July 9th, 2007, 04:10 AM
PSE Rattler Crossbow. Anyone have one or info
PSE has a crossbow ( The Rattler) with 165# draw weight. They do not have any other info such as Ke, bolt speed or length of the power stroke. It comes with a three dot scope, quiver, four bolts with points, sling, and shooting glasses. All for 329.95 MSRP. If this is not a toy it may be a sleeper as an entry level crossbow. I am going to call the factory and see what I can find out.
July 9th, 2007, 01:34 PM
Rattller Ke according to factory
The factory reports a speed of 285 fps. The bolt is 17 inches. They do not have bolt weight. A Horton 20" bolt with insert, aluminum flat nock and vanes weighs 383 gr. Substract 50 gr for 17 inch add a 100 gr point and we have a bolt wt of 433 gr times 285 fps and with a little over 70# Ke.
Not a toy if the crossbow has an ok trigger.
July 9th, 2007, 10:51 PM
For a little more money you can get a new Excalibur Phoenix which is an excellent Xbow produced by a company that has fantastic service.
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July 10th, 2007, 12:43 PM
I second the above response.
July 10th, 2007, 01:44 PM
they are a good solid little crossbow no frills. will kill like any other crossbow. not a high end bow but again a solid performer. if i was you i would look at horton crossbow which actually is what the pse is. it is made for pse or was in the past
with a 20" bolt it will be slower but just as effective
July 10th, 2007, 04:10 PM
Our former shop was a pse dealer and we got a few PSE xbows in. They once had their own trackless bows-well made but the ergonomics sucked. They then went to tracked bows which were made by Horton and then Ten Point and finally started carrying Taiwanese made bows that were essentially copies of older Horton rigs. We had a couple we got on a promo-a compound and a recurve. The recurve was quickly dropped by PSE but seemed OK, the compound was decent for the money-I tested it fairly rigorously and as someone noted, it was fine for deer hunting 35 yards and in.
Originally Posted by robk
No I wouldn't choose one (or a compound xbow of any type) over my excalibur but this wasn't a bad bow, especially for someone who is only going to use if for casual deer hunting (as opposed to say weekly 3D work)
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July 10th, 2007, 06:29 PM
Thanks to you who responded. I am a Horton man myself. I have an almost new Express that turns out to be 14 years old. I do not think it was shot more than 25 times. It gives me 241 fps with a 541gr bolt for 69.21# Ke. I just qualified for a crossbow and this is my first. My question about the PSE was just seeking informationn on what was out there. I have been doing a lot of reading and I hope to be headed from dumb to less dumb. I am enjoying this thread and all of the info on it. I reload for 6 rifle calibers and am having fun putting various bolts through a chronograph. I have a Pact scale that weighs in 1/10 of a grain.
so many bolts, so little time to shoot
July 15th, 2007, 07:21 PM
I'm a shotgun man myself but want to get out earlier in the year. I have been looking at this xbow myself. Do you have any info on its overall weight? When you called the factory did you get any idea where to find reviews for this bow?
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