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Old 10-06-2021, 09:11 AM
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Im looking at buying a used excalibur crossbow and was wondering on what i should know about before spending some cash for my inexperience with that tupe of weapon?
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Old 10-06-2021, 09:38 AM
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Im looking at buying a used excalibur crossbow and was wondering on what i should know about before spending some cash for my inexperience with that tupe of weapon?
Not to be rude or nothing but just so you know a crossbow can only be used during a rifle season or with a disability permit good luck in your quest

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Old 10-06-2021, 01:07 PM
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My father inlaws came apart where the limbs attached to the receiver i would take a look there
Excalibre replaced them with no questions asked
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Old 10-06-2021, 03:48 PM
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Im looking at buying a used excalibur crossbow and was wondering on what i should know about before spending some cash for my inexperience with that tupe of weapon?
Make Model & Asking Price?
Accessories included?

Excalibur warranties their bows for the life of the bow.
Best warranty in the business.
Never had to use it, but nice to know that is there...

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Old 10-06-2021, 11:01 PM
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Make Model & Asking Price?
Accessories included?

Excalibur warranties their bows for the life of the bow.
Best warranty in the business.
Never had to use it, but nice to know that is there...

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Not shure on an exact model yet but i kinda have a limit of 600.00🦌.
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Old 10-07-2021, 12:34 PM
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Not shure on an exact model yet but i kinda have a limit of 600.00🦌.
Oh, I see. Thought you already had one in mind...

That range will get you one of their older wide limbed bows.
They work (had one) but are bulky.
A little more should get you into the Matrix series range - more compact and easier to handle.

Best of Luck on your hunt!

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Old 10-07-2021, 03:28 PM
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I started out years ago with the Excalibur Phoenix. For whatever reason it was not that accurate. Approx 4 yrs ago I upgraded to the Matrix 380 and I am quite pleased with it. Note that with the 380 it is difficult to load without the hand winch. The Matrix is 6 inches narrower than my original making it easier to carry through the bush. If I could somehow justify the cost I would upgrade to the Excalibur with the built in loading device. I use the Muzzy 125 grain 4 blade on 18 inch bolts. So far it has accumulated 2 deer, 2 moose & one bull elk. It is a pain to carry through the bush with a full backpack so this year I upgraded to a good fanny pack with shoulder straps. It now carries much better. Best of luck!!!!!
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Old 10-07-2021, 03:56 PM
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I walked into Canadian Tire store back in August and they had a dozen different crossbows for sale.
They had a few different manufacturers crossbows but I was only interested in Excalibur.

At the time I was aware there were 'requirements' to get the crossbow hunting exemption, but I was pretty sure I would qualify.
So I ended up buying an Excalibur Bulldog 400.

Then I consulted the doctor, ended up getting an MRI and Xray on my shoulder, which showed old scar tissue and injury, so I legitimately qualified for the crossbow exemption (*whew).

Anyway my advice: consult the doctor FIRST haha, to get the medical exemption.

Second question: Why buy a used crossbow?


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I walked into Canadian Tire store back in August and they had a dozen different crossbows for sale.

They had a few different manufacturers crossbows but I was only interested in Excalibur.



At the time I was aware there were 'requirements' to get the crossbow hunting exemption, but I was pretty sure I would qualify.

So I ended up buying an Excalibur Bulldog 400.



Then I consulted the doctor, ended up getting an MRI and Xray on my shoulder, which showed old scar tissue and injury, so I legitimately qualified for the crossbow exemption (*whew).



Anyway my advice: consult the doctor FIRST haha, to get the medical exemption.



Second question: Why buy a used crossbow?





https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aA0GKo-xFQo
How hard was it to get your permit from Fish and Wildlife with the doctor's note

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How hard was it to get your permit from Fish and Wildlife with the doctor's note

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Easy. I have official doctor letterhead with her signature.

And I made a point of giving her the game regulations medical exemption stipulations, which I qualified on #5, which is the shoulder injury not gonna get better etc... thing.
That way she could provide the written exemption justification that I qualified under.
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Easy. I have official doctor letterhead with her signature.



And I made a point of giving her the game regulations medical exemption stipulations, which I qualified on #5, which is the shoulder injury not gonna get better etc... thing.

