When thinking about purchasing one of the most powerful crossbow’s today, one of the questions people often ask is, which is better for me, a compound or recurve bow. So, for those of you who are considering making the move to this not so primitive weapon, we will explain some of the good and bad points about the various weapons available.
Developed through out the centuries, it has has evolved into a much more accurate weapon than was ever imagined. Sometimes small and light enough to be fired with just one hand, with the larger pull version requiring a two handed rifle approach. The more refined hunting bows are so accurate, they can be used effectively for hunting at very good distances. Stick a rifle scope on the bow such as Nikon Prostaf P3 Riflescope and your accuracy is extended dramatically.
How far can you shoot and kill with the a powerful crossbow?
For those of you that know, the crossbows featured above, are two of the the most powerful and truly fastest bows on the planet. The Scorpyd Aculeus 460 and the Ravin R20. They can both achieve speeds of over 400 feet per second, something that bow makers of yesterday could not even dream of. So the question that arises frequently among hunters is, how accurate is my bow at distance, particularly the magical 100 yard distance? Many people have heard that they can shoot and hit a target at 100 yards. People down on the range say that they are like a rifle. Many of those people never shoot arrows or have very little experience with them.
When the arrow is shot it loses energy. The heavier arrows leave the bow at a slower pace, but at target will hit with a heavier force. Lighter arrows travel quicker, but at target have a smaller punch. Arrows shot to 100 yards will take about a second to reach the target, so the shooter has to decide which type of arrow is required to bring down the game. If its a deer sized target, then the heavier arrows will almost certainly be required.
These are amazing weapons, but are not designed to shoot long distance. They’re accurate up to around 50 yards, but of course there are exceptions. If you have a 400+ fps model, accurate shots that can be achieved are at the 80 to 100 yard range. So the conclusion is, you will be looking for a 400 FPS model if you want to shoot at 100 yards.
Comparison of the most powerful crossbows available today.
How much is the most powerful crossbow going to cost?
Essentially, the more dollars you are willing to spend on a good crossbow, the more features you will get, and the higher the likelihood the bow will meet your standards. For instance, the more expensive high-end crossbows are built to last longer than the lower-priced models. Just look at the choice of material they are built from, to the warranty period offered. The more expensive models come with features that allow for greater power, which in turn has higher velocity, and this translates to a better performance.
What this means, is that your budget will dictate the crossbow with which you will end up with. Our advice is to pick the best bow that you can afford. Pick a bow that is at the top of your budget, as it will last longer, perform better, and shoot better. In the summary list below, we provide a brief description of each bow for easy reading. If you want a more detailed review, just click the full review link.
Scorpyd Aculeus 460FPS – Review Score of 9.9
If you are looking for a super fast crossbow then you don’t need to look any further. The scorpyd aculeus without a doubt, is one of the fastest crossbows on the planet with a blistering 460 fps. There is no other crossbow out there that can match this performance. If you want the fastest crossbow around, then pay the money, buy this beast of a bow, and shoot.
However, I said earlier in this article, the faster the bow is,the harder it is to master. If this is a first bow, buy something else as this is for seasoned shooters. If you are experienced shooter, then I have no doubt you will love this crossbow.
This crossbow has a draw weight of around 180 pounds which is a lot of pull, however it is equipped with AcuDraw cocking mechanism, which makes things a lot easier, more like 90 pounds.
The Acudraw isn’t the only great feature on this crossbow, it’s supplied with a Hawke illuminated scope. Also in the box is a fuse quiver, and grim reaper and those are only a few of the things supplied with the purchase.
All of the extra features brings the weight of the bow up to 7.5 lbs, but having all the features and power of this crossbow, the weight of the crossbow is certainly manageable.
TenPoint Nitro X 440FPS – Review Score of 9.8
The Tenpoint Nitro X is a beautiful bow inside and out. The crossbow community will love this bow for sure. A great performing bow, and very slim too as per the picture. When fully cocked the width is only 7 inches, and it can easily shoot at 440 feet per second (FPS)!
