Excalibur Matrix 380 Crossbow Package, Realtree Xtra, 260-Pound Review
The Excalibur Matrix 380 Crossbow provides hunters with the newest generation of crossbows. This model provides durability and performance in a small size and powerful recurve shape. The arrows explode from the bow with serious power. This bow is unlike any other with its intentional design to be quiet and power at the same time. This is the bow that hunters dream about.
This crossbow is a recurve bow dipped in a Realtree camo pattern. It blends in nicely with its surroundings, whether in a blind or in the woods. It is powerful enough to take down large bears and moose with ease. The crossbow is narrow, so it can fit in the tightest spots without sacrificing a shot. Its small size prevents it from getting caught on branches and brush on the way to the blind. It is so small and compact that restringing while hunting is not a problem.
The bow has a Tact-Zone Scope that includes multiple reticles that can be adjusted for the varying speeds of this bow. The scope makes shooting a breeze because it sights and holds the sight. It is nearly impossible to knock the scope off from zero. The scope has illumination, so this bow can be used at any time of the day or night.
It is a safe bow that has the Guardian Anti-Dry Fire system in place. This bow will not fire if it does not have a nocked arrow. It has a smooth trigger that allows arrows to travel powerfully up to 80 yards away. The bow weighs just under six pounds, making it comfortable to carry around on a long day of hunting.
Draw Weight & Length
The power in this bow comes from the draw weight, which is a heavy 260 pounds. The power stroke is 13.1 inches, which is manageable. Since 260 pounds of draw weight is not a reasonable amount for any hunter, the bow has a cocking rope which makes the draw quite smooth. It requires very little effort to pull the rope, especially considering the draw weight. With this powerful draw weight, the safety device is of the utmost importance. The safety automatically engages and disengages at firing time.
With a 260-pound draw weight, the arrows are expected to fly. And they do, at speeds up to 380 feet per second. The kinetic energy of the arrows measures in at 109 ft. lbs. At 45 yards, the kinetic energy barely drops to 99 ft. pounds. This bow is truly impressive. It the arrows breaches the target, it does not take long for the animal to bleed out.
This bow is not the easiest to assemble, because it requires the bow to be strung. Fortunately, the process is sped up because the assembly comes pre-strung. The limbs need to be placed on the riser and the foot stirrup needs to be put in place, too. The bow comes with the necessary hardware and Allen wrenches, too. Once those parts are put in place, the sights need to be added. Then, the scope can be added. It is well sighted out of the box, but most hunters need to fire a few test shots to get it dead accurate.
Pros & Cons
This bow is an outstanding piece of machinery. From the quality of the scope and the rope cocking device, the bow cannot be topped. It is attractive, small, and powerful. The durability is unmatched. It is a safe bow that also comes with a five-year unconditional warranty.
The accuracy at long distances and the power from those distances is unrivaled. The bow is an absolute joy to shoot. The small size makes it easy to hid in any blind or from any tree stand. It is extremely quiet, too.
There are just a few negatives about this bow, but they are minor. The first is that the scope can sometimes seem dark, but it is not a frequent occurrence. The other problem with the bow is the fact that it needs to be strung when taken out of the box. There are plenty of high-end bows that do not require this.
If you love hunting and you love the adrenaline rush that comes with firing a well-made crossbow, you will love this one. The features are remarkable, the design is nearly perfect, and the manufacturing is top notch. You will not be disappointed in the performance of this beautiful hunting tool.