Best New Hunting Crossbows for 2022

Unheard-of speeds. Ultralight and maneuverable. If you're looking for meaningful innovation, the Class of 2022 crossbows is a great place to start.

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TenPoint Nitro 505

TenPoint Nitro 505 CrossbowNeed proof that crossbow technology isn’t yet close to reaching its peak? For 2022 TenPoint has introduced several must-see new models including the new Nitro 505. It’s a crossbow the company says is the fastest and most powerful model ever produced. It’s reportedly capable of

TenPoint Nitro505 w/VeilAlpine Camospeeds of 505 fps with a 400-grain arrow. In addition, it can deliver never-before-seen power of 227 foot-pounds of kinetic energy. The new reverse-draw design features the ACUslide silent cocking and safe de-cocking system. This ground-breaking design measures an ultra-compact 6.5 inches wide and 30.7 inches long, and weighs 7.9 pounds without accessories. For those looking for premium optics, the Nitro 505 is available in both an Oracle X package and a Xero X1i package. MSRPs: $3,049.99-$4,599.99

TenPoint Viper S400 Oracle X

More premium technology at a better price? That’s what TenPoint is saying about this new combo package, which features one of the company’s highest-rated crossbows ever. In addition, it’s topped by the ground-breaking Burris Oracle X Rangefinding Crossbow Scope. TenPoint calls this package the most-affordable rangefinding crossbow you can find.

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With the Viper S400, one of TenPoint’s shortest forward-draw crossbows at just 32 inches long, you get the company’s proven ACUslide cocking and de-cocking system. In addition, you get speeds up to 400 feet per second. The good news continues with the Oracle X Scope. It  features a built-in laser rangefinder that activates via the wireless remote, or the range button on the scope. With the push of a single button, the Oracle X instantly ranges game up to 200 yards away, and reflective targets up to 500 yards away. This ground-breaking 2x-7x scope instantly displays the distance to your target. In addition, it provides an exact aiming point factoring in the angle of your shot—leading to greater accuracy and more ethical shots. MSRP: $2,549.99


Ravin R26X Crossbow

Ravin R26X CrossbowFor hunters everywhere, stealth and silence is golden. It’s one reason why Ravin has added three new models for 2022. All feature fully-integrated silent cocking, including the R26X. The all-black R26X

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takes the proven, compact R26 platform with HeliCoil Technology and adds a whisper-quiet draw. In addition, the advanced HeliCoil Technology enables a slim 26-inch length. You’ll also find a 5.75-inch axle-to-axle width, as well as a blazing speed of 400 FPS. MSRP: $2,024.99

Ravin R18 Crossbow

Ravin R18 CrossbowTired of big bulky crossbow designs? Check this one. The unique takedown-style R18 is an ultra-narrow 4.75 inches wide and only 18 inches long without its detachable-stock configuration. The proprietary VertiCoil Cam System that powers the R18 takes proven HeliCoil Technology and—literally—cranks it up. This system rotates the R18’s ultra-small cams 720 degrees, wrapping the crossbow string and cables around the cam and cam axle, resulting in an astounding axle-to-axle height of just 1.3 inches when cocked. The limbs of the R18 expand vertically instead of horizontally for an axle-to-axle height of just 1.3 inches when fully cocked or 4.1 inches uncocked. The 6-pound R18 features a detachable stock with an integrated removable quiver system, built-in cocking mechanism for an easy draw, anti-dry fire/auto safety and built in sling mounts. Included is the new Ravin 3-Dot Reflex Sight for easy target acquisition, three 350-grain 16-inch R18 arrows with field points and a removable draw handle. MSRP: $1,524.99

Excalibur Mag Air

Excalibur Mag Air CrossbowExcalibur is calling the Mag Air the lightest, fully accessorized crossbow on the market. How light? A fully accessorized Mag Air weighs in up to one pound lighter than most competitors’ crossbows without their accessories installed! The heart of this game-changing crossbow is the Gen2 Synthetic mainframe, specifically engineered to reduce weight while maintaining maximum strength. The Mag Air is ideal for youths and adults, and comes with the Excalibur Lifetime Guarantee. MSRP: $579.99

