Excalibur 308 Short Banshee

Review Last Updated: March 11, 2020

Alexander Herbert
Product Review by Alexander Herbert


Today we’ll be reviewing the Excalibur 308 Short Banshee.

It is hard enough looking for the best crossbow to acquire with an array of products to assess. Still, it can be even more overwhelming finding a lightweight and compact curve bow that delivers exceptional performance.

However, it doesn’t have to be and lucky for you, here at Archery Edge, we explore some of the best crossbows in today’s market to assist you on your hunt.

We hope after checking out our reviews, you’ll have newfound confidence to finalize a purchase and get stuck into your next game or hunt.

Excalibur is well known within the archery trade for providing bowmen (and women) with some of the best high-end crossbows on the market, but will the 308 Short Banshee adhere to these high standards?

Please stick around to find out what the Excalibur 308 Short Banshee brings to the table.


  • Compact
  • Lightweight
  • Deceptively powerful
  • Great for blinds


  • Larger archers may find it too small

Excalibur 308 Short Banshee Product Review


  • Overall weight: 5.6 lb
  • Arrow length: 16.5-inches
  • Arrow weight: 350gr+
  • Draw weight: 254 lb
  • Arrow speed: 308 FPS

The Excalibur 308 Short Banshee, designed to be extremely lightweight and compact while still maintaining power, has made quite an impact with bowmen and, like all Excalibur curve bows, delivers excellent performance.

This model is especially suited for tight blinds and tree stands because of its lightweight and compact size. The Banshee has an overall length of 30-inches and features a shorter period of the pull of 12.5-inches.

Without the scope, the Banshee weighs an impressive 5.6 pounds, which secures it as one of the lighter recurve crossbows available in today’s market.

Recurve crossbows tend to be lighter compared to compound crossbows because they don’t require cables, which make them fall on the bulkier side. If you’ve established you’re on the hunt for a lightweight model; we suggest acquiring a recurve crossbow.

Although it may not be compatible with bowers with larger frames and builds, it offers excellent construction for hunters concerned with size and weight, and for both younger hunters and those with a smaller build.

However, it all falls to preference, and there isn’t one-size-fits-all when it comes to crossbows. That said, it is clear that Excalibur has specially designed this curve bow for an intended audience.


The Banshee comes with a finished classic bronze and Kryptek Banshee camo colorway, which gives it a tough coating. The bullpup designed stock is constructed from Excalibur’s SMF polycarbonate material, with an aluminum alloy rail.

Its excellent use of materials just like all Excalibur crossbows makes the Banshee built to last. It is raved about because of its ability to perform well even after four seasons and will require minimal maintenance.

Included accessories

  • Deadzone Scope
  • 1-inch Scope rings
  • Sound Deadening System
  • Air brakes
  • R.E.D.S. vibration dampening
  • Mountable quiver
  • 3x Arrows
  • 3x 100gr Field points
  • Rope cocking device

Excalibur is known for its generous accessories included in its packages, and the Banshee continues this trend.

The supplied air brakes are known for bringing an 8dBSPL decrease in noise levels, with no loss of arrow velocity. There’s no surprise it is one of the quietest recurve available on the market today.

Its included Deadzone scope, just like the Matrix Grizzly model, will provide flexibility to hunt in a range of climates and situations.

Ease of Use

With its small size and lightweight, it is one of the shortest crossbows available.

It is often dismissed as a crossbow for a younger audience or female use but offers excellent performance for archers that prefer blinds and tree stands, and isn’t exclusive to a specific age or gender.

The included rope cocking device makes this crossbow, with a draw weight of 257 lb, it is compatible with almost anyone. Its lightweight also reduces fatigue over extended uses, which will better shot performance.


Overall, the Excalibur 308 Short Banshee has a secured place on the market.

The Banshee is a unique model that caters to a range of people looking for a curve crossbow that is easy to carry with a lightweight and compact size.

Designed with smaller shooters in mind, the Banshee would be an excellent addition to your cart if you have a shorter frame but don’t want the more substantial options to burden your performance.

What are your thoughts on the Excalibur 308 Short Banshee? Let us know in the comments below.

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