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Best Crossbows Under $600: Top 3

Updated on April 22, 2014

Crossbows have a history of being sharp shooting equipments, with breathtaking accuracy and mind-boggling speed. In the old days, these bows were mostly used by soldiers during situations where noise-producing alternatives were not the best way to go. Nowadays, although these are no longer used by many soldiers, a lot of people stick to crossbow shooting games and hunting. (NOTE: Armed forces in China still use crossbows when circumstances demand it.)

Anyway, since this post is about the top 3 crossbows for 600 dollars, I am not going to deviate a lot from the topic. Practically speaking, there are a number of very good and precise crossbows you can get under $600, and if you have seen the Amazon’s top-rated crossbows under 600 dollars, you already know it. The fact is, choosing any of those will satisfy you to a great extent. However, there are 3 products that are just too good to be even comparable to other products in this particular class. In this post, I am going to show you these 3 most accurate and embraced crossbows that you can get below 600 bucks. So let us start!

But wait, why trust my recommendations?

Well, that is definitely a good question, and certainly something any smart buyer needs to be concerned about.

The short answer is that you can trust me because I have a good amount of experience with crossbows.

The long answer is, I have closely analyzed the top-selling products under 600 dollars, and while doing so, I have considered the features as well as the customer reviews in depth. This list consumed a considerable amount of my time, and since I follow crossbow trends pretty closely, I am well aware of which products are great and which are lemon.

I hope it makes sense now why I am the right person to make crossbow recommendations. But the thing is, I am not even asking you to trust me here, all I ask is that you trust the products I am recommending. Because honestly, with all the 3 products listed here, once you read the customer reviews, you will not want to go back.

So what does this post contain really?

In this post, you are going to find the one crossbow that I think is the best you can get, and other than that, I am also going to recommend two other crossbows that are very close in quality with the top product. I am going to explain the top 10 reasons why the number 1 recommended product is the most logical choice. Moreover, I have placed direct links to discounted Amazon pages so that you can read customer reviews and see product details without any hassle.

Well then, what is the best crossbow for the money?

Let us go straight to the point.

From what I have seen after analyzing every top-rated crossbow below $600 by considering the features as well as the customer reviews is that nothing beats the Excalibur Ibex SMF Crossbow Kit with SMF Scope.

The reason I say that is because not only you get top-of-the-line features with it, but also the customer satisfaction rate seems EXTREMELY HIGH. At the time of writing this review, Amazon had seventeen 5-star customer reviews, one 4-star review, and one 2-star review. Note that the 2-star reviewer apparently got a bad product, so that does not actually count.

To put it simply, pretty much everything about this product is amazing. There are many reasons to go for this one, however, I am not going to list all the reasons. Below I have listed the top 10 reasons why you should go for the Excalibur Ibex SMF Crossbow Kit with SMF Scope, and here are those:

1. Its accuracy is priceless

Its accuracy is as good as it gets with crossbows. Even though it can be considered as a mid-budget bow, the extent of accuracy is easily comparable to the best ones in the world, and that is not an overstatement. The main sticking point of crossbows is accuracy, and since this does a perfect job in that department, I do not perceive there is much else to think about.

2. You get excellent speed

The speed of this Excalibur will simply blow your mind, and I am not even kidding. It has 305FPS velocity, which is a lot. Even though this crossbow is not super quiet, you do not have to worry about missing your shot, because the speed is so fast that the little noise does not matter. Also, I do not think that it is necessary to buy a suppression system with this one, because the noise is not that bad, but if you want to buy one anyway, more power to you.

3. The assembly is straightforward

Assembly is not something you are going to get involved in every day, however, it certainly helps when the process does not involve too much hassle. With the company taking care of most of the assembly aspects very well, there is not much you need to do when it comes to assembling it. Chances are, you are going to love the simple assembly process.

