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Best Compact Crossbows, Compounds for Quick, Accurate Hunting

Downsizing has its advantages in the field and these models prove good things come in small packages.

Best Compact Crossbows, Compounds for Quick, Accurate Hunting

The TenPoint Havoc RS440 Xero, which comes with the Garmin Xero X1i laser-rangefinding scope, has an axle-to-axle measurement of just 7 1/2 inches when cocked. (Photo courtesy of TenPoint)

Timing is often critical to getting a shot while bowhunting. Whether hunting with a crossbow or a compound, preparing to shoot typically takes longer than when hunting with firearm.

With a compound, it also requires more movement. These are challenges that bowhunters readily accept and that bow manufacturers seek to help them overcome.

Being able to deftly maneuver a bow is key to capitalizing on a shot opportunity. No matter if the hunt occurs in a treestand or a ground blind, or even in the form of spot-and-stalk, crossbows with narrow widths and compounds with short axle-to-axle lengths shine in tight quarters.

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