The crossbow is crafted for perfection, certainly well made in every aspect. You get a powerful and mean looking crossbow as well as advanced accessories that will put you in front of your competitors.
The only negative aspects of any fast crossbow is the sound. This bow takes that into account with their own noise dampening system. It won’t be silent of course, but it will certainly cut down on the noise of the crossbow.
The Nitro X comes with six Evo-X bolts, a Tenpoint Rangemaster scope, AcuDraw cocking device to help load, and an instant detach quiver. It’s a good package to have.
Ravin R20 430FPS – Review Score of 9.6
The next to look at is the Ravin R20. What can I say, a superb bow, lots of features to enjoy.
When cocked the Ravin R20 is a mere 6 inches wide and just over 10 inches wide when un-cocked. This means it’s easy to sneak through bushes to hunt down your prey.
I had the pleasure of using the Ravin R20, and I can say that from the first moment you take with this bow, it makes a strong impression on you. When you have shot a fsat crossbow like this, you never want to go back to a slower bow. Simple, it’s addictive.
Like the other good quality crossbows, this one comes in a package with high-quality accessories that you can enjoy. With this bow, you dont have to find parts that fit, as everything is in the box.
So to list some of the items included in the package, six pre-tuned arrows, mounting brackets, and an illuminated pro scope. So many accessories in the box, so as soon as the crossbow arrives, you can unbox and shoot. I dont have the patience to wait, i just want to order, unpack it, and shoot it. This does the job.
Excalibur Matrix Mega 405FPS – Review Score of 9.2
The Excalibur Matrix Mega 405 is a powerhouse of a crossbow. It’s built for today’s most serious shooter. The Mega 405’s superb speeds of over 400FPS and bone brutal power makes it one of the most capable crossbows for taking down the biggest and deadliest game.
Make no mistake, this is a most serious crossbow. Think of it as archery’s version of an elephant gun, and you get the idea. It’s lots of fun shoot and has a lethal combination of power, and falt shooting performance.
The compact Mega 405 weighs in at just 6.2 pounds, that’s light, and features a 290-pound draw weight. Wow thats tought. A 13.8-inch power stroke, and bolt speeds of 405+ fps. And yet it can be hand-cocked with Excalibur’s T-Handle Crossbow Cocking Rope.
The Matrix Mega 405 features Excalibur’s Compact Recurve Technology, along with its compact Grip stock. This crossbow provides a stable and well-balanced control for precision shooting. It’s shorter and more powerful limbs are a 60 percent stronger than Excalibur’s previous limbs. The 405 also has the Excalibur’s Quad-Loc riser which contains each limb on four sides.
Barnett Whitetail Pro Str 400FPS Review Score of 9.1
Barnet is bringing its Riser technology to its most popular Whitetail line. The Barnett Whitetail Pro STR Crossbow Package has even more performance than most models of similar scope.This is a crossbow that ticks every box on the list of features that you look for in a pro hunting crossbow. The Whitetail Pro’s custom composite limbs and high power cams can rocket arrows at up to 400 fps with a massive hard hitting 140 ft,lbs. of energy.
It’s a compact and lightweight design. The Whitetail Pro has Barnett’s Carbonlite Step-Through Riser, this shifts a lot of its weight from the riser, to the stock, which aids in greater stability. It has a unique, roller between the trigger and sear, and the proven TriggerTech trigger system. Nock sensors with anti-dry fire protection, delivers a foolproof saftey block on the trigger, when an arrow is not in the right position. This prevents an accidental dry fire. Lightweight.
Excalibur Matrix 380FPS Review Score of 8.8
So we have the new Matrix 380 Xtra, a top-of-the-line compact recurve bow from the excellant Excalibur boys! The 380 is a fast 380FPS and powerful 112.3 lb crossbow. One of the main features is the size of the bow. Speed and power comes from a far more compact crossbow. In comparrison to the Equinox, this bow is a full 6-inch narrower, 4-inch shorter.
