If you’re asking what crossbow functions well in a compact package, then Excalibur Matrix 380 is the answer. This recurve crossbow has everything you need. It’s the best crossbow for the money. With your $1000, you’ll get 60% longer limb life, increased durability, Realtree Xtra camo applied via the Kolorfusion process for realistic detail and long lasting finish, 13.1-inch power stroke, and an Ergonomic grip stock that brings everything closer for better balance and improved accuracy. This balanced, accurate, and easy to cock crossbow has a Quad-Loc rise design that locks each limb on four sides for greater strength and consistency. Not to mention its Recoil Energy Dissipation System that reduces noise and vibration. It also has an anti dry fire system and has a long-lasting durability. This even comes with a cheekpiece, rope cocking aid, four-arrow quiver with bracket, four Diablo arrows, four 150 grain field points, and a Tact-Zone scope that features an updated reticle design, 30mm main tube, red or green illuminated reticle, and multicoated lenses for exceptional clarity and light-gathering performance.
Though the 260-pound draw weight may be hefty, this crossbow is still worth your $1000. There’s another disadvantage but this is only found in some products; that is, the limbs may break off at the base after hours of shooting. But bear in mind that with proper handling and care, this won’t be an issue.
The Matrix 380 is one of the best products of Excalibur. It’s a great combination of power and minimum noise in an elegant compact body. It even includes a rope-cocking aid, which is essential for its 260lb. draw weight. Using the rope-cocking device, the crossbow draws smoothly and with minimal effort. The safety engages securely every time the crossbow is cocked, and it easily disengages when you are ready to fire. However, you have to remember that some states do not allow the use of a crossbow with a draw weight of 200lb. or the use of any type of leverage-gaining device (like a rope-cocking device) for hunting purposes, so you should double check your state’s crossbow laws before purchasing this particular crossbow.
Assembling this crossbow is a little more complicated than assembling a compound crossbow because you have to string the bow. In this case, however, the assembly came already strung. Follow the steps below to get it going:
- Using two 5/16” flat Allen cap screws with large washers, mount the limb system to the riser.
- Mount the foot stirrup using two 1/4” round head bolts.
- Attached the front and rear sights using the hardware included.
- Mount your scope.
- Head to the archery range to sight it in. Your backyard will do, by the way.
The Matrix 380 exposes you to 112.3 lbs. of kinetic energy, releasing arrows at 380 fps. Because of its power, the Matrix 380’s anti-dry fire (ADF) system turns to be beneficial. The Guardian anti-dry fire mechanism is embedded in the sight mount and traps the string if the Matrix 380 is fired, keeping the arrow in its place. The safety system has a built-in release which permits you to easily de-cock so you do not have to fire an arrow at the end of the day. The trigger pull of this bow is also smooth and easy, giving consistent breaks every time and consistent accuracy from as far away as 80 yards.
The scope that comes with it is powerful as well. Sighting it in is quick and easy. It holds zero every time. Even after how many tries, you won’t knock it off from zero. However, there’s a downside to this one. The illumination is a bit too faded, making the green and red illuminations barely visible on a foggy morning. So, no hunting on a misty forenoon.
Of course, you’ll be needing a case for this one. The best protection you can get for this is provided by the Carbon Express Deluxe Case. The case includes an internal pocket for your accessories and they can be accessed easily. It also includes 26” long by 7” wide external pocket for your quiver and arrows, and enough padding to further protect your crossbow. Plus, it only costs $70. However, if you have a larger scope, go for the Barnett Case Model 17083. This one provides larger spaces for your larger accessories.
Let’s talk about the warranty. The Excalibur Matrix 380 comes with an unconditional 5-year warranty against manufacturing defects. After five years, the warranty is extended at Excalibur’s discretion for the lifetime of the original owner. They also have good customer service. Their representatives are so knowledgeable and friendly; you can share any concern with your crossbow.