The Fastest Crossbow & Most Accurate – 2017 Reviews
You have the need for speed. Maybe you’ve got a crossbow already, but it’s just not fast enough. Maybe you’re jumping in at the deep end and want to start with the most powerful crossbow out there. On this page, we will reveal the world’s fastest crossbow that you can buy right now.
The emphasis here is on what you actually can buy – we decided not to include the Scorpyd Ventilator Extreme because… Well, it is a long way beyond budget and specification for most crossbow buyers. However, it does claim to reach a ridiculous 440 feet per second. If you need to have the world’s fastest crossbow, then you’d better check it out.
For the rest of us mortals, here’s a quick guide to some of the specifications you should be considering when looking for the most powerful crossbow.
- Velocity : This goes without saying. We’re reviewing the fastest crossbows, so the actual speed it can fire an arrow is pretty important. For crossbow reviews, this is measured in feet per second (often abbreviated FPS).
- Draw weight : This is not the weight of the actual crossbow. When you’re drawing an arrow, you will have to put a lot of force through the bow string. The draw weight is the maximum equivalent weight you’ll be pulling in this motion.
- Size : Bigger is not necessarily better. The most accurate crossbow can still miss if you’re the wrong height for the crossbow you’re using. If you can’t handle it properly, there’s no fun in it being fast at all.
The overall speed of a crossbow really comes from a combination of two things: the size and the draw weight. It’s all about how far the bow string travels and how much force you can put through it. You need to make sure you’re strong enough to pull the draw weight, otherwise it doesn’t matter how fast the crossbow can fire. If you can’t cock an arrow, your arrows will have speed zero.
- Velocity: 410 fps
- Draw Weight: 185 lb
- Size: 37.3 inches
The Barnett Ghost 410 CRT crossbow is the fastest crossbow we could find for review. It can fire an arrow at a the crazy speed of 410 fps – that’s almost four times the speed of a cheetah. This crossbow has a short axle-to-axle length and is both lightweight and accurate. Some reviewers have criticised this bow for being too loud, but when your arrow is through the target before it can move who cares if the target can hear you!
- Velocity: 405fps
- Draw Weight: 290 lbs
- Size: 36.3 inches
The Excalibur Matrix Mega Crossbow is our fastest recurve crossbow in review. It is an extremely powerful and accurate bow, but requires a huge amount of draw weight to use. If you’re strong enough to handle it, then this crossbow would be perfect for hunting large game. But if you’re new to crossbows then we really wouldn’t recommend it. This is not a bow for novices. As for size, it’s a bit longer than you might expect for a recurve crossbow, but there had to be a compromise with the draw weight.
- Velocity: 370fps
- Draw Weight: 185lbs
- Size: 32 inches
The Killer Instinct Furious 370 crossbow gets our value award. It is the best performing crossbow we’ve reviewed for the price you pay. Not only is it great value, but it could (and does) rival higher-end models but at a fraction of the price. So not only is your crossbow faster than your mate’s, you probably paid less for it. The bow is relatively lightweight and has a narrow design – coming in at just over 13 inches across when cocked. The Killer Instinct crossbow is said to be inspired by the demanding needs of military and firearms enthusiasts. They have certainly succeeded.
- Velocity: 370fps
- Draw Weight: 185lbs
- Size: 36.5 inches
It’s not the world’s most powerful crossbow, but the CenterPoint Sniper 370 Crossbow is definitely the best tactical crossbow we looked at. It’s got a comparable draw weight to the Killer Instinct Furious 370, but comes in a bit longer. What’s more, it’s another great value bow. Many users have said they’d put it up against crossbows of more than double the price. The crossbow has built in damping on the string, to help suppress vibrations and make the shot even quieter too.
- Velocity: 330 fps
- Draw Weight: 165 lbs
- Size: 37.8 inches
Winner of the Outdoor Life Great Buy Award, this crossbow isn’t the fastest or the most powerful in our review. Nevertheless, we’ve included it as a good all rounder that can provide speed without a crazy price tag. At 330 fps, it’s still pretty quick and is well liked by users for its accuracy. The draw weight is lower than the other crossbows we’ve reviewed, so is a perfect solution for those who want speed but don’t quite have the arm strength for 185 lbs. Overall it is small (19 inches axle-to-axle when loaded), light and easy to cock.
The best crossbow isn’t necessarily the most powerful crossbow – or even the fastest one. But any of these five crossbows should safely satisfy your need for speed. We’ve listed them in order of descending top speed, but it’s worth considering their other features before you buy. Just make sure that you’ve got the strength to draw them and you’ll be happy with your choice.