Sometimes we need to veer away from guns and focus on different methods of obtaining our dinner. I’ve always hunted with a shotgun when I was a kid. And, my dad also used a compound bow during bow season.
I do have some friends who hunt with a crossbow who have gotten me into it more and more. So, I figured it’d be good to start a new series about bow hunting and hunting with crossbows, in particular.
We do have an older blog post about Barnett Crossbows, but many of the listed models aren’t manufactured anymore, so we figured it was a good idea to carry on that tradition and attempt to keep it more updated.
What follows here, is an overview of the TenPoint Wicked Ridge Invader 400 Crossbow, arguably the best crossbow in the most affordable package.
Why is it the “400?” Because the bolts travel up to 400 feet per second and also just happen to deliver over 130 pound feet of kinetic energy (more or less depending on your arrows). Those numbers make this the perfect bow for hunting white tail deer.
Also helpful is the fact that the Invader 400 comes standard with a pre-sighted, lit, 3X optic that’ll help you get on target quick. Because it is pre-sighted, it is surprisingly accurate right out of the box.
The Wicked Ridge Invader has a draw weight of 185 pounds and comes with your choice of the ACUdraw or ACUdraw 50 cocking system. Even better is the fact that it’s lightweight and narrow. In fact, I think it’s an accurate statement that its 6-pound weight is one of the lightest weight crossbows currently for sale on the market.
Trust me, when you’re exhausted and have to haul your kill out of the woods, every pound saved is energy kept on your end. With other crossbows weighing as much as 8.5 pounds, the 6-pound weight on the Wicked Ridge Invader 400 can be a life saver in the woods.
Again, it’s also narrow. At only 15 inches, cocked, it is easily maneuvered through brush.
Furthermore, the trigger is a crisp 3.5 pounds, and it’s made in the United States, which is always a benefit. And, because it is made in America, it has a stellar limited lifetime warranty.
This crossbow accurately shoots a variety of 20 inch arrows and comes with a 3-arrow quiver and 3 Alpha-nock arrows.
This is a great Crossbow at a decent price. And, I’d wager to say that this is the best crossbow for the money (about the $600 range). Thankfully, you don’t have to just take my word for it.
I urge you to read the more than 500 reviews on this retailer’s website to see what everyone else has to say about it.
Have you used this crossbow before? Let us know in the comments below.