Excalibur Axiom SMF Crossbow Kit
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- Power Stroke: 14.5 in.,
- Mass Weight: 5.8 lbs.,
- Overall Length: 37.5 in.,
- Arrow Length: 20 in.,
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This superbly crafted crossbow is capable of producing arrow speeds in excess of 305 feet per second and like all Excalibur crossbows, its accuracy is amazing and its reliability is bulletproof. Generating plenty of horsepower, the Axiom SMF has what it takes to efficiently handle any of North America's largest game. Its 175 pound draw weight and 14.5" power stroke make it comfortable to cock and the Axiom's light 6 pound mass weight make it a joy to carry on a long day afield. The Axiom SMF is sold only as a kit including a matching multiplex crossbow scope with mounting hardware, our rope cocking aid, our 4 arrow quiver plus 4 Firebolt arrows complete with field points. The Axiom SMF kit is designed as a budget priced option to help new and seasoned crossbow hunters enjoy Excalibur quality at a low cost, but make no mistake, this is one serious hunting combination! Quality of manufacture, reliability, and accuracy of this economical kit is comparable with our most expensive options.
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The bow only comes as a fully equipped kit with a scope, quiver, arrows, and cocking aid packed in a single box. Assembly took less time than watching the supplied instructional DVD and everything needed for assembly was included. The bow is light, weighing in at just over 6 pounds, and the balance is slightly weight forward which helps to damp recoil. Fit and finish is better than many "top of the line" crossbows. In an apparent move to keep costs low Excalibur replaced its usual extruded aluminum rail with a fiber reinforced plastic unit that is very solidly built and cross braced. The stock and limbs are camouflaged in "Real Tree", the rail is matte black, and there were no flaws in any surface. The trigger was light (less than 3 pounds), very crisp, and had no noticeable creep. The manual safety is easily accessible, positive acting, and large enough to use wearing gloves.
The supplied scope is designed specifically for the bow shooting 300fps and is very clear, adjustment is 1 click per half inch at 20 yards. The scope was close to zero out of the box and sighting in to dead on only took 4 shots. It is a 2.5 power cross hair scope with aim points for 10 through 50 yards which proved to be very close at all ranges.
The bow easily produced the accuracy guaranteed by Excalibur right out of the box with groups at 20 yards under 2 inches. At 50 yards my groups opened up to about 4 inches but that was expected because of wind drift, still extremely accurate.
If I have any negative comment it would be that the bow without silencers is moderately loud when compared to my PSE compound but I believe that this is offset by the speed and ease of use. Excalibur offers a damping kit for the bow that may be a good investment if sound is an issue.
To sum it all up, if you want an extremely accurate, light weight, affordable crossbow I can heartily recommend the Excalibur Axiom SMF package.
I was concerned about the width of the bow which has been a non-issue. It is a pleasure to stalk around with. I was concerned that after changing to the Flemish string it only shot 305 fps. The Axiom dropped a 300lb bore at 10' with a neck shot in place. The Bolt with a 150gr boltcutter attached, knocked the hog over! It is plenty fast and plenty deadly. When you do not hit bone expect the bolt to go right thru the animal. I ended up putting luminocks on the bolts so I could stop buying new ones to replace the ones that would disappear into the thick, dark brush after shooting game. I was also concerned about the draw weight which is a non-issue with the string cocker. It could be a 300lb draw and I don't think it would be a problem.
I spent more than I wanted too on this crossbow and was considering ones that were faster and heavier for less. The quality product reviews, the hunting videos on Excalibur's web site, the ability to be self sufficient in the field if a string breaks, combined with how light it is changed my mind. If you have a chance, go to Cabela's or Gander Mountain and pick one up to compare with the less expensive and more expensive ones. It sealed the deal for me. It feels like a much more expensive crossbow and the craftsmanship is evident. It was worth the extra money and I have a freezer full of meat to prove it. This crossbow will probably outlast me.