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Im Steve from Hudson Iowa. Im 55. Just getting into crossbows. Havent even purxhased one yet. Anyone with a decent starter crossbow that they are looking to sell let me know. Cant afford $500 for a starter setup...or should I say, wont spend!


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Lots of brand new ones to be had for under $300. Do some reading and ask some questions. Welcome to the boards. :)
 

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Im Steve from Hudson Iowa. Im 55. Just getting into crossbows. Havent even purxhased one yet. Anyone with a decent starter crossbow that they are looking to sell let me know. Cant afford $500 for a starter setup...or should I say, wont spend!


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Welcome to the CBN Steve. :)

Go take look at the Amped 415 for $250. It's not a 415 fps crossbow but it is a 380/390 fps bow that's got great genetics, nice features and is well built. This isn't a "cheapo" by a long shot. Narrow cocked, quiet (by crossbow standards), very adjustable and reasonably fast.

https://northwoodsoutlet.com/product/centerpoint-amped-415-crossbow/

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This xbow is easy to affordably upgrade as well. That price at Northwoods is the lowest I know of and it probably won't last.
 

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What are your thoughts on the Barnett Jackal?


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It's not good Steve. First off it's an old design targeted for the entry level buyer, it's no longer in production, its relatively slow around 300 fps, it's loud, has no string suppressors, not adjustable anywhere and has a perpendicular mounted quiver. You have many better choices.

The one Barnett bow to consider would be the TS370. That xbow will jump your price up to $350-400.
 

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I AM an entry level buyer though.


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My daughter-in-law bought a Jackal and tried shooting it for a year then upgraded. Every time out the scope would be off. It was probably just the scope, but it coulda also been because it mounted onto a plastic receiver. Atleast that's what it looked like to me. Compared to other crossbows it just looked cheap to me. I have never owned a Barnett, I'm just speaking on what I saw from appearances. Good luck with your decision.:)
 

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Also, keep in kind that the cheaper packages (which is what you will have to buy (packages)....is the xbow, scope, arrows, etc in a package deal) and they have thee crappiest arrows available usually. You can plan on having to upgrade those to something better if you want them to group together. Better arrows will start @ $30 for 6 and the prices only go up from there.
 

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I like that one too. But, respectfully, what is better about it?

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Design for one. Specifically the limbs, a machined flight rail, machined cams, string suppressors, the scope, an adjustable butt stock.
 
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