Fastest Crossbow In 2022 For Hunting and Target Shooting

It was just a short time ago when a crossbow capable of shooting 400 feet per second was mind blowing, but now the fastest crossbow shoots at a blistering 500 feet per second and more.

Don’t believe it?

Read on and we will introduce you to multiple crossbows that are capable of shooting in excess of 500 fps.

As of this writing, the fastest crossbow in the world is the TenPoint Nitro 505, with a lightning fast speed of 505 feet per second, while also delivering a devastating 227 foot pounds of kinetic energy.

The power and speed of this crossbow are amazing and believe it or not, there are other crossbows that are almost as fast.

List Of The Fastest Crossbows

What Are The Advantages Of Using The Fastest Crossbow

Flatter Trajectory

A flatter trajectory makes for a more accurate crossbow. The faster the bolt is flying, the longer it takes to drop. We have found that on the fastest crossbows, we can use one aimpoint all the way out to 30 yards when hunting deer and other big game.

This is a gamechanger for hunters. No more worrying about the yardage and which aimpoint to use. If you add a crossbow scope with built in rangefinder, it is just like shooting a rifle.

Longer Range

A fast crossbow will have a longer range because of the flatter trajectory. This means that you can accurately shoot further, but it does not necessarily mean you can shoot deer and other game animals from farther away. The effective range for killing a deer quickly and cleanly is only slightly increased.

Even with the fastest crossbows, a high strung whitetail deer can move between the time you pull the trigger and the time the bolt arrives at the target, when shooting at extreme ranges.

Less Chance Of Big Game “Jumping The String”

“Jumping the string” is a real thing when bow hunting whitetail deer, and most bowhunters have experienced it.

It is when a whitetail moves between the time the bolt leaves the crossbow and when it arrives at the target.

When you maintain an effective range of 40 yards or less when deer hunting, there is less chance of this happening with the fastest crossbows, but if you increase the range beyond 40 yards, you will still have a problem.

More Kinetic Energy

Kinetic energy is the amount of energy carried by the bolt in motion and delivered into the target. The right amount is required for ample penetration and killing power on big game animals.

You must use a bolt that is heavy enough to deliver the kinetic energy and not just speed.

A lighter bolt may be faster, but it will have less kinetic energy than a heavier bolt.

Be sure to use the right bolt for your crossbow in order to generate the kinetic energy needed for the game you hunt.

Reverse Draw Technology

The one thing that all of the fastest crossbows, except the Excalibur, have in common is that they utilize reverse draw technology.

Reverse draw technology provides a much longer powerstroke than standard crossbows, which allows the bolt to be in contact with the string over a much longer length, allowing the string much longer to accelerate the bolt.

Another advantage of using reverse draw technology is that it produces a much more balanced crossbow. The weight is much more evenly distributed, as opposed to a regular crossbow that is very front heavy.

Reverse draw crossbows are just one type of crossbow. Click here for an explanation of the different types of crossbows.

The Wow Factor

Let’s face it, speed is cool. 

It doesn’t matter if we are talking about a Lamborghini or the fastest crossbow, you will be the coolest kid on the block or in deer camp.

There are many hunters that chase speed to the Nth degree and there is nothing wrong with that.

If you want the best of the best, go out and get it.

What Are The Disadvantages Of Using The Fastest Crossbow

Noise

It makes sense that the more energy you are storing and applying to your crossbow bolt, the more vibration and noise you are going to create.

That being said, most of these crossbows are incredibly quiet given the amount of energy they create.

Forgiveness 

When shooting at speeds approaching and exceeding 500 FPS, there is very little margin for error, and any inconsistencies in your aim or your shooting form will be amplified by the speed.

Also, the faster you shoot a bolt with a broadhead, the more the broadhead may plane, by catching the air and moving to one side or the other.

Even mechanical broadheads should be specifically rated for the fastest crossbows, so that they don’t accidentally open from the force of being fired by the string.

These crossbows are not intended for beginners and should only be used by hunters with crossbow experience.

Wear and Tear

It stands to reason that when you are storing and releasing huge amounts of energy, there is going to be wear and tear as well as incidents of component failure. 

Strings break, limbs shatter, cams and pulleys fail.

Even scopes can move and have to be sighted in again.

Owning one of these crossbows requires you to be very diligent in the use and maintenance of your crossbow to ensure your safety and the life of the crossbow.

