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I am new to Archery and currently browsing the market for my first crossbow. So far I've got my eyes fixed on this Barnett Wildcat, is this a good choice for a beginner in your guys opinion? I plan to hunt deer & elk with it and also just do some target practice for fun in my backyard, thoughts? All feedback is appreciated 馃徆

Draw Weight: 195 lbs
FPS: 260
 

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If you're new to crossbows, i don't recommend one with a super-high draw weight. There are a lot of great options, and i usually recommend the Barnett Whitetail Hunter II Crossbow (affiliate link). It's got a reasonable draw weight and it's relatively simple to use.

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That's what I'm currently confused about while browsing, could you help me understand what exactly is draw weight? Does draw weight = power? I'm lost a bit haha And thanks! I'm glad to be apart of the community! 馃徆
 

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That's what I'm currently confused about while browsing, could you help me understand what exactly is draw weight? Does draw weight = power? I'm lost a bit haha.
The draw weight is how much weight is required to cock the crossbow.
For a crossbow, generally more draw weight means more speed and oomph. That's good, but (it's a big but)
It also means the limbs are under more strain, which may or may not lead to more limb failures. More speed can also mean they get more finicky about arrow choice, broadhead choice and so on to be accurate.

You should look into a rope cocker or a crank, either will make life infinitely easier to pull that weight to get the crossbow cocked.

Seeing as you seem to be looking at recurve crossbows, I'd look at Excalibur. Barnett used to have a not so great reputation for quality issues, but I don't kbow if maybe that has changed for the better in recent years.

Also, there's a crossbowtalk subforum on here, they could probably help you out.
 

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It sounds like your going to be into hunting awhile since your planning on elk and deer my suggestion would be save up some money and then hit the classifieds here and buy a mission sub 1 model xbow easy to cock and one of the most accurate xbows I've shot my sub 1 is like 331 fps with heavier arrows or if money isn't a issue look into the sub 1 XR model
 
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There are many different options out there - would recommend going to you local shop or Cabela's / Bass pro and picking up a few to see what fits you best - the draw weight / speed will fall in line afterwards - but a majority of crossbow now come with cocking mechanisms so draw weight may be irrelevant.
Also, in case you were unaware there is a crossbow specific forum here on archery talk - it may provide some additional point of view.

 
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