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Bolts of Fury: Reviewing the Top Crossbows of 2012

by David Faubion   |  June 18th, 2012 2

Sure, politics and religion will always be earthquakes of argument, but unless you’ve been hiding out in a cave (or the modern equivalent: a luxurious, walled compound near a Pakistani military training facility), you’re aware the hunting world has a rumble of its own. Yep, crossbow hunting has been a 9.0 on sportsmen’s Richter scales for years. Some hunters love them. And some hate them. Very passionately.

It’s not all gloomy, though, and the aftershocks of anger are growing quieter by the year as more states allow their use and naysayers realize they don’t fire broadhead-tipped bullets at supersonic velocities. Crossbows are just plain fun and are an exciting and challenging way to extend your hunting season. So grab your seismograph, because we’ve assembled nine of the newest and baddest venison-skewering crossbows on the market and compared them head to head. Now you can decide which crossbow is perfect for your hunting endeavors.

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Barnett Buck Commander

Like most crossbows on the market, at a shade over 9 pounds, the Barnett Buck Commander hefts more like Rosie O’Donnell than a runway model. But that’s not a deal-breaker. Due to the limb-incorporated stirup design, it was one of the easier crossbows to cock. And once you roll the cams on the 175-pound limbs over, the Buck Commander continues to impress. It spit out our test arrow at an impressive 346 fps. What about accuracy? Thanks to the nice trigger pull, average group size tied for the best of the test at a measly inch and a quarter.
Price: $749

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