Cost

In case you haven’t noticed, these crossbows are expensive. You aren't going to find these crossbows under $500. The latest technology is always going to cost more to utilize, but if you can afford it, it will be well worth it.

Fastest Crossbow Reviews

Fastest Crossbow On The Market: TenPoint Nitro 505 Crossbow  

TenPoint Nitro 505 Crossbow

The TenPoint Nitro 505 is the fastest crossbow in world at 505 feet per second. 

How do they develop that much speed in such a small package?

By utilizing a reverse draw design, TenPoint was able to create a 17 inch power stroke, which means that the crossbow string is pushing the bolt for a longer period of time, allowing it to create more speed with less draw length.

Also, because of the longer power stroke(the longest in the business), the Nitro 505 is incredibly smooth shooting and surprisingly quiet for a high speed crossbow.

The reverse draw design also puts the crossbow center of gravity directly over the middle of the crossbow for amazing balance and control.

Testing The TenPoint Nitro 505 Crossbow

One of our favorite things about the TenPoint Nitro 505 is the 2-stage, zero creep S1 trigger. It has a super crisp breaking point, that allowed us to shoot incredibly tight groups and was superior to any of the triggers on the other crossbows we tested.

We also love the ACUslide Cocking and Decocking System. Once you try this system, you will find it very difficult to go back to cocking your old crossbow with a rope, or even worse, your hands.

The ACUslide Cocking System utilizes a heavy duty braking system so that you can stop cocking or decocking at any time and the cranking handle and sting will stay exactly where they were.

It also requires only 5 pounds of effort to cock or decock the crossbow, making it ideal for women and men of any size and strength.

The ACUslide system is virtually silent, making perfect for hunters looking for a quit crossbow for deer hunting.

We also like the EVO-X Marksman Elite Scope, which was one of our top picks for best crossbow scope for the money.

Features:

  • Reverse Draw Design
  • 17" Power Stroke
  • ACUslide Cocking Decocking System
  • 2-Stage, Zero Creep S1 Trigger
  • RX8 Cam System
  • Test Fired More Than 25,000 Times To Ensure Durability

Specifications:

  • Length: 30.5 Inches
  • Width(Cocked/Uncocked): 6.5 Inches/12 Inches
  • Weight: 7.9 lbs without accessories
  • Speed: 505 FPS with a 400 grain Pro Elite Carbon Arrow
  • Draw Weight: 300 lbs
  • Draw Force: 5 lbs

What We Like

  • We love the trigger. It is the most crisp trigger that we have ever experienced on a crossbow.
  • We love the ACUslide cocking system. We think every crossbow should utilize this system.
  • The reverse draw design puts the center of gravity right over your hands for a perfectly balanced shooting position.
  • We love the EVO-X Marksman Elite Scope.
  • We love that these are built in the USA.

What We Don't Like

  • It is heavy.
  • It is expensive.

Here is really good TenPoint Nitro 505 Crossbow Review Video.

We loved testing the TenPoint Nitro 505. It is an awesome crossbow and insanely fast. It is on the heavy side, but you sacrifice light weight for speed.

If you can afford it, go for it. You will not be disappointed and it should last you for years of hunting and shooting use.


Fastest Ravin Crossbow: Ravin R500 Crossbow

Ravin R500 Crossbow

The first thing we noticed about the Ravin R500 is how incredibly narrow it is. It is only 7.75 inches axle to axle when uncocked and only 3.6 inches axle to axle when cocked.

Yet it still reaches a speed of 500 FPS with a 400 grain arrow.

It is also pretty compact with a length of only 28.5 inches.

The Versa Drive Cocking System does a nice job of cocking and uncocking the crossbow, while be able to sop at any time, but with a 17 pound force required, it is not as easy or as smooth as the ACUslide system on the TenPoint Nitro 505.

Ravin does offer an R500e, which comes with an electronic cocking system, but we did not test that model.

The Ravin HexCoil Cam System is pretty cool technology that allows the cams to rotate 360 degrees, storing an incredible amount of energy.

The reverse draw design allows for a 15 inch powerstroke, which when combined the HexCoil Cam System is capable of producing speeds in excess of 500 FPS.

We liked the trigger, which is very crisp and breaks at around 2 pounds, but we like the trigger on the TenPoint Nitro better.

We also found the Ravin R500 to be louder than the TenPoint Nitro 500 and it even kicks a little.

During our testing, we found it difficult to get tight groups with broadheads. We tried a few different broadheads that we typically hunt with and the groups were very erratic.

