Top 5 Beginner Crossbows for Hunting

With more and more states opening up archery seasons to crossbow hunters, there is no time like the present to invest in a reliable crossbow package to take advantage of the increased opportunity. Many of these crossbow packages come with just about everything needed to quickly sight in and be effectively hunting with a few hours of practice. We have gathered a top five list of the best beginner crossbows and crossbow packages according to our Customers.

Tenpoint Viper S400 ACUslide Crossbow Package

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TenPoint's shortest forward-draw crossbow ever produced, the light-weight Viper S400 measures just 32-inches in length yet delivers speeds up to 400 FPS. Featuring the revolutionary ACUslide silent cocking and safe de-cocking system, the uber-compact crossbow measures an ultra-narrow 7.2-inches wide and features a 3.5 pound, 2-stage, zero-creep S1 trigger that delivers our most crisp, consistent break ever.

The 8.25-inch aluminum Rangemaster Pro Scope features a variable speed and arrow drop-compensation setting for crossbows that shoot between 275 and 425 FPS, and requires no adjustment for distance. The Rangemaster Pro Scope features three duplex crosshairs and five dots calibrated for 20, 30, 40, 50, and 60 yards. The fourth and fifth dots are free standing, just below the 40-yard crosshair.  Dots may be illuminated in red or green with the turn of a rheostat dial. An etched glass reticle and fully multi-coated 1.5 to 5x optics reduce the loss of light transmission, while a 30mm tube heightens light-gathering and durability.

The most accurate crossbow arrow ever, the CenterPunch 20-inch arrow is fletched slightly offset and is fitted with an 84-grain insert and TenPoint’s Aluminum or white Alpha-Nock and receiver for quick lighted nock installation. Constructed from modulus carbon fiber at 33 MSI (million-pounds-per-square-inch) and wrapped in an exclusive LAZER-TECH carbon weave, it is fletched with 3.5″ Bohning X Vanes™. CenterPunch arrows are inspected for straightness to within .001 and each package is weight-grain matched to within 1-grain per arrow.

Package Includes:

  • RangeMaster Pro Scope mounted on a machined aluminum 7/8-inch Fixed Dovetail Mount
  • ACUslide Cocking and De-Cocking System
  • 6-Arrow Tech Quiver
  • Three Evo-X CenterPunch premium carbon arrows with 100-grain practice points


About TenPoint

Made in America. Built for Precision. With close to 100 industry-leading crossbow patents – each precision engineered to deliver absolute precision at every draw – it’s easy to see why after 27 years, family-owned TenPoint leads the industry in building the highest quality, most durable, and most accurate crossbows. Built from the ground up – all TenPoint crossbows are engineered with the hunter in mind and feature several custom designed accessories specifically designed to transform your crossbow into a deadly hunting machine.

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Bear X Intense CD Crossbow Package Black

Complete with everything you need to get out into the woods today, the Bear X Intense CD crossbow delivers intensely powerful performance in a compact package. This lethal crossbow measures only 10” wide when cocked and 14” wide when uncocked. Once cocked, the 12.7” power stroke fires arrows at a hard hitting 400 feet per second. This ready-to-hunt crossbow package includes 3 Bear X TrueX arrows, scope, 4-arrow quiver, cocking rope, and rail lube / string wax.


  • Measures 10" wide cocked and 14" wide uncocked
  • Delivers intensely powerful performance in a compact platform
  • 12.7" power stroke delivers hard hitting power at 400 feet per second
  • Anti-dry fire mechanism helps prevents dry firing
  • Ready to hunt package includes 3 Bear X TrueX bolts, Scope, 4-arrow Quiver, cocking rope, and Rail Lube

What Customers Are Saying

Great compact now, I would recommend this to anyone

Great compact bow at a great price! It is a little heavier compared to my other crossbow. All it needs to be an excellent crossbow is a winding crank.
- Dennis B, 11/11/2020 Shop Now

CenterPoint Wrath 430 Crossbow Package

The CenterPoint Wrath 430 Crossbow Package contains the most revolutionary crossbow CenterPoint has ever created. The Wrath features a reverse cam design, that acts as a reverse draw, pushes arrows downrange at an astounding 430 FPS and deliver up to 164 FPE on impact. This design allows the bow to be extremely compact at just over 28-inches long and a mere 9-inches when fully cocked. The Wrath 430 delivers on the known deadly hunting performance from CenterPoint. The Silent Crank model includes the revolutionary Silent Crank which noiselessly provides an 80% reduction in draw weight.


  • High-performance delivery of speeds up to 430 FPS with 160 FPE for downrange accuracy
  • Compact bullpup body design with innovative folding stirrup
  • CNC-machined cam system featuring 9-inch axle-to-axle width when fully drawn
  • Durable, lightweight design is easy to carry and maneuverable in the field
  • Anti-dry fire and auto safety
  • Includes a 5-year limited warranty, three 20-inch carbon arrows, parallel quiver, illuminated 4x32mm scope, rope cocking sled, and rail lube

What Customers Are Saying

Extremely accurate.

If you shoot this bow at 40 yds , you will probably destroy a few bolts. It's just that good Deadly, even at. 80 yds
- Subguy, 1/19/2022 Shop Now

Wicked Ridge Invader 400 Crossbow Package

The Wicked Ridge Invader 400 crossbow package is the next generation of the best-selling Wicked Ridge model. The Invader 400 registers 400 FPS, an incredible 40 feet-per-second faster than its predecessor.  Proudly built in America, it features an ultra-lite stock with built-in cocking device for effortless and accurate cocking and, at just 15-inches wide and 35 ½ long, is designed for the ultimate in handling and maneuverability. Package includes TenPoint Lighted 3x Pro-View scope, ACUdraw cocking device, 3-arrrow instant detach quiver, and three Wicked Ridge XX75 aluminum arrows with practice points.


  • 400 FPS
  • 35.5" without stirrup
  • 6lbs without accessories
  • Pre-sighted at 20-yards
  • Easy 1-bolt assembly
  • Ready-to-hunt package
  • Axle-to-axle (uncocked/cocked) 19"/15"


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Excalibur Micro Mag 340 Crossbow Package Realtree Excape

The Excalibur Micro Mag 340 Crossbow Package brings best in class performance, value, accuracy, and a lifetime warranty. This crossbow is designed to take care of all your needs, capable of taking down any animal in any situation. With an aluminum frame, anti-dry fire, premium trigger, and Excalibur's R.E.D. Suppressor, this crossbow package is a dependable companion for beginners and pros alike. It's all tied together with Excalibur's premium Dead Zone Scope. If you're looking for a workhorse crossbow, look no further than the Micro Mag 340.

Package Includes

  • Dead Zone Scope
  • Guardian Anti-Dry Fire System
  • R.E.D. Suppressors
  • 1” Scope Rings
  • 4 – Arrow Quiver
  • 3- Quill Arrows
  • 3 – 100gr Field Points
  • Rope Cocking Aid
  • Owners Manual
  • Sound Deadening System
  • Air Brakes


  • Aluminum frame
  • Anti-dry fire
  • Premium trigger
  • Excalibur's R.E.D. Suppressor
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