SA Sports Empire Beowulf 360 – Crossbow Review
- The quietest bow
- High velocity and power
The SA Sports Empire Beowulf 360 is quite a popular crossbow that packs all of the required features for some serious whitetail hunting at an affordable rate. Let us look at some of these features that define its impressive performance.
This bow offers great stealth while still dishing out decent power. Its other top features include amazing noise suppression and ease of use.
- The quietest bow
- High velocity and power
- Scope does not gather light
- Very short warranty – 1 year
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BowAuthority’s Detailed Review:
The Beowulf boasts an impressive velocity of 360 fps with about 115 FPKE powering each shot. This is way above the required minimum of 75 FPKE that would take down the biggest of game. It also allows target shooters to have some fun with further distances, as the crossbow offers remarkable accuracy (with 2” groupings) from as far as 50 yards away. This is highly unexpected from a device offering such a budget-friendly price point.
The crossbow is very easy assembled and you might not even want to manual since most of the steps seem a bit obvious. Even if you’re a complete beginner, it shouldn’t take more than 20 minutes to complete the crossbow.
Once it is fully assembled, you can instantly feel that it is extremely lightweight. This is largely thanks to the lightweight synthetic stock and barrel. Most of its bulky parts are made up of machined aluminum, a material that is not only light but also very durable and able to withstand accidental falls and bumps.
The CNC machined cams on this bow make it really easy to draw the 175lbs draw weight and the included rope-cocking device makes it even easier. It is important to note that the rope-cocking device is not simply meant to cut draw weight in half, as it’s also an important tool in ensuring that the string is drawn evenly to reduce the probability of an accident or incident.
This quad limb crossbow features a 3.5lb trigger mechanism that is easy to deploy yet firm enough to keep you from danger. The crossbow also features lots of modernized features that improve on its quality and performance. For instance, the full barrel picatinny rails fitted for accessories like the scope are quite remarkable.
Compound crossbows are always renowned for their strength and the Beowulf is no exception. This is because it is not as wide as its recurve counterparts and as such it is easier to handle. It is fitted with pulleys fixed to the limbs and drawing its string is much easier thanks to the cam system. This same system also enhances on the power of the device, making arrows fly a lot faster than would be expected.
The narrow design makes it easy to manage and ensures that you can maneuver even through tight spaces when necessary. The firm and adjustable grip provided by the picatinny mount foregrip ensures you have a comfortable hold and perfect positioning while aiming for a shot. This seemingly simple detail will make the difference between an accurate shot that goes right through your target’s and one that goes off on a tangent.
By virtue of its design, the Beowulf happens to be one of the quietest crossbows of all time. It doesn’t require any extra feature to this end and this is one of its greatest advantages over other models in the same price range. This fact ensures that easily startled prey will not get the opportunity to get away while you are using this crossbow.
This feature comes as quite a surprise because it is a well-known fact that compound bows are loud and especially so when they include a cam system. But the design of the limbs on this model among other features has ensured that noise production and vibration is kept to a minimum.
Quality of Optics
Even though the included scope is a multiple reticle model with 4×32 capabilities, its light gathering capacity is almost totally absent and therefore the device is most suited to hunting during the day.The scope is however of very good quality and comes from the manufacturer pretty much sighted in. It is able to hold zero for a long time even if it is constantly subjected to difficult conditions by the user. It is impressive in poor weather conditions as it maintains a crisp clear image even in thick fog. This means that for as long as there’s light, you shouldn’t have a problem hitting targets.
The SA Sports Empire Beowulf includes the standard anti-dry fire mechanism that protects you and the device. It also has a safety switch that works automatically. This dual protective layer is sufficient to ensure you do not get into a messy situation with your weapon in hand.
Additionally, it takes into consideration the fact that not all of its users will be right-handed and incorporates an ambidextrous safety switch that is easily accessible from both sides. The adjustable picatinny mount foregrip also goes a long way in ensuring safety.
The ability to adjust the grip to the most comfortable setting ensures that you will have a comfortable hold on the bow, reducing its chances of slipping or even the occurrence of a misfire due to poor positioning.
The general features of this bow leave no doubt in the mind of the user that it was built to handle a bit of rough use here and there. It makes use of good quality materials and incorporates features into its design that minimize on risks to the device and the user. However, it only offers a 1-year limited warranty.
In order to extend the life of your bow and ensure you don’t experience any unnecessary challenges after the one year is up, it would be helpful to get yourself used to the various care procedures for crossbows. Practices such as waxing the string, conditioning and de-stringing your bow for extended storage go a long way in extending its life and ensuring great performance.
The SA Sports Empire Beowulf is a great crossbow offering lots of power, speed and accuracy to your hunting experience. It is generally easy to operate and maneuver due to its compact design and light weight. It majors on stealth by virtue of its being one of the quietest bows ever and has a good enough scope to offer clarity in poor weather.
Its downsides are not too pronounced and they majorly revolve around the fact that it has a very brief warranty period and its scope does not feature light-gathering abilities. But all in all it is an impressive performer especially in relation to its price and would make a great first crossbow to help you master the art and practice accuracy using target shots.
Since the bow only comes with three arrows you should stock up on a few more before any serious hunting. We recommend using the Carbon Express PileDriver as it’s great price & power is very well suited to this type of bow. The bolts come with extra flat nocks, so please don’t use these! Using flat nocks might result in a dry fire as the string is likely to glide right underneath the arrows. This is risky to the user and damaging to the crossbow. We also suggest investing in a better scope, as the one that comes with it isn’t too great.
Even though the design is compact and lightweight, it would still be a brilliant idea to invest in a padded sling so as to free up your hands while trudging the forest floor scouring for prey.