CAMX X330 Review – Compound Crossbow

ModelDraw WeightStrokeVelocitySuggested Arrow LengthCrossbow Length / Weight
CAMX X330 Crossbow

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165 lbs.12.25"330 FPS

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20"35.5" / 6.875 lbs.
- Very safe foregrip with spring-loaded safety wings
- Superb accuracy
- Multi-reticle scope has markings out to 70 yards

- Scope is not illuminated
- Wide limbs
- Owner’s manual actually recommends hand-cocking the x-bow
Small Game Hunting?yes2
Deer, Elk Hunting?yes2
Moose, Bear Hunting?yes2
Target Shooting?yes2
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Thanks for checking out my review of the CAMX X330 crossbow. CAMX is a relative new kid on the block, so I was eager to take the X330 for a spin when it became available. (The X330 was just announced at the 2017 Archery Trade Association show.) Let’s see how the x-bow compares to the competition.

What Comes With This Crossbow?

If you order the CAMX X330 base package, you’ll receive these items:

  • The CAMX X330 crossbow itself, including riser and stock
  • Assembly hardware and tools
  • ARC 330 scope
  • Four 20-inch AccuSpine carbon arrows with field tips
  • Four-arrow quiver
  • Rope-cocking device

If you go with the CAMX hunting package, you get all of the above, plus:

  • Four Xbow 100 broadheads
  • Camo quiver upgrade
  • Lo-Ready crossbow sling
  • Wax and lube kit

How Difficult Is It to Assemble Your New Crossbow?

Putting this x-bow together is no trivial task, but it isn’t difficult. Follow the excellent instructions, and you should have your weapon ready to sight in within half an hour. Everything you need, from the hardware to the tools, is included in the box.

How Easy Is the Scope to Sight In?

CAMX has specced this scope specifically for the X330, so there’s no need to make any velocity adjustments. In fact, the scope is almost sighted in right out of the box. All you have to do is verify shot placement from 20 yards, making minor adjustments as necessary. Since this x-bow and scope are new for 2017, I don’t know yet how well the glass holds zero. So far, so good, though.

How Accurate and Powerful Is This Crossbow?

The scope has reticle markers out to 70 yards, but CAMX advertises better range than this. The company guarantees groupings of an inch at 20 yards and sub-two-inch patterns at 100 yards, assuming you use the included arrows and field points. I put that to the test, and yeah…this baby really does shoot groupings that tight from a hundred yards.

The X330 has it where power’s concerned, too, dealing out just over 100 foot pounds of kinetic energy. Granted, that’s not the most powerful x-bow on the market, but considering all you need is 75 foot pounds of KE for bison or grizzly bears, I’d say the weapon is powerful enough.

Use our arrow ballistics calculator for more valuable information.

Ballistic Data For The CAMX X330

Your actual results will vary slightly depending on weather, and significantly with arrow weight change. See our Crossbow Ballistics Guides section for a complete understanding of how we conducted our tests and why this data matters.

Will Hunters Like the X330?

Fully loaded, this x-bow only weighs eight and a half pounds, so you’ll barely notice you’re carrying it into the bush. It has all of the characteristics you need in a crossbow for a successful hunt: power, accuracy, stealth, and a relatively quiet shot. It’s a bit on the wide side, at 25 inches, but it’s still decently maneuverable in a tree stand. I wouldn’t want to use it from a small ground blind, though.

How Difficult Is the X-bow to Cock?

The CAMX X330 includes a rope cocking device, which I recommend you use. I was astonished to read in the owner’s manual instructions and even recommendations for hand-cocking the x-bow. This is not a practice I recommend, because you’ll never get as consistent a pull or accurate a shot unless you use some sort of cocking device. It pulls back with 165 pounds of draw weight, but the rope cocking device drops that down to under 85 pounds of required force.

What’s the Included Scope Like?

CAMX has produced the included scope, the ARC 330, specifically for this x-bow and the included arrows. That’s one reason so little effort is required to sight in the scope. The glass includes multi-reticles with aiming points for 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, and 70 yards. That may very well be the most aiming points I’ve ever seen on a x-bow scope. It’s a good quality piece of glass, but I wish it was illuminated for low-light conditions.

See our detailed guide on how to sight-in your crossbow

What Kind of Arrows Do I Need?

In the box, you’ll receive four AccuSpine 20-inch carbon arrows with field tips, with an overall weight of 410-grain per arrow. You can use any off-the-shelf or custom x-bow arrows with this model, as long as they are 20 inches long and weigh at least 400-grain with field tips or broadheads. That said, the included arrows are good quality and have lasted me many shots.

You can also learn more about crossbow arrows and take a look at our broadhead recommendations

How’s the Safety and Design?

CAMX has a unique safety feature that will definitely keep your fingers in one piece. The spring-loaded safety shield flips down when you use the rope cocking device to draw the string, and then pops back into place once the x-bow is cocked. On top of that, the skeletonized foregrip offers a natural holding point that keeps your fingers well beneath even the safety shield.

The trigger is light and has a crisp pull, feeling around 3.5 pounds. The anti dry-fire and safety mechanisms work flawlessly, and the safety is ambidextrous.

What Kind of Warranty Backs This Crossbow?

CAMX says its crossbows are warranted for the “product life” of the weapon for the original owner. This means the period of time during which the components required to repair or replace a given product are still in production or stock. Given that CAMX has a short history, I’m prone to take this with a grain of salt until the company’s solvency is proven.

CAMX X330 Crossbow Review – Summary

Thanks for reading my review of the CAMX X330 crossbow. This is a good crossbow with some excellent safety features, and it’s very well-suited for target practice or hunting. It’s relatively quiet, powerful, and fast. On top of that, it’s relatively lightweight and compact, except for the axle-to-axle width. I just wish the scope was illuminated.

Make sure to check today’s price on the CAMX X330 Crossbow if you’re interested.

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