Product Reviews

Excalibur Bulldog 400

Bulldog Crossbow


  • Power and speed result in flatter trajectory and better penetration
  • Reliable high speed technology
  • Comfortable to shoot
  • Well balanced


  • Extra power = extra weight
  • Premium price tag
  • Heavy draw weight

Bottom Line

Excalibur’s Bulldog 400 is the fastest recurve crossbow on the market and maybe the greatest big game hunting crossbow ever made.  Based on the more balanced and overall more comfortable Bullpup stock the Excalibur Bulldog 400 has picked up were the older Matrix 405 model left off. Producing blazing shot speeds and devastating anything it hits. This is perfect for hunting big game (Moose, Elk, Deer, ect) but it also means your going to need a solid target. This beast of a crossbow will send your bolts cruising through any bag target that isn’t rated for high speeds. Foam targets are your best bet but even then the bolts are moving so fast that when you hit them they can melt inside (so make sure you put more wax or lubricant on the shafts to prevent this. This issue occurs when target shooting any 400 FPS crossbow, but to be honest this isn’t a target shooting crossbow, this is a hunting crossbow.

“If you want a crossbow to target shoot in the backyard then the Bulldog 400 will probably be OVERKILL x10. This unit is built for one thing, taking down big game.”

Its high speed capability results in flatter trajectories which are ideal in tight quarters or thick bush. And the power will help ensure a pass through just in case you clip bone. It’s 280 pound draw weight is a lot but with the cocking aid is very manageable for most adults, but could be difficult for people with smaller builds. That said its very compact for the power it generates and easy to maneuver and shoot.

Excalibur Bulldog 400 Crossbow

It comes with some great accessories including Excaliburs RED Suppresion system, Guardian Anti-Dry Fire, cheek rest and the Tact-Zone Illuminated Scope. I would have liked to have seen an upgraded scope on this unit but understand the Excalibur probably wanted to keep the weight down. The best feature in my opinion is still the recurve technology. Even though its Excalibur heaviest model it’s still light compared to other 400 FPS compound crossbows and with that still is able to product better reliability.

Overall, the Excalibur Bulldog 400 is not a target shooting crossbow or one for your kids to shoot small game with in the backyard. Instead it’s the best big game hunting crossbow on the market. For hardcore hunters it’ll deliver big time power along with unmatched field capability and reliability that you need when your on the hunt of your life.


  • SPEED –    400 FPS
  • WEIGHT –    6.2 LBS
  • LENGTH –    35.75″
  • WIDTH (Cocked) –    23.75″
  • WIDTH (Uncocked) –    30.25″
  • DRAW WEIGHT –    280 LBS
  • POWER STROKE –    14″

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