Matrix 380 Xtra has extended the limb life. It has a far more durable 60% longer limb life,it’s lighter, more accurate and quieter. Also better balanced and easier to cock, such improvements is warrant of a well done! Matrix 380 Xtra features an Anti-Dry-Fire system, always safety in mind, which is housed in the scope mount. It catches the string so preventing the crossbow from firing, if the trigger is pulled without an arrow in place.
A built-in release can allow you to easily de-cock the weapon, so you do not have to fire, if you change your mind at the end of the day. The Matrix 380 Xtra is beautiful, it’s dressed to kill in Realtree camo that is applied to the bow using the Kolorfusion process. This assures extreme and great detail which gives a long lasting finish. It’s outfitted with a Zone Scope 30mm rings, R.E.D.S. suppressors, four-arrow quiver, four Diablo bolts,a rope cocking aid.
Wicked Ridge Invader G3 330FPS Review Score of 8.2
TenPoint Wicked Ridge Invader G3 crossbow is different from other crossbows of the same company. TenPoint has added several new features for the Invader G3. The G3 is ighter and more compact, and more durable. These features are making people notice this bow, and it’s getting a lot more attention from shooters.
It has a dry fire inhibitor feature which allows users to safely use the crossbow. The dry fire basically stops the bow from firing without an arrow loaded. There is an auto safety feature that will turn on, everytime it’s fired. These are some of the good points about the bow.
The draw weight of the Invader G3 is at 165 pounds. As for the speed, it’s a 330 FPS bow, thats why it’s on the review list. For the price of the TenPoint G3, these figures are very good and it’s considered to be a pretty powerful crossbow.
PSE Fang LT Review Score of 8.2
While the PSE Fang LT falls into the economy class of bows, it’s only for its price tag, let me stress not features and performance. It generates some impressive power 330FPS for a low priced crossbow with 97 foot pounds of kinetic energy. It packs a powerful punch for such a compact, well thought out design. It’s lightweight and very maneuverable. This makes it a fantastic choice for hunting, or target shooting. A downside and this is where the price difference comes into it, it is made of molded, rather than machined aluminum. This is where it could cause some problems with durability, and it shows the difference compared to the highend bows.
The Fang LT however does comes with everything you need to start shooting out of the box. It includes a multi-reticle scope, three crossbow arrows, quiver and a rope cocker. You may want to upgrade the bolts and optic should you want to do any serious hunting. Again, you pay for the low price. However this equipment will be sufficient for backyard target shooting, but if you want better performance, upgrade some of the bits.
It is Well-balanced, compact and easy-to-use crossbow. The PSE Fang LT is a good option for women, novice and youth shooters and packs enough power. It’s value and performance are well beyond its price tag and the Fang LT is perfect for hunters of experience levels.
CenterPoint Sniper 370 Review Score of 8.3
The Centerpoint Sniper 370 offers insane great for its cheap price, which is why it’s at number 1 in the economy section of the crossbow list. It has a much higher output than most of the bows in a higher clase of value, and features small details that make it a reliable performer. Its design is based on quality. It has an adjustable grip and the stock enhances performance, which makes the user feel good. It has higher accuracy than one would expect from a low price bow. Its package also includes noise suppressors as well as a rubber-coated stirrup for a quieter performance.
The optics quality is not too bad either, but you do get what you pay for. It is more suited for use during daylight hours, as could be a little dim at night. The security features are extremely good, offering a multilevel system, that would be difficult to compromise, even by a novice. It also comes with a 5-year warranty, pretty good, and quite an assurance of quality and versatility.
The biggest drawbacks in its design, is that it is slightly front-heavy. It also has a significantly high trigger creep. That being said, these two issues you can quite easily live with for the price. If this is your first crossbow, it’s certainly worth considering, as it’s only when you are used to higher priced models, do you notice the difference. Otherwise said, this is one of the best value-for-money crossbows on the market, particularly in the entry-level range. It’s a great novice bow for the beginner archers and small-scale hobby hunters.
