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Let me start by saying that I fully understand that some individuals on the site don't like crossbows and I really don't care.

I'm looking at getting a reasonably priced crossbow this year (< $800) and I'm asking those of you who have some experience what brands you have had success with. I was looking at Barnett's but some of the online reviews made me question that choice. There are so many brands that it is hard to know who is making a quality product.

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17 minutes ago, The Back 40 said:

Let me start by saying that I fully understand that some individuals on the site don't like crossbows and I really don't care.

I'm looking at getting a reasonably priced crossbow this year (< $800) and I'm asking those of you who have some experience what brands you have had success with. I was looking at Barnett's but some of the online reviews made me question that choice. There are so many brands that it is hard to know who is making a quality product.

I've got a pse fang and a center point 425. Both packages were under $500. I picked up the center point because of the crank cocking mechanism.  

Both shoot fantastic.  Both kill deer. 

And both are NY legal. 

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I'm amazed at the prices they are getting for the high end crossbows these days!  Here in NJ where they are legal for all archery seasons, they are very popular and I know guys that buy a new, high-end crossbow every year or every other year.  There is no reason you need to spend $3,200 for a crossbow although many do.  My only personal experience is my daughter's older Ten Point with cocking aid.  I sometimes use it on Rusty's cull hunts on a certain north Jersey golf course, and every time I have squeezed the trigger on it a deer died within sight.  I prefer to fool a deer and draw back my compound, but there will come a time when my body says no more and I get myself a decent crossbow for both NJ and NY.   

Check out the NJ Woods and Waters site and check on some of the many crossbow threads there.  And hopefully others will chime in here with experience with crossbows.

      https://www.njwoodsandwater.com/forums/forum/4-bowhunting/

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3 minutes ago, 9jNYstarkOH said:

Wicked Ridge a subsidiary of Ten Point might be worth a look at your price range.

https://www.wickedridgecrossbows.com/

Agreed and just saw this $800 crossbow on sale at Cabela's for $499, a $300 savings.

 

https://www.cabelas.com/shop/en/wicked-ridge-m-370-crossbow-package-with-acudraw?ds_e=GOOGLE&ds_c=Cabelas|Shopping|PMax|CatchAll|General|NAud|High|NMT&&&gclid=Cj0KCQjw2qKmBhCfARIsAFy8buL8qVNSwK0RWXQ5eTFUjyoEG7X9cPCkSDZY3LKRnO8_zn6e409B3sUaAplAEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds

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Pick up an older Excalibur. Bulletproof and cheap, because most people want smaller and faster bows.

You can get them on craigslist for $200-$300.

My favorite model is the Phoenix, but you can't go wrong with an Exocet, Ibex, or any of the older wide limb bows. 

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2 hours ago, The Back 40 said:

Let me start by saying that I fully understand that some individuals on the site don't like crossbows and I really don't care.

I'm looking at getting a reasonably priced crossbow this year (< $800) and I'm asking those of you who have some experience what brands you have had success with. I was looking at Barnett's but some of the online reviews made me question that choice. There are so many brands that it is hard to know who is making a quality product.

As you probably knew would happen, you've got several different answers, and you'll probably get a few more.  If there is a local shop near you, I'd go try a few out that are in your price range, or maybe shooting some of your buddies.

That said, I assembled both of mine. They only took a few minutes to assemble, and I was dialing them in. 

I know of a few guys that hunt with non compliant NY xbow, and they are willing to take the chance they won't get dinged if stopped by DEC. 

 

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"Minimum limb width: 17 inches (outer tip of limbs, excluding wheels and cams, uncocked)"

Ya mean limb length?  A 17 wide limb would make for a damn heavy crossbow. ;)

Limb length? Limb tip to center line? Limp tip to limb tip?

 

Like all NY laws and regulations, clear as mud.  Of course we've lived here long enough, we don't expect you to say what you really mean or use commonly used industry terms like "axle to axle" or "cam to cam".

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I have a Ten Point with the hand crank. Killed several deer it’s NY legal. Works well. 
 

Don’t even know if they make a NY legal bow anymore. I think it is called a Titan. About $750 bucks when they first became legal. 

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I bought a cheap one a couple years ago to play with. I didn't want to buy a good one because I wasn't sure I'd use it. 

So I bought a Parker Bushwhacker and two things happened immediately.  

1. I really regretted not buying a good one.

 2. Parker went out of business like two weeks later.  The story of my life. lol

 

Then after shooting it 2-3 times, I never touched it again, and I was so happy I hadn't spent money on a good one! :D

 

But now that I'm shooting a bow again, I'm thinking I should bring it along. Once I do I'll probably be sorry I bought it again. 

 

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26 minutes ago, cas said:

"Minimum limb width: 17 inches (outer tip of limbs, excluding wheels and cams, uncocked)"

Ya mean limb length?  A 17 wide limb would make for a damn heavy crossbow. ;)

Limb length? Limb tip to center line? Limp tip to limb tip?

 

Like all NY laws and regulations, clear as mud.  Of course we've lived here long enough, we don't expect you to say what you really mean or use commonly used industry terms like "axle to axle" or "cam to cam".

It's clearly stated.  

 

27 minutes ago, cas said:

"Minimum limb width: 17 inches (outer tip of limbs, excluding wheels and cams, uncocked)"

 

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