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    Anyone shooting a recurve style crossbow

    I've got a couple if question for those of you shooting recurve style crossbows. My Barnett limbs failed after less than one year and due to my model (Quad 400) Barnett won't warranty the bow. Come to find out it's a known issue on the QUAD 400 model, lets just say I'll never own another Barnett product. I've spent a good amount of searches and time on the web checking out reviews and comparison on bows that shoot in 350 plus feet per second. The Excalibur Micro Suppressor recurve crossbow is either number one or two in head to head challenges against other crossbows including compound style crossbows.

    I'm going to give this bow a good look but I have one concern. To cock it requires 280 lbs of draw weight though comes with a cocking rope. That sounds like a lot but to be honest as the Barnett had a draw weight of 150 lbs. Although they do have the C2 crank that works with this bow but it is noisy!

    Has anyone ever shot and drawn a recurve crossbow with that much draw weight? Is it manageable? This bow is quietest of all the bows tested though you really don't get follow up shots when bow hunting...too much movement to load and draw! Do you like them?

    As always thanks!
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    Re: Anyone shooting a recurve style crossbow

    Why won't they warranty the bow? What does the model have to do with it?
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    Re: Anyone shooting a recurve style crossbow

    Quote Originally Posted by cpj View Post
    Why won't they warranty the bow? What does the model have to do with it?

    I'd like to know this also. I have a quad 400 and I had a limb split after just a few shots and they had a new bow at my door within a week. After several years and several hundreds of shots, the new bow is still holding up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cpj View Post
    Why won't they warranty the bow? What does the model have to do with it?
    Your guess is as good as mine. I took it back to Cabelas where I bought it. As soon as they saw my bow they knew the issues would be the limbs and confirmed it. They told me Barnett would not warranty it as they have so many of the Quad 400 bows with cracked and broken limbs. They did call to see if they would warranty it and received a resounding NO! I called Barnett when they gave me the bow back. Barnett said my bow was seven months old and would not warranty it. I asked about other models and was told it depends on the model and what the issue is.

    You got me guys! I tried two different routes and got shut down on both tries!

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    When I bought mine at BPS, they made it clear that any warranty issues had to go directly to Barnett and I got it resolved quickly but that was six years ago.
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    I talked to a buddy on Wednesday, not about crossbows but about self-bows, made of all wood. He's killed a ton of deer with selfbows. One of the first he shot with a selfbow was with a 50# hickory selfbow with 4" string follow probably reducing it to about 40# with a single bevel broadhead. Not only did it kill the deer, but it penetrated completely and stuck in the ground on the other side.

    I don't endorse crossbows, but don't condemn them. I would saw it takes a helluvea lot less to penetrate completely a deer than 250#. So whatever it takes.
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    Re: Anyone shooting a recurve style crossbow

    We all use the less expensive Barnett Jackal, around here. 7 or 8 of us all have the same
    crossbow. Never a problem with any of them, but no experience with the warranty, either. Now and then
    somebody replaces a bowstring. Maybe it's the
    lower pressure of the Jackals, they don't tend to break.

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    I have been using an Excalibur recurve crossbow. I have killed a couple deer with it. It is just about the loudest crossbow I have ever heard! It is VERY accurate. Can place the arrow in a 2" group out to 54 yards. The problem is the deer WILL JUMP THE STRING if the shot is much over 20 yards. If I had to do it over I would NOT get the recurve. While field maintenance is a breeze, not being able to get any decent distance has cost me not to shoot at a nice 8pt because it was 45-50 yards. I use a Bogpod with the PSR. I am rock solid. The noise problem is simply nothing you can get around.
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    Re: Anyone shooting a recurve style crossbow

    Quote Originally Posted by Hondo341 View Post
    I have been using an Excalibur recurve crossbow. I have killed a couple deer with it. It is just about the loudest crossbow I have ever heard! It is VERY accurate. Can place the arrow in a 2" group out to 54 yards. The problem is the deer WILL JUMP THE STRING if the shot is much over 20 yards. If I had to do it over I would NOT get the recurve. While field maintenance is a breeze, not being able to get any decent distance has cost me not to shoot at a nice 8pt because it was 45-50 yards. I use a Bogpod with the PSR. I am rock solid. The noise problem is simply nothing you can get around.
    I'm looking at the Excalibur 355 Micro Suppressor which is the quietest bow in all of the head to head tests I've seen. They've engineered a sound-deadening system and Ex-Shox dampeners, they've really worked to quiet it down which though it's cost them some speed. They have the same bow layout that shoots over 400' per second and is extremely noisy. The new 355 Micro Suppressor shoots around 355' per second with the noise suppression. Also quite a few You Tube video's of folks shooting these out to 100 yards with darn good accuracy.

    And yes, I'll have to try shooting mine at 100 yards though 45 to 50 will be my max!
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    Re: Anyone shooting a recurve style crossbow

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff in TX View Post
    I'm looking at the Excalibur 355 Micro Suppressor which is the quietest bow in all of the head to head tests I've seen. They've engineered a sound-deadening system and Ex-Shox dampeners, they've really worked to quiet it down which though it's cost them some speed. They have the same bow layout that shoots over 400' per second and is extremely noisy. The new 355 Micro Suppressor shoots around 355' per second with the noise suppression. Also quite a few You Tube video's of folks shooting these out to 100 yards with darn good accuracy.

    And yes, I'll have to try shooting mine at 100 yards though 45 to 50 will be my max!

    They had to have gotten quitter. Don't think mine could have gotten much louder. LOL It is nice if you can try one out, or watch someone else, before you buy. I did not go that route.
    Last edited by Hondo341; 08-13-2017 at 02:46 PM. Reason: typo
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