You can\u2019t not look cool with a crossbow - Norman Reedus\n\n\n\nMost people would happily agree that life is far more enjoyable when you keep it simple and the easiest way to keep things simple is by having a set of rules to follow. \n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nAnd the first rule on the first page of our rulebook is \u201cDarryl Dixon\u2019s word is law\u201d, which means if Norman thinks crossbows are cool, we do too. \n\n\n\nTruthfully though, as we were already die-hard target shooters before Norman started battling the undead, we\u2019d already crossed paths with and fallen a little bit in love with the crossbow. \n\n\n\nHow could you not? They\u2019re the halfway house between firearms and compound bows that incorporate the best of both without falling prey to the drawbacks of either. \n\n\n\nWe\u2019ve always been tempted by crossbows and have always wanted to own one, and given that you\u2019re here, we\u2019re guessing that you are, and do, too. \n\n\n\nBut after finding out that we could get one for under four hundred dollars, we did a little research and finally bit the bolt and bought a crossbow.\u00a0 \n\n\n\nBefore we bought our crossbow though, we found five of the best below our set price point and made our decision based on what we found out, and discovered, about them. \n\n\n\nThat\u2019s why we\u2019re sharing everything that we learned about the five best crossbows under four hundred bucks with you so that you can choose which of the five is the best crossbow for you. \n\n\n\nIt\u2019s time to be a little bit like Darryl, listen to Norman, put your hunting cap on, get your targets ready and find a crossbow\n\n\n\nIn a hurry? Here\u2019s our top pick.\n\n\n\n1. BearX Intense Crossbow Package\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nWe were already fans of Bear Archery before we discovered the Intense from their X division (we know it\u2019s not a real thing, but it makes them sound even cooler than they already are, so we\u2019re going to run with it), as we already own one of their legendary compound bows.\n\n\n\nFounded by the father of modern archery, Fred Bear in the nineteen-thirties Bear has set the archery bar high with their bows so it only seems fitting that they\u2019d do exactly the same with their crossbows. \n\n\n\nDelivering a top of the line speed of four hundred and five feet per second and a draw weight of two hundred and ten pounds, the BearX intense weighs just seven pounds and has an cocked diameter of eighteen inches and an uncocked width of fourteen inches, which in layman\u2019s terms means that it delivers way more punching power than you ever thought was possible at this price point.\n\n\n\nThe BearX Intense package comes with a cross-hair reticle scope, sling, front-mounted four-bolt quiver, three carbon bolts, the cocking rope, and the lubricating oil that you\u2019ll need to fit the rope to the bow.\n\n\n\nIt\u2019s literally everything that you\u2019ll need to load your crossbow and head into the woods or use it to start picking off targets in one handy box.\n\n\n\nPros:\n\n\n\nThe rear stock is fully adjustable, so it\u2019ll fit in your shoulder comfortably, while the safety is ambidextrous which makes it easier to aim and fire. It\u2019s little touches like this that make all the difference to your shooting experience.Easy to set up, load, cock, and fire, the BearX Intense is an entry-level crossbow that long time bowhunters will adore for its simplicity and power.It\u2019s almost silent thanks to its dual spring suppressor system, which cuts its firing noise to an absolute minimum.\n\n\n\nCons:\n\n\n\nIf you\u2019re making the transition from compound bows to crossbows, the BearX Intense can seem a little heavy at first which might throw your accuracy off. But bear (we know, puns have no place in the\u00a0crossbow world\u00a0and we should know better) with it as you\u2019ll soon get used to the heavier feel of a crossbow.