Excalibur Micro 335 Crossbow Review

Reliability, simplicity, and accuracy are three big reasons why people choose to purchase Excalibur.  With the new Micro, you get Excalibur design in a compact frame. 

Excalibur Crossbows are well known for being incredibly durable. Another big advantage is the ability to change the string in the field without the need for a bow press. You can literally change the string while you hunt, check to confirm you’re still sighted in and continue the hunt. It’s the perfect crossbow for hunters who venture into the backcountry. But one of the complaints about Excalibur Crossbows was their width. Excalibur narrowed their limbs by four inches when they created the Matrix Series in 2013. They have gone even narrower with the new Excalibur Micro 335 Crossbow.

Excalibur Micro 335 Crossbow Review

The Micro is just 22 inches from tip to tip when cocked, that’s on par with many compound crossbows. Keep in mind, compound crossbows measure width from axle-to-axle. Many crossbows are actually another three to four inches wider than their axle to axle length when you measure edge of the cam to edge of the cam. It’s also very compact when it comes to length. The Micro 335 is only 32.5 inches long so it feels very well balanced since the weight of the crossbow is closer to your body.

Excalibur Micro Crossbow

Draw weight is a hefty 270 pounds but keep mind there is a short power stroke of just 9.5 inches. So while there is a lot of weight, you don’t have to pull it back very far. If it is too much to handle, you can add an Excalibur C2 Crank to cock the crossbow.

Excalibur broke the 400 feet per second barrier with the Matrix 405 in 2014. The Excalibur Micro is advertised at 335 feet per second. It won’t approach that speed using the supplied 150 grain field tips. But if you switch to 100 grain tips, I’ve chronographed the Micro around 329 feet per second.

More and more hunters are interested in trigger pull. The Micro has some creep but it’s not over the top. I measured the pull with a trigger pull scale and the test model I shot ranged from 3.6 to 3.9 pounds. Most crossbow hunters will have no problem with the factory trigger but if you’re a trigger freak, replacing the factory trigger with a premium TriggerTech trigger is no problem.

Excalibur is renowned for accurate crossbows and the Micro 335 is no exception. We shot several three arrow groups at 30 yards using a bench rest. Groups ranged from two to 2.5 inches of arrow spread. This is excellent out of the box accuracy. The cheekpiece really helps keep you right down on the scope.

Reliability, simplicity, and accuracy are three big reasons why people choose to purchase Excalibur. But another popular feature is the ability to uncock the crossbow without shooting it. This eliminates the need to have a discharge arrow or discharge target.

The Excalibur Micro 335 is available in Realtree Xtra and in a black Nightmare version. The Micro includes four arrows, a quiver, rope cocker, and Octane Deadzone Scope. The Excalibur Micro 335 crossbow utilizes Excalibur’s 16.5 inch Quill arrow. One accessory I would definitely recommend is the Excalibur T-Handle arrow puller. This inexpensive tool makes pulling these short arrows out of the target much easier. The best case for the Excalibur Micro is the Octane Crypt Case.

For more information on the Excalibur Micro Crossbow, feel free to contact us.

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