Excalibur Bulldog 440

Review Last Updated: March 11, 2020

Alexander Herbert
Product Review by Alexander Herbert

Product Features

  • Recurve reliability and simplicity
  • Bone crushing 440 FPS
  • Charger EXT Silent Crank System allows for safe, silent & easy cocking/de-cocking
  • Pro-Shot Adjustable custom precision 3 lb Trigger delivering superior accuracy


Today we’ll be exploring all things Excalibur Bulldog 440.

If you’re a hunter looking for a crossbow that offers rugged reliability and exceptional accuracy, there are plenty available on the market to meet that requirement.

That said, the market is busy, and it can quickly inundate you with a range of styles and brands that distract you from what you’ expect to find. It can also be a challenge spotting the diamond in the rough.

Lucky for you, here at Archery Edge, we explore the best crossbows featured in today’s market and think our reviews will bring confidence to your final decision.

Before you commence your search, it is always advised to confirm your budget and needs, so you know exactly what you have in mind.

Will the Excalibur Bulldog 440 have what it takes? Let’s meet the candidate!


  • Powerful
  • Silent
  • Great accessories
  • Industry-leading trigger mechanism
  • Anti-dry-fire


  • Smaller archers may find this a little too large

Excalibur Bulldog 440 Product Review

The Excalibur Bulldog 440 crossbow is one of many models featured in the Matrix range and will spark interest from hunters who expect speed.

Excalibur is renowned for the inclusion of its carefully tested Recurve technology that offers its consumers with dependable and precise shots.

That’s why the Bulldog 440 has proven to be a hit within the industry.

The Bulldog 440 features extra horsepower from the Matrix High Output limbs, and it is specifically designed to be the fastest crossbow in the Matrix series.

It is a premium crossbow, which is purposefully designed to throw arrows downrange hard and fast. A quality build is expected from Excalibur crossbows that continues with the Bulldog 440, and you get a generous amount of quality accessories included with the package.

Accessories included in the package:

  • Tact-100 illuminated scope
  • Pro-shot ACP trigger
  • 4 Proflight premium arrows
  • Charger EXT Silent Crank System
  • Fail-safe strap/charger handle
  • Guardian anti-dry-fire
  • R.E.D.S. Suppressors
  • Ambidextrous cheek piece
  • 30 mm scope rings
  • 4 arrow quiver
  • 4 100 gr field points

The standout accessory has to be the cocking system, the Bulldog 440 includes an EXT Silent Cranking system attached, which makes it both one of the fastest and quietest crossbows on the market.

There are times when a second shot is required and to make attempts efficient and easy to perform, the inclusion of the Tact-100 scope. As well as this, the Tact-100 features a fully illuminated multi-reticle, which enables one-hundred yards of accurate range.

However, we don’t recommend taking shots with that kind of distance unless for practice purposes. For humane hunting practices, you shouldn’t attempt to kill shots further than 40 yards.


You can expect to work with one of the toughest crossbows on the market with the Bulldog 440’s skeletonized bullpup stock design which features an ambidextrous cheek rest.

The Bulldog 440’s stock is built from a sturdy polycarbonate material that improves grip and accuracy for both left and right-handed users. Due to its recurve construction, this model also reduces any maintenance demands compared to compound crossbows on the market.

It also features an improved Pro-Shot ACP Trigger system, which provides users with a reliable 3 lb of the trigger pull, without any creep. A crossbow with a trigger system prevents any grit from entering the mechanism and ensures a smooth use during its life span.

Ease of Use

The Bulldog 440 is arguably one of the quietest crossbows you will find out there, with the inclusion of the EXT Silent Crank and its proprietary R.E.D.S dampening system. These both enhance what is already an almost noiseless recurve bow.


Throughout Excalibur’s Matrix series, you will find all of its crossbows have Guardian Anti-Dry-Fire Technology, which is designed to catch the string if accidentally fired without an arrow loaded.

The Guardian system is a self-contained unit inside the crossbow’s scope mount, which prevents the crossbow from dry firing, and therefore saving you from danger or possible damage to your recurve bow.


After checking out Excalibur’s Matrix Bulldog 440 Recurve Bow, it is clear to us it has the credentials to bring power and control to any future games or hunting.

If the Bulldog 440 has pulled at your bow’s strings and you don’t have a restricted budget, then you can find it on the market at a premium price.

However, if you don’t want to break the bank then Excalibur includes the Grizzy in its Matrix range which caters to those looking for an inexpensive alternative.

What is your take on the Excalibur Bulldog 440? Have you used it before?

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