Don't get me wrong, this is an awesome crossbow, but we got a little spoiled shooting the TenPoint.

Features:

  • Reverse Draw Design
  • 15" Power Stroke
  • Versa Drive Cocking/Decocking System
  • Trac Trigger Firing System
  • HexCoil Cam System
  • Frictionless Flight System
  • Adjustable Cheek Pad
  • Adjustable Buttstock
  • Fully Assembled and Pre-Tuned

Specifications:

  • Length: 28.5 Inches
  • Width(Cocked/Uncocked): 3.6 Inches/7.75 Inches
  • Weight: 8.4 lbs without accessories
  • Speed: 500 FPS with a 400 grain  arrow
  • Draw Force: 17 lbs

What We Like

  • We love the small compact size.
  • We like the Versa Drive Cocking System
  • It is perfectly balanced and feels great in your hands.
  • We like that the buttstock and cheek pad are adjustable.
  • We like it comes fully assembled and pre-tuned.

What We Don't Like

  • Customer service is notoriously bad.
  • We had a hard time shooting broadheads accurately.
  • It is heavy.

Here is an awesome Ravin R500 Crossbow Review video where you can see and hear the crossbow being shot.

The R500 Crossbow is an incredibly fast crossbow featuring a lot of really cool technology, but dollar for dollar, we like the TenPoint Nitro 505 better.


Third Fastest Crossbow In The World: Scorpyd Aculeus Crossbow

SCORPYD ACULEUS CROSSBOW

For all of you speed freaks out there, we have the very cool looking Scorpyd Aculeus 480 crossbow which is capable of shooting a 370 grain bolt at 480 FPS.

We should point out that the two crossbows above shoot over 500 FPS with a 400 grain bolt, so while the Aculeus is fast, it is reaching those speeds with a lighter arrow.

It is a cool looking crossbow that is lightning fast, thanks to a 180 lb draw weight and an 18.5 inch powerstroke.

One of the first things we noticed when we got our hands on the Scorpyd Aculeus is that it is much wider, from axle to axle, than the Ravin and The TenPoint above.

The one we tested was equipped with a Hawke XB30 crossbow scope, which is one of our favorites.

You can see the setup that we tested in the photo below.

Scorpyd Aculeus Crossbow That We Tested

We really like the 1911 style grips and the new, non-folding stock, which is a full half pound lighter than the old Scorpyd folding stocks.

We are also a big fan of the New Kempf-Tec Sear Lock Trigger System. It features a locking system that doubles as an anti dry fire device

It is a big upgrade over the old Scorpyd trigger and is adjustable to suit your needs. We found it to be very consistent and very crisp, which is what you want in a good trigger system.

We did find that the safety is pretty loud and could be loud enough to scare game that were in range.

We also like the AcuDraw cocking system which is mounted to the stock and makes it simple to cock the crossbow.

You can see the AcuDraw System mounted on the stock in the photo below.

Scorpyd Aculeus With Acu Draw Cocking System

Features:

  • Patented Reverse Draw Technology
  • Patented Kempf-Tec Sear Lock Trigger System 
  • Optional ACUdraw Cocking Mechanism
  • 1911 style pistol grips
  • 18.5" Power Stroke
  • Barnsdale Laminated Limbs
  • Titanium fasteners
  • Forged Riser
  • Inverted Cam Technology
  • Made In The USA

Specifications:

  • Length: 34.5 Inches
  • Width(Cocked/Uncocked): 12 7/8 Inches Inches/24 Inches
  • Weight: 7.5 lbs without accessories
  • Speed: 480 FPS with a 370 grain  arrow
  • Draw Weight: 180 lbs
  • Draw Force: Unknown, but it is more than the Ravin and the TenPoint

What We Like

  • We like the cool look, but it is wide.
  • We like the 1911 style grip.
  • It is very well balanced with the reverse draw design
  • We like 2 position adjustable trigger.
  • We like that it is made in the USA

What We Don't Like

  • The safety is loud when you engage it.
  • It is big and wide.
  • It is heavy.
  • They are tough to find.

The Scorpyd Aculeus is a fast crossbow, but we think you will be much better off with the other crossbows on our list. They are more readily available, faster, and have less drawbacks than the Scorpyd.


