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Need help choosing a bow. Wanna keep it around 500 and lower. Leaning towards Sniper 370 or Tormentor 380 from Centerpoint or Barnett Ghost 415 or Raptor FX3 . Any thoughts on any of these or others I may have not mentioned? Thanks.
 

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The sniper from everything I've read, is a great bow for the money. The specialist is an upgraded version, and very well liked for a few more bucks. Can't go wrong with either.
The other I'll ad is carbon express piledriver 390. But it's new and not much feedback on it yet.
I don't think you'd be disappointed with the sniper or specialist. Those owners should be along shortly.
There is a thread In gear reviews on the sniper. It's a long read, but great info.
 

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The sniper from everything I've read, is a great bow for the money. The specialist is an upgraded version, and very well liked for a few more bucks. Can't go wrong with either.
The other I'll ad is carbon express piledriver 390. But it's new and not much feedback on it yet.
I don't think you'd be disappointed with the sniper or specialist. Those owners should be along shortly.
There is a thread In gear reviews on the sniper. It's a long read, but great info.
Both Barnetts have TT trigger, any thoughts on Barnett ghost 375 or Raptor fx3 ?
 

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Both Barnetts have TT trigger, any thoughts on Barnett ghost 375 or Raptor fx3 ?
I've never owned a Barnett bow. My girlfriends cousin owns one, he likes it.
Best advice I can give, pm bunnyrabbit.
He is a member here and has done an amazing job with his 410. For a little insight to bunnyrabbit. He tuned rebuilt his bows and tuned them. He can make his ghost 410 faster than your average scorpyd. He is a good guy. Knows his chit.

Seriously, read that thread on the sniper and specialist. They're great bows for the money. The best part is, the leave money for a upgraded scope, and indexed arrows.
Let us know what you decide.
 

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The piledriver 390 looks like a viable option for sure, maybe even at top of my list now. 390 fps, adj stock, 14 " cocked, string suppressors for under 400 bucks, a nyone have of of these bad boys ?
 

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Welcome, where in Ct. is home? My buddy owns 2 of the CenterPoint bows and likes them very much.
I'm in Ellington. The Tormentor 380 looked interesting, but the Piledriver 390 seems like the best de al out there right now
 

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Welcome to the Nation from Michigan!
 
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What ever you get , check out the scope to see if it will be ok for awhile, and if the arrows are ok, most in a package deal are so, so, and may count towards your final price. Most ppl upgrade in a small period of time on these extra's, so something to keep in mind. jmo
 

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Sounds like youre letting the speeds of the bows tell you something. Forget speed and start checking warranties, dependability, maintenance issues, etc. Read some reviews on what interests you before dropping that dime. JMO.....
 
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Sounds like youre letting the speeds of the bows tell you something. Forget speed and start checking warranties, dependability, maintenance issues, etc. Read some reviews on what interests you before dropping that dime. JMO.....
Any suggestions ? I'm just looking for the most bang for the buck, no pun intended
 

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Any suggestions ? I'm just looking for the most bang for the buck, no pun intended
There's just sooooooooooo many good bows out there to choose from these days. You will really need to pick which style of crossbow you like....ie: recurves, compounds, reverse draw, etc. and then start doing a bit of research about those bows you like. From your post it appeared to me that you was really leaning towards the fastest you lised by their speeds...370, 380, then 390. All I'm suggesting is don't get hung up on the speeds. I have an "old school" Vortex by Excalibur that is shooting @ 300-305 fps and have killed deer out to 45 yards with this bow. I haven't missed a deer because of the speed of the bow and any of those deer shot with a 400 fps bow wouldn't have been any deader. Excalibur has a lifetime warranty on the complete setup...even the scope.

A lot of members here bought into the Crosman Sniper...me included. The price is GREAT and the bow is worth a lot more than you have to pay for it. It is a compound and for me that's one drawback since there's no archery shops close-by if ever needed. In the Sniper package you will want to upgrade the arrows immediately and possibly the scope as well. Cant verify the scope as I never put mine on but a good scope for crossbow hunting can be bought for $150 or less. My Sniper is slinging arrows in the neighborhood of 350 fps since the arrows are heavier than what Crosman used to determine the speed of that bow. Bows actually shooting 360 fps and faster I call speed bows and they require better targets to stop your arrows without damage. That's another expense. The Sniper comes with a 5 year warranty.

Whatever you pick, just remember there are added expenses if you want a good shooting crossbow. That said.....enjoy your search. If possible shoot a few crossbows at dealerships and see what fits you and what you like best. Don't rush your purchase as a used crossbow sells for cheap as most warranties wont transfer to the second owners (except Excalibur and maybe a few others). And........welcome to the boards.:)
 

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Welcome to the new look Crossbow Nation. The Sniper is getting good reviews in the price range you've selected!
 

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