Most X-bows are overkill.
You'll be surprised by the devastation these weapons posess. Very efficient, quick & clean kills. Most shoot flat out 'til 30ish yards. Loudness is their downfall. Get a quick pointing sight/ Red Dot and get ready to release the "bang from the bow.!":sniper::sniper::sniper:
If I was to buy a new one...... I'd look for solid limbs, a good trigger and quality bolt retention device, once again the noise factor. Durable Limbs are better than busted limbs. They are under excessive pressure.
You can put as much Limbsaver Navcom on, as you can afford, and it still will not be mistaken for the hottest/loudest compound bow around. Those deer are loading up and bounding away as soon as the X-Bow goes off.
I shoot a Darton/Great Lakes Durango 22" bolts, 17" [email protected]
lbs. That's like moose pass through kenetic energy. Way overkill. Deer have dropped in their tracks.
Best Rated in my book....1.Great Lakes/Darton (great customer service), 2. TenPoint (most expensive) 3. Parker (just because I like their stuff, never have shot one) 4. Horton (quality) and Then Barnett (get a newer model) 1B. Excalibur is always rated the best on Archerytalk.com crossbow forums. Let price decide. You get get what you pay for. And X-bows sure cost too much.:banghead:
Bottom line, they have to be close in my experiences, and that's the best part.:wink4:
You'll love it, and any weapon that can put you in the woods is a honorable weapon.