Excalibur Micro 355 Review: Is It Worth Your Money?

excalibur crossbow micro 355 review

Introduction: Excalibur Micro 355 Review

I always wanted to own an Excalibur crossbow. I just kept deciding against buying one because they only make recurves and it didn’t make sense to grab a recurve since I already own a few compounds.

But I finally made that reason the same reason why I SHOULD buy an Excalibur crossbow.

First of all, I’ve heard a lot about Excalibur and their reputation makes me itch to just own one. I feel like I’m missing half of my life not hunting with one because of how people praise their Excaliburs. I said, “you know what, I should give this a try”.

Second, I should also give recurve crossbows a shot. And where else will I look if not from Excalibur? (I talk in more detail on the good things about recurves as I go on with my review.)

Anyway, this Excalibur Micro 355 review is my personal report on the crossbow – how it performs, does it live up to expectations, what I like and don’t like, and so on.

Summary: Excalibur Micro 355 Review

Are you in a hurry and have no time to read the full review? I know that feeling, so I made a visual summary for you:

Use: Hunting, Target Shooting

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  • Very lightweight (this is the lightest I’ve ever owned)
  • Very accurate
  • Good trigger
  • Very easy to maintain
  • No accidental dry-firing possibilites
  • Balanced
  • Quality build
  • Durable

  • Despite the R.E.D.S. supressors, it still produces little noise
  • Anti-dry fire does not automatically engage while cocking
  • Heavier draw than compounds

Complete Excalibur Micro 355 Review

What is it?

Excalibur Micro 355 is built on the platform of the popular Micro 335. The Micro 355 is a step up from the 335.

It combines the 335’s ease of use, reliability and maneuverability with the lethal speed and power to deliver bone-crashing performance from the tightest spaces.

About Excalibur

Excalibur has a reputation of building deadly accurate crossbows. And I’ll be honest with you – I never felt complete as a hunter without owning at least one Excalibur crossbow.

That’s why I did my research (like I always do before buying gear) on Excalibur’s product line and in the end, I decided to go with the Micro 355.

Why the Micro 355 in particular out of all the Excalibur crossbows?

Because one of the main things that kept me from buying recruves (despite their simplicity and accuracy) is their wider dimension. Micro 355 is the personal solution for me as it lives up to its “micro” name.

I almost went with the Micro Suppressor but the speed drops to 343 FPS with the Sound Deadening System. But if you want a quieter Micro 355, the Micro Suppressor is better for you. It’s based on the Micro 355 platform.

Anyway, Excalibur was started in 1983 and unlike the brands of my current crossbows, Excalibur is not a “huge” company. They even said it in their website, “we aren’t big business cashing in on crossbow hunting, we’re crossbow hunters who build crossbows”.

That made me even more intruiged to try their crossbows because like I previously said, my current crossbows are built by “big name” manufacturers. Besides, there’s no such thing as owning too many crossbows (tell that to my wife).

In this Excalibur Micro 355 review, and I’ll include everything you need to know about the crossbow.

What’s in the Box?

  • Excalibur Micro 355 Crossbow
  • Tact-Zone Illuminated Scope
  • 30mm Rings
  • 4-Arrow Quiver
  • Four Quill Arrows with 150-grain Field Points
  • Instruction Manual and DVD
  • Hardware and allen wrenches

Excalibur Micro 355 Specs:

Property Value
Product Code 3355
Speed 355 FPS
Draw weight 280 lbs
Power stroke 10″
Width 21″ cocked, 25″ uncocked
Overall weight 5.2 lbs
Draw system Recurve
Arrow weight minimum 350 grains
Arrow length 16.5″

Excalibur Micro 355 Features:

  • Feather-Lite Skeletonized stock
  • Quad-Loc riser
  • Gen 2 CRT limbs
  • Rubber grip inserts
  • Ambidextrous cheek piece
  • Over sized finger guards
  • Guardian Anti-Dry-Fire System
  • BCY DynaFLIGHT 97 micro string
  • R.E.D.S. Suppressors
  • Rope-Cocking aid
  • Realtree XTRA® Camo Pattern


Micro 355 really lives up to its name – it’s one compact crossbow. It’s an excellent choice for hunting from a ground blind or tree stand, and it’s the perfect crossbow for hunting in tight covers.

