Is Hunting with a crossbow old-school today? Senior hunters will probably disagree with that. Truly that hunting with a gun is standard and high-efficient, yet hunting with a crossbow is special pulsating experience. Imagine yourself being a valiant soldier back in the cold weapon era, or a skillful wood elf dwelling in the Middle Earth, quietly pull the string, aim, then release and pierce, how cool could it be!
When selecting a crossbow, keep these key factors in mind: Velocity, Draw Weight, Bow Weight and Your Budget. Then you won’t miss your shot!
For crossbow lovers, the Matrix line from Excalibur is quite prominent. Being a re-curve crossbow, Excalibur Matrix 380 is very simple and easy to maintain (just loosen the lugs to change the string). As for the performance, the Matrix 380 happens to be a quiet and fast one. The sound of the Matrix 380 is minimal for how much energy is stored in the limbs. And we also like its compact size, blazing fast speed (deadly performance at 50-60yards) and the Anti Dry fire feature.
Though the crossbow has a draw weight of 260 pounds but this is reduced by 50% because of the rope cocker that comes with the Matrix package. Most individuals will be able to draw this bow, unless you are shorter (5’6″ or less) or if you have a physical aliment (i.e. terrible back, bad elbow, etc.). Besides its price tag, you get what you pay for and with the Matrix.
The Barnett Ghost 410 is no doubt a game changer in velocity and accuracy. It is lighter and faster than its predecessor, the Ghost 400. It features Barnett’s proprietary Carbonlite Riser Technology (CRT), which shifts the balance point away from the riser and back to the shoulder of the shooter, and Barnett’s ultra-light, super-strong Carbonlite riser, which provides perfect balance of weight and speed.
Another great feature we love about Barnett Ghost 410 is its lightweight signle-handed design. Weighing in at just 7.3 pounds and only 20″ axle to axle, it is very easy to hold with a single hand and still feels quiet and safe to release. At its top velocity 410fps, you can get an accurate shot out to 100 yards.