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Top 10 best hunting crossbows

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Are you looking for the ideal hunting crossbow that suits your needs? You've come to the right place. With so many ranges and models on the market, it's not easy to find the ONE that meets your expectations. And, even if it is possible, you have to spend time to find the right information.

But why bother and waste time if you can find articles like these to help you to make a good choice. In order to better approach your choice of crossbow for this year 2019, we put together a small list in the following article which gathers the Top 10 best products on the market based on a well-defined and specific criteria.


Barnett Jackal


The Barnett Jackal crossbow is certainly more expensive than its direct competitors (e.g. Arrow Precision Fury), however, its quality can easily justify it.

In its packaging, this crossbow comes with a quiver, a few bolts and a red dot sight, which can be used as soon as they are unpacked. Moreover, even for beginners, its mounting is particularly simple. It should not take more than a few minutes. So, to go hunting as soon as you unpack it, all you need to do is to provide yourself with broadheads.

The Jackal is equipped with a military-style stock and a separate handle. This has the advantage of giving the shooters the possibility to grasp the weapon like a pistol. This allows a great freedom of movement. Even with a fairly lightweight design, the designers did not neglect the robustness and design of the product. For those who are more concerned, it is also equipped with an anti-firing safety device to prevent unintentional shooting.

In short, its good quality is associated with a very affordable price, an ergonomic design and impressive durability.

For a beginner, this crossbow can be a wise choice.


Pros Cons
  • Very affordable
  • Its superb design
  • Its solid construction
  • No rope arming mechanism in the packaging.
  • Quite noisy



CenterPoint Tormentor Whisper

This model has never lived up to its name so well. In fact, the CenterPoint Tormentor Whisper is equipped with an effective noise reduction technology. As a result, the weapon makes less noise, but remains lethal. These features make it ideal for hunting.

Moreover, with an ultra-compact crossbow like the CenterPoint Tormentor Whisper you will be able to camouflage yourself relatively easily. Once armed, it is only 14 inches (35.56 cm) from axle to axle, so it is very comfortable to handle. And to accentuate this "comfortable" side, the four spokes of this model are made of composite, and the riser is made of aluminum. These materials are famous for their lightness and durability.

A vacuum anti-shot mechanism is installed on this crossbow for added safety.

As more, the purchase of this item offers to its beneficiaries some accessories such as: an armament rope, three bolts, a quiver, and a scope.

The CenterPoint Tormentor Whisper is one of the best value crossbows on the market today.


Pros Cons
  • Attenuation of crossbow noise and vibration (Whisper system)
  • Compact crossbow
  • Product that emphasizes safety
  • The range quality is questionable.



Barnett Recruit

Barnett Recruit Terrain stands out because of its relatively affordable price. However, if you're looking for a more powerful model, with its 330 fps (362.1 km/h), you'd better choose something else.

This model is often proposed for novice shooters because it is quite light [6.3lbs (2.9 kg)], compact (axle to axle width of just over 40.6 cm) and easier to handle than the best performers on the market.

The pulling weight of 140 lbs is one of the criteria that make this model the alternative for beginners. In this way, it is not necessary to have lifted out of the slot to arm and pull it. Especially since the performance developed is above average, with a kinetic energy of 91.9 ft-lbs.

You will notice that many accessories are included with your purchase, including:

  • Two headhunter arrows;
  • A rope arming mechanism:
  • A quiver and a 4 × 32 scope.


Pros Cons
  • 140 lbs pull weight ideal for beginners and small stature
  • Superior accuracy and quiet operation (TriggerTech)
  • Accessories delivered like a scope, quiver, a few bolts, and even lubricating wax
  • The eyepiece on the scope seems to be lower



CenterPoint Sniper 370

The CenterPoint Sniper 370 has been tested and found to be a "high-performance" crossbow. It owes this quality to its ability to remain silent, but at the same time deadly. Therefore, no matter what target you are aiming at, this crossbow will be effective.

