Best Crossbow For Deer Hunting (Ultimate Buyer’s Guide)
Below is an interactive comparison chart to help you find the best crossbow for deer hunting. For each model we provide information about velocity , draw weight, power stroke (the distance the prod string needs to be drawn before it is cocked), arrow length, and overall length and weight of the weapon.
Top 10 Best Beginner Crossbow for Deer Hunting Comparison Chart
Length / Weight
37.3" / 7.3 lbs.
35.5" / 7.7 lbs.
35.75" / 7 lbs.
36.5" / 7.9 lbs.
35" / 5.4 lbs.
26-29" / 4.5 lbs.
34.4" / 6 lbs. 8 ozs
35" / 6 lbs. 8 ozs
37.4" / 6.8 lbs.
37.75" / 6 lbs. 9 ozs.
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Barnett Ghost 410 CRT Crossbow Package Review
(Best hunting crossbow)
As far as power goes, this is certainly one of the most powerful crossbows available on the market. The majority of other crossbows don’t exceed 340 FPS of shooting speed. The Ghost 410 has a whopping 410 FPS, which means that it can generate up to 150 ft-lbs. of kinetic energy (when using arrows similar to those included with the package) at point blank range! Using a chronograph, I calculated the speed to be 406 FPS, which is as close as it gets to a manufacturer’s statement.
Accuracy is fantastic as well, thanks to the following:
- The design of the crossbow (carbon riser) prevents the weapon from dropping forward slightly. The majority of the weight is located near the shoulder of the archer, which means the Ghost 410 is very stable and comfortable to aim.
- The trigger system and string latch work flawlessly, releasing the string (and hence the arrow) smoothly every time, making it easier for you to work on your aim and to keep your shots consistent.
- The scope included with the package is sighted right out of the box an holds dead-zero for a long time, without the need for constantly tuning windage and elevation.
The Ghost 410 is in fact so accurate that you can hit 2″ arrow groups from as far as 60 yards away, even if you aren’t a very experienced crossbow shooter – and the arrow will still dig deep enough to make it really difficult for you to pull it out.
Barnett Jackal Crossbow Package Review
(Best cheap crossbow)
First thing I did was lubricate the string and cables on the Jackal; it is advised to do so every 5 arrows fired at the most – it’s much easier to do than you could imagine. I personally prefer using flat nocks on my crossbow arrows, however Barnett recommends using half-moon nocks in their manual, which I can live with
I placed my foot in the stirrup and cocked it it easily by hand, without using a rope. This crossbow has 150 lbs. of draw weight, however don’t let that fool you – it fires 20″ carbon arrows with a speed of 315 feet per second, more than enough to kill pretty much anything you’ll come across, and definitely more than enough for target practice. As soon as the Jackal is cocked, the anti-dry-firing mechanism is activated, which automatically places the crossbow into “safety-lock” mode. If dead-lifting 150 pounds each time you need to cock the crossbow sounds like a chore, then I recommend getting a rope cocking device to make the job much easier.