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Crossbow Test 2012: Best New Hunting Crossbows

Crossbow Test 2012: Best New Hunting Crossbows

Find out which crossbows scored the highest in our annual torture test.
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from Aaron Mccullough wrote 35 weeks 4 days ago

I found some pretty good reviews on these over at www.crossbowcrusader.com if anyones interested.

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from SaintRyan17 wrote 2 years 2 days ago

excaliber xbows are nice i'll admit but i'll take my ten points turbo xlt over one anyday. It's just as accurate, lighter, way more agile being only 13" across when cocked and blistering fast. I can use a compound xbow to hunt anything I want in B.C. Canada except bison and migratory game birds the same cant be said about recurve xbows. Also so far (knock on wood) I've never broke a bow string in the feild. I get my bows tuned up before every season costs me less then $100 and never had a problem to date. now thats not to say I fully agree with this review but I aslo can't agree that excaliber is the best out there.

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from zedd wrote 2 years 3 days ago

Sorry folks, I accidentally input the values for the compound bow test here..., however, I did check the values for this test and they were as follows: 378.7 gr., 381.7 gr., 379.2 gr., 379.5 gr., 381.0 gr., and 381.0 gr.. For the first 4 bows and the excaliber being the last one (curious because I have one). While the mass of the arrows are closer than those on the compound bow section, the variance is curious and I must wonder the same thing. One more comment, the ke of an arrow is not nearly as important as the momentum, or the resistance to a mass' change in acceleration, such as hitting the broad side of a deer.

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from zedd wrote 2 years 3 days ago

I reverse calculated the mass of the arrow based on the given velocities and ke (which the article gave in accuracy to 1 significant figure, i.e., .1 etc). The Ma (Mass of arrow) for the first 6 bows were 334.7 grains, 340.6 gr., 335.4 gr., 339.6 gr., 337.9 gr., and 333.4 gr.. Obviously different arrows were used for the shootout. If different arrows were used for the shootout, it stands to reason to wonder at the type of shaft, fletch, and arrowhead that was different, all contributions to ballistic coefficients and leading to different down range numbers. Crappy article. While it stands to reason one would use the arrow best fitted for the bow in terms of maximizing accuracy, velocity, penetration, personal preference, etc., it does not lead one to get anything but the most generic indication of potential from the highlighted bow. It also does not reflect well on the bow evaluators.

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from Jan Pavelka wrote 2 years 1 week ago

This test look like was perform for company who pay most money This is lot's more new great Crossbow's for 2013 .Looking on the Barnett crossbow selection this one is a junk if You compare it to a Ghost 400 or 350 ,Predator and Buck Commander .I am 66 years old and will take my Barnett: Ghost 350 anywhere where the others top 7 selected will go .I own a 4 Barnett crossbow's in my time Quad 400, the magnesium riser Predator and Buck Commander and the Ghost 350 carbon riser . The Ghost 400 & 350 and all Crossbow with the Carbon riser its great and light crossbow and they was not test it why someone's is scare of the performance ????Look like Outdoor Life test its just other bull?? to promote to get deep in Your pockets . Look on the prize and compare Your self. My first crossbow was" Saxon " Saber 180 lb $65 and from short distance 15 to 25 yards no deer or hog walk way from me. Just have to put my comment here

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from charlie elk wrote 2 years 1 week ago

These are strange times we live in 6phunter, one of my 6 year old Excalibur X bows has doubled in value. That is about the same as most of my guns except it took the guns much longer.
If I look back on what I paid for my original Bear Bows- it's a 20 fold increase. But I am still not interested in selling any them. :)
later,
charlie

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from jh45gun wrote 2 years 1 week ago

6phunter there are better buys out there they I am sure posted factory suggested prices not what you can buy them on the street for. I know two guys that bought the 350 dollar Horton kits and they worked just fine and were accurate and both had no problems filling the freezer with them.

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from jh45gun wrote 2 years 1 week ago

Well I can see the writing on the wall here it appears the testers went for the bells and whistles instead of common sense and hunt-ability. The Excaliber should have been rated number one. Most serious crossbow hunters use them for one reason they are deadly accurate and if you loose a string in the field you can change one out in minutes by your self. You do not need to take in into the shop and get it fixed. I will be out hunting while some might have their bows in the shop. Bill who owns Excaliber along with his Wife Kathy have taken about every type of game there is with their crossbows including an Elephant. They are hunter proven. Excaliber crossbows are also proven in the target area as proven winners.

