KILLER INSTINCT RIPPER 415
• Price: $380
Killer Instinct excels at making value-packed crossbows. The Ripper 415 is a homely thing, and its 200-pound limbs and 15-inch power stroke made it rather difficult to cock. The 2-pound 6-ounce trigger wasn’t great, and it lost fit-and-finish points. But our complaints stop there. This was the fastest, hardest-hitting crossbow in our test. We averaged 1.13-inch groups with it, making it one of the better shooters of the test too. Best of all, this bow costs $180 less than the nearest competition, and you could buy four of them for the price of either of the top two finishers. Perhaps you need a crossbow for every member of your family. Or perhaps you’re on a budget and don’t care one bit what your crossbow looks like because you don’t intend for the deer to see it anyway. Either way, this is the crossbow for you. killercrossbows.com
Laughing it up on the last day of (field) testing.