Whoa there buddy, you’re either going to need some cocking aids or a membership at a gym, cause these crossbows are not for the faint of heart.

Crossbows are accurate, flexible tools and they’re a whole lot of fun. They’re also a great way to introduce young hunters to the sport and to keep physically impaired hunters in the game. That said, don’t make the mistake of thinking that crossbows aren’t serious business. Plenty of hunters use crossbows to take the largest game imaginable, including moose, caribou, and Kodiak brown bears. At that level, you’re going to need something bigger.

Now crossbow draw weights can vary greatly, from those “tactical” 50-pound pistol crossbows to a mammoth 200-plus pound monster. As a rule of thumb, almost anything that isn’t a toy is good enough for small game. At 150 pounds, you can harvest coyotes, turkeys, and even whitetails. With a 175-pound crossbow, you might want to set your sights on animals like elk and small bears.

Then you get into the big leagues. Below we have selected five mammoth crossbows that are pretty much the closest modern equivalent to an arbalest. To keep it fair, we’ve limited each manufacturer to just one slot on the list (otherwise it would pretty much be all Excaliburs). Stats are from gearsuite.com.

1. Excalibur Matrix Mega 405

  • Draw weight: 290 pounds
  • Velocity: 405 FPS
  • Kinetic energy: 127.51 foot-pounds

2. Kodabow Big Rhino

  • Draw weight: 225 pounds
  • Velocity: 355 FPS
  • Kinetic energy: 98 foot-pounds

3. Mission MXB-Dagger XB

  • Draw weight: 220 pounds
  • Velocity: 340 FPS
  • Kinetic energy: 77 foot-pounds

4. Carbon Express Covert CX2

  • Draw weight: 200 pounds
  • Velocity: 385 FPS
  • Kinetic energy: 142 foot-pounds

5. Barnett Ghost 400

  • Draw weight: 185 pounds
  • Velocity: 400 FPS
  • Kinetic energy: 151 foot-pounds

Image screenshot of video by BowHunterPlanet on YouTube

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3 thoughts on “5 of the Most Powerful Crossbows Available Today

  1. I have hunted all my life but my health has made limitations in my life–have been considering a ceossbow to allow me back in the woods. What would you recommend for someone with my health limitations?

  2. You people need to do more research before printing on article like this! Reading this lame article it is evident that you judged a crossbow’s power by the draw weight. Although draw weight has impact on overall “power” of the crossbow it is NOT the deciding factor. There are many other variables that come into play. Arrow speed, length, and arrow weight are just some of the contributing factors to a crossbow’s power.
    Next time you right about crossbows do some research and talk to some knowledgeable people. Articles like this give false information to people .

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