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rcs9250

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I was at a local outdoor store the other day and saw they had a Ravin compound crossbow. About $1800.00.
I was semi interested so I called another local bow shop to see if they carried it to see if their price was similar. They said they will not carry the really high performance compounds. I asked why. They said that the high power crossbows must be returned to bow shop yearly to replace certain parts that wear because there is so much force put on them. That was the first I had heard that. Has anyone else heard that ?
 

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The smaller and faster crossbows get the more problems they have. Generally, if you stay in 300-350 fps range, the fewer problems you’ll have.
 

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I was at a local outdoor store the other day and saw they had a Ravin compound crossbow. About $1800.00.
I was semi interested so I called another local bow shop to see if they carried it to see if their price was similar. They said they will not carry the really high performance compounds. I asked why. They said that the high power crossbows must be returned to bow shop yearly to replace certain parts that wear because there is so much force put on them. That was the first I had heard that. Has anyone else heard that ?
Not only that the neighbor who has more money than he can spend bought one last year and found limbs to narrow (illegal) in NY and you can only shoot their arrows ,nothing else .He aint happy!/Ed
 

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Not only that the neighbor who has more money than he can spend bought one last year and found limbs to narrow (illegal) in NY and you can only shoot their arrows ,nothing else .He aint happy!/Ed
I’ve got a friend with a Ravin, and I had no idea they were bolt exclusive. As fas as your friend’s issue, that’s something he should’ve researched before hand, so that’s really on him.
 

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I think alot of the new crossbows are nice but high maintenance, like some of the women I knew in my younger days.
I shoot Excalibur crossbows. I have 2 older models, not super fast but they will put the arrow right where I point them.
I can do any work on them myself, which is another reason I like them. They're kinda like the Harleys of crossbows, only need a couple of tools to fix em.
 

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I think alot of the new crossbows are nice but high maintenance, like some of the women I knew in my younger days.
I shoot Excalibur crossbows. I have 2 older models, not super fast but they will put the arrow right where I point them.
I can do any work on them myself, which is another reason I like them. They're kinda like the Harleys of crossbows, only need a couple of tools to fix em.
I’m an Excalibur shooter too, and the older long limb bows were bulletproof. Excalibur quality is suffering while they try to make their bows smaller and faster, and their limb technology isn’t keeping up. I had limbs crack on my Matrix 380 and Micro 335, but I will give kudos to their warranty department. They fixed both free of charge in surprisingly short order. From reading online, it appears limb failures have become an epidemic. It’s really sad, because they used to have a great reputation. Now, not so much.
 

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I’m an Excalibur shooter too, and the older long limb bows were bulletproof. Excalibur quality is suffering while they try to make their bows smaller and faster, and their limb technology isn’t keeping up. I had limbs crack on my Matrix 380 and Micro 335, but I will give kudos to their warranty department. They fixed both free of charge in surprisingly short order. From reading online, it appears limb failures have become an epidemic. It’s really sad, because they used to have a great reputation. Now, not so much.
I hear you, when Dave Trowbridge sold the company to Bowtech I wasn't sure how it would turn out.
I can't believe the new double barrel crossbow they are introducing for 2021.
I have a Matrix Grizzly and Matrix 330. Both great bows imo.
 

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When I went to the shop that talked down the Ravin, it turned out he was an Excalibur dealer and had a 2019 model he sold me for a steal. Manual says 350fps. I have one of those layered cube arrow stops and it drills it into it up to the fletching at 30 yards. Pretty impressive.
 

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I have a Scorpyd Deathstalker 420. I have had it for 3 years and have experienced no issues. This is a very well made bow. It is a reverse draw and has a great trigger and a low weight. If you keep your bolts a little on the heavy side it will help with longevity of parts any of the bows. Excalibur makes a very nice bow if plain limbs are your passion.
 

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I have a Scorpyd Deathstalker 420. I have had it for 3 years and have experienced no issues. This is a very well made bow. It is a reverse draw and has a great trigger and a low weight. If you keep your bolts a little on the heavy side it will help with longevity of parts any of the bows. Excalibur makes a very nice bow if plain limbs are your passion.
My buddy has the same bow as you and he loves it. No problems with it at all.
 

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I have a Excalibur Matrix 310. I take it out during the year and practice with it. Shoots every broadhead I have tried accurate. But I stay with my Elite Ritual compound bow for hunting during archery season. I got it because my neck locks up now and then. Old school crossbow but almost bullet proof.
 

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I had to switch to the crossbow 7 years ago. I just couldn't pull back my vertical bow anymore. My last bow was a Mathews Grenalin. Man, I loved that bow, shot 2 deer with it at 50 yards.
 

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I hear you, when Dave Trowbridge sold the company to Bowtech I wasn't sure how it would turn out.
I can't believe the new double barrel crossbow they are introducing for 2021.
I have a Matrix Grizzly and Matrix 330. Both great bows imo.
Since this thread title is Compound Crossbows, the best thing I can see that came from Excalibur selling out to Bowtech is the crossbow collaboration called an Offspring. It has a Bowtech compound bow on an Excalibur riser. It was a great bow, but of course, they quit making it. 🤷‍♂️
 

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I have a Excalibur Ibex with metal rail, only killed one small buck with it. Haven't shot it in a while. Love the simplicity just cumbersome in the deer woods.
 

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I have a Excalibur Ibex with metal rail, only killed one small buck with it. Haven't shot it in a while. Love the simplicity just cumbersome in the deer woods.
I keep my Dad’s old Ibex as a “back up” crossbow at my house in Oklahoma in case of emergency. Ironically, I cracked a limb on my Micro335 on a hunt in 2018 and had to put the Ibex into action, and I ended up killing a doe with it. :thumb:
 

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I have an old Excalibur exocet I've had it for 10 years or more I love it no cans to fiddle with no pullies no nothing I've killed several deer with its 6 in the past two years at least I probably will use it until I can't Hunt No More
 

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My girlfriend shoots a Ravin R10. It’s fast at about 400 FPS. I like the fact that it’s a very safe crossbow.
The built in cocking crank is easy for her to use and when cocked automatically moves the safety to
the safe position. When cocking, the crank will hold the string in any position allowing her to rest or
change her grip. It also cannot be dry fired. It will not fire until a bolt has been inserted and clicks into
position on the string. And it has a decent though not great trigger.

As far as longevity, no problems yet, but still under 200 shots. The string looks fine but I’m thinking
of having the bow serviced before next season. She loves the bow and shoots it confidently.
I will say she loves her White Lightning more!

I shoot an Excalibur Matrix, accurate and no issues. Not so fast about 330 FPS but probably twice
as fast as the recurve I hunted with when I was a kid.
 

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All the bells and whistles with a huge cost that just increases the things that can go wrong. No Thanks. I'm talking about the Raven of course.
 

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I've looked at some of the Scorpyd bows and have heard some pretty good things about them. Haven't paid attention to prices lately.
 
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