Fastest Barnett Crossbow: Barnett Hypertac 430 Crossbow

Barnett HyperTac 430 Crossbow

We are big fans of Barnett Crossbows here at DeerHuntingGuide.net and we reviewed the Barnett Hypertac Pro 430 for our article on the best Barnett Crossbows, so we were were excited to bring this crossbow back to our range and compare it to the other fast crossbows for this article.

While the Barnett Hypertac 430 is not as fast as the other top crossbows in our roundup, it has a much lower price point that will appeal to a lot more hunters.

As you probably guesses the Hypertac 430 is capable of firing a 380 grain bolt at speeds up to 430 FPS, while still packing 156 foot pounds of kinetic energy.

We would describe the Hypertac Pro 430 as fast and hard hitting, perfect for deer and other big game animals.

We like the integrated cocking crank, which makes cocking this beast a cinch, even in a tree stand. If you have ever tried to cock a crossbow in a tree stand, you know what I'm talking about.

We also like the micro adjustable stock and cheek piece.

We really like the TriggerTech™ 3lb Zero Creep Frictionless Release trigger. It is one of the lightest and smoothest triggers that we have tested, with a very crisp break point for awesome accuracy.

The one thing that you will quickly notice is that the Hypertac Pro 430 is heavy at almost 9 pounds, but it is very well balanced, with its center of gravity right over your supporting hand.

Another downside is that the Hypertac Pro 430 shoots .204 small diameter arrows, which limits you to using Barnett Hyperflite crossbow bolts.

Features:

  • HyperFlite™ .204 Small Diameter Arrow Compatibility
  • TriggerTech™ 3lb Zero Creep Frictionless Release Technology
  • Pass-Through Forend with Articulating Verti-Grip™ Palm Rest
  • Integrated Crank Cocking Device with Push-Button Handle Release
  • Soft Lok™ Floating Bristle Arrow Retainer
  • 14.5" Power Stroke
  • Patented Integrated String Hook System
  • Micro-Adjustable Length-of-Pull Butt Stock and Cheek Piece
  • CNC Machined Aluminum Flight Track
  • Three Picatinny Rails
  • Fully Assembled

Specifications:

  • Length: 37 Inches
  • Width(Cocked/Uncocked): 9.5 Inches Inches/12 Inches
  • Weight: 8.9 lbs without accessories
  • Speed: 430 FPS with a 380 grain  arrow
  • Draw weight: 255 lbs
  • Draw Force With Crank: 7 lbs

What We Like

  • We really like the trigger. It is one of the smoothest trigger with a crisp break that we have tested.
  • We like the adjustability of the stock and the cheek piece.
  • It is very well balanced despite the heavy weight.
  • We like the integrated cocking device that requires only 7 lbs of force.

What We Don't Like

  • It is heavy.
  • It only shoots .204 Barnett bolts

Barnett makes some of our favorite crossbows for deer hunting and the Hypertac Pro 430 is one of those favorites.

They build crossbows with the hunter in mind. Pick up a Hypertac Pro 430 and see for yourself.


Fastest Crossbow For The Money: Centerpoint Wrath 430 Crossbow 

Centerpoint Wrath 430 Crossbow

In case you haven't noticed, lightning fast crossbows are expensive, which puts many of the fastest out of the reach of most hunters.

We we have good news!

The Centerpoint Wrath 430 delivers 430 FPS with a 400 grain arrow and a complete, ready to hunt package will cost you less than $700.

We were surprised at how quiet the Wrath 430 shoots compared to the more expensive crossbows while delivering 164 foot pounds of kinetic energy.

We also like its compact design at only 28.25 inches long with the foot stirrup in the down position. In the down position the stirrup acts as a bipod for stability.

We like the silent crank cocking system which reduces the draw weight by 80%.

We also like the webbed foregrip, which is adjustable.

Webbed Foregrip On The Centerpoint Wrath 430 Crossbow

Centerpoint utilizes a bullpup design which places the release behind the trigger to increase the powerstroke for more speed and a flatter trajectory.

