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Posted: 10/14/2013 6:39:31 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/25/2013 6:04:14 AM EST by macman37]
Don't laugh. Serious question.

I have had a hankering for a crossbow for years. This is not a Darryl thing. I have a limited budget - does anyone know if there is one worth owning in the price range of $250?

Awaiting lulz and hopefully some positive comments.
Link Posted: 10/14/2013 6:50:05 AM EST
buy a used one
Link Posted: 10/14/2013 6:54:43 AM EST
Figure out which one Darrel is carrying in the Walking Dead... it's made it through 3 seasons...

- Clint
Link Posted: 10/14/2013 6:55:34 AM EST
What will you be using it for? Hunting? Just target shooting?
Link Posted: 10/14/2013 7:05:16 AM EST
I'm using this one for the first time this season. I think it will be good to go, but the dot scope is a tad on the cheap side.

Barnett Jackal

Link Posted: 10/14/2013 7:05:25 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Alaskacajun:
Figure out which one Darrel is carrying in the Walking Dead... it's made it through 3 seasons...

- Clint
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Horton Scout HD 125
Link Posted: 10/14/2013 7:12:20 AM EST
Barnett Recruit compound sells for $299.99 and comes with the cocking rope, red dot &3 bolts.
Pretty good bow and damn close to your price range.

If you're near Monroe, Cabela's carries them. (I grew up downriver)
Link Posted: 10/14/2013 7:18:03 AM EST
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Horton Scout HD 125
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Originally Posted By Alaskacajun:
Figure out which one Darrel is carrying in the Walking Dead... it's made it through 3 seasons...

- Clint

Horton Scout HD 125



I would really advise against a Horton. With the company going out of business there is no warranty service now, and spare parts will soon be gone.
Link Posted: 10/14/2013 7:21:55 AM EST
I really don't need a crossbow, but if someone winds up recommending one in OPs price range worth a darn, I may be getting one anyway.

Link Posted: 10/14/2013 7:29:25 AM EST
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I would really advise against a Horton. With the company going out of business there is no warranty service now, and spare parts will soon be gone.
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Originally Posted By Solarus:
Originally Posted By Alaskacajun:
Figure out which one Darrel is carrying in the Walking Dead... it's made it through 3 seasons...

- Clint

Horton Scout HD 125



I would really advise against a Horton. With the company going out of business there is no warranty service now, and spare parts will soon be gone.



I second this, and I also would not get a 125. Get a 175. Much better trajectory and it's not bad to cock at all with the cocking ropes. It's not like a bow that you need to hold back.

I like the Wicked Ridge models, but you're looking at $450 for an entry level. But they're made by TenPoint, which is a $1k+ crossbow.
Link Posted: 10/14/2013 2:05:22 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Nub29:
I'm using this one for the first time this season. I think it will be good to go, but the dot scope is a tad on the cheap side.

Barnett Jackal

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Oooo that's right up my alley, thanks!
Link Posted: 10/14/2013 2:12:39 PM EST
I remember seeing pictures of a supposed chinese 'SF' unit, one member on the team had a Horton Yukon SL.

Take that for what it is worth
Link Posted: 10/14/2013 2:13:51 PM EST
Bought a Horton Yukon XL in 06 for 219 at Bass Pro. I'm sure they cost way more now. It was a nice crossbow.
Link Posted: 10/14/2013 2:21:45 PM EST
used possibly but hit sportsmansguide and go barnett best bang for the buck.
Link Posted: 10/14/2013 2:21:53 PM EST
Link Posted: 10/14/2013 2:37:28 PM EST
Originally Posted By macman37:
Don't laugh. Serious question.

I have had a hankering for a crossbow for years. This is not a Darryl thing. I have a limited budget - does anyone know if there is one worth owning in the price range of $250?

Awaiting lulz and hopefully some positive comments.
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From my own crossbow comparison guide, I think Barnett Jackal would be the perfect one(also good quality ) with your budget.

And you don't have to feel that way, a lot of people choose entry level for hunting season.
Link Posted: 10/14/2013 4:55:31 PM EST
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From my own crossbow comparison guide, I think Barnett Jackal would be the perfect one(also good quality ) with your budget.

And you don't have to feel that way, a lot of people choose entry level for hunting season.
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Originally Posted By macman37:
Don't laugh. Serious question.

I have had a hankering for a crossbow for years. This is not a Darryl thing. I have a limited budget - does anyone know if there is one worth owning in the price range of $250?

Awaiting lulz and hopefully some positive comments.


From my own crossbow comparison guide, I think Barnett Jackal would be the perfect one(also good quality ) with your budget.

