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Currently have a old barnett C5 . Never been really confident on which way a bolt was going to fly on any given day. So, I'm saving up to buy a new or used excalibur mainly for deer hunting. Any feedback on excalibur would be welcome. All the best, Mike........
 

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First off are you limited on ability to cock the bow by hand? The Micro models are much harder to cock than the Matrix models! Honestly, most modern limb failures are in the Micro models. I would start off used for your first recurve bow! This way you don’t have to invest a lot of money to find out if this is the route you want to go. I’ve shot just about all of the Excalibur crossbows except for the new TD and built in crank models, just not my thing. The Matrix line hands down is the best lineup Excalibur has or had to offer! Good luck!


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Currently have a old barnett C5 . Never been really confident on which way a bolt was going to fly on any given day. So, I'm saving up to buy a new or used excalibur mainly for deer hunting. Any feedback on excalibur would be welcome. All the best, Mike........
As a former Barnett owner - anything would be considered an upgrade imo. :confused: Although Excaliburs have a great following, I would think they could be bear to cock for some people.

If you’re not wanting to empty part of your savings account, I’d consider keeping an eye on the classifieds both on here and over on CT. If you find something that interests you, you can always ask a few members about that listing and seller. Good luck.
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As a former Barnett owner - anything would be considered an upgrade imo. :confused: Although Excaliburs have a great following, I would think they could be bear to cock for some people.

If you’re not wanting to empty part of your savings account, I’d consider keeping an eye on the classifieds both on here and over on CT. If you find something that interests you, you can always ask a few members about that listing and seller. Good luck.
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I can say for one, your opinion sucks,your so negative all the time .Mike H , I'm sure your c5 has served you well over the years. Every xbow company has had its share of problems over the years and as time goes by things get better. Don't let this guys negativity bring you down. Lots of options out there ,find what you like and don't listen to the NA sayers ...KT
 

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Nothing wrong with upgrading. Most of us here already own a couple crossbows.:) Not knowing your pocketbook there's also the old school bows to be had too. I'd bet they could be picked up fairly cheap and are built like a tank. Good luck...…..and welcome to the boards. :)
 

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No, my opinion is based on fact and actual ownership. Grow up a bit.
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You should go put a radious on your latches and grow up yourself,and if that doesn't fix your issues maybe you should try to figure out the difference from clockwise to counter clockwise,or maybe figure out how many pounds of pressure you should put on an xbow string while making it so as it doesn't stretch when put it under load. ... I use to appreciate your post until you became so negative,what happened ? One bad experience and you can't get past it ...Huh
 

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.Mike H , I'm sure your c5 has served you well over the years. Every xbow company has had its share of problems over the years and as time goes by things get better.
The OP states a lack of confidence in his Barnett C5, so it hasn't really served him "well" at all... hence the desire to upgrade.

Barnett have been in the commercial crossbow game for almost 50 years... possibly the longest innings out there for "things to get better"
I have owned products from this company too over the decades, and it seems like only now we are seeing some good reports on their gear.

Sorry for the hijack Mike. Excalibur are fine crossbows. Personally I would look at the Matrix line over the Micros.
 

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You should go put a radious on your latches and grow up yourself,and if that doesn't fix your issues maybe you should try to figure out the difference from clockwise to counter clockwise,or maybe figure out how many pounds of pressure you should put on an xbow string while making it so as it doesn't stretch when put it under load. ... I use to appreciate your post until you became so negative,what happened ? One bad experience and you can't get past it ...Huh
It’s not the latch, it’s the string slots in the trigger housing as I suspected. I’ll probably post a thread on my observations tomorrow. I’ll try not to use big words so that you can understand it as well.

I see that on Dec 20th you changed your screen name to Mudslinger. The definition below seems like a good fit for you. What was it before you had it changed?


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Mike... before you sell me your Wildcat for $25 (I'll pay shipping) :D and drop a bundle on a new bow, please sync and level the cams, lube the rail and string, get some straight (.003 or less), spine indexed arrows with 250 gr or heavier field tips and give "old Betsy" one more chance to shine. Mine is 9 years old and on it's second set of limbs and still reliably putting down white-tails (3 does and an 8-point so far this season). Yeah, the trigger gives you an extra inch to change your mind about taking the shot, but I've never had a misfire. Had a dry-fire once when a cracked nock cut the string and it went off like a .30-'06, but a new string and zero check had me back in the field the same afternoon. Two does and the buck were taken on the new string. Keep us posted on your decision.:)
 

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I just purchased a used Excalibur Matrix 380 for my son. Bow was in excellent condition, well maintained by the owner/hunter. Quite a bit of extras came along with the deal. Case, about 10 Diablo arrows, limb press device for changing strings and a few heads unused. $500 for everything. The original was excited it was going to a teen who was just starting to bow hunt. Great deal in my opinion and the bow shoots as accurate as one could ask for. This was found on a Craigslist ad. The hunter gets cash towards a new crossbow and I get a great deal on a great bow for my son.
Asking around I was given lots of positive feedback on the Excalibur Matrix series so I sought one out. well worth the effort to find.
Good luck and check Craigslist daily!
 

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Mike... before you sell me your Wildcat for $25 (I'll pay shipping) :D and drop a bundle on a new bow, please sync and level the cams, lube the rail and string, get some straight (.003 or less), spine indexed arrows with 250 gr or heavier field tips and give "old Betsy" one more chance to shine. Mine is 9 years old and on it's second set of limbs and still reliably putting down white-tails (3 does and an 8-point so far this season). Yeah, the trigger gives you an extra inch to change your mind about taking the shot, but I've never had a misfire. Had a dry-fire once when a cracked nock cut the string and it went off like a .30-'06, but a new string and zero check had me back in the field the same afternoon. Two does and the buck were taken on the new string. Keep us posted on your decision.:)
I've always kept the the string and cable and rail well lubed. I did have a local shop sync the cams and after that accuracy did improve. thanks
 
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