This post will help you pick a best crossbow in 2019 for hunting.
Crossbow is one of the most primitive weapons that still exist today. Written evidence shows that mankind learnt how to use crossbows during the 4th century BC.
The simplest form of crossbow is a bow and arrow placed horizontally on a platform. Through the years, the features of the crossbow have changed. Nonetheless, its mechanism, of drawing the bow string accompanied by a trigger that releases it, stays the same.
As generations pass, the crossbow has gone from being a weapon for war to a hunting game machinery. For tribes that persist today, crossbows are still used for war, but the crossbows found in the market are mainly used for recreation purposes.
There are a variety of crossbows to choose from. Each of them has their own advantages and disadvantages corresponding to their specifications.
In this article, the top 10 best crossbow are to be discussed, mainly answering the question, “Which of these crossbows would win a deathly match? Which of these would be a catch?
Since the use of crossbows has evolved to recreational purposes, its specifications should also follow.
The features to be rated are:
- Power – "how well the crossbow shoots." A powerful crossbow means that it could release an arrow with such high velocity and could go through great lengths. For this feature, the quality of the bow string, arrows, as well as the trigger mechanism shall be considered.
- Accuracy – it tells how close the released arrow is to the desired location. The power also affects the accuracy, but the overall makeup of the crossbow shall be considered.
- Suitability – this describes how apt is the crossbow for its designated purpose. Mostly, the crossbows are judged for its suitability to hunting. Underlying features would be the weight and noise.
- Construction and design – not only would the crossbows be more marketable because of their function but also of its aesthetics. People would want their hunting game to appear cooler than anyone. Moreover, we would want something to reflect our personalities.
- Value for money – if two or more crossbows are alike in all the features describe, only its price would determine the rank. Sometimes, a certain product has too many features that some of which are unnecessary. The last determining factor would be the accessories.
One of the brands that made it to the list of the best is Barnett, a US-based brand known for making crossbows for at least 50 years. From a well-established company, it could be deduced that the crossbows from this brand are well-built and durable. Let us look further into the features of the crossbow models by Barnett.
1.Barnett crossbow Wildcat C5- Crossbow review
The first stop would be the Barnett Wildcat C5. This crossbow is characterized by a crosswire string and cable system mounted onto a stock. The said stock is made of a composite material. The crossbow only weighs 8.5 lbs to approximately 11.5 lbs, with all the accessories on. It features a thumb hole for easy grip. With the Next 1G camo or simply plain black color, it could be deduced that the stock resembles that of the military weapons. It is the best crossbow for the money.
Although the dimensions are relatively small, it poses an advantage to make the weapon more compact and easy to use. Nevertheless, the base of the stock is wide enough to let the shock of the shoot dissipate through the stock. It is also good to note that this crossbow features a smooth trigger mechanism. With the logic behind its construction, less risk of injury or muscle fatigue will be experienced by the user.
This the one of the fastest crossbow 2018!
Barnett Wildcat C5 could come with three pieces of 20-inch carbon arrows. These arrows are 20 inches in length, weighing approximately 8.1 ounces. These bolts could give the crossbow a probable speed of 320 feet per second (fps), translating to 97 feet-pounds of kinetic energy. This condition is enough to hunt a relatively tamed animal like the whitetails. When it comes to noise, the Barnett Wildcat C5 still produces a sound.
Yet, this sound is not too significant in the hunting field. In addition, this crossbow sports a three-dot red scope. These dots are rays of light that aim to correlate the position of the target with the arrow to be released. The crossbow having this scope do not have a problem with accuracy within 40 yards. However, for an ultimate hunting experience, the scope could be upgraded. The scope could not stand for the potential of the shooting power of the crossbow. Nevertheless, this crossbow comes at a good price. Mostly, beginners would want something like this.
