Recently TruGlo and
Excalibur Crossbow both introduced illuminated
reticle scopes for crossbows.
Both feature also
adjustable reticles to compensate for different
arrow speeds. Offering such exciting features we
could not resist check them out !
reticles scopes (that I am a fan of) are very
useful in low light conditions when the reticle
and the target do not posses enough relative
contrast, and you cannot easily read the reticle
markings, and your once in a lifetime shot is at
Both scopes are
respective manufacturer’s top of the line
models, and have several commonalities
Let’s try to see
which one is best!
advertises its LumiZone as illuminated
Adjustable Multiplex Crossbow Scope.
its product as 1.5-5x32 Illuminated Crossbow
Scope, we find the latter a bit misleading as
one would expect to have both trajectory
compensation feature AND variable magnification.
Let’s clear some
water here: both scopes use a simple system
tying magnification to trajectory compensation.
As you move the trajectory compensation dial
you are in fact changing magnification making
the reticle spacing appear smaller thus
adjusting for faster arrow speeds.
Once you set the
speed dial to match the speed of your crossbow
you are done, at this point you should not
change magnification, unless you change your
setup (point or arrow) that changes the arrow
speed , of course.
compared to a fixed reticle (that is perfect for
only one particular speed) allows you to fine
tune the scope to your crossbow setup (limb
power-bolt weight combination) . It also allows
you to use different weight bolts-heads
combinations (that have different speeds) on the
same crossbow and still use the same scope, just
need to turn the dial to match your new speed
and you are done, no more hold over-low
Lastly there are
crossbows like TenPoint’s SixPoint that can be
set at different draw weights resulting in
different speeds; here a trajectory compensation
feature for different speeds is more than