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I have been waiting to pull the trigger on a new Crossbow and waited till after the ATA show to make a determination.

I am more confused now and just bewildered that a $750-$1K bow gets you 400-420fps and a $1k-$2k might get you up to 470fps. Then throw in a $2k-$3k bow that does the same thing? Not that I can't afford it but that is just INSANE for a bow (No matter what you put on it). Or is it just me?

So, somebody has to have a decent reviews for the best bang for the buck in all categories for 2020?
 

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It ain't you … When you gradually drift away from sanity you don't realize that you're nuts...lol "Boiling the frog slowly" is the expression. Manufacturers have cleverly led us to where we are today. 60-80k pickup trucks and 3k crossbows? REALLY??? Now if a sane person looks at the same situation, between common sense and logical deduction, they'd come to the exact same conclusion you have offered. A head scratching: "What am I missing here???"...lol
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A few things to consider:
What ever crossbow you are considering: 1)consider whether it requires a special bow press, 2)does it require proprietory arrows (arrows specifically designed by that manufacture). 3)how close is the bow shop that handles the brand of crossbow you are looking at. 4)warranty. If you are able to do your own tuning or willing to learn, one saves a lot of down time, travelling or shipping etc. Lots of good videos on you tube.

Many crossbows on the market (fresh out of the box or from a dealer etc.) are not tuned to match the advertised speed taking into consideration if an over weight arrow-point combination is used.

Some crossbows may require: 1)scope up grades, 2)better quality arrows, 3)better quality after market string and cables, 4)better quality lubricant as compared to the wax that they come with. This can apply to any crossbow value.

All the best with what ever you choose.
 

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I bought a CenterPoint Tormentor 380 a few years ago. I think I got it on sale and got it for around $300 to the door. Upgraded the sight for another $100 and I was set. I shoot "cheap" bolts through it and it kills deer amazingly well (see avatar). I'd venture to say it shoots better than I do. Spend your money how you choose but it's not always necessary to spend a ton and enjoy our bows and sports. My cheapskate .02 worth.
 

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I bought a used but not abused Excalibur Exomax 6 or 7 years ago. Found it to be very accurate and dependable. Have killed over a dozen deer with it so far. Did add a Guardian Anti Dryfire and new scope to it. The scope was a warranty replacement.

Kills them dead and was very economical to acquire. All kills were pass throughs with the longest retrieve being 40 or so yards. I’ll take that any day!!

Two truthisms about crossbows. No need for a super fast or really expensive crossbow to kill deer!! Just buy for your true needs and not for what the speed dudes are telling you. Nothing wrong for chasing speed I guess but that is a hobby within itself. I don’t have the money or time for another hobby!!
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A few things to consider:
What ever crossbow you are considering: 1)consider whether it requires a special bow press, 2)does it require proprietory arrows (arrows specifically designed by that manufacture). 3)how close is the bow shop that handles the brand of crossbow you are looking at. 4)warranty. If you are able to do your own tuning or willing to learn, one saves a lot of down time, travelling or shipping etc. Lots of good videos on you tube.

Many crossbows on the market (fresh out of the box or from a dealer etc.) are not tuned to match the advertised speed taking into consideration if an over weight arrow-point combination is used.

Some crossbows may require: 1)scope up grades, 2)better quality arrows, 3)better quality after market string and cables, 4)better quality lubricant as compared to the wax that they come with. This can apply to any crossbow value.

All the best with what ever you choose.
Thanks, I have it made being in the middle of numerous dealers and Manufactures. But I also don't like relying on them to do my own tuning and repairs (Unless it is a warranty issue).
 

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That crossbow has the same riser design as a recently purchased 2019 Carbon Express F-Force 390 Pile Driver but a different stock. I like the extendable stock on the Center Point as it appears to adjust by using a lever. The Pile Driver requires two bolts to be removed. That Center point is advertised with 175 pound draw weight limbs. The Pile Driver was available with 165, 175 or the one I bought 185 pound draw weight limbs. The higher the draw weight, the more speed.

These discounted crossbows are no longer built. As for warranty, as long as parts are available only.

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That crossbow has the same riser design as a recently purchased 2019 Carbon Express F-Force 390 Pile Driver but a different stock. I like the extendable stock on the Center Point as it appears to adjust by using a lever. The Pile Driver requires two bolts to be removed. That Center point is advertised with 175 pound draw weight limbs. The Pile Driver was available with 165, 175 or the one I bought 185 pound draw weight limbs. The higher the draw weight, the more speed.

These discounted crossbows are no longer built. As for warranty, as long as parts are available only.

All the best.
It is the same bow as the Sniper 370 and the others that CP makes. Are they discontinuing them all? They use the same parts.
 

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I have been waiting to pull the trigger on a new Crossbow and waited till after the ATA show to make a determination.

I am more confused now and just bewildered that a $750-$1K bow gets you 400-420fps and a $1k-$2k might get you up to 470fps. Then throw in a $2k-$3k bow that does the same thing? Not that I can't afford it but that is just INSANE for a bow (No matter what you put on it). Or is it just me?

So, somebody has to have a decent reviews for the best bang for the buck in all categories for 2020?
Get a used or a new old stock off of eBay or a trusted member on here. Ebay is filled with top shelf xbows from years past.


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Get a used or a new old stock off of eBay or a trusted member on here. Ebay is filled with top shelf xbows from years past. It’s crazy to think of all the stuff we “have” to have now and the prices we pay, compared to what guys killed em with in the past. Slow bows, no range finders, homemade stands. I wonder how much longer will the crossbow market keep skyrocketing i.e. prices ,innovation at the rate that it has the last 8-9 years?


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It ain't you … When you gradually drift away from sanity you don't realize that you're nuts...lol "Boiling the frog slowly" is the expression. Manufacturers have cleverly led us to where we are today. 60-80k pickup trucks and 3k crossbows? REALLY??? Now if a sane person looks at the same situation, between common sense and logical deduction, they'd come to the exact same conclusion you have offered. A head scratching: "What am I missing here???"...lol
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JMO...
When I look at a bow thats 1500, all I see are 3 that cost 500 a piece.
Then I look at the fact that the majority of my deer taken were with a recurve that shot an arrow at 150fps.
Where I land on the crossbow I choose always ends up being based on these facts.
 
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