What we like the most is that Centerpoint is working hard to bring fast crossbows to the masses by making them affordable and high quality

Features:

  • Full Bearing Cam System
  • Ball Bearing Retention Spring Keeps Arrows In Place
  • Adjustable Webbed Foregrip
  • Silent Crank Cocking Device 
  • Soft Lok™ Floating Bristle Arrow Retainer
  • 15" Power Stroke
  • Oversized Finger Guards
  • Folding Stirrup Acts As A Bipod
  • Anti Dry Fire Trigger
  • 5 Year Warranty

Specifications:

  • Length: 28.25 Inches
  • Width(Cocked/Uncocked): 9 Inches Inches/13 Inches
  • Weight: 8.3 lbs without accessories
  • Speed: 430 FPS with a 400 grain  arrow
  • Draw weight: 200 lbs
  • Draw Force With Crank: 16 lbs

What We Like

  • We love the price. It is good to see a company stepping up and making one of the fastest crossbows that is affordable.
  • We like the compact design.
  • It is very well balanced despite the heavy weight.
  • We like the silent crank cocking device.
  • We like the 5 year warranty.

What We Don't Like

  • It is heavy.
  • Requires assembly.

If you are a serious hunter and you are looking for the fastest crossbow on a budget, the Centerpoint Wrath is the choice for you.


Fastest Recurve Crossbow: Excalibur Bulldog 440 Crossbow 

Excalibur Bulldog 440 Recurve Crossbow

Some of our readers have asked us about the fastest recurve crossbow, so we wanted to include the Excalibur Bulldog 440 Recurve Crossbow.

You guessed it, it shoot up to 440 FPS, which is incredibly fast for a recurve.

The issue that Excalibur has had with this crossbow stems from the incredible amount of energy stored in the recurve limbs.

There have been numerous cases of the Bulldog 440 limbs splintering and shattering.

We did not have that problem with ours, but it is scary to think about.

It is the lightest crossbow that we have tested for this article, at only 6.2 pounds without accessories.

We also liked the crisp 3 pound trigger, but when you are shooting one, you are almost waiting for the limbs to give way. The 300 lb draw weight is a lot of stress to put on recurve limbs.

The Charger EXT Silent Crank System is an absolute necessity to deal with the draw weight, effectively reducing it to a 15 pound draw force, however it is kind of in the way.

You can remove it in between shots, but that is a pain in the butt.

Features:

  • Shorter Bullpup stock
  • Charger EXT Silent Crank System
  • Creep-free, 3-lb. ACP Trigger
  • Silent Manual Safety
  • Guardian Anti-Dry-Fire System
  • 19.5" Power Stroke

Specifications:

  • Length: 35.75 Inches
  • Width(Cocked): 23 Inches 
  • Weight: 6.2 lbs without accessories
  • Speed: 440 FPS with a 400 grain  arrow
  • Draw weight: 300 lbs
  • Draw Force With Crank: 15 lbs

What We Like

  • We are big fans of recurves because there are less moving parts and timing issues.
  • We like how light it is.
  • The included Tact Scope is pretty good..

What We Don't Like

  • Too many issues with the limbs shattering.

The Excalibur Bulldog 440 is the fastest recurve crossbow on the market today, but you may want to wait until Excalibur comes up with a better limb that can handle the power exerted by the Bulldog.


Fastest Crossbow Comparison Chart


Model

Speed

Weight

Draw Weight

Length

PRICE

TenPoint Nitro 505 Crossbow

Fastest Crossbow - TenPoint Nitro 505

505 FPS

7.9lbs

300lbs

30.5"

Ravin R500 Crossbow

Fastest Ravin Crossbow - Ravin R500

500 FPS

8.4lbs

300lbs

28.5"

SCORPYD ACULEUS CROSSBOW

Fastest Scorpyd Crossbow -  Scorpyd Aculeus 480

480 FPS

7.5lbs

180lbs

34.5"

Barnett HyperTac 430 Crossbow

Fastest Barnett Crossbow - Barnett Hypertac 430

430 FPS

8.9lbs

255lbs

37"

Centerpoint Wrath 430 Crossbow

Fastest For The Money - Centerpoint Wrath 430

430 FPS

8.3lbs

200lbs

28.25"

Excalibur Bulldog 440 Recurve Crossbow

Fastest Recurve Crossbow - Excalibur Bulldog 440

440 FPS

6.2lbs

300lbs

35.75"

Final Thoughts

The need for speed keeps fueling innovation that makes crossbows faster and faster. One has to wonder where, or if it is going to stop.

Today, the fastest crossbow sends bolts downrange at more than 500 FPS.

Is 600 FPS in our future?

700 FPS?

1000 FPS?

Only time will tell, but the speed difference between crossbow vs compound bow continues to grow and more and more hunters are moving from compound bow to crossbow.

Adding a crossbow to your hunting gear can be a good thing, if it grows our sport and gets more youth and beginner hunters involved.

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