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I just learned from David Barnett that this crossbow will be discontinued. This was not unexpected as the company (and the industry in general) is upgrading its crossbows. If you are disabled, or have poor arm strenth, get one of these now, before they disappear. I hate to see it go. It is a useful instrument and needed for young and disabled shooters, even though it is not as durable as its higher-cost replacements.
At about $236 Barnett’s RC-150 is the lowest-cost crossbow in the company’s line. I killed a deer with an earlier model called the Ranger, which uses the same frame, but had a simple stave bow. I was interested to see how a compound-limbed RC-150 would perform.
The Ranger took a doe with a 20-yard shot and the RC-150 killed a similar doe at 10-yards. Both crossbows gave double-lung penetration and rapid kills. These crossbows use relatively light-weight arrows, and I would recommend that their use be restricted to about 25-yards.
Because of these crossbows’ adjustable stocks and light weight, they are very useful for individuals with weak or missing limbs. They also had reasonable 3-4-pound trigger pulls with a bit of creep. These crossbows cannot be expected to be as durable as those costing hundreds (or thousands) of dollars more, but they can provide a low-cost introduction to crossbow hunting and will kill close-range deer. Despite their small size and light weight, these are serious instruments and are not toys.
For more on this and other crossbows, consult my books, Crossbow Hunting and also Backyard Deer Hunting: Converting deer to dinner for pennies per pound.
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