February 2024

Crossbows: MetaRanking

This page highlights the aggregate summary of crossbows rankings posted by key online experts, as of February 2024.

Summary

On 14 Feb 2024, ReviewFinder team examined a total of 99 crossbow endorsements from 10 reputable publishers.

77 crossbows were endorsed in total, only 17 made it into this month's ranking. (ReviewFinder requires a minimum of 2 endorsements to be included)

As of 14 Feb 2024, TenPoint Flatline 460 takes the cake as the most critically-acclaimed crossbow with 3 expert endorsements. 2 experts out of 3 recommended it as the '#1 crossbow' this month.

Brand breakdown
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Price breakdown
As can be seen in the chart below, lowest high-ranking crossbows start at $179.99 (Barnett Blackcat) and go up to $3999.99 (TenPoint Vapor RS470 Xero). Median crossbow costs $940 (Axe Crossbows’ AX405).
$179.99
$3999.99

At a glance - February Ranking

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Rank Change Price Crossbow
Outdoor Life
huntinggiant.com
Bow Hunting
Crossbow Joe
Field & Stream
10k Reviews
Deer & Deer Hunting
Target Crazy
lindaperhacs.com
Forgotten Hunter
1
- $2600
TenPoint Flatline 460
The TenPoint Flatline 460 crossbow is highly praised for its accuracy, noise level, size and weight, safety features, and durability, making it an ideal choice for hunters in need of a fast, accurate, quiet, compact, and reliable crossbow.
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Ravin R29X Sniper
The Ravin R29X Sniper crossbow is highly praised by experts for its accuracy, noise level, size and weight, safety features, and durability, making it a top choice for hunting and shooting activities.
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- $600
Barnett Hypertac 420
The Barnett Hypertac 420 crossbow is highly praised for its accuracy, safety features, and durability, making it an excellent choice for precision shooting and hunting.
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- $551
TenPoint Invader 400
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Barnett Whitetail Hunter II
The Barnett Whitetail Hunter II crossbow is highly praised for its accuracy, making it a great choice for hunters of all skill levels, with its Trigger Tech trigger system, velocity range, compact size, and safety features.
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- $2500
TenPoint Vapor RS470
The TenPoint Vapor RS470 crossbow is highly praised for its accuracy, noise reduction capabilities, size and weight, safety features, and durability, making it an excellent choice for hunters and long-range shooters.
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- $1650
TenPoint Viper S400
The TenPoint Viper S400 crossbow is highly praised for its accuracy, low noise level, compact size, safety features, and durability, making it an ideal choice for hunters and target shooters.
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- $850
Wicked Ridge Raider 400 De-Cock
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Barnett Hyper Raptor
The Barnett Hyper Raptor crossbow is highly praised for its accuracy, low noise level, compact size, and safety features, making it a suitable choice for hunting and shooting activities up to 80 yards.
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CenterPoint Sniper 370
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- $3500
Ravin R500
The Ravin R500 crossbow is highly praised for its accuracy, quiet operation, maneuverability, and durability, making it a versatile choice for hunting and target shooting within a range of 100 yards.
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- $770
Wicked Ridge RDX 400
The Wicked Ridge RDX 400 crossbow is highly praised for its accuracy, quietness, compact size, safety features, and durability, making it an excellent choice for hunters and shooters.
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Ravin R20
The Ravin R20 Crossbow is a highly praised and recommended choice for hunters and outdoor enthusiasts due to its accuracy, speed, compactness, safety features, and durability.
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19
+1 $804
Bear Archery Impact CDXV
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20
+1 $329
Bear X Intense
The Bear X Intense crossbow receives positive reviews for its accuracy, velocity, compact size, safety features, and durability, making it a top choice for hunters.
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Excalibur Micro Suppressor
The Excalibur Micro Suppressor crossbow is highly praised for its accuracy, quietness, compact size, safety features, and durability, making it a versatile and reliable choice for hunting and other shooting activities.
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CenterPoint CP400
The CenterPoint CP400 crossbow is highly regarded for its accuracy, speed, compact size, and safety features, making it a top choice for experts and hunters.
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#20 $328.72 Bear X Intense
#4 $550.59 TenPoint Invader 400
#3 $600 Barnett Hypertac 420
#17 $769.99 Wicked Ridge RDX 400
#19 $804.45 Bear Archery Impact CDXV
#8 $849.99 Wicked Ridge Raider 400 De-Cock
#7 $1649.99 TenPoint Viper S400
#6 $2499.99 TenPoint Vapor RS470
#1 $2599.99 TenPoint Flatline 460
#16 $3499.99 Ravin R500