4. This product is extraordinarily safe

With any kind of shooting instrument, there is some uncertainly attached. However, the manufacturer has tried to make this product as safe as possible. It seems that even if you end up dry-firing accidentally, the bow does not get damaged at all. Overall, the safety aspects are very good. Moreover, you must have heard that the company called back some of its Excalibur Matrix Mega 405 Crossbows due to injury hazards not so long ago, and that was because of just one report of unexpected firing, even though the incident did not cause any injury at all. Besides, all involved costs were borne by the company itself. So when you are dealing with such a sincere company, you can be sure that your safety is in good hands.

5. It even feels quite compact to use

With dimensions of 36.8 x 9.9 x 5.4 inches, this product is not too bulky at all. In fact, when you look at some other good products in the same price category, you will be surprised regarding how compact it is! The great thing about this model is that it does not compromise on power even though it is quite on the compact side.

6. There is nothing you need to maintain much

Since this one is a re-curve, you do not need to maintain it as much as you need to when you are dealing with compound. Other than that, the company seems to have done all in its power to make it easy to clean and maintain. It is definitely one of the lowest maintenance demanding crossbow in its category.

7. The low weight is super convenient

For a crossbow of this caliber, 7-pounds seems like a very low weight. Surprisingly, its lightweight body makes it even more efficient and accurate. Other customers are loving it for its user-friendly design and weight, and I am pretty sure you will begin to love it in no time as well, for the exact same reasons. Its draw weight is 175-pounds, but since it has a very user-friendly design, you do not feel the draw that much.

8. The build boasts of sturdy quality

Having a bulletproof sturdy design and construction, this Canadian crossbow will make you happy every time you touch it. I say this because, every time you touch it, it becomes evidently clear that the materials used are top-notch, and the build-quality excellent. Put it another way, you can feel the quality in your hands.

9. Excalibur is known for great customer service

I have seen few companies in the world which are as sincere and supportive when it comes to customer service. Excalibur always stands with its customers, and customer satisfaction is second to none in their list. In fact, the company has a reputation of instantly replacing crossbows whenever a customer has something to complain about. You do not get that with every manufacturer, and that is one of the primary reasons why I recommend it so highly.

10. The product has excellent customer reviews

And of course, last but not the least, what other parameter is there to gauge a product’s quality other than customer reviews? Well, I guess there is none. So since this product has got more than excellent customer reviews everywhere, I really think that even if you go for it with your eyes closed, at the end of the day, you will be still happy with the purchase.

So there you have it, all the top reasons why going for the Excalibur Ibex SMF Crossbow Kit with SMF Scope is the best thing you can do. With 20-inch arrows, this product boasts of a number of very useful features too. But I am not going to go into its specifications and technologies. For that, I have provided a link below.

Using the link, not only you can read the customer reviews (which are VERY VERY positive, by the way), but also Amazon is providing a HUGE DISCOUNT at the moment. So you better close the deal while it lasts, because at any moment, the price may be reverted back to the original. Check out the link below for the limited offer:

Before clicking the link below, be sure to watch this video


You have already seen the number one recommended product. To be very honest, I believe that the above deal is the only most logical choice in this category. That does not mean that there are no other good products though. In fact, as I said earlier, 2 other similarly priced crossbows are extremely good too. See the models below:

2. Horton CB880 Havoc 175 Crossbow Package with 4x32 Scope

With an Amazon rating of 4.9 out of 5.0, this one is a killer combination of accuracy and speed. The only reason I have not listed this as the top product is because it has a slightly lower price tag than the Excalibur product. Otherwise, its customer reviews are brilliantly positive too, and you will thank yourself for decades if you go for this.

3. Excalibur Axiom SMF Crossbow Kit

One of the great crossbows for under $600, you need to certainly consider this option as well. It is slightly lower priced than the first Excalibur crossbow, but do not ignore it for that reason. This beast is almost as great as the one I recommend the most. In fact, with 4.9 out of 5.0, the Amazon customer reviews will surprise you to no end, because the reviews are simply GREAT.

Also, if you do not have any problem going for a low cost product, you need to absolutely check out the Barnett Penetrator Crossbow Package, which has very good customer reviews too, the Amazon score being 4.8 out of 5.0!

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