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So far so good
on January 24, 2012
Updates at the bottom....
I bought the crossbow last week and was able to take it out today and shoot it for the first time. For starters, out of the box, it was a very simple assembly. I read comments elsewhere that the instructions were confusing and people had to research online to find out how to assemble it. For those people, I don't think they should own a cross bow. If their brains don't work mechanically enough to understand the idea behind a crossbow and how it it should be put together to function correctly, then I don't want them anywhere near me in the woods. Seriously though, it's pretty easy. Out of the box it should take no more than 10 minutes to assemble. Maybe a little longer if your making some of the finer adjustments on the scope placement.
The bow itself is pretty heavy (almost 9lbs) but I knew that before I ordered so no surprise there. The plus side is it appears to be solid and well made. It has placement for a sling which I just invested in a cheap one today and I don't think it will be bad at all carrying it into the woods.
I was impressed with the scope. Heavy, well made scope. Those red dots are garbage and I was afraid the 4x32 scope would be of low quality. I'm very happy with it. I posted a picture up in the item pictures showing the scope. The stock photo on amazon displays the wrong scope. I thought people might be interested in seeing the actual scope that comes with it.
I shot the bow today with mixed results. I had to make a few adjustments on the scope to get it in but overall it was pretty consistent and made sighting it in easy. I have it hitting right on at 20 yards. Once I was happy with that I tried to use a broadhead. DO NOT USE STANDARD BROADHEADS. I shot a couple of them. At the high speeds that this bow throws, you will experience severe planing. I had no control where those bolts went. I would recommend something lower profile. Today I decided to go ahead and order what barnett recommended which was the Barnett X Blades. I will update this review once I get a chance to use them.
I would say overall value, this is a great bow. It expect it to last for years and years. There were some complaints on strings so I have been waxing the heck out of it every couple shots. I bought this bow last week for $380 on amazon...They currently have it priced down to $349, which irritates me a little but oh well, still a good price I think at $380.
Update: After 2 seasons of use, I can say the string is still good to go for another one. It's been out in the snow, rain, cold, and heat many times. Everything still functions perfectly. I keep the string pretty well waxed. Last week I started practicing again for this season and, just for fun, we set a target out at 85 yards. The crossbow was dead on. I had to hold way over, but left and right it was perfect. It was consistent at every distance. I bet with a little playing around this thing would shoot over a hundred yards but I ran out of scope. I still recommend this bow. It is the best value for your money.