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crossbow people, need a little advice

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by hipoint, Jan 26, 2013.

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  1. hipoint

    hipoint Member

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    first off, I don't want to start a discussion about what bows are better and so forth, if you think this one is junk because of a brand name, please keep that to yourself, I've read all the internet reviews... I can afford this one and it's all I can get.

    I am looking at trading an old jon boat for a barnett quad 400 tomorrow. I have a few questions.

    How is the best way to tell if the limbs are cracked? I read about a cotton ball method, are there better ways?

    What else should I look for on a used lower grade crossbow for signs of failure?

    Judging a book by it's cover this fella doesn't strike me as "the sharpest broadhead in the quiver"... so I wouldn't be surprised if he somehow mistreated this bow, I'm looking for ADVICE on what to check for so I don't get "the shaft" as far as a bow with parts that are already failing. I am competent with bows, but this will be my first crossbow so just looking for advice on the matter. Thank you for responding in true High Road style ;)


    p.s. sorry for the puns, couldn't resist!
     
  2. Mobuck

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    I have no ideas about your question but I question your comment about the Barnnett being a "lower grade Xbow". I bought one and recommended the brand to 2 others who bought Barnnetts. All of us are absolutely ecstatic with the product. Super accurate and perform well. I can't speak for the others, but every animal I shot at died within sight. Three shots=3 deer.
     
  3. hipoint

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    there seem to be mixed reviews on them, i wanted to avoid people getting into arguments over which one is better and "x" brand is no good... I meant to say lower price bracket, but it came out wrong.
     
  4. mjsdwash

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    your name hipoint tells me your used to being judged guilty of not spending enough... no help on the bow thou, sorry
     
  5. hipoint

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    the name is intended to be funny on a weapons forum, my post being as it is was to avoid discussions such as this, I can see that this part of the forum is certainly not quality information though...

    nevermind.
     
  6. HighExpert

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    The cottonball test works pretty well for cracked limbs. The item I would look at is the string and cable. This takes the most beating on a crossbow. The Quad 400 was an adequate bow and is still being sold through several outlets. The expense of replacing a string/cable is taking it to a bow shop with a press and having them do it.
     
  7. T.R.

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    I recommend taking this bow to a Pro Shop for inspection prior to purchase.

    TR
     
  8. XD 45acp

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    +1 on take it to a archery shop. They know exactly where the weak / stong points are. Usually, they'll take a peek and not charge ya nothing. The Barnett Q400 is a helluva crossbow. It is not what I own, but a buddy has one and it is pretty impressive. Crossbow Nation is a good place to visit for advice too.
     
  9. PBR Streetgang

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    I'm still shooting a Barnett Commando from the 80's ,and I'm the second owner.........only have replaced the string twice....
     
  10. Hammerson

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    The Quad 400 is a quality crossbow & I know a lot of people who shoot Barnett and could not be happier.

    That being said, +2 on T.R.'s suggestion about having a pro shop give it a once-over. This is good advice with any used bow.
     
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