Excalibur Ibex SMF Reviewon May 24, 2012
By the Crossbow Tramp
The Ibex SMF package comes complete with 2.5 power scope, side quiver, four arrows and cocking rope.
I have just completed another affair with a most desirable crossbow. Almost perfect in every way, she is well built, very attractive, a dependable and sturdy hunting partner and slips oh so beautifully into my arms. After a brief affair, I am so pleased to add her to my list of loves. The Excalibur Ibex SMF did everything I expected and not once, broke my heart.
Excalibur’s reputation for making high quality, durable and very accurate crossbows is second to none. Over the years, they have produced some of the most popular crossbows on the market and it is not without good reason that they remain an industry leader today.
The reticules on the Excalibur 2.5 power scope on my bow were exactly calibrated for 20,30,40 and 50 yards.
When the Ibex arrived at my door step, I hurried to my office with the box and began assembly anxious to head for the range to see what she could do. At first glance, I was treated to attractive bow and riser covered in a beautiful Realtree AP HD skin. A quick and simple connection of the bow and riser and the Ibex SMF was ready for action. This particular Ibex came complete with Excalibur 2.5 scope, side quiver, cocking rope and arrows; and it was strung with the optional Flemish Dyna Flight String for superior performance.
The lightweight, durable stock of the Ibex SMF is so well made and so beautiful that the Excalibur proudly puts its name right on the stock.
The Ibex SMF tips the scales at just a hair under 6 pounds which makes it easy to handle with little burden regardless of how long the trek. It has a 175 pound draw weight and a 14 ½ inch power stroke, which launches a 350 grain arrow at around 305 feet/second; a speed more than fast enough to bring down whatever you’re shooting at. When shouldered, it fits the contour of the body snuggly and comfortably made ever more so by the generous thumbhole stock, a feature that I have always favored in a crossbow.
Perry Mason’s range setup allows us to ideal conditions for sighting in and judging the performance of each crossbow tested.