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At TenPoint, one of the most common questions we receive is “what target will work best with my crossbow”? Most archery target manufacturers offer both Foam and Bag style Crossbow Targets.  Generally speaking, these crossbow targets will work well with crossbows shooting between 350FPS and 430 FPS, some targets are rated to even higher speeds. Bag targets should be hung from their grommets so that they can swing, allowing them to better absorb the impact of the crossbow arrow.  If bag targets are placed on the ground and are unable to swing, you will begin “shooting through” the target much faster. For those shooting crossbows with higher speeds, shorter arrows, or individuals who shoot their crossbow frequently, below are suggestions based on our experience.   Note that we have not tested all targets on the market, we are sharing our unbiased experience as to what has worked best for us.

Field Points Only

If you want “two finger arrow removal” with 505+ FPS, the below targets are hard to beat.  They typically stop arrows within 8” and last a long time (as long as you space your shots out).   Note that while these targets are great at stopping crossbow arrows, they are not lightweight.  If you plan on moving targets of this type of target frequently, make sure you research the weight of the target before you purchase.

Big Shot Ironman Targets.   We use large BIGshot range targets on our testing range (where all ACUslide crossbows are test fired at 5-yards before leaving the factory). We have found BIGshot Ironman targets to offer the longest life of any target we have tested to date. We also use the BIGshot Kinetic 650 Target on our outdoor range with fantastic results. 

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Spyderweb Targets. Also offer easy arrow removal with the fastest of crossbows.


Fieldpoints and Broadheads

If you are looking for a target that will stop both field points and the occasional broadhead, AND offer EASY arrow removal, the best options we have found so far are from BIGshot Targets.

Click to View BIGshot Compatibility Foam Targets

BIGshot Titan Series Targets: https://www.bigshottargets.com/collections/broadhead-targets-1Stopping

We have found removal of field point arrows to be virtually impossible in most foam targets at speeds over 400 FPS. But if you are planning to use a foam target to stop your high speed/kinetic energy crossbow with field points we recommend that you apply a light coat of the odor-free TenPoint Premium Lubricant or Scorpion Venom lube to the arrow shaft and field point. One small twist of the arrow shaft will usually allow for easier removal.

They will also stop a fixed blade broadhead out of a fast crossbow better than any targets we have tested. The removal is not easy, but you can apply a light coat of the odor-free TenPoint Premium Lubricant or Scorpion Venom lube to the arrow shaft prior to the shot.

All of this information and strategy, while not a guarantee, definitely increases your odds of not only cross paths with many deer throughout the season, but that you will get a good ethical shot opportunity, hopefully at a mature buck!