Skip to main content

Crossbow Review: Excalibur Micro AXE 340

A workhorse crossbow in a small package.

Crossbow Review: Excalibur Micro AXE 340

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that crossbows are now lighter, faster, and more powerful than ever before. The same goes for the newest crossbow in the Excalibur line-up: The Micro AXE 340.

The word Micro in the name should tell you all you need to know. The Micro series of crossbows have been around for some time now, offering bow hunters a lightweight crossbow perfect for carrying to the blind or up a tree stand. So, it’s no surprise Excalibur take it one step further and create a Micro with a minimalist design, yet still powerful, and most importantly, affordable.

So was born the AXE 340 — an accurate, performance driven crossbow at an unmatchable price. The most noticeable feature of the AXE 340 is the stock. Created with minimalism in mind, the skeleton stock greatly reduces the crossbows overall weight. Paired with an aluminum main frame, the AXE 340 tips the scales at just 5.5 pounds.

Some would turn their nose up at a traditional recurve crossbow because of the length from limb to limb, however, the Micro series is truly compact in overall size on both overall length and limb length. When cocked, the AXE 340 sits at just 22 inches and packs a series punch. The bow can reach velocities of up to 340 feet per second — which competes with other more expensive crossbows on the market.

We found the Excalibur Micro AXE 340 to be accurate and deadly, easily shooting distances past 40 yards. The recurve bow takes 270 pounds of pull to cock, which is completely doable for any adult with the included rope cocking aid. However, after a few sessions of cocking, it’s much more enjoyable to use the Charger EXT Crank (sold separately). Best part, the AXE 340 can be uncocked, a traditional feature of all Excalibur crossbows.

In all, the AXE 340 is made for the hunter looking to go as light and compact as possible — all while not breaking the bank. This value bow comes in at just $750 and easily gives other bows on the market a run for their money.

Current Magazine Cover

Don't Miss

The Essentials Gear Box.

Our editors have hand-picked these essential pieces of gear to make you a more successful hunter when you hit the game trails this season.

Learn More

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

Recent Videos

Kevin Steele treks to the cedar breaks and coulees of north-central Nebraska for a shot at a big prairie whitetail.

Cedar Break Bucks

David Draper is with Dory Schoby talking about the benefits of using red dots for hunting and taking a look at the Aimpoint Micro H2.

Aimpoint Red Dots for Hunting

David Draper is with Nathan Robinson of Winchester talking about the 6.8 Western Cartridge. It offers impressive long-range accuracy, low recoil and staggering knockdown power when you need it for both long-range shooting and hunting.

Winchester 6.8 Western

Joe Ferronato is joined by Luke Thorkildsen from Weather by to check out the Backcountry 2.0, which builds on the classic steel Mark V action — with some key updates.

Weatherby Mark V Backcountry 2.0

Nosler has some exciting new products. Mason Payer of Nosler shows our own Joe Ferronato new suppressors, 21 Chassis Rifle and Trophy Grade Ammunition.

New from Nosler!

Shawn Skipper of Leupold explains their Custom Dial System to Petersen's Hunting's Joe Ferronato.

Leupold CDS

Kevin Steele gets a chance to test this impressive rifle at Roundtable 2022.

CZ 600 Range

Petersen's Hunting's Dale Evans is with CJ Johnson of Bushnell checking out their new Elite 4X.

Bushnell Elite 4500 4X Scope

Tim Herald shares tips on how to best use a ground blind.

Trijicon Tip: Ground Blinds

Petersen's Hunting Magazine Covers Print and Tablet Versions

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save.

Digital Now Included!


Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services


Buy Digital Single Issues

Magazine App Logo

Don't miss an issue.
Buy single digital issue for your phone or tablet.

Buy Single Digital Issue on the Petersen's Hunting App

Other Magazines

Special Interest Magazines

See All Special Interest Magazines

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Get the top Petersen's Hunting stories delivered right to your inbox.

Phone Icon

Get Digital Access.

All Petersen's Hunting subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Enjoying What You're Reading?

Get a Full Year
of Guns & Ammo
& Digital Access.

Offer only for new subscribers.

Subscribe Now