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Deciding Factors When Searching for a Crossbow for Sale

Updated on October 1, 2014

Bow Hunting Season is Here

Now that hunting season here, many of you might be considering getting a new crossbow. If you are one of these people, then you will undoubtedly be scouring the internet for the best deal that you can find. Getting a first-rate crossbow for sale takes a lot of thought, so make sure that you have an idea of what you want before you head into your local pro shop. If you head to the shop without having something in your mind, then there is a greater chance you will end up paying more than you bargained for.. If you plan on getting a new crossbow, then there are a few items that you need to consider before you make the trip to the shop.

Recurve or Compound

The first thing that you need to decide is whether you want a compound crossbow, or a recurve crossbow. A compound crossbow can offer the shooter some mechanical advantages, but must be serviced by someone who has a professional bow press. If something goes wrong with the strings or the cables when you are out in the field then you have to pack things up and head to your nearest pro shop. Most people opt for a compound crossbow because of the mechanical advantage that they offer the shooter. Typically, you can get more speed from a smaller framed weapon.

A recurve crossbow can easily be serviced because of the simple technology that stands behind it. These crossbows are not known for having all of the bells and whistles, but they sure are durable. It is one reason why many bow hunters shoot recurves for their entire hunting careers. One thing that should be noted is that this type of crossbow will typically will require higher draw weights to achieve the same speed as a comparable compound crossbow. This can easily be taken care of by getting a rope cocking device, but it should be noted if you are new to this particular hunting industry.

Solid, Split Limb, and Reverse Draw

In just the past few years there has been a huge diversification in the way that compound crossbows are designed. There are now variations (every which way) for split limbs, solid limbs, and there are even crossbows that offer reverse draw technology. Split limbs typically offer the shooter a smaller overall dimension, but they also have more potential areas where problems might occur. There were made in this fashion so that the manufactures could cut down on the overall weight and try to make a quieter crossbow. A solid limb only has one way that the crossbow can stop working, and that is a limb failure. These are still the tried-and-true for many manufactures.

In recent times there has also been a surge in the popularity of reverse draw compound bows. The biggest advantage to these crossbows is that they offer the shooter a shorter axel to axel which in turn would give them better balance. They would also require less draw weight to achieve faster speeds. They do tend to be a little on the heavier side, and if you are hunting in a tight spot, then you need to be aware that some of these crossbows can be really wide when they are uncocked.

Stringing a Solid Limb Recurve Crossbow

Reviewing a Split Limb Bow

Price Range

If you are looking for a crossbow for sale then you should note that most of the manufacturers offer crossbows at different price points. The entry level crossbows can be found in various price ranges up to $500-$600. One of the middle models will fall in the price range of $600-$1000. Many of the "top of the line" models, or the flagship models that are on the market can reach numbers well above $1000.

What may be good for one person, might not be the best option for another. I have always followed the same protocol when introducing people to crossbows. If you are 100% brand new to the sport then I think you should be looking at the entry level recurves. If you are familiar with bow hunting (maybe you've shot a vertical bow before) then I would suggest a mid model compound crossbow for sale. Once you reach the level of the flagship bow, you can make the recurve/compound decision on your own.

You can find more articles about crossbows here. Or you can purchase a crossbow for sale here.


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