And you don't have to feel that way, a lot of people choose entry level for hunting season.


Thanks. This being Arfcom I expected a bunch of "save and buy this $2000 piece of awesome".
Link Posted: 10/14/2013 5:08:36 PM EST
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I really don't need a crossbow, but if someone winds up recommending one in OPs price range worth a darn, I may be getting one anyway.

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I was just thinking the same thing.
Link Posted: 10/14/2013 5:11:24 PM EST
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Originally Posted By macman37:


Oooo that's right up my alley, thanks!
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Originally Posted By Nub29:
I'm using this one for the first time this season. I think it will be good to go, but the dot scope is a tad on the cheap side.

Barnett Jackal

http://assets.academy.com/mgen/74/10098874.jpg?is=500,500


Oooo that's right up my alley, thanks!



Do they make it without Fudd-Flauge?


Tag.
Link Posted: 10/14/2013 5:24:00 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/14/2013 5:24:41 PM EST by CDW4ME]
Barnett Jackal has been good for the price, but scope didn't last.
Link Posted: 10/14/2013 5:33:38 PM EST
A lot have recommended Barnett, and they are definitely in your price range, BUT, just make sure that you thoroughly inspect your crossbow before buying, especially with the Barnetts. I looked at 4 different Barnett bows before I bought my TenPoint, and all 4 had issues. The rail not being straight/true was probably the biggest, also found uneven limbs and a few other flaws as well
Link Posted: 10/14/2013 6:23:01 PM EST

I have this one and have been happy with it.


http://www.ebay.com/ctg/Barnett-Crossbows-Panzer-V-Crossbow-/70296741
Link Posted: 10/14/2013 6:27:58 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/14/2013 6:38:52 PM EST by WinstonSmith]
Got one for twenty bucks at the flea market once.

Mom caught me with it. She just gave me that look, and said "If you shoot the cat with that thing you'll never forgive yourself."

The styrofoam package with the target on the back? Not a sufficient backstop...

Cured that whole crossbow thing right up though. Maybe you should try that first, it's usually cheaper, depending on what the pound gets for a new cat these days.

ETA: This is it!!!!



I guaran-damn-tee there's a target on the back of the package. Man, *what* a piece of shit.
Link Posted: 10/14/2013 6:30:12 PM EST
Fuck. This makes me want to get a compound bow. Damnit damnit damnit.
Link Posted: 10/14/2013 6:37:42 PM EST
just get a PSE tac 15 upper. Throw it on lower of choice and bam. Assault bow



yes this is a real thing
Link Posted: 10/14/2013 6:45:44 PM EST
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just get a PSE tac 15 upper. Throw it on lower of choice and bam. Assault bow

http://www.jorymon.com/images/2009/april/tac15_2.jpg

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And only about 1000.00 bucks for the upper only
here
Link Posted: 10/15/2013 9:42:27 AM EST
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And only about 1000.00 bucks for the upper only
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Originally Posted By bjohnson425:
just get a PSE tac 15 upper. Throw it on lower of choice and bam. Assault bow

http://www.jorymon.com/images/2009/april/tac15_2.jpg

yes this is a real thing



And only about 1000.00 bucks for the upper only
here



And they're pretty heavy for what they are. I gave them a fleeting look and decided that the "coolness factor" of using an AR lower for part of a crossbow meant nothing to me.
Link Posted: 10/15/2013 9:44:50 AM EST
Link Posted: 10/15/2013 9:46:14 AM EST
Used Excalibur if you can find one within budget. Don't buy new cheap shit OP.
Link Posted: 10/15/2013 9:51:58 AM EST
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And they're pretty heavy for what they are. I gave them a fleeting look and decided that the "coolness factor" of using an AR lower for part of a crossbow meant nothing to me.
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Originally Posted By DDiggler:
Originally Posted By tysonu74:
Originally Posted By bjohnson425:
just get a PSE tac 15 upper. Throw it on lower of choice and bam. Assault bow

http://www.jorymon.com/images/2009/april/tac15_2.jpg

yes this is a real thing



And only about 1000.00 bucks for the upper only
here



And they're pretty heavy for what they are. I gave them a fleeting look and decided that the "coolness factor" of using an AR lower for part of a crossbow meant nothing to me.


Know a guy that had one. Broke on the first shot. I forgot what sheared, but, he sent it back, they covered it.

Second shot, broke again.

For 1000.00 just to look cool... uh, no.

I'm also curious how the state game laws would come in to the play. even with the bow upper, it is still a legal rifle. Texas does not allow a rifle during bow season.

