Crossbow Choices

Discussion in 'Crossbows' started by vixenmaster, Dec 6, 2017.

  1. vixenmaster

    vixenmaster Active Member

    672
    Sep 24, 2008
    Pottersville
    Don't let money be the deciding factor on yer choice. Buy nice used one that fits yer needs n style. If'en yer flush buy new, most of the Compound crossbows can use a Firenock just ck n make sure of serving dia., they click/snap on serving n don't slip off. I prefer best arrows i can afford, mostly BLK. Eagle Brand .001, vanes are what you like n that are not too tall they hit bottom arrow channel. My choice on crossbows is those i can change out strings n harness cables without a press or Dealer liking my samolians )
     
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  2. callaojoe

    callaojoe Máistir an pointe hocht.

    Jan 21, 2004
    N/C Missouri
    I am lookin at getting a Mission Sub-1 for next year. They aren't cheap, but have always believed the you get what you pay for sort of thing....... You can easily replace the string without a press, and it'll shoot 1" groups at a hundy. Just what I need to make deer hunting more fun next year. :D
     

  3. CallawayHunter

    CallawayHunter Member

    56
    Sep 26, 2011
    Callaway County MO
    Air Bow. Best of all worlds.
     
  4. buckstop660

    buckstop660 Crossbow Specialist

    Jul 17, 2014
    NW Mo.
    Good choice. The sub-1 Is a great bow easy to draw and let down. It isn't picky about arrows or heads. It's plenty fast, at least fast enough to break down and shoot through both shoulders of the the buck I took with it.
     
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  5. coyotehunter

    coyotehunter PURE KILLER

    Jan 19, 2005
    mexico,mo.
    Pretty sure I am going with the Ravin , thinking R9, I have got to shoot them both now .

    I like the idea of the it not actually depending on the rail .
     
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  6. buckstop660

    buckstop660 Crossbow Specialist

    Jul 17, 2014
    NW Mo.
    In my opinion the lack of a rail hurts consistent accuracy. To be consistent everything about the bow has to be the same. The problem I had with the Ravin was, the rest sucks, the nock point floated, and arrows need to be matched weight and spine to shoot the same. The Ravin isn't a bow you just grab and go hunt it's a work in progress to maintain accuracy. As Vixen will tell you the new Scorpyd Death Stalker, also semi railess had the same issues when first released. Floating nock. Scorpyd had to take all the bows and create a rear groove to maintain consistent knocking. Before the fix you could sight the bow in and the next day it was out of wack. There is an advantage to a full railed bow and it is simply consistency. A railess design needs 2 things an adjustable front rest and a positive anchor point like a verticle bow. One of the reasons the sub1 is so accurate is a good rail a trigger that keeps the nock set consistent and the string is always centered due to the new cams.

    I'm waiting to see what will be offered at the ata before I pick another bow to try. Right now my favorites are the Scorpyd Aculeus, Mission sub1, i see these 2 as equal in accuracy and value, and then the mission charge. I can't comment on Tenpoint because I haven't tried them. This is my opinion
     
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  7. callaojoe

    callaojoe Máistir an pointe hocht.

    Jan 21, 2004
    N/C Missouri
    I am going with Sub-1 based on recomendations from my Archery shop, Mike was actually involved in the development of the sub-1, and it sounds like Mathews really listened to what he, and other hunters had to say in it's development. Very impressed with what I have seen with that bow so far....
     
  8. marshall

    marshall New Member

    28
    Oct 21, 2013
    I bought a R15 Ravin back around the middle of October. Out of the box mine was accurate enough that I refuse to shoot the same spot twice because I will touch bolts...and that was at 50 yds. With a good rest this thing shoots incredibly. The only draw back so far was the price.
     
  9. oneshot 1

    oneshot 1 Well-Known Member

    Jun 11, 2003
    Ozarks
    I like Ten Point, my Son likes the Barnett Ghost. thought I would like a Excalibur but not sure.

    I do like Gold Tip Bolts with 125gr. Spitfires.

    oneshot

    :D the Big Grin still hides.
     