Tenpoint Titan SS 340FPS Reviews Score of 8.8
If you’re a whitetail hunter looking for a lower priced model that is solid, sturdy, and accurate crossbow, you will be more than pleased with this TenPoint’s Titan SS model offering. Actively promoted as one of the lightest, shortest and fastest versions of the Titan line, this crossbow, the Titan SS weighs just 6.7 pounds. It’s compact at just 35 inches. It has a 18½-inch axle-to-axle width, and is easy to manipulate and handle through brush. WIt comes with a power stroke of 12.5 inches which makes the Titan easy to cock, even from a sitting position or on the ground. It can fire arrows upto speeds of 340FPS.
The Titan SS is by far one of the easiest of crossbows to assemble. Easy and simple to cock and shoot, novice users are advised to read the manual to make sure everything fits properly.
The owner’s manual is easy to read, being clear and concise. The Titan SS is basically easy to assemble, you don’t have to be a scientist to do this. You only have to bolt the bow to the stock and then install the foot stirrup. Completed, you are then ready to shoot. Once assembled correctly, this crossbow is pre-sighted for 20 yards distance.
SA Sports Empire Beowulf 360FPS Review Score of 8.5
The Beowulf 360 is a beautiful crossbow design. It introduces a new type of design to compound crossbow that would have never been possible in the past. It is without a doubt one of the quietest crossbows ever built which is rather surprising for a compound model, especially considering its powerful output.
The secret behind this is in its structural design, which thankfully has been kept in check with good quality. The trigger system is smooth and the use of synthetic material in the build makes it a delight to hold and use.
It boasts a narrow frame that makes it easy to maneuver when stalking through bushes. Its grip is for hands left and right, also adjustable providing flexibility for different hunters, a very important factor often overlooked for comfortable use.
The scope could have been better and is limited in light gathering capabilities, but saying that it’s still efficient as it maintains clarity, even in poor weather. Additionally, the Beowulf 360 only offers a 1-year warranty period, as oppsed to a 5yrs which the higher priced models offer, it’s no surprise considering the price. Overall, it is a balanced crossbow, ideally priced in the middle price range and offering enough features for an exciting shoot. The bow is an excellent choice for both lightweight users, and those who just want to have some fun in the wild.
Barnett Wildcat C7 320FPS Review Score of 8.2
Barnetts Wildcat C7 is a simple and clean design which does an excellant job in optimising power and handling, whilst staying at a low price. This makes this model of crossbow an excellent choice for novices and beginners. The trigger on this model has been upgraded to one of Barnetts new TriggerTech units which is superior as it offers a crisp and clean release on each shot.
The trigger also incorperates the dry fire technology. This stops dry fires as the safety will not disengage until a bolt is ready loaded. The trigger blade is made from injection metal moulded, nice and precise for a smooth feeling.
This bow benefits from the company’s excellent engineering dept, which has reduced the assembly down to a single bolt (clever) when delivered. This way more time can be spent shooting than assembling the bow. Accessories include a quiver, along with bolts, lubewax, and a rope cocking device, and to finish the package off a red dot sight.
Wrapping it all up, so which would you buy!
Making a decision on the basis, of the power of the crossbow is an easy option. However, combine speed, power and accuracy is difficult because there are so many different variables. In fact, the old way of thinking that more power is always better, may not be the best option.Anyone who is a beginner needs to way up all of the options before splashing out top dollar for a bow like this. 460fps sounds fantastic, but make sure you can use all of that power, and make sure it’s accurate, so at least you can hit what you’re aiming at.
If you have come to the decision that power is an issue, and you truly want and can handle the awesome 460fps, then buy the best that is available, and which you can afford. The best bow here is without doubt, the Scorpyd Aculeus 460 . This version of bow has been designed specifically for power and speed enthusiasts, and comes in a wide range of options. This bow will not disappoint you in any way. It’s a little on the expensive side, but it is easily the best. This is the bow which truly is the the world’s most powerful crossbow and fastest in the world.