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n \n \n\n\n \n \n \n \n \n\n \n \n 133 Reviews\n \n \n\n \n \n Bear X Intense CD Ready to Shoot Crossbow Package with Scope, Quiver, Bolts, Cocking Rope, and Wax, Stoke Finish \n \n Measures 10\u201d wide cocked and 14\u201d wide uncockedDelivers intensely powerful performance in a compact platform12.7\u201d power stroke delivers hard hitting power at 400 feet per second \n \n\n \n\n \n \n \n \n\n Check Latest Price\n \n\n\n\n \n\n\n\n\n\n2. Barnett White Tail Hunter STR Crossbow\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nBarnett has been leading the crossbow pack for more than fifty years, so they were bound to make an appearance on our list. Their White Tail Hunter is the model of crossbow perfection that\u2019s hard to beat.\n\n\n\nWhile it\u2019s slightly slower than the BearX, it still produces three hundred and seventy-five feet per second of speed from a one hundred and eighty-seven-pound draw weight.\n\n\n\nIt might not have the same pace as the BearX, but the Barnett White Tail STR does weigh less (six a half pounds total) and uses finger safety reminders so you\u2019ll never shoot until you need to and it\u2019s fiberglass composite design makes it ideally suited to outdoor life.\n\n\n\nMade to hunt, the STR comes with everything that you need to start tracking your prey straight out of the box \u2013 a multi-reticle scope, two twenty-two inch long headhunter bolts, a bow-mounted quiver, and one of Barnett\u2019s purpose-made rope cocking devices.\n\n\n\nPros:\n\n\n\nEasy to assemble and use, the Barnett Whitetail STR is an ideal way for hunters to cross over from the world of the compound bow into the land of the crossbow. And it comes with absolutely everything that you\u2019ll need to make said transition smoothly and quickly.The finger safety reminders are a godsend for hunters. They\u2019ll let you line up the perfect shot and ensure that you won\u2019t fire until you\u2019re ready.Noted for its unfailing accuracy, the STR epitomizes everything that Barnett, as a brand, represents and is an ideal introductory-level crossbow.\n\n\n\nCons:\n\n\n\nIt isn\u2019t a hand-cranked crossbow, which means that you\u2019ll have to use the loading device every single time you want to use the STR. Another way of looking at the slight inconvenience of having to load the STR that way is that it\u2019ll help to instill and teach you, the patience and determination that all good hunters need to succeed in the wild.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n \n \n\n\n Sale\n \n \n \n \n\n \n \n 1,063 Reviews\n \n \n\n \n \n BARNETT Whitetail Hunter STR Crossbow, Mossy Oak Bottomland, Standard 4x32 Scope \n \n High-performance whitetail hunter STR compound crossbow in mossy oak bottomland with complete hunting accessory package. Specs: 375 feet per second, weight of 6.6 pounds, axle to axle width of 18.125 inches, dimensions: 34.875 X 20.125 inchesLightweight: Fiberglass composite step thru riser with single bolt assembly and anti-dry fire trigger-tech triggerNo artificial flavors \n \n\n \n\n \n −12%\n \n \n \n\n Check Latest Price\n \n\n\n\n \n\n\n\n\n\n3. SA Sports 647 Empire Fever Pro Crossbow Package\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nSA Sports are the new kids on the crossbow block. Established by avid outdoorsman Mark Ambrose just over a decade ago, who wanted to share his passion for hunting and love of the outdoor life with as many people as possible, SA Sports have quickly risen to the top of the hunting mountain thanks in no small part to their affordable, user-friendly crossbows.\n\n\n\nCapable of firing bolts at up to two hundred and thirty-five feet per second from a draw weight of around one hundred and seventy pounds, this lightweight five-pound crossbow is the best hunting friend that you knew you wanted, or needed, until now.\n\n\n\nWith a rifle butt shoulder stock, a hand saver palm grip to ensure your fingers stay well away from the flight path, and ambidextrous automatic safety, the Empire Fever is the right bolt firing tool for the right hunting job.\n\n\n\nYou\u2019ll be able to hit the trail and disappear into the wilderness almost as soon as the Empire Fever arrives, as it comes with a purpose-designed crossbow scope, four aluminum bolts, a front-mounted quiver, and a padded shoulder bag to carry it in.