That way she could provide the written exemption justification that I qualified under.
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Old 10-07-2021, 05:56 PM
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1. Doc appointment.
2. MRI + Xray.
3. Doc reviews MRI and Xray results.
4. Get letter from doc confirming you have medical proof that you qualify under one of the 5 or so exemptions.
5. Then you still need to get Alberta govt exemption application, which your doc has to fill out.
6. Submit MRI + Xray results, plus doc letter + doc filling out stupid Alberta govt application to Alberta F&W for review/approval.


So I guess maybe it's not that 'easy'...
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Old 10-07-2021, 08:33 PM
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Get an Excalibur Micro, all the way buddy. I've had one for a helluva long time and it is very small, very powerful, and a treasure to me. You should be able to find a used one
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Old 10-07-2021, 10:03 PM
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I bought a Excalibur 350 SE 5 years ago and have taken 4 good bucks with it. Don't carry a gun hunting deer anymore.

These are pretty good deals for Xbows

https://alflahertys.com/excalibur-crossbow-g340-kit/

https://alflahertys.com/excalibur-mi...w-mobu-e73687/

I bought mine from Al and had no issues and great customer service.

Good luck in your purchase

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I bought a Excalibur 350 SE 5 years ago and have taken 4 good bucks with it. Don't carry a gun hunting deer anymore.

These are pretty good deals for Xbows

https://alflahertys.com/excalibur-crossbow-g340-kit/

https://alflahertys.com/excalibur-mi...w-mobu-e73687/

I bought mine from Al and had no issues and great customer service.

Good luck in your purchase

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Yeah! Something like that should do for me. I had set the budget for 600$ for not knowing if im gonna like it.
Crossbow is the same time as bow season here.
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Old 10-08-2021, 12:43 AM
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^ the Excalibur G340 is a nice bow, but has none of the accessories on it.

#1 it does not have anti-dry-fire mechanism
#2 it does not have any anti-vibration, sound deadening stuff on it

I know this because I initially bought the G340, but when I figured out it didn't have the anti-dry-fire especially, I exchanged it for the Bulldog 400.

Maybe that ADF doesn't matter to you, but at the very least I would suggest you get the anti-vibration stuff: REDS suppressors, limb anti-vibration rubbers, string rubber sound deadeners.
That kit runs ~$80 or so.

I added that kit to my Bulldog 400.
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Get an Excalibur Micro, all the way buddy. I've had one for a helluva long time and it is very small, very powerful, and a treasure to me. You should be able to find a used one
I had the opportunity to shoot one of those when they first came out. Very sweet rig!
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Old 10-24-2021, 09:17 PM
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With mine I took the anti dry fire system off. Too much of a pain to unload with it on. A couple of screws and done. Sometimes I really wonder if the brains behind these things actually use them in real world situations.
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Old 10-25-2021, 11:34 AM
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With mine I took the anti dry fire system off. Too much of a pain to unload with it on. A couple of screws and done. Sometimes I really wonder if the brains behind these things actually use them in real world situations.
You cannot be doing this correctly if you think real world situations make it difficult. Too much of a pain? To unload: Remove arrow, put your foot in the stirrup, place the cocking rope around the string. Only use one handle of the cocking rope to maintain pressure on the string. With the other hand move safety to fire, now simultaneously depress the ADF (with your thumb) and squeeze the trigger (with your index finger). Caution: Ensure you maintain positive pressure on the rope cocking handle as you squeeze the trigger. Done.

This is soooooooooooo simple. I cannot believe you would remove the ADF. The only difference with unloading an Excalibur with an ADF is you have to depress the ADF and keep it depressed at the same time as squeezing the trigger. I don't think you were following this example. The ADF is a super addition it any Excalibur crossbow.

I have been using Excalibur crossbows for decades. I have installed ADF's on crossbows that did not originally have them.
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Old 10-25-2021, 12:35 PM
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... Sometimes I really wonder if the brains behind these things actually use them in real world situations.
As Excalibur crossbows evolved, they shrank in size and increased in power.
Corresponding to that, what might have been a simple issue with the lesser powered wide limb bows, a dry fire in one of these compact modern ones can have a very real catastrophic effect on both the bow and the shooter. The ADF was designed to address and prevent that from occurring, and very much does operate as advertised.

As CNP noted, there is really nothing to unloading the bow with it in place.

I personally will not have another bow without the ADF.

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