Chace 225 lb Crossbow

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Schony's review of Chace-star 225 2008i Crossbow

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“Chace 225 lb Crossbow”

Written on: 15/10/2012 by Schony (4 reviews written)

I ordered my crossbow from L Rajfeld and it arrived a couple of weeks ago. I wanted to give it a good work out before I wrote this review.
It arrived well packed with minimal assembly required. The recurve limb was alreadyu strung so one job out of the way. The instructions supplied were easy to read and follow. Included with the crossbow were a cocking assist device, 4x32 telescopic sight and mount, a stringer, 4 bolts and a mounted quiver, normal peep sights, but these I never bothered to even take out of the packaging as I intend to use the scope sight exclusively. This maker "Jandao" from China have obviously studied what must be the most successful recurve limb crossbow in history, The Excalibur Equinox 225 lb draw weight crossbow made in Canada. This bow is powerful enough to bring down an Elephant as was achieved by the company owner on safari in Africa. I must make it clear at this point that I in no way endorse hunting big game, or any living thing, with bows. I do not like blood sports this was just an example of how powerful these things can be. This is almost an exact replica of that famous crossbow. Many have complained about this cb being such an exact copy but with Excalibur cb costing in excess of £ 600 for a similar set up then the £ 280 this cost is a real bargain. I am an ex Excalibur crossbow owner so can compare like with similar. When it first arrived I had to shorten the cocking assist device to fit my arms length. Very easy job to do just keep shortening the paracord until you dont have to over stretch to cock the box. The bolts supplied are not of the best quality but do serve to sight the cb in and give you a good sample of what a beast you have purchased. Zeroed at 20 metres in my garden with a suitable back stop I found it all to easy to hit the bolts fired in previous shots. When shooting this at targets make a mental note to select different aiming points as you will soon find your self bereft of bolts, yes it really is that accurate. The cb is not really bedded in yet but 462 grain bolt chronod at 303 fps average giving 94 ftlbs energy. Enough energy to give a pass through on any large game found in north America using broad heads. More speed can be obtained by using either lighter bolts or flemish string or both. My impression of this Chace cb is one of power well built strong construction should last a lifetime. The strings do wear so keep them well waxed also, one point to remember is that recurve crossbows do have a fair bit of vibration and check all bolts and fixings to make sure they are and remain tight. On mine I had trouble zeroing, when I checked the scope mount screws had loosened. I checked all my bolts and fixings and applied lock tite, problem solved. By this and you wont be disappointed, I promise

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Schony's Response to Schony's Review

Written on: 16/10/2012

The UK dealer for this item is
Green Arrow Archery
0113 2666866
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(Name removed) is a real gent and always there to help and advise. A pleasure to do business with him.

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Eggmanfu's Response to Schony's Review

Written on: 01/02/2013

On the contrary, I read pretty much all the comments - positive & negative - on the Chace Star and weighed them up accordingly before I took the plunge and haven't regretted it. If we're talking snooty then your comment came over as exactly that hence my reply. I'm pretty sure I know where your quote came from (one of the US bow forums) but there's an innate dislike of all things "Made in China" on those forums so I take what they say with more than just a pinch of salt. Here in the UK we don't have as large a crossbow community so we have to decide: break the bank and buy an Excal or save £300 and buy a clone?

I've been battering carbon bolts out of this crossbow and achieving outstanding groups at 30 and 40 metres with it, no flyers and more than a few "Robin Hoods". If I was a snooty type I'd probably own an Excal but I want a bow that does the job, not a status symbol.

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Crossbowboy's reply to Eggmanfu's Comment

Written on: 01/02/2013

Obviously you have one that suits your needs but I don't agree with the copy mentality but heh each to their own. I agree Excalibur are expensive but if you want the best sometimes you have to pay for it. I won't be buying a Chase Star but I also won't be buying an Excalibur, whichever one I buy though will be an original.

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Eggmanfu's reply to Crossbowboy's Comment

Written on: 04/02/2013

My review's for the Chace Star, my experience with the bow is overall positive so my remit here was to place a positive review which I have done.

Whichever bow you decide to buy is your choice just don't be blinkered by prejudice.

