With the recent surge in popularity for the Kodabow Crossbow, I think that there is now another contender for a quality recurve crossbows. Previously this market was almost completely taken by Excalibur Crossbow, but the last fe models from Kodabow have gotten peoples attention.
The first crossbow that I have to mention is (you guessed it) an Excalibur. My pick from their new lineup is the Matrix 380 Xtra. If I were hunting anything tougher than whitetails, then I would most likely get the 405 Mega. If I were bow hunting in New York then I would get the 330. What I enjoy the most about the 380 is that it is more compact than most of the other recurves on the market. Since I am generally hunting in areas where there is a lot a brush, smaller and compact is always best for me. Shooting this crossbow and the Equinox before it, I can definitely say that they have sold me on their craftsmanship.
Now, for the sake of argument, my next choice would have to be the Kodabow Bravo Zulu. I have always been a big fan of the AR-15 platform, so this seemed like it had the best shot to steer me away from Excal. While the crossbow does weigh in at a hefty 8 pounds, I will say that it felt very balanced around its mid-point. Another aspect of the design that I liked about this crossbow was that it has a split limb. When I compared it to a 200 pound draw weight solid limb bow, it did seem like it was a noticeably quieter. The best way that I could describe this crossbow would be “quiet and dependable.” It was accurate and felt very powerful.
While the Kodabow did show me a lot that I haven’t seen from the recurve market in a long while, I don’t know if it was enough to get me to look for anything other than an Excalibur crossbow for sale. I did enjoy the handling of the Zulu, but when I see split limbs, that automatically means more potential for something to go wrong. Call me old fashioned, but I have had good success with Excal. I wouldn’t deny a Kodabow if it was given as a gift, but I believe Excalibur will give me more bang for my buck.You can find more articles about crossbows here. Or you can purchase an Excalibur crossbow for sale here.