Choosing a Crossbow that Fits You and Your Budget

Crossbows are currently the fastest selling hunting tool in the entire industry, which should not be shocking at all to anyone who’s been paying attention.

The marketing machines at bow manufacturers have jumped at the opportunity to gain market share. It is safe to state that crossbows are here to stay, so let’s look at how to buy one that’s right for you.

Since there are such a variety of crossbows on the market already, it might be a bit confusing when you are trying to decide which of the current crop best meets your requirements. Choosing a crossbow really isn’t any different than when it comes to choosing any other hunting tool. Before buying one, you must really look into their features and test them out.


photo credit: lauren michell via cc

photo credit: lauren michell via cc

Like compound bows, the price of crossbows are dictated by their components, poundage, and accessories; therefore, they vary greatly in price. They can run from a couple of hundred dollars to a couple of thousand dollars. Top of the line the crossbows will more than likely be out of most hunters price range, but this doesn’t mean you have to settle for less.

Rest assured that all of the major companies design and manufacture high-quality bows for any budget. The great thing about bow companies today, is that they provide excellent customer service. Regardless of the issue you might encounter with your crossbow, the manufacturer will stand behind it with a friendly service.

Options & Styles

Once you have decided what price range is your best bet, you should begin considering your options of the styles and models that best meet your needs.

  • Do you want a compound or a recurve cross bow?
  • Do you require a cocking device to use your crossbow or will you be able to cock it by hand?
  • Do you want a red dot, pins and peeps, or a multiple reticule scope for your sighting system?

Regarding your crossbow’s stock and finish, that is a decision that you will have to make. It can be made of a nice modern synthetic finished in a black, or camouflage patterns or striking wood. The endless options and combinations that are available on the market these days allow you to choose the exact crossbow that goes hand-in-hand with your own particular style.


After considering what your needs are, it is time to narrow it down to a few brands. In order to find the brand that is the best fit for you, you should visit an archery shop that offers a wide variety of crossbows.

Test them out by picking them up and placing them on your shoulder. Try to find the one that feels ‘right.’ The right one will have the features you are looking for and will be in your price range.

The more natural a crossbow feels in your hands, the more confident you will feel; therefore, you will shoot with it much better than any other crossbow in the store. When you find the ‘one’, purchase it, take it home, and practice your shooting skills with it as much as you can.


Regarding poundage, a 150-pound bow can easily pass through a whitetail deer, which is what makes it ideal, as it will go a lot easier on the shooter than a 225, 200, or a 175 pound-er.

Always make sure that the crossbow you buy provides good balance, and that it feels natural in your hands, as you will be making an investment when you buy one of these hunting tools.

A quality crossbow will last you for many years to come. When you get the hang of your new crossbow and feel comfortable utilizing it, it’s time for you to go out there and put it to the ultimate test!