I am gradually being influenced by Darrell's character into considering a crossbow. Completely dumb fanboy behavior. Especially considering the price that a good crossbow goes for...
I have a cheap non-compound crossbow that I bought about a decade ago. 120 lb pull. It's pretty accurate at short range(25 yards or so)BUT, crossbows are really hard on bowstrings. The constant abrasion along the top of the stock will really cause a lot of wear. You need to keep the string waxed with beeswax or something similar and the wax actually attracts grime which acts like sandpaper. So get several spare strings at the time of purchase. They are really fun. I also have a "pistol" crossbow that is fun to play with.
Wow is that intense!!