I quit archery and slinging when i was 23, had back problems since i can remember, just standing around for a while makes me feel like im getting stabbed behind my shoulders, drawing even a 25# bow makes my shoulders crack.
Im pretty buff, i workout every day, have a strick diet of eggs, salmon, fresh meat, liver vitamins(for the test boosters), oatmeal, vegetables, test-boosters and protein shakes, but no matter what i did, how i stand, warm up, etc.., i couldn't seem to get rid of the pain, so i though rather than risking even more problems when i got older, i should just switch to crossbows, and i haven't looked back since.
I love the accuracy, power, the fact that you can make your ammo very easily and the low complexity when compared to compounds or rifles(tho im really into matchlocks right now) while they are just as accurate at close range.
I think they are the perfect survival weapon and weirdly enough i can cock a 150 pound xbow all day no problem whatsoever, tho i prefer to use a pulley, plus i've always though they looked very cool and unique.
This are just some of the reasons i like crossbows , would someone else share your reason for using a crossbow?.