TRG
Link Posted: 10/15/2013 10:00:34 AM EST
I see a couple of people have the Barnett Panzer V. What the difference between it and the Recruit?

Link Posted: 10/15/2013 10:19:58 AM EST
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just get a PSE tac 15 upper. Throw it on lower of choice and bam. Assault bow

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I'd buy a whole rifle PLUS a crossbow for what that monstrosity costs!
Link Posted: 10/15/2013 11:28:20 AM EST
Well this thread is a pisser I have a Horton HD150 which has been a very good unit I guess I have to buy something else since it looks like there are no parts around. It sure would be nice to find a spare set of cables and a string.
Link Posted: 10/15/2013 11:36:15 AM EST
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Originally Posted By JosephTurrisi:
Well this thread is a pisser I have a Horton HD150 which has been a very good unit I guess I have to buy something else since it looks like there are no parts around. It sure would be nice to find a spare set of cables and a string.
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Strings/cables for Horton bows (except the Fury)are available through Viper X.


I have a 2012 Horton Havoc that I absolutely love. Supposedly, the Havocs are very solid, but if anything other than strings/cables go bad, I'm screwed.

Link Posted: 10/15/2013 11:38:18 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Alaskacajun:
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- Clint
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Daryl got a new crossbow in the middle of season 2:

-when Rick, Carl and Michoan met up with (and shot) that dude in Rick's old home-town, they left with lots of weapons and ammo (including the new crossbow).
Link Posted: 10/15/2013 11:41:12 AM EST
Excalibur. Forget compounds - get a used recurve.
Link Posted: 10/15/2013 11:54:50 AM EST
For looking at later
Link Posted: 10/17/2013 10:53:35 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Nub29:
I'm using this one for the first time this season. I think it will be good to go, but the dot scope is a tad on the cheap side.

Barnett Jackal

http://assets.academy.com/mgen/74/10098874.jpg?is=500,500
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Got this one inbound. If the red dot sucks too hard I can throw an extra Primary Arms red dot on it.
Link Posted: 10/17/2013 3:41:45 PM EST
Very happy with my Barnett jackal...
Link Posted: 10/21/2013 12:17:23 PM EST
Just opened the box. Have to put it together but seems pretty freaking sweet so far!
Link Posted: 10/21/2013 1:36:12 PM EST
I'd skip the red dot and get a calibrated crossbow scope... regular crosshairs 20 yards, next horizontal line 30 yards, then 40, etc.
Link Posted: 10/21/2013 1:37:43 PM EST
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Originally Posted By macman37:
Just opened the box. Have to put it together but seems pretty freaking sweet so far!
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post pics!
Link Posted: 10/21/2013 1:44:22 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/21/2013 1:45:27 PM EST by CVN73]
I have a jackal. Second season with it and for the price it's been great. I'm gonna get a darton serpent next. Pay close attention to what mechanicals it will shoot and you'll be happy
Link Posted: 10/21/2013 1:59:49 PM EST
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Just opened the box. Have to put it together but seems pretty freaking sweet so far!


post pics!


Gotta assemble it first.
Link Posted: 10/21/2013 3:34:08 PM EST
If you shoot the cat with that thing, you'll never forgive yourself.
Link Posted: 10/22/2013 6:01:45 AM EST
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If I shoot the cat I'll wonder who's cat I shot!
Link Posted: 10/25/2013 3:53:56 AM EST
Q to those of you with crossbow experience: does it make more sense to work with a set of sights, a red dot, or a scope with an arrow drop reticle?
Link Posted: 10/25/2013 4:18:18 AM EST
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lighted red dot with a hha optimizer plus a leupold vendatta mounted on the bow.

Link Posted: 10/25/2013 4:21:10 AM EST
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Originally Posted By macman37:
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Are you going to hunt with it or shoot at various distances? If so, scope with arrow drop reticle. If you're just going to shoot for fun at 20 yards in your backyard, anything will work.
Link Posted: 10/25/2013 5:13:06 AM EST
Now I will end up with yet another expensive hobby.
Link Posted: 10/25/2013 5:15:06 AM EST
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Originally Posted By macman37:


Oooo that's right up my alley, thanks!
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Originally Posted By macman37:
Originally Posted By Nub29:
I'm using this one for the first time this season. I think it will be good to go, but the dot scope is a tad on the cheap side.

Barnett Jackal

http://assets.academy.com/mgen/74/10098874.jpg?is=500,500


Oooo that's right up my alley, thanks!



ironically, that's the one Darrel uses seriously
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