2.Barnett Penetrator review-Best crossbow under 600
Another Barnett on the list is the Penetrator Crossbow that almost looks like the Wildcat C5 but is heavier. There are three 20-inch arrows with field tips that could assist the flight and the landing of each bolt. This crossbow exhibits more power at 350 fps that could be translated to 109 ft. lbs. of kinetic energy. Some hunters are overwhelmed by the power exhibited by this crossbow. Hence, this is not for the faint of heart. Accompanying the power of this crossbow is its good accuracy with a 4x32 scope.
At 75 yards, this crossbow still exhibits good accuracy. In line with this, an anti-dry fire mechanism is also installed to ensure that the weapon will not shoot in the absence of arrow. In addition, the rope-cocking device allows easy manipulation of the weapon. The string of this crossbow is made of fiber compound. Together with whiplash cams, the bow produces a sound that is insignificant for the target to notice. However, the string of this crossbow is not durable enough to withstand the power it delivers. Unfortunately, string replacement is not included in the warranty.
3.Barnett Jackal Package-Best crossbow for beginners
Moving on, there is a crossbow from Barnett with a relatively different stock design. Although it displays the camouflage design to blend into the surroundings, the stock is mostly colored by black. This gives the crossbow a sleek yet military design.
It is the best crossbow for beginners.
This is found in Barnett Jackal Package. In addition, this crossbow is light with a weight of 7.7 lbs, without accessories.
The crossbow comes with three 20-inch arrows with detachable field points. The advantage with having detachable field points is its replaceability.
Unlike with glued-in field points, once the tip of the arrow gets damaged or bent, there are field points out in the market. The need to replace the whole arrow will be diminished.
The firing power of Jackal is 315 fps. This power is enough to kill small animals and even bears. For accuracy, Jackal has a red-dot sight that is not only accurate but could be easily zeroed. The only thing lacking in this crossbow is the rope-cocking mechanism. Nevertheless, if the user is already an adept in cocking crossbows, this would not be a problem.
4.Barnett Ghost 375 crossbow-Fastest and affordable
A more modern design of Barnett goes to its Ghost 375. The trademark camouflage design is still there but the stock contains more holes. Thus, this crossbow is relatively lighter than the rest having a weight of 7.1 lbs when worn without accessories. Being made of stainless steel, the crossbow is expected to be more durable as it could defy small changes in the weather.
The crossbow only comes with two Headhunter arrows. Although lacking in quantity, the quality of the experience does not fail to impress. This crossbow could exhibit a firing power of a stunning 385 fps! Thus, more variety of targets could be taken down! Yet, with this great power, it is advised to use heavier bolts.
The accuracy of this device does not fail. A 4x32 scope is still good at 40 to 70 yards away from a target. In addition, Barnett has utilized the Triggertech trigger Frictionless Release Technology™ for a smoother delivery of arrows fired. Partnered with anti-vibration limbs, the user could shoot a target with minimal noise.
5.Barnett Buck Commander Extreme
On the other hand, the Barnett Buck Commander Extreme has the usual Real Tree design for the stock and elegant, yet aggressive-looking, black limbs. This is also a light crossbow with a weight of 7.1 lbs, with no accessories. Although it is light to carry, the non-inclusion of a sling makes it difficult to travel.
This crossbow is backed up by three arrows that are all classified as 400 gr. It exhibits a firing power of 365 fps. With this power, the included bolts of 400 gr are very applicable. Opting for higher grains would not have a significant decrease in velocity.
As for the accuracy, this crossbow features a 3x32 mm multi-reticle scope. Although the maximum magnification does not change, the number of adjustments increased, giving rise to a higher resolution for a farther distance. Having multiple aiming points also allows easy target at various positions. Another good thing about this scope is its ability to maximize the light from the surroundings.
Even during a foggy morning, a hunting game experience would not be compromised. With a great firing power, it is unfortunate that Barnett did not install any dampener for this model. Hence, the Buck Commander Extreme is relatively louder than the rest of its kind that may cause the potential targets to be disturbed.
