Like most girls her age, Miss Serenity has a few things on her want list that are rather expensive. In an effort to teach her that something worth having is worth working and waiting for, we encouraged Miss Serenity to work hard and save her money, until, at last, she was able to afford her flight of fancy. In an effort to acquire her needful thing, Miss Serenity bucked hay bales, took care of a neighbors ranch nearly every weekend of the summer, split and stacked firewood and did odd jobs whenever they were available. After nearly 3 months of work, squirreling away every dime earned, Miss Serenity had saved $350.00 - just enough to purchase what every girl wants.
And just what does every 13 year old girl want? A crossbow. Yes, you read that right. Miss Serenity scrimped and saved all summer to buy an olive drab, composite stocked, tactical crossbow.
After researching for hours (with a lot of input from Sir Knight), Miss Serenity settled on the "Horton Brotherhood". After reading reviews on dozens of crossbows, the Horton Brotherhood stood out as a high-quality bow at a reasonable price, not to mention, Horton has a reputation for excellent customer service. Miss Serenity was looking specifically for a crossbow that she could hunt with, meaning it had to have a bolt speed of over 300 feet per second and a draw weight of 150 pounds and takes 20 inch bolts. The body of the Brotherhood is all polymer which renders it rugged with no possibility of rusting. The limbs are compound configured with a 55% let off (after you pull the cams past the half-way point, the draw weight drops to 75 pounds but retains the 150 pound rating of the bow). Miss Serenity can cock this bow without assistance, but it is difficult. In an effort to reduce the strain of cocking the bow, Serenity bought a cocking string, a $15.00 expense that is more than worth its weight in gold. It is a simple device that makes all the difference in the world.
|Using the cocking string|
|Cocking is super easy!|
Although Cabella's carries the crossbow (online) Serenity was planning on purchasing, she chose to buy it through another online shop on Ebay because the price savings was significant. We noticed that the Horton Brotherhood sold for anywhere from $299 (what Miss Serenity paid for it) to $500! As usual, a little research goes a long way.
- The Brotherhood crossbow packages are all the same with the exception of the fact that one is green and one is "real tree" (we, of course, chose olive drab!).
- The covers on the provided scope are cheesy and must be replaced with Butler Creek popup scope covers.
- Horton really screwed up by not putting a decent quantity of rail lube and totally forgot to put any string wax in this kit. This is essential and should be included in the kit.
- The instructions don't mention it but Sir Knight recommend assembling it with blue "loc tight".
- The instructions are really vague on the installation of a cable guide that comes with the kit. It is a plastic piece that prevents the cables from rubbing on the bow and fraying. The instructions claim that this cable guide is only used with crossbows that have aluminum barrels (The Bone Collector), but the cable started to fray almost immediately and the Brotherhood actually has a slot in the cable guide for this cable protector. Sir Knight installed it and it worked flawlessly, despite the instructions.
- The special Horton Rail Lube is nothing more than odorless silicone grease (for lubricating o rings). We bought it real cheap at a local hardware store.
- The Horton string wax can be replaced by a brick of beeswax (carried in your pocket or in your gear).
- String wax and rail lube must be used regularly to prevent wear on the string and cables. This is essential.
- Lubricants, such as Tri-flow or graphite are necessary to keep the compound wheels quiet, but will not need to be used as much as the rail lube and string wax.
|Watch out - this girl is a dead-on shot!|
Just so you know, this is no toy. It is powerful and deadly. Always keep your bow pointed in a safe direction and never knock a bolt until you are prepared to shoot at a target.
And now you know what every girl wants - a crossbow!