Just picked up a new crossbow yesterday at Cabela's in Wheeling. I handled and shot the ones that fit me well. It was between a Parker Tornado and Excalibur Phoenix. I choose the Excaliber. The bows have a reputation for being very tough and have a lot of features I like. No cams, pulleys or cables, it is a recurve design. This allows me to change my string without going to the shop. I can also decock this bow without firing. In the end simplicity and ruggedness was my choice. Now I can't wait for archery season, I've never taken a deer with any kind of bow so I'm looking forwaed to the challenge. The last three years I've managed to take a deer with weapons I've never done so with before. One was with a handgun, my Ruger Blackhawk in .45 Colt with my own handloads. The next year I took one with a flintlock muzzzle loader, with my own handload. Finally last year I used my US Rifle 1917 made in 1917 to take a pretty nice buck. I hope my string of good luck continues on into this upcoming season.