Skip to main content

Fastest Crossbows for Hunting 2022

400 feet per second has been plenty speedy, but now two companies have reached 500 fps and others aren't far behind.

The fastest crossbows for hunting big game reach blazing speeds while delivering bone-crushing results. Arrows and broadheads zip through hide and bone almost faster than your eyes can see them from a stand or ground blind.

The outcome is inevitable: deer, elk, pronghorn, feral pigs and other game on the ground.


Kinetic energy and speed combine for lethal results. Crossbow manufacturers continue to raise the bar with speed. It’s a flashy touchpoint for selling crossbows, no doubt, but also gives hunters a bit more advantage with each foot-per-second gained. The great thing about today’s crossbows is they’re more narrow, have superior components and continue to add speed.

For years, anything in the 400 feet-per-second range has been speedy. Now, two companies have broken the 500 fps barrier and others aren’t far behind.


What’s in the future? Who knows? For now, here are some of the fastest crossbows for hunting, including some new-for-2022 models, based on the companies’ controlled testing for IBO speeds.

TenPoint Nitro 505

Fastest Crossbows for Hunting 2022
The TenPoint Nitro 505 XERO X1i (top) and Nitro 505 Oracle X crossbows.

TenPoint’s new Nitro 505 hit 505 fps with a 400-grain arrow, which is the company’s fastest and most powerful bow to date. The Nitro 505 is an ultra-compact 6.5 inches wide and 30.7 inches long, and has a 17-inch power stroke to help deliver 227 foot-pounds of energy. TenPoint CEO Rick Bednar said the bow went through more than 25,000 shots in testing. The reverse-draw Nitro 505 hits its number, thanks to TenPoint’s RX8-Cam system and use of four cables instead of two, helping to generate more speed, power and accuracy.

$3,049.99 – $3,149.99 | tenpointcrossbows.com

Wicked Ridge Fury 410 De-Cock

Fastest Crossbows for Hunting 2022
Wicked Ridge Fury 410 De-Cock crossbow.

Wicked Ridge’s new Fury 410 De-Cock crossbow is loaded with some of the same features as its cousins in the TenPoint Crossbows lineup. It’s also fast, hitting 410 fps thanks to the Reaper Cam system and 11.7-inch limbs. You’ll be more than good chasing whitetails, hogs and other game with this speedy bow.

$1,099.99 | tenpointcrossbows.com


Mission Sub-1 XR

Fastest Crossbows for Hunting 2022
Mission Sub-1 XR crossbow.

The Sub-1 XR is the fastest crossbow in Mission’s lineup, sending arrows zipping along at up to 401 fps. The bow has a unique, minimal design that eliminates a lot of unnecessary attributes of other bows. It’s basically a flight deck, cams, ample foregrip, pistol grip and tactical stock. The buttpad fits snugly into your shoulder when you’re getting settled in for a shot. There are no other fancy add-ons. But it works like a champ and that’s all that matters.

$1,699.99 | missioncrossbows.com

Scorpyd Aculeus

Fastest Crossbows for Hunting 2022
Scorpyd Aculeus crossbow.

The Aculeus is among the fastest crossbows on the market, clocking in at a sizzling 480 fps with a 370-grain arrow. The bow is based on the Scorpyd Orion platform and has an 18.5-inch power stroke, forged riser, reverse-draw design and a Kempf-Tec Sear Lock trigger. Scorpyd is known for its fast bows, with its Tremor hitting 470 fps and ultralight carbon Deathstalker LT notching 415 fps. If speed with lighter arrows is what you want, consider these Scorpyd models for your future hunts.

Starting at $1,549.95 | scorpyd.com

Recommended


Barnett HyperTac 430

Fastest Crossbows for Hunting 2022
Barnett HyperTac 430 crossbow.

Barnett Crossbows jumped into the high speed zone in 2020 with its HyperTac lineup that includes the Pro 430. As the number implies, the bow hits 430 fps and Barnett claims that 380-grain arrows have 25 percent deeper penetration than with other bows. The HyperTac Pro 430 offers completely customizable options at almost every point of the bow, from a flip-down Verti-Grip on the foregrip to an adjustable stock for specific length-of-pull and cheek fit.

$1,499 | barnettcrossbows.com

PSE Fang XD

Fastest Crossbows for Hunting 2022
PSE Fang XD crossbow.

