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Killer Instinct Ripper 415 Crossbow Review (415 fps)

The lean and lightweight profile of the Ripper 415 doesn’t compromise in terms of speed since, at 415 feet per second, this is one of the fastest crossbows that you can find in this price range. The crisp trigger pull and the long-range accuracy that this model delivers make it very accurate up to distances of 80 yards.

Furthermore, the 3.5-pound KillerTech trigger is very consistent so that you can hit the target in the same 1-inch area with each pull of the trigger. The buttstock and the forearm grip are adjustable to provide custom comfort and ultimate performance for all your hunting needs.

Lastly, despite its lower weight and more compact design, this model can still deliver a powerful blow. It has a kinetic energy of 149 foot-pounds, which means that it is more than capable of knocking down big and strong game animals.

 

 

Package Includes:

  • Optics: LUMIX 4x32mm IR-W scope
  • Cocking Device: Rope cocking aid
  • Quiver: Five-bolt quiver with tactical side mount
  • Arrows: Three HYPR Lite bolts with field tips
  • Noise Dampening: Custom rubber shock absorbers
  • Rail lube

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SPECS

Speed (Up To) 415 fps
Kinetic Energy (Up to) 149 FP KE
Length (w/o foot stirrup) 35”
Width Axle-to-Axle (uncocked/cocked) 17.75”/14.25”
Power Stroke 15”
Weight (w/out accessories) 6.2 lbs.
Draw Weight 200 lbs.

 

Key Features

  • It boasts a CNC-enhanced aluminum rail that is lightweight yet rugged for improved accuracy.
  • The custom rubber shock absorbers deliver improved control.
  • The fully adjustable stock and forearm grip offer a custom fit.
  • It comes with a crisp 3.5-pound KillerTech Trigger.
  • It can pump arrows very fast and accurately within a 1” area up to 80 yards.
  • The 4×32 scope has five brightness settings in red and blue.
  • The included rope cocker can reduce the draw weight to 100 lbs.

 

Pros

  • It is an affordable crossbow.
  • When cocked, it has a compact width of just 14.25”.
  • It is very accurate to distances of up to 80 yards.
  • It is fast and powerful enough to knock down big game.

Cons

  • Without the rope cocker, the draw weight is a bit too much for smaller shooters.
  • The customer service is not very good.

 

 

Build Quality – Durability

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This model features a precision barrel that is made of CNC-enhanced aluminum. This material delivers a rugged construction, and the machine rise helps deliver an accuracy of under 1” when shooting at targets up to 80 yards. The lean, narrow, lightweight, and balanced body of this model makes it easy to use at a moment’s notice.

The aluminum barrel may be light, but it is also very sturdy, and since the manufacturer has put a lot of care into its construction, you won’t have to worry about durability. The crossbow can handle anything that a seasoned hunter can throw at it, and it has been built to be used in all environments and weather conditions.

 

Design

While Killer Instinct has put a lot of care into the design of this model to make it as practical as possible, it has still managed to create a product that you’ll feel proud to use. For starters, the crossbow is covered in a camo paint that looks very good and has the added benefit of keeping the weapon well camouflaged when using it in the forest.

The only design choice that we can’t fully agree with is the addition of the brand name and model number on the side of the bow in bright yellow letters.

 

Speed and Performance

The Ripper 415 can shoot arrows with a speed of up to 415 feet per second and with a kinetic energy of 149 FP. These are very impressive numbers coming from a product that is so compact and affordable.

When taking this level of performance in the field, it means that the crossbow is more than capable of knocking down big and strong game with a single arrow. Furthermore, this model comes with 1.5” of shooter adjustment and with a forearm grip that provides better performance and custom comfort for the hunter.

 

Accuracy

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The high-quality construction, combined with the experience that Killer Instinct has in manufacturing high-quality crossbows, allows this model to deliver an extreme accuracy of sub-1-inch up to 80 yards. It can also pump out arrows fast, which means that if you miss your target on the first try, it won’t take long until you have another arrow ready.

What’s more, the 3.5-pound KillerTech Trigger uses proprietary technology to aid in long-range accuracy. The custom rubber shock absorbers will deliver improved control for more accurate shots.

 

Safety

This option includes an anti-dry fire system that can catch the string to prevent the unit from dry firing and causing possible damage to the unit or injuries to the hunter. It also includes an ambidextrous auto safety feature that makes the unit comfortable and safe to use by both right and left-handed users.

 

Noise and Vibration

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When shooting arrows, this model creates an average noise of about 85 dBA, and it is powerful enough to spook nearby prey, yet it falls in line with most of the other options on the market. As long as you make each shot count, we don’t expect the noise that this model creates to be too powerful.

When shooting, there are some vibrations present, but here the custom rubber shock absorbers make their presence noticed. They keep the vibrations at a minimum to give you better control of the bow and keep the arrow pointed at the target.

 

Ease Of Use and Assembly

At just 6.9 pounds, this model is perfect for beginners since it is compact and light, which makes it easy to pull through the woods. With that said, some shooters may find the 200-pound draw weight to be a bit hard to manage, but we don’t expect this to be an issue for most hunters.

Assembly is not an issue since the process is similar to that used by most of the crossbows on the market. Newbies will find the instructions that come included with the product very useful since they can guide the user through each step of the assembly process.

 

 

Killer Instinct Crossbows Ripper 415 Review Summary

The Ripper 415 delivers excellent features and performance for a product that’s priced so competitively. It is an ideal choice for hunters who are looking for a powerful, accurate, and affordable crossbow, and it can be enjoyed by anyone, no matter if he or she has any prior experience with a bow.

Updated: June 7, 2020 — 4:25 pm