Let’s go over the components before I start my real review:

Excalibur Micro 355 Review

The Quad-Loc riser contains each limb on all four sides for added consistency and accuracy. The bow combines the riser with Gen 2 CRT limbs to launch bolts up to 355 FPS. That kind of speed from a power stroke of just 10 inches is pretty impressive. Moving on…

Micro 355 features a Feather-Lite skeletonized stock which reduces a lot of weight and bulk. The stock includes rubber grip inserts for better control and feel.

The Micro string is made of the premium DynaFlight 97 string which is known for maximizing speed, reducing creep, and increasing string life. The bow integrates Recoil Energy Dissipation System (R.E.D.S.) to reduce shock and vibration.

Excalibur Micro 355 review

Excalibur uses Guardian™ anti-dry-fire system which is housed in the scope mount. This prevents firing if a bolt is not properly loaded in place.

It also features an ambidextrous cheek piece, plus an over sized trigger guard which is great for hunting in cold weather.

The packages includes four 16.5″ Quill bolts which are specifically made for the Micro crossbows. These arrows use 2-inch offset vanes. You have to purchase the broadheads separately.

I bought the perfect match for these arrows which is Excalibur’s own broadhead, Boltcutter 150-grain. It’s the perfect bone-crusher for these arrows because the stiffer shaft combined with the 2″ vanes make them recover quickly. I tested them myself and they’re very fast and deadly accurate, which is very lethal combination in any hunting gear.

You can also use the 100-grain or 125-grain Boltcutters if you prefer more speed. I just use the 150-grain because accuracy and penetration is at its best with these.

And here’s my review comes in.


The trigger on this one is good. It’s even more crisp than the trigger on my Barnett bows which shocked me. However it does have a bit of travel before shots. Still, it’s better than the trigger pull of most other crossbows I’ve had.

Tact-Zone Scope

The scope features a red/green rheostat illumination and it adjusts in 0.5″ increments at 20 yards. It’s very easy to sight in so you should have no problems with it even if you’re not experienced with scopes.

excalibur tact-zone scope

This scope is even waterproof and fog-proof. Is it accurate? Hell yes! With every crossbow that I owned and reviewed on my blog, I always recommended a better scope. This time, there’s no need.

excalibur tact-zone scope

This is my first encounter with Tact-Zone scope (this is my first Excalibur after all) and I’m happy with it so far.


One of the most important aspects of any hunting gear, if not the most important, is accuracy. So is the Excalibur Micro 355 accurate?! Yes it is!

I can shoot mine at 30 yards and have 1 inch groups. Actually, I shot it at 20 yards at first and it was giving 3 inch groups. All it needed was an adjustment to the scope and bam – 1 inch groups. I started getting 3 inch groups even at 60 yards.

By the way, never shoot a game further than 40 yards, even when your gear is as accurate and reliable as this. How about shooting targets? That would be alright.

I’ve also experimented with different types of hunting heads and wow, Micro 355 can handle them all accurately. The reason I tried different tips is because with my Horton Storm RDX, the manufacturer recommends mechanical broadheads.

Now you can be rest assured that you can shoot different hunting heads with the Micro 355 if you do end up buying one.

And one last thing, this is very accurate so be careful not to Robin Hood your bolts.


Can you hunt _______ with this? Simply put, Excalibur Micro 355 can kill any game in North America, period.


Most of my crossbows (except the Horton Storm RDX) are front heavy. I find Excalibur Micro 355 very balanced, even more when the scope is mounted, and that’s all there really is to it.


Waxing every 30 to 40 shots is required for the Micro 355 which is less demanding compared to waxing every 5 to 10 shots for my compound crossbows.

Also, the fact that Micro 355 is a recurve means it’s very easy to replace the string by myself. This is one advantage that I highly appreciate with my Excalibur. If the string will fall off then I can easily put it back on with a stringer.

It’s a different story with my compound crossbows. If the string breaks then the hunt is over because I’ll have to take it to a local shop and hope they have the parts on hand or else I’ll have to wait even more. A major pain in the ass.

Generally when compound crossbows are shot through a full hunting season including the practice target shots, the hunter may shoot hundreds of shots per week and the likelihood of problems increases. There are a number of stressed moving parts like cams, axles, bushings etc.