With a power of 185 lbs, who would have thought this crossbow to be so light. With its compact size and fully adjustable stock, the CenterPoint Sniper 370 is a very maneuverable crossbow that will easily adapt to your style.

Extra accessories included with the crossbow are:

  • Three bolts;
  • A quiver to carry your bolts;
  • A cocking rope to eliminate muscle tension
  • A shoulder carrying straps for an easy transport.


Pros Cons
  • Exceptional precision
  • High speed
  • Comes with must-have accessories
  • The adjustable stock is noisy



Wicked Ridge Invader

Relified by Ten Point, the Wicked Ridge Invader G3 increases in strength in addition to its sleek and maneuverable design. It's more than affordable to fit almost any budget. What's more, assembling this crossbow shouldn't be a hassle because it's easy and the instructions help you every step of the way. For the more impatient, it comes directly with three bolts so you can see what it's capable of in practice as soon as you unpack it.

You will also have the opportunity to appreciate its redesigned riser, made of machined aluminum. As for its cut-outs, they are designed to reduce the weight (3 kg) while adding strength. Its compact size gives it unequalled comfort when shooting in confined spaces. The trigger is easy to use and the innovative ACU-52 cocking system fits securely into the stock without interfering with your target.

The new design of the Invader G3 also includes a variety of features, especially in terms of safety. This is what makes this crossbow the perfect model for beginners. With the Wicked Ridge Invader G3, the shot can reach up to 362.1 km/h, and with a power of 165 lbs, small game just has to behave. To top it all off, the accuracy of this crossbow is consistent up to 40 meters, with the ability to shoot in groups.


Pros Cons
  • Light and well-balanced
  • Acu-52 cocking mechanism
  • Smooth design to optimize shooting accuracy
  • A little noisy



Barnett whitetail hunter

With a weight of 6.3 lbs (2.9 kg), the Barnett 78128 Whitetail Hunter stands out from its competitors thanks to its light weight. From axle to axle it is just over 16 inches (40.6 cm). So this model is not too big or bulky to prevent you from using it with a crowbar or similar attachment.

Featuring TriggerTech technology, the Barnett Whitetail Hunter II is set up to be very accurate, even for novices. So why buy a crossbow and then its accessories if you can have them in one set. That's what Barnett offers with its Whitetail Hunter II, because it comes with some very useful accessories such as:

  • 0.1x1.2 in 4×32 mm scope
  • A quiver
  • Two bolts Headhunter
  • A rope to arm
  • Lubricating wax for the rope
  • A nesting sensor
  • An anti-dry fire mechanism

Are you new to crossbow shooting? The Barnett Whitetail Hunter could be a wise choice.


Pros Cons
  • Equipped with TriggerTech for high precision
  • Comes with practical and useful accessories
  • Very quiet
  • Quality is questionable



Barnett Whitetail Pro

Barnett Whitetail Pro STR is an eye-catcher from the very first impression with its Tru Bark camouflage pattern. Its robustness is reflected in its weight of 3.1 kg. However, even though it is not very light, it is not the heaviest on the market either. What's more, its efficiency and performance are not the least with its 438.9 km/h or 400 fps. Therefore, both silent thanks to its rope dampers and powerful, it is ideal for a crossbow hunting experience.

For those who want to save money, this model comes with several extras, such as:

  • An illuminated scope
  • A rope cocker
  • A side quiver;
  • Two ready-to-use bolts
  • Lubricating wax to maintain the string and bow

Anxious about your safety? It's normal when you handle a weapon. However, as long as you're investing, choose a model already equipped with a range of safety features. With the Barnett Whitetail Pro STR, you'll have an anti-shot trigger to avoid the risk of accidental shots. In addition, the finger guard provides extra security for your hand. Finally, the nesting sensor and finger safety reminders will also contribute to your safety when handling this crossbow.

