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To each there own in regards to the crossbow brand and speed they wish to have.

1)high speed crossbows cost a lot of money in regards to maintenance if one does a lot of shooting.
Bow string and cables are generally much shorter with a sharper bowstring angle. Limbs, special
nocks, rollers can develop problems.
2)doing your own repair and or tuning will save some trips to the bow shop, down time and or shipping costs.

As for targets, depending on the type of material used, one may be able to pack a lot of the same material
in the target over time. Some material is like cotton batten and will compress into it self over time. This is an
easy target to keep adding extra material to.

The closer the target, the harder it is to stop and arrow. Re enforcing a target with jute back carpet helps
but this material is very hard on carbon arrow shafts if doing much shooting.

Wishing you all the best.
Take care.
 

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Just remember, in 10 years those 500 fps bows will be considered "slow" and obsolete. But they will still work as well as they always did. I've killed plenty of deer with a 50 lb recurve. Not sure what speed those arrows flew, but pretty sure they qualify as Slooooow in the crossbow world. Still deadly.
 
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