We ranked TenPoint Flatline 460 #1 in February 2024 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best crossbows” rankings.
  • Out of those, 2 experts ranked TenPoint Flatline 460 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Outdoor Life

Editor’s Choice

Compact
Easy to shoot offhand, kneeling, or seated
Easy to cock and decock

Forend is not ideal for shooting off a tripod or bag

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huntinggiant.com

Best Crossbow of 2023

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Field & Stream

Editor’s Choice

By far the fastest bow in the test
Compact yet balances well
Crisp Trigger
Best cocking/de-cocking system out there
Very good accuracy

Expensive

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We ranked Ravin R29X Sniper #2 in February 2024 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best crossbows” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Ravin R29X Sniper as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Crossbow Joe

For the high rollers

Helicoil Technology
Durable Vortex strike eagle scope
Improved stock design
Long lasting and durable

Above average price tag

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Deer & Deer Hunting

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Forgotten Hunter

Most Accurate Crossbow

450 FPS – Lightning Fast
Effortless and Silent Cocking Mechanism
HeliCoil Technology
Compact and Lightweight

Price, although you do get what you pay for!
Not able to safely let go mid-draw

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Methodology: combine opinions of key experts

Identify Experts

We identify key publishers and experts that consistently review and recommend crossbows.

Capture Rankings

For each publisher we find a currently recommended "top 10" list of crossbows, it must be updated in the last 9 months.

Aggregate Rankings

We put all those lists together and aggregate them. The more frequently a product is recommended, the higher it is in our ranking

Experts chosen for February 2024 ranking

We ranked Barnett Hypertac 420 #3 in February 2024 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best crossbows” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Bow Hunting

Sharp as Tacks

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Crossbow Joe

Ultimate Hunting Experience

Lightweight Construction
Above average FPS
Good amount of extra accessories

Mixed reviews on the quality of the crank system

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Deer & Deer Hunting

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We ranked TenPoint Invader 400 #4 in February 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best crossbows” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked TenPoint Invader 400 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Crossbow Joe

Best bang for the buck

Lightweight design
Advanced cocking mechanism attachment option

Noisey when shot due to lack of damping system

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Target Crazy

Best Overall

Fast 400 fps
Powerful 140 fpke
ACUdraw 50 rope cocking system
Pro-View scope
Added accessories
Light weight
Versatile hunting bow
Durable semi-skeletal frame

Nothing!

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We ranked Barnett Whitetail Hunter II #5 in February 2024 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best crossbows” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
10k Reviews

One of best rated crossbows
Powerful and faster
Perfect downrange accuracy
Best for professionals and beginners
Lightweight
Beautifully designed compound crossbow

ADF system break down

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Target Crazy

Best Entry Level Crossbow

Low price range
Powerful but easy to handle
Light weight
Anti-dry-fire protection
Picatinny rail
Beginner accessories

Draw weight

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lindaperhacs.com

Best Budget Crossbow

The package comes with essential accessories.
It offers value for money.
It is easy to assemble and use.
And it has a MIM trigger system.
There is a manufacturer’s warranty

You have to shoot a bolt to remove it because of the ADF feature

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We ranked TenPoint Vapor RS470 #6 in February 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best crossbows” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked TenPoint Vapor RS470 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
lindaperhacs.com

The Safest Crossbow

It has the best accessories for hunting.
It offers incomparable speed.
The accuracy level is incredible.
It is light and has an ergonomic design.
Quiet cocking and decocking

Not suitable for beginners.
There are no assembly instructions.
It is expensive

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Forgotten Hunter

Fastest Crossbow

ACUslide: Safe and Silent Cocking and Decocking
470 FPS: Fastest crossbow currently on the market!
Compact
Dead Silent Shooting

The price is rather high, definitely worth it though!
Assemble it yourself or work with a local deale

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We ranked TenPoint Viper S400 #7 in February 2024 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best crossbows” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Deer & Deer Hunting

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lindaperhacs.com

A Lightweight & Highly Maneuverable Crossbow

It comes with fantastic tech parts.
A simple decocking system.
It is excellent for seasoned hunters.
It increases accuracy by 48%.
The assembly takes a few minutes.
It provides value for money

Some parts may be missing on delivery.
There is no left-handed model

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Forgotten Hunter

Best Crossbow with Built-In Cocking Device

400 FPS
Compact
Lightweight
Very safe
Effortless Cocking

TenPoint speed-rates their crossbows with different arrow weights

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We ranked Wicked Ridge Raider 400 De-Cock #8 in February 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best crossbows” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Outdoor Life