\n\n\n\nPros:\n\n\n\nThe hand saver palm grip is something that only a hunter could come up with as only a hunter knows what a hunter needs. It makes the Empire Fever comfortable to use and adds a degree of accuracy that you probably didn\u2019t know you were missing.Ambidextrous safety systems are big pluses in our book and always bump a crossbow up a grade or two if they feature them. Which the Empire Fever does.It\u2019s a complete ready to hunt package in a box that\u2019s insanely affordable and serves as a testament to, and a reminder of, SA Sports core mission.\n\n\n\nCons:\n\n\n\nThe scope isn\u2019t up to much and you\u2019ll almost certainly want to replace it, which given the price you\u2019ll pay for the Empire Fever, you\u2019ll easily be able to do.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n \n \n\n\n \n \n \n \n \n\n \n \n 272 Reviews\n \n \n\n \n \n SA Sports 647 Empire Fever Pro 175LB Crossbow Package - 240 FPS Scope, Quiver, Arrows, Sling, Rope Cocking Device \n \n Speeds up 235 feet per second, 175 pound draw weightIncludes a 4x32 crossbow scope, 4 aluminum arrows, a quick detach quiver, instructions, and a padded shoulder sling for easy transportEquipped with a hand saver palm grip on a Picatinny rail and ambidextrous auto safety \n \n\n \n\n \n \n \n \n\n Check Latest Price\n \n\n\n\n \n\n\n\n\n\n4. Barnett Jackal Crossbow Package\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nAnd we\u2019re back in the familiar embrace of Barnett for our next choice, the Jackal, We\u2019ve already told you why we love Barnett and why we\u2019re fans of everything that they make, and do. so we\u2019ll spare you the gushing sentiment and move right on to the task at hand, telling you all about the Jackal. \n\n\n\nAnother entry-level crossbow that serious hunters lust after, the Jackal will bring down anything in the woods with its bolt speed olf three hundred and fifteen feet per second that comes from its one hundred and fifty-pound draw weight.\n\n\n\nSlightly heavier than a standard hunting crossbow, this seven, and half-pound behemoth more than makes up for weight with its stopping power.\n\n\n\nUsing a red dot siting system, the Jackal comes with amounted quiver and three twenty-inch bolts so after you set it up, get suited up, and get straight on with tracking, and bringing down, your prey.\u00a0\n\n\n\nPros:\n\n\n\nThe Jackal is a sturdy, incredibly durable, and easy to set up and use crossbow that will turn a novice into an expert in next to no time.Accurate and fast, it\u2019ll bring down whatever you\u2019re hunting as soon as you get your first shot in. And it\u2019s more than powerful enough to bring even the biggest of beasts down.The Jackal comes with a five-year warranty that\u2019ll give you all the peace of mind you\u2019ll need to put it through its paces and push it to its absolute limit,\n\n\n\nCons:\n\n\n\nWhile it seems like the perfect hunting weapon, because it doesn\u2019t have a suppression system, it\u2019s a little too loud. And unnecessary noise and hunting, like Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau, aren\u2019t exactly the best of roommates.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n \n \n\n\n \n \n \n \n \n\n \n \n 1,019 Reviews\n \n \n\n \n \n Barnett Jackal Crossbow Package (Quiver, 3 - 20-Inch Arrows and Premium Red Dot Sight) \n \n Velocity: 315 FPSIncludes 3 arrowsSmooth 3. 5 lb. trigger pull \n \n\n \n\n \n \n \n \n\n Check Latest Price\n \n\n\n\n \n\n\n\n\n\n5. XtremepowerUS Outdoor Hunter Sniper Crossbow\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nWe\u2019re venturing into slightly untested waters with the Hunter Sniper as we were originally pointed in the direction of this brand by a friend of a friend who swears by this crossbow.\n\n\n\nKnown primarily for making tools and fitness equipment, XtremepowerUS recently decided to expand their remit and try their hand at hunting and target shooting. And truth be told, we\u2019ve been pleasantly surprised by the results. \n\n\n\nThe Hunter Sniper\u2019s one hundred and sixty-pound draw weight produces bolt speeds of around three hundred and sixty feet per second, which is ridiculously fast, and if you\u2019re a hunter, incredibly welcome.