Excalibur Micro 380

Excalibur Micro 380 CrossbowExcalibur’s latest addition to its Micro series features GEN II, High Output Limbs. They help this ultra-compact hunting machine to generate up to 380 feet per second. The Micro 380 is the first in the series to feature Ceasefire technology. This ultimate safety feature ensures the crossbow cannot be fired unless an arrow is loaded. It’s ideal for run-and-gun, spot-and-stalk hunters when lightweight and comfort is a must. In addition, it’s ideal for treestanders and ground blind hunters when space is limited. The Micro 380 features R.E.D.S. Suppressors that are strategically positioned to substantially reduce shock, vibration, and noise. MSRP: $1,099.99

This compact design offers the ultimate in maneuverability with a “double-tap” of power at a moment’s notice. DualFire Technology gives you a second arrow ready in milliseconds, as opposed to a second shot minutes away in the quiver. Hit a branch you didn’t see? No problem, you’ve got backup. Two Tags? Fill them in a heartbeat. The TwinStrike TAC2 offers a strategically skeletonized rail and riser to optimize balance, while incorporating Excalibur’s signature durability. This skeletonized design creates a crossbow that is up to a 1/2 pound lighter than competing single-shot crossbows. The included Charger EXT removable crank dramatically reduces the draw weight and allows for easy cocking and decocking. Also included is a Tact-100 illuminated scope, 30mm scope rings, 4 Quill 16.5-inch arrows, 4 100-grain field points, 4-arrow quiver, and DualFire de-cocking aid. MSRP: $1,599.99

Mission Crossbows SUB-1 XR

Mission SUB-1 XRDesigned for speed and accuracy, Team HuntStand has used this fine crossbow to anchor several turkeys and deer across North America. It comes highly recommended. Delivering speeds up to 410 fps with the capability of shooting 1-inch groups at 100 yards, the SUB-1 XR features innovative

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Benchmark Fire Control technology. It includes a 3-pound match grade trigger and the Easy-Load bolt retention arm. In addition, it has the ability to safely de-cock with the push of a button. The compact frame is 9.1 inches axle-to-axle and just 30.5 inches long. MSRP: starting at $1,699.99

Wicked Ridge Fury 410 De-Cock

Wicked Ridge Fury 410 De-CockLooking for more maneuverability and safe de-cocking? Wicked Ridge has delivered with the new  Fury 410 De-Cock, the company’s shortest-ever model at just 29 inches long. This reverse-draw design measures just 9 inches wide cocked, weighs 7.5 pounds and shoots up to 410 feet per second. The new ACUdraw De-Cock silent cocking and safe de-cocking system features the company’s Auto-Brake Gear System. It eliminates the potential of losing control, which can lead to injury or bow damage during de-cocking. While de-cocking with the ACUdraw De-Cock, the user can remove their hand from the handle at any point and the handle will stop in place. The Fury 410 De-Cock is available only as a complete ready-to-hunt package that includes the ACUdraw De-Cock, TenPoint’s RangeMaster Pro Variable Speed Scope, three carbon arrows, string stop system, and a quiver. MSRP: $1,049.99

Axe Crossbows AX440

Axe Crossbows AX440Compact. Maneuverable. Stable. The new AX440 stands ready to fuel your quest for hunting success. At 30.5 inches long and less than 12 inches axle-to-axle (cocked), the weight of the 440 is centered over the shooter’s hand. The reason is its balanced shoot-through stock and riser design and reverse-limb system.  This configuration empowers the most-efficient part of the split limb system from just 15 inches of power stroke to launch bolts at a blistering 440 feet per second. Unlike the one-piece aluminum rail concepts of conventional crossbow designs that rob speed, efficiency and bolt life, the stock of the AX440 is different. It eliminates the rail and utilizes dual carbon guide rods along the entire length of the stock. The Axe 440 crossbow kit includes the new Axe scope system with optimized reticle, a compact, side-mount quiver and three proprietary .166 Axe micro-diameter bolts. MSRP: $2,099.99



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