So you have decided to go with a recurve crossbow instead of a compound crossbow. If you don’t know whether to pick a recurve or compound crossbow, or want to know what the differences are, we look at the differences here on our home page.
Well, that narrows it down a bit but there are so many different recurve crossbows on the market, at hugely varying quality and prices. Which one to pick?
We have reviewed the ABSOLUTE best recurve crossbows at a number of different price points and have come up with a top recurve crossbow list where we show you all the key information for each crossbow in an easy to use table.
The factors/characteristics we use to rate each crossbow include:
- Price – As the price of the crossbows change regularly we have put them into price bands:
- $ = Under $200
- $$ = $200 – $400
- $$$ = $400 – $600
- $$$$ = Over $600
- Velocity (feet per second)
- Draw Weight (pounds)
- Crossbow Weight (pounds)
- Average Rating – Average rating from Amazon buyers. A high rating normally indicates buyer satisfaction
Want to see more key characteristics? Then check out our dedicated reviews for each crossbow!
Top Recurve Crossbows Reviewed
After numerous hours of research and analysis we have put together this chart of the very best recurve crossbows. Each of these crossbows are excellent, but as always, you get what you pay for. The more expensive crossbows are generally better. However, we have included a number of budget crossbows in our chart to cater for every price point!
#1. Excalibur Matrix 405 Mega
It’s very simple – if you want power, get the Excalibur Matrix 405 Mega!
There is a reason it is called the “Mega” – with a blazing arrow speed of 405 feet per second and a hard hitting 127 feet per pound kinetic energy this is the big daddy of crossbows.
If you are an avid hunter, get this. Be sure that you know what you are doing though, as the power and the hefty 290 pounds draw weight makes this crossbow unsuitable for beginners.
#2. Arrow Precision Inferno Wildfire II
OK, so you might not have $1,000 to spend on a crossbow, but you still want an excellent one at a cheaper price.
The Arrow Precision Inferno Wildfire II (wow, that’s a mouthful!) is less than half the price of the Excalibur 405, while still retaining plenty of punch and power.
At 345 feet per second it is no slouch and you should be able to take on most game, except maybe the largest species.