Today’s crossbows continue to get faster, hit harder, and come in more compact designs than ever before.
Here’s a look at what we’ve found for new crossbows for 2023 from some of the best crossbow manufacturers in the business.
TenPoint Flatline 460
TenPoint Crossbows has continued to raise the bar over the years when it comes to crossbow speed and performance. Now they’re doing it again by introducing the fastest compact crossbow ever designed. The new Flatline 460 was designed to deliver big performance in the smallest footprint possible. As the name implies, the Flatline shoots 460 feet per second, yet measures just 26.5″.
The crossbow is powered by a reverse-draw design that features a 14″ powerstroke. This unique design and construction results in a 47% longer powerstroke than forward-draw crossbow of the same length. The result is an incredibly fast and and compact crossbow for hunting the tight confines of a treestand or ground blind.
Specs on the Flatline 460:
Speed – 460 FPS (w/400-grain arrow)
Length – 26.5”
Width – 7.5”
Weight – 7.5 lbs
Price – $2,599
Barnett Hyper Raptor
The Barnett Hyper Raptor Crossbow was built to answer the demand for a quality crossbow for the beginner shooter. It’s also great option for anyone making the transition for beginner to intermediate shooter. The Hyper Raptor’s platform makes it easy to transfer shooting skills from rifle to crossbow without making significant adjustments or compromising accuracy.
The crossbow features a high-efficiency, synthetic cam system, powder-coated limbs, and Barnett’s Crosswire String and Cable System. The Hyper Raptor crossbow has plenty of performance as well, launching arrows with up to 142 ft-lbs of kinetic energy. The crossbow is built with a durable, lightweight glass composite, for a smaller size and a unique aesthetic look.
Specs on the Hyper Raptor:
Speed – 410 FPS (w/400-grain arrow)
Length – 34”
Width – 7.25”
Weight – 7.1 lbs
Price – $599
TenPoint Stealth 450
The Stealth 450 is TenPoint’s newest forward-draw crossbow for 2023. It’s their fastest forward-draw crossbow ever at 450fps, and it packs 191 ft/lbs of kinetic energy.
In order to reinforce and stabilize the scope more, they added scope struts on either side to reduce vibration. The Stealth 450 comes in Veil Camo, and the full package includes the crossbow with the ACUslide cocking/de-cocking system, an Evo-X Marksman Elite scope, 3 arrows, and a quiver. This also is available with the Burris Oracle X Rangefinding Scope.
Specs on the Stealth 450:
Speed – 450 FPS
Width – 8.5”
Weight – 7.5 lbs
Price – $2,149
Bear-X Constrictor Pro
Bear continues to build on their young brand of crossbow options for hunters with several great new options for 2023. The Constrictor Pro is a proven performer, but has now been redesigned for even more power on an extremely compact frame. The Constrictor Pro measures just 8.125” wide cocked and roughly 12” wide uncocked. It’s a great option when hunting in the tight confines of a treestand or ground blind.
The crossbow comes standard with an ambidextrous top mount quiver that sits on a 360-degree pivot and allows the hunter to position the quiver in variety of angles for a custom feel. It comes in a ready-to-hunt package that includes an Illuminated Reticle/Speed Adjustable scope, 3 Bear X TrueX arrows, 4-arrow quiver, sling, manual cocking sled, arrow lube /string wax and is available in Stone/Veil Whitetail or Stone/TrueTimber Strata finish options.
Specs on the Constrictor Pro:
Speed – 420 FPS
Width – 8.125”
Price – $699
The Bear Domain crossbow delivers an affordable crossbow option while maintaining plenty of performance and maneuverability for the hunter. It measures just 10.125” wide when cocked and 14” wide when uncocked, making it easy to handle for the beginner or veteran hunter alike. The crossbow boasts plenty of downrange performance with speeds of 410 FPS.
The Domain comes in a Ready to Hunt package with an Illuminated Reticle/Speed Adjustable Scope, 3 TrueX Max arrows, 4-arrow quiver, sling, cocking sled, and arrow lube / string wax.
Specs on the Domain:
Speed – 410 FPS
Width – 10.125”
Price – $549