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Check your local laws first. Crossbows are typically regulated differently from place to place. You don't want to buy something only to find out that you can't shoot it - even at a local gun range.
 

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In Michigan you had to be a certain percent disabled then they got rid of that. Again stressing LAW I would do ask recommended earlier and figure out if you are even leagal to own and operate one. Once that has been established I would HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend the Barrnett Ghost 400. It is a lean mean deer killing machine... Now the price is a little up there but I like Quality on everything so I will pay more to get more... The only thing I would recommend with that bow is that you shoot Rage mechanical broadheads... They fly the best for mine and there is not much difference at all between firing a 100 grain field tip then throwing on a 100 Grain broad head...

There is also the fact that you need to be able to cock the device as well... All in all though I would recommend this to anyone that is willing to pay the price for it....
 

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yeah get compound bow faster quieter and less maintenance
 

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I would HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend the Barrnett Ghost 400.
Ditto on the Barnet Ghost 400. I would suggest however that you shoot it or some other similar crossbow at a range before spending your money on a crossbow altogether. Cocking one is time consuming and can require considerable strength or additional equipment (they make it look real easy on TV). They also often weigh more and are more cumbersome to handle than most people expect. I know a few guys that have bought crossbows, shot them a couple dozen times and put them in the back of the closet.

While I own one and am glad I do, I would do not consider it a substitute for a good medium game rifle or shotgun. They're pretty much a one shot defense weapon. If you miss on the first shot, an aggressive opponent could easily over run you from 50 yards away before you could load another bolt.

They're a great sporting bow for deer though (after you're trained and licensed) and make a serviceable second choice for hunting if a firearm isn't available or practical. That said, you might find a compound bow more desirable, but be ready to put some time into practice.
 

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Don't fall for the Darrel fantasy. Loading a crossbow as fast as he does is less reality and more fantasy with lots of arm and hand muscle burning workout than you can imagine. I've always found a recurve or compound bow much faster for follow ups and very enjoyable to shoot once you learn how and get some practice in. I prefer the recurve myself having had both and there are some nice ones out there.

Products in Recurve Bows, Bows, Bows & products on 3Rivers Archery
 

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Get a compound bow instead. If you are familiar with shooting and aiming guns then a well set up cross bow will be a quick and easy transition. Right after having the bow set up to me at the pro shop, they took me over to the range area where I left everyone in the show room dazed and confused as the first arrow I have ever shot missed the 1 inch dot by about 2 inches on the 20 yard range. Yeah it really was that easy! I drew back, centered the 20 yard pin in the peep site on the string and let it go with a release aid and boom, there ya go! Legalities are rarely an issue from one place to the other , other than minimum poundage to hunt with it. Its fun and God is it addicting, Im a bow freak in every sense of the word now a days. In fact there is a tree stand in the tree in my back yard and a 3d deer taget down below and I usually fling a few dozen arrows every morning when I get off work. Ya, I know I probably need some professional counseling as that sort of obsession just aint normal. And yes the feral cats, the rabbits and squirrels all know what my range is and steer clear, ha ha ha.:D
 

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Get a 22lr and a silencer. Quieter, more accurate, easier to reload, longer range, larger capacity, etc.

Quit watching TV and movies the crossbow isn't really that great IMO. Yes I own one, wish I wouldn't have wasted the money. Like it has been already mentioned a compound bow is better, 22 even better.
 
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