Cheaper Than Dirt’s 10 Hottest Selling Crossbows

By Dave Dolbee published on in Archery

In the past decade, 19 states have made crossbows legal in all or part of the state’s archery season. 2012 accounted for four of these additions and either added or extended crossbow hunting opportunities. Indiana expanded its crossbow season to coincide with the regular archery season. Kansas opened crossbow hunting to hunters over the age of 55 and under the age of 15 for the entire archery season. Crossbows are also legal in Kansas for all hunters during firearm seasons and legal for all hunters during the archery season in select counties (urban areas).

Previously in Illinois, crossbows were legal only for handicap permit holders during the archery season. The regulation changed in 2012, allowing hunters to use a crossbow if they met one or more of the following conditions: the hunter was age 62 or older or a handicapped person and has been issued a permit to use a crossbow in the archery season. Illinois allowed all hunters to use a crossbow during the period starting the second Monday following the Thanksgiving holiday through the last day of the archery deer season.

Crossbow Hunter wearing Mossy Oak camo

There are many reasons behind the sure in crossbow sales, but none more than the fact that it is just fun to shoot.

There are several reasons for surge of hunters switching to horizontal bows. The population is aging and as bowhunters “see more miles in the rearview mirror” many are having a difficult time drawing a vertical bow. Crossbows offer the solution to keep them in the field and hunting.

Crossbows are also a great crossover product. Hunters used to taking a firearm afield feel comfortable with a crossbow. The stock, trigger and sight systems are familiar and make the conversion to new challenges and an expanded hunting season a breeze. Beyond that, crossbows are flat-out cool and fun to shoot regardless whether you goal is to punch holes in paper or let the air out of Bambi.

Hunting regulations change regularly, so be sure to check the local laws to where you live or plan to hunt. Here is a link to all of the states and providances in Canada.

While you may not be able to take a test drive of each of the models fear not, we have done the legwork for you. Here are the top 10 selling crossbows on Cheaper Than Dirt!

  1. SA Sports Fever
  2. RC-150 Barnett Compound Crossbow
  3. SA Sports Vendetta Crossbow
  4. Barnett Jackal Crossbow
  5. Barnett Zombie 350 Crossbow
  6. Barnett Wildcat C5 Crossbow
  7. Excalibur Axiom Crossbow
  8. Ten Point Wicked Ridge Raider
  9. Barnet QUAD 400 Crossbow
  10. Well, I guess we had to leave something to the imagination. Tell us about your favorite crossbow in the comment section.

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Comments (21)

  • art n

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    Did some searching on Parker Bows and found some info we fellow Americans don’t want to hear. Unfortunately, Parker ( and other American companies ) are
    allowed to say made in the USA while still using a percentage of parts produced in other countries. This loop hole needs to be changed. It really is a shame we can’t support our country 100%. Good luck with your x- bow. Thanks for responding.

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  • JH

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    Should have bought a Parker proudly made in the USA and has a life time warranty plus they have great customer service.

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  • JH

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    Should have bought a Parker Made in the USA and life time warranty and great customer service. Plus they are priced to sell at a very competitive price.

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  • art n

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    Forgot to add…..I was told that the other ” major ” x-bow companies are made here in the USA.

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  • art novarro

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    I just bought a Barnett Ghost 385 and can’t find a ” made in the USA ” anywhere…… Nothing on the box, booklet, or on the X bow. I went to one of the two major retailers today to buy some bolts, wax, etc and was told by the pro shop that my bow is made in China. I paid $900.0 for the bow and didn’t care because I assumed it was American made. I certainly hope he’s wrong……..maybe someone can verify my thoughts here? Btw, the bow shoots dimes at 50 yds. Thanks in advance….

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  • J

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    I am new to crossbows and on a very low budget.

    What is the best crossbow for the low budget buyer?

    Where are these crossbows made? I went to a few websites that did not indicate where their products are manufactured. In this day companies are screwing up, if they are made is the USA and are not prominently displaying that fact on every page and advertisement.
    If I do not see a made in the USA sticker, I assume a product is made in China and keep looking.

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  • tim

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    As the article says, this is the top 10 best sellers. True, alot of people are after price only, but I have to say that the Jackal is a great performer as well. I reviewed many crossbows, but at the end of the day, I just couldnt force myself to spend that much on a crossbow to use just a few weeks a year. I invite anyone to look at the reviews of the Jackal and actually see that this is the best bow for the money. Easily shoots over 300 fps, and has very minimal problems. Sure I could of spent a twice as much for a crossbow if I really wanted to, but honestly, I dont think the deer or even the hogs can really tell the difference. To sum it up, the Jackal is very accurate, and hasnt even attempted to show any problems in the few years I have had it, and I shoot a few hundred bolts per year gearing up for the few shots that really matter in the stand.

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