Field Evaluation - Excalibur Exocet Crossbow By Doug Bermel
Jan 22, 2010 - 2:44:20 PM
Excalibur's new Exocet 200 is a recurve crossbow, with a 15.5 power stroke. It delivers the arrow at a sizzling 330 feet per second. The mass weight of the bow is 6.4 lbs. I found it to be easy to hold and very well balanced, not weight forward and with a 3 lb pull the trigger was smooth and crisp.
Excalibur's claim is that " it is the most accurate crossbow on the market". After sighting in and firing a few arrows it was shooting 11/2 inch groups at 30 yds. I also noticed deeper penetration on the target, compared to other bows I have shot. This bow has a 200 lb draw weight. One problem experienced was, while sitting in my wheelchair, I was unable to cock the bow, even with the string cocker that was provided . Fortunately, all Excalibur bows come equipped to handle the Crankaroo cocking device. (the Crankaroo is sold separately)
Once in place, it makes cocking the bow a snap. This hand cranking device pulls the string into position. Once you start cranking, it has a locking mechanism which allows the handle to stay in place if you let go of it. You can not use the Crankaroo to uncock the bow , so always keep an extra arrow with a field point to shoot off the bow. With a little practice, I was able to cock the bow in 45 seconds. When done, just loosen the bolt, crank up the string and put it away. The Crankaroo is a little bulky and won't fit in your pocket but if it is the only way I can get my bow to a firing position, I can put up with having to carry an extra pack.
The Exocet comes complete with arrows, quiver, field points and a pack of broad heads. As an addition you can order it with the scope package. This package comes with a scope set for 20,30,40 and 50 yards , rings, wax, scope cloth, extra string and all the Allan wrenches you need to assemble your bow. It has easy to read instructions and a DVD that cover everything you need to know from assembly to firing the bow.
This bow when cocked does not put the safety on, so you must always remember to put the safety on manually.
For those of you who are into speed, this is a very fast bow with good accuracy and hard hitting power. The Crankaroo was a big help and definitely worth having. I felt the best feature was the very light weight and good balance.
Velocity: 330 FPS
Draw Weight: 200 lbs.
Power Stroke: 15.5"
Mass Weight: 6.4 lbs.
Overall Length: 38.5"
Arrow Length: 20"
Arrow Weight: 350 Grains
Stock Type: Traditional
Finish: Realtree Hardwoods HD
Arrow speeds obtained using 350 grain arrow and optional 1989 Flemish Dyna Flight String
Doug, another sucessful hunt. This one an African Safari.
Excalibur Exocet 200
Our oldest model continues the tradition with the addition of our 200 lb. forward mounted limb system! The Exocet 200 packs significantly more punch into the same power stroke as the original Exocet, delivering up to 330 FPS* of velocity and 15% more energy for flatter trajectories and more bone crushing power than ever before! Its stock is virtually indestructible, its trigger unit is machined to last, and its accuracy is legendary. Each Exocet 200 comes finished with Realtree Hardwoods HD camouflage using the Kolorfusion process for the most detailed and realistic camouflage ever.
It also comes with an ambidextrous manual safety, our fibre-optic sight, and is drilled and tapped to accept our optional scope and quiver mounts. To fully equip your Exocet 200 with everything you will need for successful hunting, perfectly matched to your crossbow, add our "RIGHT STUFF" package.The Exocet 200 crossbow is available with our "Lite Stuff"accessory package, including everything you need to get started with your new crossbow. The "Lite Stuff" package includes our famous Varizone multiplex crossbow scope plus mounting rings and base for multi-range accuracy, 4 Firebolt lightweight carbon arrows with points, our 4 arrow quiver and mounting bracket to safely and securely hold your arrows, and our rope cocking aid for easy, precise string alignment.
MSRP: $640.00* US/CAN
* MSRP for base model. Does not include accessory packages