Welcome to the review of the Killer line of crossbows. Killer is a relatively new company to the world of crossbows, but its parent company, Hawk, has a long history in the hunting industry.
|Killer Instinct 350
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|Draw Weight||165 lbs.|
|Suggested Arrow Length||20"|
|Crossbow Weight||6.2 lbs.|
Characteristics of Killer Crossbows
Killer currently offers two crossbows in their current lineup. Sold under the name of Killer Instinct, the only real difference in the two crossbows is draw weight and speed. The Killer Instinct line is a fairly lightweight (6.5 lbs. or so) crossbow that offers a good combination of speed, accuracy and portability.
Killer crossbows feature triggers with no creep and an anti-dry fire system that will not allow the crossbow to fire when unloaded. The Instinct 350 also features an adjustable front grip to allow for you to customize how the crossbow fits you and your specific shooting style.
Each Killer Instinct 350 comes as a complete kit and includes:
- The Killer Instinct Crossbow
- A 4×32 mm illuminated glass reticle scope
- A 3 arrow tactical side mount quiver
- A rope cocking aid
- Three 20” carbon arrows
- Starter pack of rail lube
- Assembly hardware and tools
- Owner’s manual
Killer Crossbows offers a limited lifetime warranty on each of their crossbows. This does not include the standard wear parts, including strings, cables, cams, etc. but does include all the big stuff. The warranty is only good for the original purchaser so that is something to keep in mind if you are looking at a used Killer Instinct.
Killer Crossbow Accessories
As a newer company to the world of crossbows, Killer only has a few accessories currently available on the market. Each is discussed in detail below.
Killer offers their line of arrows under the name of KillerTech. These arrows are sold in 6 packs and are 20” long carbon arrows. They are designed for speed, accuracy and high kinetic energy. Each comes with a preinstalled moon nock and Bohning X vanes. As with many companies, you will need to supply your own field points and/or broad heads.
Killer Cocking Devices
Killer offers a rope cocking device for use with their Killer Instinct crossbows. The cocking device is designed to not only cut felt weight of draw by more than 50%, but to also provide an even cock for enhanced accuracy. The Killer rope cocker is a universal design that is usable with a number of crossbows on the market.
Killer offers a pro grade 4×32 mm illuminated glass reticle scope with their crossbows. The scope is of high quality and does an excellent job of holding zero. We have found the fit and finish to be excellent and the coating on the lenses does a great job of keeping the optics from fogging up.
Killer offers a compact soft sided case for the Instinct line. The case is designed for a narrow limb crossbow and features extra padding to ensure your crossbow stays safe during transit. The case also features tactical MOLLE loops on the exterior for adding additional gear as well as storage for your arrows.
In addition to the above listed accessories, Killer also offers a KI Deadening™ string suppressor kit. These suppressors mount easily to the top of the risers and do an excellent job of mitigating string slap when firing. They are reasonably priced and are an addition we would certainly recommend.
Killer also offers a side mount tactical quiver bracket. The KI Deadening™ TAC quiver mount allows you to have your arrows in a more convenient position than the traditional cross mount found on many other crossbows. This bracket attaches to the Picatinny rail under the crossbow and allows the arrows to be stored along either side of the forend of the crossbow, greatly increasing accessibility.
Buying a Used Killer Crossbow
We always recommend against buying a used crossbow, simply because you won’t really know what condition the crossbow is in unless you are intimately familiar with crossbow design and manufacturer. The fact that Killer does offer a limited lifetime warranty on their crossbows is a good thing, but remember that is only for the original purchaser. Given the high speeds generated by the Killer Instinct line, we would be hard pressed to say it is a good idea to buy used, unless you have a pro shop you really trust to check it out first.