Excalibur Matrix 380 Crossbow Review

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Excalibur Matrix 380 Review

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Excalibur has taken many of the best features of compound crossbows and applied them to a recurve with the new Excalibur Matrix 380. The simplicity and durability of a recurve crossbow is very appealing to many crossbow shooters. However, the width and slower speeds often associated with recurve crossbows kept many crossbow hunters from choosing Excalibur over other brands. The Excalibur Matrix 380 is the fastest and shortest tip-to-tip crossbow Excalibur has ever built.

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The tip-to-tip measurement is a hair over 25 and a half inches at full draw. The Matrix 380 reaches speeds of up to 380 feet per second. To get that kind of speed while keeping the reliability of Excalibur’s recurve system was unimaginable not long ago. The Matrix 380 is also lightweight when compared to some of the other speed bows on the market. With a mass weight of under 6 pounds, this crossbow won’t weigh you down when in the woods. It’s a great choice for spot and stalk hunters and those who walk a long way into the woods.

Speed, reliability, and a compact design are great. But the question everyone asks is “How does it shoot?” The Matrix 380 is one of the highest performing crossbows we have had a chance to test this year. After shot a quarter sized 4 arrow group just minutes after putting the crossbow together, not only was the group tight, you may split an arrow on one of your shots.

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When it comes to safety, the Matrix 380 has you covered. Excalibur designed the bow with the Guardian Anti-Dry Fire System. It is built into the scope mount and catches the string in the event of a dry fire. Like other Excalibur crossbows, you can decock the Matrix 380 without shooting an arrow.

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With that being said, one of the few drawbacks with this bow is the 260 pound draw weight. However, the power stroke is only about 13 inches. So even though you’re pulling back some considerable weight, it is for a short period of time. The Excalibur Matrix 380 seems easier to cock than many 200 pound crossbows thanks to the short power stroke.

Excalibur Matrix 380 Field Test – 150 YARD


The Excalibur Matrix 380 is available in Real Tree XTRA and for those who hunt out of ground blinds or prefer a tactical, all black look(test video here).

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  • Having hunted with crossbows for 27 years in Ontario we had two choices so long ago. Excalibur and Horton.

    I chose an Excalibur after breaking a Horton that I borrowed one cold December day.

    I hunted moose, deer wild turkeys and even took the occasional coyote. Excalibur was reliable and very accurate.

    In 1990 I started shooting a compound bow again after my carpel tunnel was corrected in both wrists. I still shot my crossbow in Decembers freezing cold and snowy days that were unsafe for a tree stand. Used in spring for hunting gobblers also.

    Excalibur continued to refine , get lighter, shoot faster yet remained very accurate and reasonable quiet.

    I had brushed against a steel post and had a very small splinter on the left recurve limb. Excalibur replaced both limbs, at no charge. Shoots like a dream.

    I may have to upgrade soon for the lighter faster model since it works well in a ground blind or tree stand. Check them out before you buy one with pulleys cables and sloppy triggers. Better yet test fire both and see for yourself.

    Great content and reviews on this website, any time you want to be a guest on HUNT TALK RIPPLE OUTDOORS SHOW give me a call. Peter

    • Chris

      Thanks for your comment and great insight on Excalibur crossbow, Peter.

    • Peter, thanks for your comment and great insight on Excalibur crossbow.

      I hope you could come visit and give my reader more great remarks about crossbows.

      I wish you and your family Merry Christmas!

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