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from 6phunter wrote 2 years 1 week ago

way out of line on thier prices,I can find an adequate xbow at a local shop or ebay that will suffice,for the cash they ask I'LL BE buying a firearm that's price will go up rather than down as bows even xbows lose value quickly as time passes, I DO 2

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from jh45gun wrote 2 years 1 week ago

6phunter there are better buys out there they I am sure posted factory suggested prices not what you can buy them on the street for. I know two guys that bought the 350 dollar Horton kits and they worked just fine and were accurate and both had no problems filling the freezer with them.

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from Aaron Mccullough wrote 35 weeks 4 days ago

I found some pretty good reviews on these over at www.crossbowcrusader.com if anyones interested.

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from 6phunter wrote 2 years 1 week ago

way out of line on thier prices,I can find an adequate xbow at a local shop or ebay that will suffice,for the cash they ask I'LL BE buying a firearm that's price will go up rather than down as bows even xbows lose value quickly as time passes, I DO 2

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from zedd wrote 2 years 3 days ago

I reverse calculated the mass of the arrow based on the given velocities and ke (which the article gave in accuracy to 1 significant figure, i.e., .1 etc). The Ma (Mass of arrow) for the first 6 bows were 334.7 grains, 340.6 gr., 335.4 gr., 339.6 gr., 337.9 gr., and 333.4 gr.. Obviously different arrows were used for the shootout. If different arrows were used for the shootout, it stands to reason to wonder at the type of shaft, fletch, and arrowhead that was different, all contributions to ballistic coefficients and leading to different down range numbers. Crappy article. While it stands to reason one would use the arrow best fitted for the bow in terms of maximizing accuracy, velocity, penetration, personal preference, etc., it does not lead one to get anything but the most generic indication of potential from the highlighted bow. It also does not reflect well on the bow evaluators.

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from SaintRyan17 wrote 2 years 2 days ago

excaliber xbows are nice i'll admit but i'll take my ten points turbo xlt over one anyday. It's just as accurate, lighter, way more agile being only 13" across when cocked and blistering fast. I can use a compound xbow to hunt anything I want in B.C. Canada except bison and migratory game birds the same cant be said about recurve xbows. Also so far (knock on wood) I've never broke a bow string in the feild. I get my bows tuned up before every season costs me less then $100 and never had a problem to date. now thats not to say I fully agree with this review but I aslo can't agree that excaliber is the best out there.

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from jh45gun wrote 2 years 1 week ago

Well I can see the writing on the wall here it appears the testers went for the bells and whistles instead of common sense and hunt-ability. The Excaliber should have been rated number one. Most serious crossbow hunters use them for one reason they are deadly accurate and if you loose a string in the field you can change one out in minutes by your self. You do not need to take in into the shop and get it fixed. I will be out hunting while some might have their bows in the shop. Bill who owns Excaliber along with his Wife Kathy have taken about every type of game there is with their crossbows including an Elephant. They are hunter proven. Excaliber crossbows are also proven in the target area as proven winners.

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from charlie elk wrote 2 years 1 week ago

These are strange times we live in 6phunter, one of my 6 year old Excalibur X bows has doubled in value. That is about the same as most of my guns except it took the guns much longer.
If I look back on what I paid for my original Bear Bows- it's a 20 fold increase. But I am still not interested in selling any them. :)
later,
charlie

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from Jan Pavelka wrote 2 years 1 week ago

This test look like was perform for company who pay most money This is lot's more new great Crossbow's for 2013 .Looking on the Barnett crossbow selection this one is a junk if You compare it to a Ghost 400 or 350 ,Predator and Buck Commander .I am 66 years old and will take my Barnett: Ghost 350 anywhere where the others top 7 selected will go .I own a 4 Barnett crossbow's in my time Quad 400, the magnesium riser Predator and Buck Commander and the Ghost 350 carbon riser . The Ghost 400 & 350 and all Crossbow with the Carbon riser its great and light crossbow and they was not test it why someone's is scare of the performance ????Look like Outdoor Life test its just other bull?? to promote to get deep in Your pockets . Look on the prize and compare Your self. My first crossbow was" Saxon " Saber 180 lb $65 and from short distance 15 to 25 yards no deer or hog walk way from me. Just have to put my comment here

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from zedd wrote 2 years 3 days ago

Sorry folks, I accidentally input the values for the compound bow test here..., however, I did check the values for this test and they were as follows: 378.7 gr., 381.7 gr., 379.2 gr., 379.5 gr., 381.0 gr., and 381.0 gr.. For the first 4 bows and the excaliber being the last one (curious because I have one). While the mass of the arrows are closer than those on the compound bow section, the variance is curious and I must wonder the same thing. One more comment, the ke of an arrow is not nearly as important as the momentum, or the resistance to a mass' change in acceleration, such as hitting the broad side of a deer.

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