Re: Rifle fo crossbow
One thing I don't like about crossbows is the balance / handling, compared to a rifle. Most are designed with the limbs mounted forward, making them hard to sling carry, and front heavy.
I would look at a bow with "reverse limbs". They have a more between the hands balance, and I think carry better on a sling. Not sure about a horse scabbard.
I use a Horton, since out of business, and bought by Barnett. They (Barnett) has since introduced a line of reverse limb bows using Horton's technogoly. Cant comment to their quality, as the one Barnett I owned about 5 years ago gave me problems.
50 yards is doable, accuracy wise. The problem is game at that distance has a chance to react to the string twang. Most shots missed at those distances are shots that go over the deer, as they tend to duck when first hearing the twang.
10 Point & Wicked Ridge have excellent reputations in traditional compound cross bows.
Personal opinion is a good thing, and everyone is entitled to one. The hard part is separating informed opinion from someone who is just blowing hot air....