Excalibur Matrix 380 Review - Crossbow Review
Chris Larsen | Wednesday, March 13, 2013
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.
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. Dan Ellyson from CrossbowExpert.com shot a quarter sized 4 arrow group just minutes after putting the crossbow together. Not only was the group tight, he actually split an arrow on his final shot. You can see the test shoot in the video link above.
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.
We are a retailer but still need to be unbiased with our reviews. 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.
The Excalibur Matrix 380 is available in Real Tree XTRA and for those who hunt out of ground blinds or prefer a tactical look, all black.