  10. coyotehunter

    coyotehunter PURE KILLER

    Jan 19, 2005
    mexico,mo.
    just throwing this out there to yah

    Ravin Cross Bows, Cross Bows


    BE SURE TO SEE FOOTNOTE AT THE BOTTOM..

    Ravin Cross bow company is recalling white nocks do to dry fire issues..



    "Product description

    The recall involves all white plastic molded clip-on nocks (designated Part No. 100911) used in arrows for Ravin® Crossbows. This recall only applies to white Ravin® clip-on nocks and does not apply to any Ravin®Crossbows or Ravin® arrows.

    Hazard identified

    If the nock is not fully engaged with the bowstring, the Ravin® Crossbow may not discharge when the trigger is pulled. Failure to return the Safety to the SAFE position may result in the bow discharging while re-nocking of the arrow. If the bow discharges the arrow during re-nocking and the user has ignored the additional warning to not put their hand in the bowstring path, the bowstring can impact the user's hand possibly causing a laceration hazard to the finger.
    As of December 1, 2017, the company has received no reports of injuries in Canada.
     
  11. WBF

    WBF Wolf Brook Farms

    Oct 25, 2013
    The Ravin definitely has some marketing behind it.... (advertising 100 yds shots) not sure the type of hunter (gun) those ads were centered towards...........

    I think they will address the issues that are always going to come to the surface when your a new company with a slightly radical rail-less design.
     
  12. vixenmaster

    vixenmaster Active Member

    672
    Sep 24, 2008
    Pottersville
    Lawyers are having a field day with the Ravin Company. They showed on their FB they were trying to sell the Company. Nocked arrows not loading correctly n ppl. trying to reload arrow is just a disaster waiting to happen
     
  13. buckstop660

    buckstop660 Crossbow Specialist

    Jul 17, 2014
    NW Mo.
    2 more cases of lost digits while inserting or removing arrows when bow discharged itself. Not my kind of bow.
     
  14. vixenmaster

    vixenmaster Active Member

    672
    Sep 24, 2008
    Pottersville
    Great Companies Crossbows, Mission MXB's n Such, Scorpyds, Excals, Ten Pts. CamX, i am sure there maybe couple more, but these certainly are the cream of the crop
     
  15. coyotehunter

    coyotehunter PURE KILLER

    Jan 19, 2005
    mexico,mo.
    I'm sure Ravin is not the only company that they're customers has lost digits in loading arrows. Everybody I know who has bought one loves them and finding one to is pretty tough to do.
     
  16. buckstop660

    buckstop660 Crossbow Specialist

    Jul 17, 2014
    NW Mo.
    Love it until it bites you. 2 guys that I'm aware of lost fingers or pieces of them when they inserted the arrow with their hands out side the strings path of travel. The fletching sliced them as it left the bow. This was with all Ravin equipment. Most lost fingers have happened because the shooter stuck his fingers/ thumb into the strings travel not a spontaneous discharge. I hope those that own and love the bow are aware of what can happen.
     
  17. PHhunter

    PHhunter MOD-ER-ATOR

    Jan 22, 2007
    Woods.
    @20' any thing to add here?
     
  18. WBF

    WBF Wolf Brook Farms

    Oct 25, 2013
    Bobs missing too many fingers to "hunt and peck" with any type of speed or accuracy.......,,,
     
  19. GTOHunter

    GTOHunter Well-Known Member

    I've been looking at the Excalibur Crossbows...they are well made and have a good warranty...as with any piece of Hunting Equipment You have to be careful using it,how many Hunters have accidently fired thier Rifles and we're killed or injured?
    Crossbows are no different...it's a loaded Weapon that needs to be treated with Caution and Respect...even a Pressure Sprayer can be deadly and cause injury when not used properly.
     
  20. buckstop660

    buckstop660 Crossbow Specialist

    Jul 17, 2014
    NW Mo.
    You're correct about discharging rifles by accident or misuse of other products but, in the case of the Ravin R15 it has discharged. in a few cases on its own, when removing an arrow. As another guy pointed out you don't have to touch a bullet to remove it from most weapons and you do to remove an arrow from a crossbow.

    Excalibur has a good bow but they have also had quite a few limb problems recently. Any of the major crossbow companies have good warranties and stand behind their products.