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    Crossbow for Elk hunting

    I am considering purchasing a crossbow for an up coming Elk hunt. I live in NY where we cannot hunt during archery season with a crossbow so I have really never researched them. I have archery hunted all of my life but I am currently without a bow. Is a crossbow as good as a quality coumpound bow for large animals? Any brands or models that stand out in the crowd? Any advice would be appreciated!

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    Have you actually held one or shot one? My father had to switch over to a crossbow due to health issues and I have messed with it a bit. They are definitely as good as a quality of a compound bow. IMO though If you can still shoot a regular bow I would stick with that. I personally would not want to haul one of those around the mountains elk hunting. If I had no choice I would do it but If I could hunt with a regular bow that would be in my hands. (just my personal opinion a crossbow is more cumbersome than a regular bow)

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    Nope, I have never held nor shot one before. I see some do weight more than my Weatherby mark V though. I have no problem with a conventional bow. I got rid of my last Hoyt because I was just never comfortable with the way it fit me. I may just buy another model. Thanks for the input Don K.

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    Maybe take a drive to the local pro shop or somewhere close that sells them. Handle one and see what you think for yourself this would help with your decision.

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    I dont know where you are going hunting but I dont think a cross bow would be legal on very many if any archery hunts out west.

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    I know they are good in Wyoming, not sure about other states

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    Yup Wyoming... Unfortunately none of the archery shops here carry them since we can't use them. There is a Gander Mountain not too far from me, maybe I will take a ride and see what they have.

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    A friend owns an archery shop and sells the Mission crossbows. Pretty cumbersome and heavy but very fast and accurate.
    I too would recommend a regular compound. I think the weight and how slow they are to load would be a deterrent.

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    I'd stick with a regular compound over a Xbow. I've never met a Xbow that wasn't loud.

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    In all the elk hunting videos floating around, the fact that the ratio of elk shot with a compound compared to a crossbow is probably 10,000 to 1, should say something.
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