6.Barnett Ghost 410 CRT review-Best crossbow for the money
Barnett also has models sporting an entirely black color. Example of which is the Barnett Ghost 410 CRT.
It is considered as the best fastest crossbow in 2018!...
Its weight is 7.3 lbs, not being fully accessorized. The crossbow is ergonomically-designed to have its weight be put mainly on the user's shoulders. This makes the weapon easier to carry and to position when aiming. Arm fatigue would be avoided. Aside from the extra padding at the stock, it also has a padded talon sling for recoil.
Three 22-inch arrows are included in the package. A pad for recoil is seemingly necessary for a crossbow with a firing power of 410 fps that could generate 150 ft. lbs. of kinetic energy. The amount of energy it could possibly give could take down two largest targets on earth! The accuracy is not compromised with a 3x32 four-reticle scope in blue, red, or green.
The optics of the scope is so good that it gives the user's eye proper illumination to hunt in the dark. Aside from which, the scope could withstand any weather condition as it is shock- and fog-resistant. When it comes to noise, the Ghost 410 could make a significant sound to alert other potential targets but as the user pulls the trigger, the arrow would travel at great velocity that it would surely knock down the target before having the chance to flee. The only disadvantage of this model is the frequency in waxing the bowstring.
Barnett has a long way to go with crossbows. They are already established so their products are surely durable and of high quality. Aside from variety, one good thing about Barnett is their 5-year warranty for their models. Truly a great deal at such an affordable price.
7.Excalibur Matrix Grizzly SMF- [Best crossbow in 2018]
Going further, Excalibur has also displayed prowess in the crossbow industry. The first crossbow of theirs that made it to the cut is the Excalibur Matrix Grizzly SMF.
This model is rugged in appearance with a "mossy oak" pattern. Unlike the modern bows of Barnett, this model of Excalibur features a classically-designed bow.
The frame being made of polycarbonate allows the package to be durable as it could withstand shock and impact while being immune to corrosion. Being made of a polymer material also allows this crossbow to become lightweight at 6.8 lbs with all the accessories on.
The crossbow alone only weighs 5.5 pounds. The light weight of this crossbow allows the user to have an easy maneuver of the weapon.
Included in the package are four pieces of Diablo 18-inch arrows. Since this model is not that familiar, it will be hard to look for the arrows in the market. It has a firing power of 305 fps with a kinetic energy of 72 ft. Lbs.
This energy is enough for a small hunt like prairie dogs or deer. Its scope is called a Deadzone and is popular for the speed dial. However, this scope has a difficulty in zeroing for only a couple of shots fired, the scope already needs to be zeroed again.
The weapon is also relatively noisy but, fortunately, suppressants could be added. In addition, there are no safety mechanisms such as ADF. This means that this crossbow is intended to be used by professional or experienced archers to prevent unwanted injury. Anyhow, this model comes at a relatively cheap price. Basically, Excalibur made Grizzly for users to experience their Matrix series.
8.Excalibur Matrix Mega 405
Another Excalibur is the Matrix Mega 405. This model is described by many as more stylish and cool than the Grizzly. The limbs and the stock are covered in "mossy oak" pattern making it harder for the prey to recognize as a weapon. The weapon weighs almost 6.2 lbs, still classified as lightweight.
Four pieces of 18-inch carbon Diablo arrows accompany the crossbow. The firing power of Matrix Mega 405 is given by its name – 405 fps. It could make the bolts fired to have a kinetic energy of 127 ft. lbs., still below the threshold energy for legal gaming in the US.
To generate this energy, the user must suffer the 290 lbs draw weight at an unusually longer pull.This makes the crossbow harder to be recharged.
The draw weight may not be applicable for everyone since a huge effort is needed to pull the drawstring. In spite of this, the crossbow adapts the Recoil Energy Dissipation System (REDS). Usually, more powerful crossbows generate more vibrations and tend to become louder. With REDS, shock is distributed along the bows minimizing noise and recoil at the same time. For a powerful crossbow that is almost silent, this is a must-try. This crossbow is made to ensure the user's safety.
