Best Crossbow Under 500 – Guide & Top Picks 2020


Previously on TargetChaser, we featured the best crossbow for the money and the best crossbow for hunting. Most of them were under $1000. Yet a lot of us don’t want to spend $1000 on a crossbow. For those today we have the best crossbow under 500. 

Finding the best crossbow for you can be a tough ask. A shopkeeper might try to sell you the most expensive item in his possession. While that crossbow may be good. But is it good for you? If you have already decided you want a crossbow under $500 then that expensive crossbow is not for you. 

It’s not about budget always, some of us don’t even need anything more than a $500 crossbow. A lot of us can’t use the crossbow to its full potential. That’s why we are here to help you decide your next crossbow. Let’s get started.

Best Crossbow Under 500

1. Barnett Whitetail Pro STR Crossbow

Speed 400 FPS
Kinetic Energy 140
Power Stroke 16.375"
Draw Weight 187 LBS
Axle to Axle 17.625"

Barnett Whitetail Pro STR is an excellent crossbow. It’s without any doubt the best crossbow under 500 you can get. This crossbow is capable of shooting at up to 400 FPS.

We have featured this crossbow in various posts of ours. That should speak the might of this crossbow. For $500 the crossbow nails a lot of things. You get a mighty 400 FPS speed. It’s enough for any hunting, archery, or anything that you can do with a crossbow. 

The camo finish of the crossbow is a beauty, to say the least. You get an excellent warranty from Barnett. Equipped with Nock Sensor and Anti Dry Fire Trigger System to eliminate Dry Fires and finger trigger safety for extra protection. 

The crossbow doesn’t lack that much. What crossbow does lack is a good cocking mechanism. You need to use the good old rope cocking mechanism. The draw weight is also quite high 187lbs. The draw weight is the only drawback of the crossbow. Yeah yeah, not funny, heard that one before. 

The included scope is also a good performer. It’s illuminated with 32mm of the objective lens. The scope has fixed 4x magnification. It is plenty enough for 50 yards of shooting. If you have the money, you don’t need to look at the rest just buy this crossbow.

2. PSE Thrive 400 Crossbow Package

Speed 400 FPS
Kinetic Energy 142
Power Stroke 17"
Draw Weight 175 LBS
Axle to Axle 18 1/4"

As the name suggests, this is also a 400 FPS crossbow. But for that, you need to use the included 22″ carbon bolts. You can use other bolts, but for optimal performance, you need the carbon bolts. 

The cam of this crossbow is reversed. Not like traditional crossbows. Like all the other crossbows there is anti-dry fire protection. The trigger creep didn’t felt too much either. 

The crossbow comes with a pre-mounted 4x32mm illuminated crossbow scope. I like that even under $500 they are all providing illuminated reticles. Illuminated reticle helps a ton in dusk and dawn hunting. 

The crossbow is made out of CNC material. Thanks to that it’s lightweight and super-fast. The material involved in the crossbow and the string can play a large role in the max speed. 

You can hit the 380-390 FPS mark with a breeze. This can be an excellent option for someone looking for a good crossbow within the budget.

3. Barnett Explorer XP400 Crossbow

Speed 400 FPS
Kinetic Energy 135
Power Stroke 13.75"
Draw Weight 200 LBS
Axle to Axle 16. 25"

Barnett Explorer XP is another great budget crossbow from Barnett. But unlike the Whitetail the explorer XP can’t reach the 400 FPS mark. But it can shoot at up to 380 FPS. 380 FPS is no joke its quite a high number for a crossbow. 

Like all the other budget Barnett crossbow this one also features the same 4×32 illuminated reticle scope. You can easily change the scope if you don’t like it, but we liked it quite a bit. The performance was satisfactory. 

This crossbow is lightweight and super compact. You can easily take it anywhere. 

In case I forgot to tell you, you can get a 400 FPS version of this crossbow for some extra money. If you are in tight budget 380 is plenty enough. 

Like every other budget crossbow, the draw weight of this crossbow is also high. It’s around 185 lbs. With a rope coking tool, you can easily cock the device. But honestly, they should do something to reduce this ridiculous amount of draw weight. 

4. CenterPoint Sniper 370 Crossbow

Speed 370 FPS
Black Stock Yes
Power Stroke 13.50"
Draw Weight 185 LBS
Axle to Axle (Cocked) 18"

CenterPoint crossbow is not related to TenPoint crossbows. While TenPoint makes some of the best top-end crossbows on the market. CenterPoint is more like Robin hood. They provide some of the best budget crossbows on the market. The CenterPoint Sniper is a crossbow that is capable of firing at 370 FPS. The price of this crossbow is less than $400. 

The draw weight is 185lbs. Like every other crossbow on the list, my main complaint is the draw weight. I feel like a broken record while repeating this. But ignoring this, the crossbow has a lot to offer for the price. Thus it is one of the best crossbows under $500.

CenterPoint provides a 5-year limited warranty. It may not be much, but with this build quality and performance, I don’t think you are sending this to warranty anytime soon. The included scope is a 4×32 crossbow scope. You will also get a rope cocker inside the package for free. 

The building material of this crossbow is CNC machined aluminum. That’s why it’s super lightweight. Anti-dry fire safety is present in the crossbow. What is also present a decent amount of creep. You won’t notice if you are used to high creep triggers. But it’s worth mentioning. 

Considering everything and the excellent performance with 370 FPS, it’s quite easy to recommend this crossbow.

5. BearX Intense Ready to Shoot Crossbow

Speed 400 FPS
Sport Type Tactical & Military
Power Stroke 12.7"
DImensions (LxWxH) : 33.00 x 20.10 x 9.20"
Axle-To-Axle 10"/14"

It’s the cheapest crossbow on the list. It is also one of the most compact crossbows on the list. The uncocked width of the crossbow is 14″ and 10″ cocked. You can easily take the crossbow to anywhere you like. 

This crossbow is also capable of firing at 400 FPS. For the price it is coming at, 400 FPS is insane. 

The included scope is illuminated. Even though you can’t compare it with other top tier scopes. The scope is not bad but I was hoping to get better. The scope should be the first thing in your upgrade list.

Honestly, I was expecting more arrows. But you only get 3 inside the box. Tried to purchase some more arrows afterward. 3 won’t cut it out simply.

You won’t have to worry about any dry fire so that’s nice. The trigger creep is not terrible, but I was hoping less. If you take the 370 FPS black version you can get that for less than $300. 

It’s a steal if you ask me. For people with a tight budget, this crossbow is an excellent choice. 

Best Crossbow Under 500: Conclusion

I hope you enjoyed the read, because I certainly enjoyed writing it. Good value for money has always been my motto. I would appreciate if you have any feedback that you would like to share. Don’t forget to bookmark TargetChaser to read more cool stuff.

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