|Model||Draw Weight||Velocity||Suggested Arrow Length||Crossbow Length / Weight|
|LastPunch Mk250 camouflage crossbow|
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|150 lbs.||300 FPS|
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|20"||36.25" / 6.82 lbs.|
- Inexpensive crossbow
- Includes illuminated scope
- Includes broadheads
- Cable and string prone to early failure
- Scope exceptionally difficult to sight in
- No rope cocking device included
|Small Game Hunting?|
|Deer, Elk Hunting?|
|Moose, Bear Hunting?|
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What Comes With This Crossbow?
Welcome to our review of the LastPunch Mk250 camouflage crossbow. Each package delivered by LastPunchincludes the following items:
- The LastPunch Mk250 crossbow
- 4×32 illuminated scope
- Assembly hardware and tools
- 4-arrow quiver
- 4 20” arrows
- 2 Broadheads
- Owner’s manual
- Warranty card
Once you’ve unboxed your crossbow, it’s time to assemble it.
Putting it Together
Assembling this crossbow is perfectly easy, if you are accustomed to assembling crossbows. If you’re a newbie to the art, though, the instructions will be of almost no use to you. You should probably enlist the help of an experienced crossbow hunter, if you’ve never assembled a crossbow before.
When you assemble this crossbow, you install the cable slide onto the cables. As I was doing this, the first thing I noticed was that the cables were already slightly frayed. I contacted the seller on Amazon, and got a new cable in the mail within a few days. Unfortunately, I then had to pay someone to install these cables for me, since I do not have a bow press. Strike 1 for the LastPunch Mk250.
Once I got the crossbow assembled (took me a mere 10 minutes once I had the pieces back), I took it out and worked on sighting in and testing accuracy.
Accuracy And Power
Before I could test the accuracy of the crossbow, I had to sight in the 4×32 illuminated scope that comes with the crossbow. It took an unusually large number of shots to sight in this scope, which tells me the scope was never calibrated for this particular crossbow. All told, it took me probably an hour and 40 shots before I had the scope sighted in. Strike 2.
Once sighted in, I tested the accuracy of the crossbow. I’m a skilled crossbow archer, and I’m used to laying down 1/2” or tighter groupings from 20 yards. With the Mk250, though, I was doing good to maintain a 1” grouping from 20 yards. From 30 yards, my groupings fell off quite a bit, and were in a 3” pattern. I didn’t attempt shooting from beyond 30 yards, because I won’t take a shot that I know will be in larger than a 2-1/2” pattern. I was almost leaning towards calling this strike 3 for the Mk250 and not even taking it hunting at this stage.
The Mk250 fires arrows at 300 fps, with 80 ft. lbs. of kinetic energy when using 400 grain arrows. This is powerful enough to take on grizzlies or Cape buffalo, but the accuracy of the crossbow is so weak that you would have to make a particularly lucky shot from close range to take down such a large animal.Use our arrow ballistics calculator for more valuable information.
Ballistic Data For The LastPunch Mk250 Camouflage
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 Enjoy the Mk250?
Inside 25 yards, the Mk250 is accurate enough to present itself as an adequate weapon for taking down a deer or elk. It’s not the lightest crossbow on the market, but at 6.82 lbs. it isn’t all that heavy, either. I did take the Mk250 x-bow deer hunting a couple of times, and found that with the addition of a sling to the crossbow, it was rather comfortable to carry.
The second time I took the Mk250 out hunting, I had a deer come within 20 yards of my tree stand, so I took careful aim and then took the shot. This is when things got ugly; after less than a month of use and with professional care, the string snapped completely on the shot. I was fortunate not to be injured, but this was definitely Strike 3 for the crossbow. It’s since been disassembled and unstrung, and will never be used again.
Cocking The LastPunch Mk250
This crossbow does not include a rope cocking device, and the draw weight of the crossbow is 150 pounds. I strongly recommend investing in a rope cocking device, for your safety and improved accuracy.
I didn’t exper
ience this myself, but several other hunters who have purchased the Mk250 have reported problems with the cocking mechanism after a few months of use. Rather than bringing the crossbow in for repairs, LastPunch instructed them to finangle the trigger free with a screwdriver!
The Crossbow Scope
The included scope takes forever to sight in, but at least it holds true throughout an entire season. The illumination levels are quite good, and you can choose between red and green illumination. The scope’s optics are nicely coated, meaning the scope is relatively fog-proof.See our detailed guide on how to sight-in your crossbow
The bolts that come with the Mk250 are aluminum 20” arrows, weighted to 400 grain. My recommendation is to switch them out with high quality carbon bolts, since carbon bolts are more durable and shoot straighter and faster.You can also learn more about crossbow arrows and take a look at our broadhead recommendations
Safety and Design
The safety of this crossbow has already been demonstrated in the pre-frayed cables and the string that snaps after less than 100 shots. The cocking mechanism, according to reports from trusted colleagues in hunting, has a tendency to jam up. Finally, the safety engages and disengages precisely when it should, perhaps the only part of this crossbow to work well.
There is no warranty card included with the crossbow, but I’ve heard from the seller that this crossbow is covered under a 5-year limited warranty. Service for the crossbow is decent, as far as getting the cable replaced, but other buyers have been instructed to try fixing problems themselves rather than sending the crossbow in for repairs.
Crossbow Review – Summary
Thanks for reading our crossbow review.The LastPunch Mk250 is a very inexpensive crossbow, and you definitely get what you pay for in this industry, most of the time. I would pass on this crossbow due to its many safety flaws and poor quality control. Take a look at today's amazon.com price on this crossbow and check out our top 10 crossbows rankings for more.