Aside from the REDS, it also includes AFD mechanism. However, Excalibur failed to include crank-cocking device or bow stinger. Anyhow, the bow stinger is used to destring the crossbow and the lack of it would not permit the user to do so. Upgrading the strings could not be done easily.
Starring the model is its Twilight DLX scope in red or green reticles. The scope is accurate at 10 to 50 yards. There is no problem in zeroing as the need to re-adjust the scope is almost unnecessary.
The images viewed through the scope are at a high resolution. Moreover, the lenses are coated with a hydrophobic material that resists the fog from condensing at its surface. Hence, hunting could be done even when the weather is cold; that is, during winter or cold mornings.
The optics of this scope also does not have a problem in maximizing the light gathered for the user's advantage.
The most promising fact about Excalibur is its great after-service. All of its crossbows are entitled to a lifetime warranty.
9.Arrow Precision Inferno Fury-lightest crossbow(under $200)
The crossbow is fully dipped in camouflage. It has aluminium railings and fiberglass limbs. It has a very light weight of 4.8 lbs. Adding the padded sling, the Inferno could be carried by almost anyone. By anyone, it could also be left- or right-handed persons as this crossbow is built with an ambidextrous design.
Included in the package are four pieces of 16-inch arrows.
In fact it is the cheapest crossbow available under $200.
These could be fired at a power of 235 fps. This crossbow is relatively weaker in power than most of its kind. Basically, it could hunt smaller animals and penetration is less likely to occur. It is also unfortunate that a dampener is still required for this crossbow to not make a noise. Although slow and less powerful than the rest, the Inferno still generates sound that may startle one's prey.
This crossbow is equipped with a 3-red-dot sight. This sight is very easy to zero and accuracy is good up to 60 yards. Being powered by battery, it could be deduced that this scope is not sustainable.
The user shall always have with him or her a spare battery to not have the hunt be interrupted.
Yet, the most amazing thing for the Inferno is its price. This could be a great starting material for it is only priced at $200.
10.TenPoint Venom - Best crossbow review
Last, but not the least, is the TenPoint Venom Crossbow with ACU50. This crossbow features a sleek and modern design. Ergonomically-speaking, the crossbow is made for both left- and right-hand users since it displays ambidexterity. The crossbow only weighs 6.5 lbs. The ADF mechanism ensures the user's safety.
The package includes three pieces of 20-inch carbon Easton arrows, specifically made for Venom. These are durable and are great for indexing. The firing power of this crossbow amounts up to 352 fps that could generate up to 120 ft. lbs. of kinetic energy. Its compact and light weight crossbow.
It would be possible to take down large animals with this firing power. Its draw weight of 185 lbs is too much for a common person. Yet, its ACU50 rope-cocking device makes it easy to draw the string.
Meanwhile, the scope of this crossbow is called RangeMaster Pro. Living up by its name, this scope is to be lauded with its accuracy up to 60 yards. The scope is characterized by duplex crosshairs above two black dots which could go red or green. A dial is used to switch to whatever color.
The utilization of the light is so good that broad and dim light conditions almost look the same.scope could be magnified by 1.5x to 5x with the details still being clear and sharp.
The product is well recommended by expert and novice hunters alike. Almost no flaw could be associated with this product. The only determining factor would be the budget of the user.
The most powerful or best crossbow is the Barnett Ghost 410 CRT. Yet, the one with a light weight with a supreme scope would be the Excalibur Matrix Mega 405. However, the crossbow that doesn't exhibit almost no drawbacks would be the TenPoint Venom with ACU50.
The three mentioned would be the top picks or best crossbows. However, when buying crossbows, it is important to note not only the power and performance but also the safety level. Of course, the prospect would also go through budget constraints.