• Price: $380

Outdoor Life - - GEAR -

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. killer­cross­

Laugh­ing it up on the last day of (field) test­ing.

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