Best Value

Light
Very adjustable length of pull
Easy to cock and de-cock with a rope cocker

Heavy trigger
A lot of post-shot vibration

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Field & Stream

Good accuracy
Good power
Extremely lightweight
Excellent value

So-so trigger

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We ranked Barnett Hyper Raptor #9 in February 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best crossbows” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
huntinggiant.com

Best Crossbow with Crank Cocking Device

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Field & Stream

Best Value

Second most accurate bow in the test
Second fastest bow in the test
Second least-expensive bow in the test

Hardest to cock
Fit and finish not equal to top crossbows

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We ranked CenterPoint Sniper 370 #10 in February 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best crossbows” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
lindaperhacs.com

Great for Entry Level

It offers value for money spent.
A sturdy and durable crossbow.
Easy to assemble and adjust various features.
It is accurate.
It is suitable for beginners.
Performs better than some high-end hunting crossbows

Instructions in the manual are confusing.
The bolts are low quality

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Forgotten Hunter

Best Crossbow for Beginners

Accurate
Lightweight
Quiet
Adjustable stock and grip
Beginner friendly

Vague assembly instructions
The trigger could be a little smoother

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We ranked Ravin R500 #11 in February 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best crossbows” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Outdoor Life

Best Speed Bow

Fast and accurate
Narrow profile
Easy to use
Good trigger

Difficult to clip bolts onto the string
Quiver and crank are poor quality for the price
Expensive

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Crossbow Joe

Lighting Fast FPS

Lighting Fast
Very Powerful

Expensive

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We ranked Wicked Ridge RDX 400 #12 in February 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best crossbows” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
lindaperhacs.com

Best Reverse Draw Crossbow

It is lightweight, weighing 7.6 pounds.
It comes with a multi-line focus scope.
The crossbow is sturdy and durable.
It shoots fast and precisely

The Omni Nock breaks easily and damages the bowstring

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Forgotten Hunter

Best Reverse-Draw Crossbow

Relatively cheap Reverse Draw Crossbow
ACUdraw Technology
400 FPS
Beginner friendly crossbow
Lightweight
Compact
Made in the USA

Scope can use an upgrade
Trigger has some creep

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We ranked Ravin R20 #13 in February 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best crossbows” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
10k Reviews

Best Crossbow for the money

Compact yet powerful crossbow
Lightweight
The lowest draw weight in the crossbows fray
Top quality scope
Takes on a target from 100 yards

More expensive under 3000 bucks

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lindaperhacs.com

The Most Compact Crossbow

It comes with 6-arrows.
Sturdy and durable.
It is user-friendly.
It’s quiet and highly accurate

The bowstring is weak

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We ranked Bear Archery Impact CDXV #14 in February 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best crossbows” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Outdoor Life

Good speed and accuracy
Comes with four bolts

Needs more premium features for the price

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Bow Hunting

Deadly Impact

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We ranked Bear X Intense #15 in February 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best crossbows” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
lindaperhacs.com

A Durable and Fast Crossbow

It has a military and tactical design.
Affordable.
Durable and sturdy.
It has camouflage colors

The cocking rope is weak

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Forgotten Hunter

Best Value Crossbow under $350

400 FPS
Very Accurate
Cheap Entry-level Crossbow
Stock Scope is decent

Without string/limb dampeners this crossbow is really noisy.
Rope-Cocking 185 pounds can be difficult
Bit heavy at 8 pounds

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We ranked Excalibur Micro Suppressor #16 in February 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best crossbows” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
10k Reviews

Powerful and fast
Best crossbow with compact design
Quiet and vibrations free
Easy to assemble
Best for hunting and target shooting

Pricey
More draw weight

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lindaperhacs.com

The Most Silent Crossbow

The accuracy level is impressive.
It is simple to assemble and use.
Value for money.
It is affordable.
It has all the necessary accessories

Cocking it is tiresome.
It’s a bit heavy

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We ranked CenterPoint CP400 #17 in February 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best crossbows” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
lindaperhacs.com

An Affordable Top Tier Crossbow

High speed and accuracy.
The bow is sturdy and durable.
It has a beautiful design.
The product is preassembled

A low-quality crank cocking device

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Forgotten Hunter

Best Value Crossbow under $750

HeliCoil Technology
Compact
Affordable
Anti-dry fire and auto safety
Folding Stirrup
5-Year Warranty

Trigger has some creep
Trigger breaks at ~7 lbs.

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