So, we can deduce that this crossbow is more suitable for beginners and hobby hunters


Pros Cons
  • Quite fast and precise
  • Powerful and quiet
  • The reticle of the scope helps to increase the accuracy
  • Cocking is rather complicated



Barnett TS390 Tactical

Investing in a crossbow pack is more cost-effective. This is exactly what Barnett offers with its TS390 Tactical Series. Simply put, in addition to your crossbow, you'll get:

  • An illuminated scope;
  • A rope cocking device;
  • A quiver;
  • Two Headhunter bolts;
  • Lubricating wax to maintain the rope.

In terms of its efficiency, its maximum speed of 390 fps or 428 km/h says a lot compared to its competitors. It is a fast, powerful and above all deadly crossbow, perfect for hunting in the woods.

Regarding the power, this model develops 187 lbs for a kinetic energy of 128 pounds-feet. This implies an important impact energy to shoot big game. It weighs nearly 7.4 lbs (3.4 kg), and remains within the average for this category.

Its riser is made of machined aluminum. This is one of the determining factors that allows this crossbow to have a high accuracy even for a long distance. Finally, you can rest easy when using the Barnett TS390 Tactical Series because its safety is optimized (an anti-dry fire trigger, finger guards and necessary safety recalls).


Pros Cons
  • Top speed of 428 km/h (390 fps)
  • Quiet thanks to its rope shock absorbers
  • Optimized security mechanisms
  • Lesser quality rope, especially after intensive use



Matrix Grizzly

For small game hunting, turn to this magnificent crossbow model from Excalibur: Matrix Grizzly SMF. Equipped with a perfectly balanced curved bow, it is difficult not to be attracted by this model. In fact, we are talking about the descendants of the legendary Axiom SMF, reputed to be one of the best small and medium game hunting crossbows of the last decade.

The assembly is done without any problem. Assembly is quick and easy, as you only need to fix the stock with the two screws provided. Regarding the comfort of use, you should know that this crossbow is designed to fit comfortably against the shoulder for easy and accurate shooting.

For a fact, we all know that crossbows produced by Excalibur are expensive. This is not surprising because the quality and technology used is of a whole new level. As a result, the release of the Excalibur Matrix SMF Grizzly has surprised many by offering a more affordable - but not inexpensive - price, while still delivering performance and robustness. That's why this crossbow offers an excellent price/performance ratio.

At 5.5 lbs (2.5 kg), this model is relatively light. Even if its power is only on a par with the Barnett Whitetail Pro STR, with its 200 lbs and a shooting speed of up to 334.6 km/h or 305 fps, this crossbow offers enough power to shoot small game. Thanks to the supplied adjustable scope, its accuracy even over long distances is assured.

The Matrix Grizzly SMF comes in its packaging with:

  • Four bolts;
  • A quiver and the mounting bracket.

We can say that it is a model of recurve bow crossbow with the best quality/price ratio on the market.



Pros Cons
  • Light and comfortable
  • Best value for money
  • Good quality accessories
  • No pre-installed shock absorbers or noise suppressors



TenPoint Titan

The TenPoint Titan SS has the reputation of being the lightest in its series. In addition, it is the shortest and fastest. With its compact design, the shooter will have the freedom to handle it with ease, no matter what the situation and location (e.g., in a hunting cache, perched on a hunting stand, etc.). The versatility and performance of this crossbow can be felt without breaking the budget.

The bolts are propelled at speeds up to 373 km/h or 340 fps which is very fast. This is ideal for reaching agile prey. To increase shooting accuracy, the 3X multi-line scope is very useful to locate prey. Moreover, it is calibrated for various distances for a more efficient use. For its 175 lbs of power, even if it is not among the most powerful in its range, this weapon remains very interesting.


Pros Cons
  • Light and compact, easy to handle
  • High-quality lens on the pre-installed scope
  • Speed capability of 340 fps (373 km/h)
  • No bolts or cocking devices included

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