is not unusual for six properly configured arrows to cost more than the bargain xbow.