PSE is known for its fast bows and the Fang XD is the legendary company’s speedy crossbow, nailing speeds of up to 405 fps. The Fang XD has a 14.5-inch power stroke and generates 134 foot-pounds of energy. It’s just a smidge faster than the PSE Warhammer crossbow, which hits the 400 fps mark. Both are offered in a variety of color and camo patterns, with pistol grips and adjustable stocks.

Info: psearchery.com/pse-crossbows

CenterPoint Wrath 430

Fastest Crossbows for Hunting 2022
CenterPoint Wrath 430 crossbow.

Hunters who want, or need, a more compact design but want plenty of speed and knockdown power can find it in the Wrath 430 from CenterPoint. The bow blows arrows out at 430 fps and generates 164 foot-pounds of energy while housed in a bullpup design. It’s less than 28.25-inches long, only 9 inches wide when cocked. The Pulse 425 eases right behind with speeds of 425 fps along with a folding stock and stirrup for easy portability to the stand or in the backcountry.

$649.99 | centerpointarchery.com

Ravin R500E

Fastest Crossbows for Hunting 2022
Ravin R500E crossbow.

Ravin upended the crossbow world a few years ago with its unique design, speeds and ability to consistently hit targets to 100 yards. Ravin’s R500E is the latest to break the 500 fps barrier with a 400-grain arrow. The bow has a narrow axle-to-axle width of just 3.6 inches when cocked and 7.6 inches when uncocked. A 15-inch power stroke and draw weight of 300 pounds combines with the Hex Coil Cam System to hit 222 foot-pounds of energy. The biggest whitetails, elk or moose don’t stand a chance.

$3,324.99 | ravincrossbows.com

More from the annual ATA Show

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

Recent Videos

Sometimes you have to fish a bait that allows you to cover a lot of water efficiently. When you're on the search for bass that have moved into deeper water off the bank and away from obvious holding spots, a swimbait can locate them.
Fishing

On the Search with Swimbaits

One of the best imitations of a wounded baitfish is the soft-plastic jerkbait, or fluke. A fluke darting just beneath the surface can be too much for a bass to resist. Rig it and fish it according to water conditions and cover to make this great bait even more effective.
Fishing

Fun with Flukes

There are three models in SPRO's Outsider crankbait series: 55 (runs 3-4 feet), 60 (7-9) and 80 (19-21). Professional bass angler Jonathan Kelley goes over the specifics at ICAST 2022 in Orlando.
Fishing

SPRO's New Outsider Crankbait Series: First Look

Professional bass angler Jonathan Kelley highlights the features of SPRO's new lures at ICAST 2022 in Orlando.
Gear

New Essential Series Spinnerbaits and Buzzbaits from SPRO

Syd Ribes with Sea Falcon highlights four new lures for saltwater fishing. At ICAST 2022 in Orlando.
Gear

New Lineup of Lures from Sea Falcon

Syd Ribes highlights two new saltwater lures from SPRO: Flutter Tail Shrimp and Cannon Ball Jig. At ICAST 2022 in Orlando.
Gear

New Saltwater Lures from SPRO

AFTCO's Matt Florentino highlights the features of the new Barricade cold-weather suit, a Best of Category winner at ICAST 2022 in Orlando. With Game & Fish's Adam Heggenstaller.
Gear

New from AFTCO: Barricade Cold Weather Tactical Gear

Three-time ICAST Best of Category winner Bubba covers it all with new knives set. With Bubba's Matt Kinamore and Game & Fish's  Adam Heggenstaller at ICAST 2022 in Orlando.
Gear

4-in-1 Bubba Multi Flex Cutlery Kit

The innovative landing net will weigh and measure your catch while it's still in the net. Best of Category winner at ICAST 2022. With Game & Fish's Adam Heggenstaller.
Gear

Award-Winning Frabill Witness Net 'Keeps You Honest'

Game & Fish Magazine Covers Print and Tablet Versions

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

Buy Digital Single Issues

Magazine App Logo

Don't miss an issue.
Buy single digital issue for your phone or tablet.

Buy Single Digital Issue on the Game & Fish App

Other Magazines

See All Other Magazines

Special Interest Magazines

See All Special Interest Magazines

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Get the top Game & Fish stories delivered right to your inbox every week.

Phone Icon

Get Digital Access.

All Game & Fish subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Enjoying What You're Reading?

Get a Full Year
of Guns & Ammo
& Digital Access.

Offer only for new subscribers.

Subscribe Now