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Excalibur Matrix SMF Grizzly

Review Last Updated: January 23, 2020

Alexander Herbert
Product Review by Alexander Herbert

Introduction

Today we'll be reviewing the Excalibur Matrix SMF Grizzly.

Our reviews are based on in-depth research and product analysis. Let's dive in!

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Compact
  • Robust

Cons

  • No anti-dry-fire mechanism

Excalibur Matrix SMF Grizzly Product Review

Specs

  • Arrow Length: 18”
  • Arrow Weight: 350gr+
  • Draw Weight: 200lbs
  • Arrow speed: 305fps

Safety features:

Excalibur is well known for the quality of its recurve bows, and the Matrix Grizzly provides all the functionality of their flagship Matrix line at an accessible price point. Manufactured as a lightweight hunting alternative, the Grizzly uses the same CRT limbs as the rest of the Matrix range.

Durability

Boasting a thumbhole stock design made from a sturdy polycarbonate material that ensures robustness in a lightweight package. Unlike compound crossbows that have complex mechanical moving parts, the Excalibur Matrix Grizzly uses a recurve design, reducing the amount of wear and tear and maintenance required.

Excalibur’s proprietary REDS (Recoil Energy Dissipation System) vibration dampening isn’t featured on the Grizzly, but it serves as a base platform that can be upgraded over time.

Included Accessories

The Grizzly comes with the following accessories:

  • Deadzone scope
  • Mountable quiver
  • 4 x 18” arrows
  • 4 x 150gr field points
  • Rope cocking mechanism

Overall the quality of the included accessories is high, and the Deadzone scope will serve most bowhunters well in a variety of situations. It can even be adjusted for velocity. 4 x Diablo arrows are also included in this package and are suitable for most target and bowhunting circumstances.

If you do plan on replacing the arrows or purchasing extras, we would recommend staying with 18” arrows, as users have noted that there is slightly too much overhang from 20” bolts.

Ease of Use

Excalibur has created a respectably powered crossbow in a neat and tidy package, weighing only 5.5lbs with a relatively compact design. These properties have led to the Grizzly being a fantastic choice for younger bowhunters or those with a smaller frame; maybe you are just looking for a crossbow with a slightly reduced size.

Of course, the included rope cocking device will need to be used when taking on 200lb of draw weight, but it is surprisingly easy, even for youth bowmen.

This isn’t the most stunningly powerful crossbow on the market, but it is capable of handling most big game. There is definitely an audience for the Grizzly.

Noise and vibration are not as extreme as expected considering the lack of suppressors, the Grizzly is, however, easily upgraded with Excalibur’s REDS dampeners.

I feel as if the Grizzly has been designed to get archers using their Matrix line with an entry-point model which is easily upgradeable.

Safety

The Grizzly uses a manual safety mechanism, which seems to be standard on most Excalibur crossbows. I haven’t found any reason to complain regarding the safety features of this crossbow or suspect that they won’t hold up over time.

Bowmen will have to practice proper trigger discipline and be mindful that there is a lack of auto-safety.

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