\n\n\n\nFeaturing a fully adjustable stock and forward grip, this monster of a crossbow weighs in at a staggering twelve pounds. \n\n\n\nAnother ready to hunt straight out of the box crossbow, the Hunter Sniper comes with three bolts, a bow-mounted quiver, and a rear scope.\n\n\n\nAnd best of all? It only comes in Henry Ford and Chuck Norris\u2019s favorite color; black.\n\n\n\nPros:\n\n\n\nThe Hunter Sniper is an all in one package that\u2019ll have you heading for the hills to try it out within five minutes of setting it up.It\u2019s unbelievably fast. Three hundred and sixty feet per second? That\u2019s enough to bring a grizzly down and stop an old Buick Lesabre dead in its tracks.\n\n\n\nCons:\n\n\n\nThe weight. It makes it bulky, and from a hunting perspective, not exactly desirable. We honestly can\u2019t understand how the Hunter Sniper weighs twelve pounds. But it does, so if you swayed by the way it looks, think about how much it weighs and balance that against how long you\u2019re likely to be carrying the Hunter Sniper and what you\u2019re going to use it for.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n \n \n\n\n \n \n \n \n \n\n \n \n 15 Reviews\n \n \n\n \n \n XtremepowerUS Outdoor Hunter Sniper Crossbow 165 Lbs 380 fps Hunting Quiver Rope Cocking 4x33 Scope 3X Carbon Arrows Set \n \n One of the most user-friendly & practical solution available on the market today for cocking a crossbow effortlessly and accuratelyFully adjustable stock and fore grip is able to adjust up to 0-2.5" for a customized fit to shoulder with confidence380 FPS with Pin-Point Accuracy equipped with 20" length powered by speed-inspired, the bow assembly is built for bone-crushing speed with pin-point accuracy \n \n\n \n\n \n \n \n \n\n Check Latest Price\n \n\n\n\n \n\n\n\n\n\nBuyer\u2019s Guide\n\n\n\nWhat Is A Crossbow?\u00a0\n\n\n\nA crossbow is a ranged weapon similar to a bow that uses an elasticized rope launching system. Looking more like a rifle than a bow, a crossbow fires projectiles called bolts and traditionally the person using a crossbow has always been known as a crossbowman rather than an archer. \n\n\n\nDating back to the fifth century BC, the first historically recorded usage of a crossbow was during the frequent battles that the constantly feuding states of ancient Greece used to fight with each other and in the numerous wars that Greece fought against its Middle Eastern neighbors. \n\n\n\nPopularised by the story\u2019s about Wiliam Tell, most notably the infamous tale of the apple being shot off the top of a not so willing accomplice\u2019s head, crossbows have found a unique place in modern culture and are favored by hunters as an effective weapon of choice. \n\n\n\nWhy Do Hunters Favor Crossbows? \n\n\n\nCrossbows are favored by hunters because unlike rifles and firearms, they\u2019re quiet, the bolts they use, providing they\u2019re not damaged, can be reused and are simple to use and easy to carry.\n\n\n\nHunters also tend to like using crossbows as their effective range is far less than that of a firearm, which means that they have to get much closer to their intended prey to use a crossbow. \n\n\n\nWhat Is Draw Weight? \n\n\n\nThe draw weight is the amount of pressure that you effectively have to use in order to pull back the rope of and cock a crossbow. \n\n\n\nBecause they require more pressure to cock than a traditional bow, most crossbows come furnished with cocking, or loading, tools, and systems that make them straightforward and simple to use. \n\n\n\nWhich Crossbow Under Four Hundred Dollars Is The Right One For Me? \n\n\n\nThat\u2019s where we can\u2019t help you, and it\u2019s a decision that you\u2019re going to have to make based on what you want to use a crossbow for. \n\n\n\nRealistically, you\u2019re going to have to base your choice on weight, accuracy, and durability, as we\u2019re assuming that you\u2019re going to want to use your crossbow for hunting.\n\n\n\nThat said, if you were to ask which crossbow we chose from the list and which we\u2019d recommend, then, in the spirit of George Washington\u2019s inability to tell a mistruth, we\u2019d have to humbly suggest that you might want to invest your time, and money, in Bear Archery\u2019s BearX Intense package.\n\n\n\nAnd with that, we\u2019ll wish you good luck in your crossbow adventure. Happy hunting!