With recurve crossbows, hunters can change a string on the spot within minutes. The best part is the crossbow will retain its impact and this eliminates the need to sight it in again.

So when I’m hunting in the middle of nowhere, away from civilization, the simplicity and ease of maintenance of Excalibur Micro 355 will serve me well. If my string broke, I can restring it on the spot within minutes.

Also, compound crossbows must not be cocked for more than four hours. I can leave my Excalibur Micro 355 spanned the whole day with no effect on the limbs.

The simplicity of operation of recurves means the Micro 355 is very easy to maintain and repair by yourself.

Excalibur Micro 355 Warranty

All Excalibur crossbows come with a lifetime warranty on manufacturing defects. The warranty is given to the original owner so be sure to register your crossbow after purchasing it. You can do that in Excalibur’s website.

I also praise Excalibur’s customer support. They responded to my questions very quickly which I think is important to know if you’re considering to buy this crossbow.

Recommended Crossbow Case

excalibur crossbow case

The package does not come with a crossbow case so you also have to get that separately. I personally use Octane Crypt crossbow case which is also from Excalibur. The case is specifically designed for the Excalibur Micro crossbows after all.

Excalibur Micro 355 Problems

Manual Safety Mechanism

Out of all the crossbow’s I’ve owned, this is the only one that doesn’t automatically engage the anti-dry fire after cocking. That’s the number one critisism I have for this crossbow.

So when does the safety engage?

Well, it turns out you have to do it manually after cocking the device. I personally find that very dangerous because I’m used to automatic safety mechanisms.

If you end up purchasing this crossbow, please develop the habit of engaging the safety after cocking it.


The Excalibur Micro 355 is quiet for a recurve crossbow. But for someone like me who’s used to compound (bows and crossbows), I find it loud which is odd because recurves are supposed to be more quiet than compounds.

It’s not loud enough for the game to jump the string but it still produces some noise that you’ll hear as a shooter. You should take that into consideration if noise is a big deal for you.

Heavy Draw

For someone who’s used to compounds, I had a little problem with cocking the Micro 355, at least in the beginning. Here’s my observation: cocking it in the last few inches is the hardest. Well, it’s a recurve after all.

It will tire you out if you’re just like me who don’t have much stamina. As for me I stopped being a bitch about it and just decided to get used to it.

Now I still cock it by hand but it does take a bit of effort. I have to admit – it’s a bit hard to cock but thanks to the short 10″ power stroke, it’s not that bad.

Pros and Cons:

  • Very lightweight (this is the lightest I’ve ever owned)
  • Very accurate
  • Good trigger
  • Very easy to maintain
  • No accidental dry-firing possibilites
  • Balanced
  • Quality build
  • Durable
  • Despite the R.E.D.S. suppressors, it still produces little noise
  • Anti-dry fire does not automatically engage while cocking
  • Heavier draw than compounds

2nd Opinion: Excalibur Micro 355 Review

Here’s a second opinion on the Excalibur Micro 355:

Excalibur Micro 355 Price

At the time writing this review, Excalibur Micro 355 costs 1,099 USD. You can click here to check the current price.

Final Thoughts

And here is where I end my Excalibur Micro 355 review. I tried to be as critical about this bow as possible.

To sum it all up with my Micro 355, I lost some power but gained a bit more accuracy.

If you read my introduction at the beginning of this article, you know that I’ve been putting off owning a recurve. And my reason is because I already have compound crossbows, the hell do I need a recurve for?

But my itch of owning an Excalibur grew itchier and itchier until I could no longer ignore it – I had to satisfy the itch.

Now a lot of hunters can relate when I say that I’ve been sticking to compound crossbows because recurves have been known to be slower and less powerful. I’m so glad I gave Excalibur Micro 355 a try because it seems Excalibur has changed that old notion through their very reliable crossbows.

Now that I own one myself, I can confirm that Excalibur has indeed produced very high quality recruve bows that can compete with compounds without the added problems of compounds.

I think the reason most people (including me) dissmis recurve crossbows is because a lot of us enter the crossbow world while bringing the vertical bow mentality. I really thought recurve crossbows were toys (please don’t kill me). Maybe some are, but as I already said, Excalibur has rewritten the rule book, period.

I’ll be keeping my Micro 355, thank you very much.


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