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Anonymous100807's reply to Eggmanfu's Comment

Written on: 23/03/2013

Seeing this same discussion about alot of goods lately, first comes the safety claims, then the general quality and copyright etc..
One case I came across was a horticultural LED growing light, Chinese company selling a certain light for $300 vs US company's $800 for the same thing.
The snobs were out as usual but also blatant trolls associated with the US company were making blatant lies in so called direct comparison tests, all to protect huge profit margins at the expense of the few that can afford.
Turned out the US company was actually supplied by the Chinese manufacturer with the same light they just added a sticker and nearly tripled the price.
It's clear that consumers in the west are being ripped off in nearly every single way. I wonder what it costs excaliber per unit to produce a crossbow? They may move production to China to further increase profits (of course they would nt pass on any saving to the US UK etc, the snobs would probably moan about the quality more if they did that anyway)
What a sad world when we can argue for the utter greed or so few.
Now where can I get a chace star 225

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Eggmanfu's Response to Schony's Review

Written on: 09/11/2012

As of yesterday (8/11/12) I became the owner of the 200lb version of the Chace Star (my one's a 2008l). I didn't see the need to go 225lb (personal choice).

My mate's got some land in Slovenia and my intention is to head over there next year to do a spot of bowhunting (bowhunting's legal there on private land) with my Hoyt recurve. As a shotgun and air rifle shooter I'm a firm believer in the old adage of "One gun's never enough" so Id been looking at taking another strung tool with me to Slovenia but didn't want to shell out 100's of pounds on something I might not like using so after much research on the American crossbow & bowhunting forums and talking via PM to the Chace Star owners that got over the inherent snobbery that seems to prevail on many of those sites I decided to bite the bolt and go for one - and what a powerhouse of a bow it is! After only a few dozen sighting in and practice shots in my back garden (80ft long) I have no doubts that with a custom string, some 20" carbons and decent broadheads the Star will be more than capable of humanely doing the job it's designed for - hunting (but NOT in the UK: check the law - it's STRICTLY FORBIDDEN to hunt any live quarry in the UK. I cannot stress this enough and I'm in no way advocating any illegal activity - check your country's laws before you end up on the wrong side of them).

As with (name removed), I put some threadlok on the Weaver ral screws to pre-empt any loosening caused by the action being fired and so far they're rock solid. I have the scope sighted in at 20m (this after only 5 shots with the standard aluminium bolts) and I'm getting tight groups at that range (one bolt wrecked already due to the "Robin Hood effect").I think I'll be moving on to a dedicated red-dot sight purely because I like them however the scope that comes with the 2008l will be more than adequate for everyday plinkers.

I must give a big thank you to (name removed) of Green Arrow Archery for his friendly, informative, efficient and - above all - FAST service (paid for the package on the 7th - arrived on the 8th); a real pleasure to deal with such an honest person and I hope he progresses to an online shop soon. A thoroughly decent bloke.

Anyway, enough waffle from me - if you're after a well made, competitively priced and capable door-opener to the world of crossbows then have a serious look at the Chace Star's - you won't be disappointed.

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Crossbowboy's reply to Eggmanfu's Comment

Written on: 31/01/2013

A man named John Ruskin made this quote: "There is hardly anything that some man cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and those who consider price alone are this man`s lawful prey.

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Eggmanfu's reply to Crossbowboy's Comment

Written on: 01/02/2013

Flemish string, Hawke Xbow red-dot, over 200 shots taken with carbons - I think I'm qualified to say this bow does the job and does it well.

If we're entering into the world of quotes then allow me to offer a translation from Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux "The proof of the pudding's in the eating" so with the pudding here being the Chace Star I question your qualification to pass any comment on this crossbow.

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Crossbowboy's reply to Eggmanfu's Comment

Written on: 01/02/2013

I am just a recreational crossbow shooter so I don't need your snooty comments thank you. I came across this quote when reading a review of the Chase Star by (name removed) on crossbowforum , I had even considered one until reading his comments. You should read it I don't think his 'pudding' tasted quite as nice as yours!

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Lrajfeld's Response to Schony's Review

Written on: 21/10/2012

Hi Alan, Thank you for a mention. I liked your review and comments on the accuracy (in your email to me, you said a phrase which I though was catchy, 'Robin Hooding' your first shots). I'm interested in your ideas of improving performance and customizing your Chace Star 225. I look forward to hear about your results. All the best. Les.

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