Still hunting Crossbow

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ko4nrbs
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Still hunting Crossbow

Post by ko4nrbs » Tue Dec 31, 2019 9:44 am

My Exomax is a great crossbow and has served me well. That said I plan on doing a lot more still hunting for deer and hogs and the Exomax is just getting to be too much to carry in these woods. After a few hours of hunting my shoulders and back start complaining. My 68 years are catching to to me!!

What would you guys recommend for a good still hunting crossbow? I need something I can carry in the woods without getting wore out in a few hours and something not getting caught up in the briars, etc. so bad.

I probably know the answer but wanted to see what your experiences have been before laying out the cash. I'll keep the Exomax as a backup plus I just plain like it!!

Bill
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Re: Still hunting Crossbow

Post by xcaliber » Tue Dec 31, 2019 9:52 am

Sounds like a small bow is required, and something inexpensive as well, I say Axe! :wink:
Matrix 330 (Xylia) Bushnell Trophy XLT / Single Stage Trigger Tech
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Re: Still hunting Crossbow

Post by Normous » Tue Dec 31, 2019 9:59 am

If it were me still hunting in the thick stuff where shots are not far, my preference goes to the lightest and narrowest crossbow platform that fits my budget. My goal was to reduce overall footprint and weight.


Two things I have recently upgraded at the end of this year to prepare my hunting crossbow for 2020, one is a high quality lightweight Optic and the other, my quiver to the newest lightest quiver on the market for 2020. It can carry 3 plus 2, meaning 3 broadheads and 2 mechanical or field points, or 5 Mechanical BH's. This quiver is all in a 5.97 oz.

The new 2019 TRIJICON SRO 1 MOA dot scope at 1.6 oz is just simply amazing and a perfect compliment to my fast handling lightweight hunting crossbow.
The SRO Optic was designed for the competitive target shooter in mind and just fits my requirement PERFECT!

Just my thoughts...
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Re: Still hunting Crossbow

Post by AJ01 » Tue Dec 31, 2019 10:23 am

I really like my Micro Suppressor 355. It can be a little on the "stout" side to cock, but man is it light and compact. Works great out of a "pop up" blind or in a tree stand. I equip mine with custom BEE's made by David over at Wyvern Creations. They hum!! :thumbup:

I mainly hunt out of a tree stand, but I screwed up a knee this past summer and resorted to hunting out of a couple of Pop ups. Had plenty of space. No trouble maneuvering the bow into place for a shot. I even had room in one to place a Caldwell Dead Shot tripod.
Hopefully I'll be back in a tree by next fall with the Good Lord willing!! :angel:

I know the Micro and the Assassin are a little heavy on the dollar side. But I guess it's that old adage, you get what you pay for.
I've seen them on the forum for sale. Usually at a VERY reduced price. :think:

I don't have any first hand knowledge of the Axe or any of the other compacts. But if Excalibur makes them, I don't think any would be a bad choice. :eusa-clap:

AJ
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Re: Still hunting Crossbow

Post by hunter with MS » Tue Dec 31, 2019 11:52 am

I would look at the Axe I to hunted with the Max and it got to much for me to carry around . I went first with a matrix 330 . Then the 308 short and then I got the Axe what a difference can carry them all day and they shoot lights out just like the max .

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Re: Still hunting Crossbow

Post by Timbrhuntr » Tue Dec 31, 2019 11:59 am

I started out years ago with the exomax. I finally took it moose hunting in northern Ontario and if you have ever hunted the bush there its thick. I hated to carry that boat anchor. I finally got talked into the micro 335 by some buddies and although I have had some issues with it carrying it is not one of them. I carried it all around Nebraska spot and stalking mule deer and what a difference.I also carried it aroun d the hills of Kentucky still hunting and the same although flatter in Kansas. I also carry it with me in the spring turkey hunting and do mostly run and gun so its also been nice for that. I would get caught moving the boat anchor all the time but with the micro not so much anymore. Now that I believe I have the limb problems corrected it is shooting very accurately. The exomax never let me down but for carrying 335 hands down. Its also nice for some of the tight areas where the exomax was too wide to shoot. I also don't have a bow mounted quiver and never have so that takes some weight off. I thought about putting the burris ff3 on it but with possible longer shots on mule deer I decided not too.

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Re: Still hunting Crossbow

Post by janesy » Tue Dec 31, 2019 2:08 pm

Dollar for dollar or pound for pound... You won't find a better bow to fit your description than the AXE.

Or a 315 when you find them on clearance deals. But the AXE give you all the accessories you don't always get with the lower line micros.

I carried my AXE this morning
Micro-Hybrid-bulldog "PitBull370"
MOBU Micro BD345 "Greener"
Blackout BD-Axe "Hatchet340"

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Re: Still hunting Crossbow

Post by curious » Tue Dec 31, 2019 4:48 pm

X 2 for the Axe easy carry and great for tight spaces
Micro Axe 340 Kryptek Raid
BEE'S 412 grains with ignitor lighted nocks
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ko4nrbs
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Re: Still hunting Crossbow

Post by ko4nrbs » Tue Dec 31, 2019 8:25 pm

Axe it is!! Won’t buy until I get back from Florida in March. Leaving Friday morning in the Winnebago View. Love the Bass Pro in Palm Bay!!
Bill
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Re: Still hunting Crossbow

Post by xcaliber » Tue Dec 31, 2019 8:33 pm

Bill, travel safe! Have a great trip, and enjoy the weather! :eusa-dance:
Matrix 330 (Xylia) Bushnell Trophy XLT / Single Stage Trigger Tech
Micro 355 (Jinx) Nikon Bolt XR. TT Single Stage Trigger
Matrix 380 (Max) Redfield Revenge / TT Single Stage Trigger
Axe 340 Kryptek (Axe) Nikon P3 Will be completed 8-31-19

ko4nrbs
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Re: Still hunting Crossbow

Post by ko4nrbs » Tue Dec 31, 2019 8:38 pm

xcaliber wrote:
Tue Dec 31, 2019 8:33 pm
Bill, travel safe! Have a great trip, and enjoy the weather! :eusa-dance:
Thank you I will. Want me to save you a spot in the RV Park? We stay in the Brevard county campground in Melbourne.

We could go hog hunting!!

Bill
Excalibur Exomax Crossbow Twlight DLX scope
Excalibur Firebolt Arrows
NuFletch Ignitor Nocks
Carbon Express Torrid SS 100 gr. Broadheads
Summit Viper SD Climbing Tree Stand with Sherpa Hunting cart kit
U.S. Navy 1969-1973 USS Truxtun DLGN-35

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