THE CROSS­BOW TEST

Outdoor Life - - GEAR - by Will Brant­ley

A few years ago, we’d never have dreamed that the num­ber of new cross­bows would ex­ceed the num­ber of new com­pound bows in our test, but we live in a world of ever ex­pand­ing cross­bow-hunt­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties. While ad­vances in com­pound bow de­sign are fairly mi­nor, cross­bow tech­nol­ogy is chang­ing fast. Last year’s rad­i­cally dif­fer­ent (and ex­or­bi­tantly priced) Ravin R15—which was the win­ner of both Out­door Life’s Ed­i­tor’s Choice and Field & Stream’s Best of the Best awards— changed what many hunters ex­pected of a high-end cross­bow. The com­pe­ti­tion took note, as is ev­i­denced by more than a few sim­i­lar­i­ties to the Ravin among the top cross­bows of 2018.

Field-test­ing the en­tire cross­bow lineup re­quired two full days.

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