Excalibur Matrix 380 – Crossbow Review

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Excalibur Matrix 380 – Crossbow Review
9.4 Total Score

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  • Extremely fast
  • Very powerful
  • High accuracy
  • Compact sturdy build
  • Lightweight
  • Quiet (REDS included)

The Excalibur Matrix 380 has been said to be the ultimate combination of power and design. It’s a popular choice for many hunters who aren’t afraid to spend top dollar in exchange for quality. The following is an in-depth look at the features that define it and is meant to give you a more informed perspective on the crossbow.

9.4 Total Score

A fantastic bow that performs extremely well across all categories. If you're looking for a quality crossbow to last a long time, this is it!

Power
9.5
Durability
9.5
Quality of Optics
9.2
Noise Supression
9.6
User Comfort
9.2
Safety
9.6
PROS
  • Extremely fast
  • Very powerful
  • High accuracy
  • Compact sturdy build
  • Lightweight
  • Quiet (REDS included)
CONS
  • Poor illumination on Scope
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BowAuthority’s Detailed Review:

Power

When it comes to accuracy and power, few crossbows can compare to the Matrix 380. Its arrows are fired at 380 fps (the inspiration behind its name), to hit their target with 112 FPKE. This is  more than sufficient power to take down a majority of large game.

Its accuracy is extremely good up to about 70 yards: which is mostly the farthest you can get with crossbows while maintaining 4” groupings. In fact, hunters who have attempted to sight this bow using an ordinary target are often surprised by the power and accuracy. You’ll sometimes find yourself removing arrows from targets non-stop, which can be quite a tiresome process 🙂

User Comfort

If you love to hunt from ground blinds, then this is the best bow for you as it features complete blackout and a non-reflective black and camouflage finish that makes it almost invisible when you’re outside.

Although recurve crossbows are inherently more difficult to set up because of the complex stringing process, this one comes pre-strung, making the assembly process quite a breeze. Setting up the crossbow is pretty straightforward, but in case you are completely new to assembling them, the pictorial instruction manual attached will break it down for you.

In addition to the usual cocking device, arrows and quiver, scope and assembly tools, the package also includes a stock and prod, an anti-dry fire scope mount and suppressors. These are highly convenient accessories that make this crossbow only more recommendable.

In comparison to most others crossbows, the Matrix 380 is quite compact and narrow. This is quite different from what we’ve come to expect from recurve crossbows. It fact, it’s one of the very few recurve bows that we deem convenient enough to take on long hunting expeditions.

The rope cocking aid that comes in the package helps to make for a smooth and effortless draw every time. This would otherwise have been a disaster since the bow has a remarkable draw weight of 260lbs.

Its trigger pull is relatively easy on the finger, perfectly balanced to maximize on the effect. This combined with the fact that the package comes with four very high quality 18” Diablo arrows ensures the bow’s accuracy from a distance as far off as 80 yards, which is extremely good.

The balance on this crossbow is another remarkable feature. It’s built using lightweight material and its total weight is 5.9lbs, one of the lightest in the market. This low weight is not concentrated toward the front, which is usually a problem with most powerful models. Instead the weight is mostly situated close to the shoulder, an ideal support point. This eliminates a lot of common problem seasoned hunters usually experience, such as arm fatigue, hand shakes and lowered accuracy.

The limbs are also made of high quality material and are therefore bound to last almost a lifetime. A cheek-piece is also included in the package which insures utmost accuracy as it reduces shaky movement.

Noise Suppression

The Excalibur Matrix 380 package comes with REDS noise suppressors to ensure that you don’t scare off your game, although this is highly unlikely considering the velocity of the arrow. Powerful crossbows usually generate a lot of energy from the strings once a bolt is released. This energy is mostly made evident by vibration and noise, but these dampeners strive to reduce the effect by absorbing the shock waves that result from the shot. REDS actually stands for Recoil Energy Dissipation System. The pair of suppressors is not fixed on to the device and it’s usually advisable to adjust their positioning every so often so as to maximize their period of use.

Quality of Optics

The package comes with a state-of-the-art Tact-Zone scope which has multiple reticles illuminated in red and green. The rheostat illumination options are adjustable for amazing speeds ranging from 275 to 410 fps. It comes mostly sighted out of box and usually requires no more than 5 shots to get to zero. Once it’s perfectly sighted, it’s capable of holding zero almost indefinitely, however roughly it’s handled.

Unfortunately, the scope is not as perfect as one would expect for foggy weather and the illumination is almost completely blurred out of sight.

Safety

It has an automatic safety feature that engages every time you cock the bow and disengages when you wish to fire. This system is based on the Guardian anti-dry fire facility that comes with every package and makes this powerful device all the more convenient and friendly to its user.

Durability

The device is pretty sturdy and as a plus it comes with a 5-year unlimited warranty on manufacturer’s defects. Depending on how you handle the Matrix 380, at the end of the warranty period you might just get an extension to lifetime warranty so treat it well!

This is quite a remarkable commitment on the part of the manufacturer, as it’s an assurance of quality and makes the relatively big investment worthwhile. It allows you to enjoy a peace of mind and make the most from your outdoor experience.

Summary

Considering the amount of lethal power packed into this remarkable recurve crossbow, it’s one of the best choices for hunting. However, we would not recommend it for target practice or tournaments.

The Excalibur Matrix 380 has all of the features you will need: speed, accuracy, comfort, quietness, safety and a comfortable weight. It is one of the few crossbows in the world to offer the ultimate combination of form, function and convenience all in one sleek piece. It matches all of its claims to become one of the top crossbow performers we have rated and provides so much more than is expected of it.

Excalibur Matrix 380 Specifications