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Excalibur Matrix Bulldog 440 Crossbow Review (440 fps)

Excalibur Matrix Bulldog 440For those that have been enjoying the Recurve Technology that Excalibur has had available for some years now, this new crossbow will bring extra speed to the game. This has been engineered to be one of the fastest crossbows out there, and with a speed of 440 fps, it’s clear that the crossbow will give you the possibility to have a much flatter trajectory, all coming with bone-crushing power.

With a draw weight of 300 pounds, a weight of only 6.2 pounds, and dead-eye precision, this is the crossbow designed for the shooter that needs high performance without complications.

 

 

Package Includes:

There are plenty of accessories included in this package. You get the Excalibur Bulldog 440 crossbow, of course, and along with that the Tact-100 scope, a 4-arrow quiver filled with 4 PROFLIGHT arrows with field points. You also receive R.E.D.S. suppressors, an ambidextrous cheekpiece, and the and Charger EXT Silent Crank System.

 

SPECS

Speed (Up To) 440 fps
Kinetic Energy (Up to) NA
Length (w/o foot stirrup) 35.75″
Width Axle-to-Axle (uncocked/cocked) 30’’ / 23″
Power Stroke 19.5″
Weight (w/out accessories) 6.2 lbs
Draw Weight 300 lbs

 

Key Features

The main features needed to be discussed here are the new  Pro-Shot ACP Trigger which breaks at just 3.2 pounds of pressure. This will ensure you get the most accurate grouping possible, and astonishing accuracy. The Xpert Tip feature will eliminate travel or creep in the trigger, allowing for a better lined-up shot.

Proflight arrows are some of the most precise Excalibur has ever made, with a straightness tolerance of just .001 +/-, and .001 grain tolerance. To help you reduce the cocking effort to only 15 pounds, the Charger EXT Crank has been added to this design. It’s a silent and fast cranking mechanism.

 

Pros

  • The maximum speed is 440 fps, which is amazing for such a design.
  • You get many extra features in this package, which is always a nice touch.
  • This is a suitable crossbow for hunting big game, thanks to its incredible power and accuracy.
  • The overall balance makes it easy and comfortable to use.

 

Cons

  • It has a significant draw weight of 300 lbs, which would be impossible to reach without the cocking mechanism – make sure you learn how to use that fast.

 

 

Build Quality – Durability

Looking at this crossbow right out of the box you can see that it is well built and can do the job for a long time. It’s a design that is straightforward to use and doesn’t have a steep learning curve. The stock is like the ones you see on rifles, which is a feature that grants increased stability to the crossbow.

The polycarbonate stock is strong, it improves grip and accuracy, and is usable by left-handed and right-handed people.

 

Design

Those that have had some experience with the Bulldog 400 can see that the design is extremely similar. The new 440 comes with more power, given by the new Matrix High Output limbs. This is designed to be the fastest Excalibur crossbow, and you can clearly see that. Although it’s a powerhouse, it will still feel lightweight and well-balanced.

The Excalibur recurve design makes it highly maneuverable and fast.

 

Speed and Performance

Being one of the newest designs Excalibur has put out, the Bulldog 440 is a powerhouse that comes with an incredible speed of 440 fps. It can really pack a punch, and it wil make hunting large game an easy task.

Couple that with some of the most performant bolts designed especially for it (such as those made by Borkholder Archery that measures 18 inches), and you can see how much power this crossbow can put out. While custom bolts like these lower the overall speed, they will have a lot more power.

 

Accuracy

Accuracy is generally given by the hands and eye of the shooter, and this crossbow helps in both departments. To help the hands, it has a lightweight design and a simple mechanism to use. The eyes are helped by the Tact-100 scope, which will give you the extra vision you need over great distances.

Furthermore, the extra speed will help you have a flatter and more rapid shot, which increases accuracy. Even more, the Pro-Shot ACP trigger will help you put out the arrows when you want to.

 

Safety

The Guardian Anti-Dry-Fire Technology, as its name suggests, will prevent you from firing dry, or when you don’t want to, and will catch the string if you accidentally fire it without an arrow loaded. It’s a self-contained unit that fits inside the scope mount. With this feature, you will prevent self-harm, and important enough, you will also keep your crossbow safe.

 

Noise and Vibration

The Charger EXT Silent Cranking System is a standard piece that lets you silently cock and de-cock the crossbow in silence and safety. This allows anybody to use it safely and quietly. The R.E.D.S dampening system certainly helps with that too, alongside the standard bolts.

If you are using the Proflight arrows, however, they will be noisier and will require you to hit the target from the first shot if you wish to be successful.

 

Ease Of Use and Assembly

Stringing and unstringing this device is an easy task thanks to the simple design. When unboxing it, you can get it all together in minutes, without the need for complex equipment.

 

 

Review Summary

Giving you the possibility to shoot arrows at a speed of 440 feet per second, this crossbow is one of the fastest that Excalibur is currently producing. With the new Proflight arrows, it will really pack a punch and will give you a flatter arch. With this, not only force is increased, but accuracy too.

You should use this crossbow if you want to send arrows far away in a precise manner and if you already have some experience with crossbows. Thanks to the silent cranking mechanism that it comes with, the huge 300 lbs draw weight is reduced to 15 lbs, which is manageable by all kinds of users. Fast, precise, and silent, this is a hunting machine in the hands of a professional.

Updated: July 26, 2020 — 2:25 pm