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Compound Crossbows

Post by ko4nrbs » Mon Dec 26, 2016 8:19 pm

How problematic are the cams and cables on compound crossbows? Compound crossbows seem to be very popular and are offered by most crossbow manufactures. The only crossbow I've ever owned is the Excalibur Exomax. I went with a recurve to avoid having to deal with cams and cables. Avoiding extra cost to do simple maintenance was one of the deciding factors in going with a recurve?
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Re: Compound Crossbows

Post by frisky » Mon Dec 26, 2016 8:34 pm

I have a 2012 Ten Point Turbo. I had, I call it a defective cable slide, which cut the cables. I replaced the cables. The new slide had rounded corners, which is a big improvement over the original. At 18 1/2 inch uncocked width I like the bow. That is the only trouble I have had with it.
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Re: Compound Crossbows

Post by ko4nrbs » Mon Dec 26, 2016 9:09 pm

How often do you have to take it in for routine maintenance?
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Re: Compound Crossbows

Post by retrieverman » Mon Dec 26, 2016 9:35 pm

With 4 Excaliburs, I'm pretty heavily vested in recurves, but I've been thinking about trying a Hickory Creek vertical crossbow and am wondering the same thing as the OP.

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Re: Compound Crossbows

Post by Gwens Dilemma » Mon Dec 26, 2016 9:50 pm

Years back I had a new Barnett Demon. Never own a wheelie again. KISS principle for me and my Exomag width isn't a problem here.
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Re: Compound Crossbows

Post by Ferguson Outfitters » Mon Dec 26, 2016 11:19 pm

Heres to the KISS principle.

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Re: Compound Crossbows

Post by jefrohio » Tue Dec 27, 2016 6:42 am

It's a statistical certainty that Murphy's Law will come knocking on the door of the crossbow owner with more moving parts (cams,cables, slides). With that being said I have hunted with a compound crossbow for over 20 years and never had to leave the woods because of a malfunction due to the cams or cables. Jefro
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Re: Compound Crossbows

Post by frisky » Tue Dec 27, 2016 11:25 am

ko4nrbs wrote:How often do you have to take it in for routine maintenance?
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Re: Compound Crossbows

Post by vixenmaster » Tue Dec 27, 2016 11:47 am

I have a Mission compound crossbow fer 3 yrs n over a 1,000 shots n no trouble. Can change out string n cables widout a press no stirrup, mine is short compact light weight n fairly quiet 19.5" uncocked 180lb its easy to cock, can even uncock it
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Re: Compound Crossbows

Post by sproulman » Tue Dec 27, 2016 12:35 pm

Only problem I see at archery club is bro limbs at bolt holes and not able to string bow yourself ....

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Re: Compound Crossbows

Post by paulaboutform » Tue Dec 27, 2016 1:18 pm

I've been a certified level II tech for many years working primarily on compound bows. In my experience it depends on the string materials used, the cam design, and the amount of shooting done. Our recurve limb bow strings need adjustment for brace height, compound strings and cables will need adjustments for both cam synchronization and timing. This is easily done but you actually need a press that'll work on a crossbow and you need to know what to look for and the adjustments to make. I personally have a wheeled Frankenbow in the lab being made right now and I also bought a portable press to work on that bow as none of my shop presses will work on that narrow of a bow. I wish I could be more helpful but there really are a lot of variables. I guess if you aren't able to work on the bow yourself and you're not near a QUALIFIED pro shop, avoid the wheels. If you can get the work done easily then give it a shot.

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Re: Compound Crossbows

Post by sproulman » Tue Dec 27, 2016 2:42 pm

We are lucky to have you on here Paul you are one of most respected experts on here in our camp ..Our group always reads what you say and they say hey Sproul what did Paul say or Boo or Vixenmaster or Gene or Newbie about that or this....

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Re: Compound Crossbows

Post by ko4nrbs » Tue Dec 27, 2016 5:19 pm

paulaboutform wrote:In my experience it depends on the string materials used, the cam design, and the amount of shooting done. I wish I could be more helpful but there really are a lot of variables.
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I think this sums it up. If purchasing a quality crossbow there should be few problems with costly repairs being a nonissue. In addition the skill and expertise of the owner should be considered before the purchase if one is expecting to do the routine maintenance.

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Re: Compound Crossbows

Post by jd4223 » Tue Dec 27, 2016 5:43 pm

My main concern with a compound crossbow is a dry fire if the bow is not equipped with an anti dry fire safe guard. Most companies are now making anti dry fire safe guard standard on their upper class bows. Problem is the price for these bows.

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Re: Compound Crossbows

Post by sproulman » Tue Dec 27, 2016 8:33 pm

jd4223 wrote:My main concern with a compound crossbow is a dry fire if the bow is not equipped with an anti dry fire safe guard. Most companies are now making anti dry fire safe guard standard on their upper class bows. Problem is the price for these bows.

light arrows on compounds really cracked the limbs also per gunshop locally that I go to..they were pushing 350 gr arrows a lot back in 90s ..

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