Killer Instinct Ripper 415 Reviews and Thoughts

Top Killer Instinct Ripper 415 Reviews

Interested in our own review of this great crossbow? Keep reading to get our take, see this crossbow’s specifications, and learn a little more about it from the hunters that we surveyed for this article!

A Look At The Killer Instinct Ripper 415

Killer Instinct Ripper 415 Reviews

If you’re trying to find a reliable and powerful crossbow for a great price, you’re looking it. The Killer Instinct Ripper 415 is customizable, adjustable, and extremely powerful.

This company currently offers two crossbows in their current lineup. Sold under the name of Killer Instinct, the sole real difference between the two crossbows is to draw weight and speed.

The Killer Instinct Ripper 415 FPS is a fairly lightweight (6.9 lbs. or so) crossbow that provides an honest combination of speed, accuracy and portability. Killer crossbows feature triggers with no creep and an anti-dry fire system that may not allow the crossbow to fireside when unloaded. The Instinct Ripper 415 FPS also features an adjustable front grip to permit for you to customize how the crossbow fits you and your specific shooting style.

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The Killer Instinct Crossbows Ripper 415 FPS deserves its name, and it’ll behave sort of as a veritable workhorse when moving into the field. Many hunters are impressed with the capabilities and therefore the results of this model and recommend it as their top pick, especially if you don’t want to spend thousands of dollars on a model that you just may not know if it’s right for you.

For the more budget-minded hunters out there, this could be the perfect pick. However, it doesn’t skimp on features either, so you won’t outgrow it like many other less expensive crossbows in the beginner range.

Package Includes:

Each Killer Instinct Ripper 415 FPS comes as a complete kit and includes:

  • The Killer Instinct Crossbow
  • Luminx 4×32 IR-W Scope
  • 3 KillerTech Bolts
  • String Suppressors
  • 5-Bolt Quiver
  • Tactical Side Quiver Mount
  • Rope Cocker
  • Rail Lube
  • Assembly hardware and tools
  • Owner’s manual
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Here are the technical specifications for the Killer Instinct Ripper

  • Velocity: 415 FPS
  • Trigger: 3.5-LB KillerTech
  • Width: 14.25″ Cocked and 17.75″ Uncocked
  • Length: 35–36.5″
  • Weight: 6.9 LBS
  • Draw Weight: 200-LB
  • Power Stroke: 15″


  • Extremely accurate crossbow for the price up to distances of 80 yards
  • Delivers great speed of up to 415 FPS
  • High-quality and durable design
  • All modern technologies offered
  • Lightweight and more compact than many other crossbows on the market
  • High-end and Excellent scope
  • Reliable and Accurate performance
  • Comes with many accessories
  • Simple to use
  • Fantastic Customer Service


  • 3.5-pound trigger is not as good as the upgraded SWAT 408, but it is still really good
  • 200-pound draw weight may be too heavy for smaller shooters
  • Not the best for beginners
  • A bit difficult to pull
  • Occasional issues with the limbs (but quickly replaced by customer service)

Benefits and Features of Killer Instinct Ripper 415 Crossbow:

The Killer Instinct Ripper 415 crossbow features a narrow, lean profile and light-weight, balanced body that’s ready for dead aim at a moment’s notice.

With the flexibility to shoot bolts out at 415 fps, this is often our vote for the simplest crossbow in the $400 range. It’s pretty simple really. Not only is the Killer Instinct Ripper 415 one of the fastest and most accurate crossbows currently being manufactured within the U. S., it’s bar none the simplest to use entry-level bow a hunter can pick up.

If we were to point out one drawback to purchasing this model, it might be the 200-pound draw weight. Although manageable for many shooters, some may find it a tad difficult. This is especially true for those on the shorter side, as it takes considerable strength to pull it back.

The Ripper 415 PRO Package comes with a rope cocker, which is able to help reduce that draw weight to around 100 pounds. Almost anyone should be able to handle 100 pounds of draw weight, and if you’re worried, then it’d be a good idea to pick one of these up. They’re very cheap, so there’s no reason not to.

It’s clear that Killer Instinct was thinking of your convenience when making the Ripper 415 FPS. Not only is it compact and light-weight, but it’s relatively easy to assemble.

The width of the crossbow measures 14.25″ Cocked and 17.75″ Uncocked. This is often perfect for hunters navigating around small spaces, as it’s not too big but not too small. It’s also the proper weight for any hunting situation.

At an astounding 6.9 lbs, this is often one among the lightest crossbows you’ll be able to buy that’s still high-performing. You’ll be ready to carry it with ease for hours on end on long hunts, unlike some of the heavier crossbows on the market. The load is also distributed well across the limbs and body of the bow, which provides you with perfect balance while aiming.

What’s so great about the Ripper 415?

1: Ease Of Use

Killer Instinct Crossbow’s Ripper 415 FPS is one of the most highly-rated crossbows within the market today. Not only for the price, but also because of how easy it is to use this crossbow. You may wondering then if it’s so easy to use why don’t we recommend it for beginners? This is actually because the draw weight can be challenging for inexperienced users.

2: Build and Design

The Killer Instinct Ripper 415 is made of a rugged Aluminum shooting rail and CNC machined rise for extreme ‘sub-1-inch’ accuracy up to 80 yards out!

Measuring 14.25″ axle-to-axle when cocked, and only 17.75″ axle-to-axle when uncocked, the Ripper 415 may be a compact crossbow that packs a punch. It does this while remaining deadly accurate and light-weight. At 35-36 inches long, this crossbow isn’t as compact as the Killer Instinct SWAT 408 crossbow.

However, its narrowness still provides the power to use in small, tight areas with relative ease. The 415 is supplied with a completely adjustable stock and forearm grip. It also comes with custom rubber shock absorbers and limb and string silencers. The Killer Instinct Ripper 415 provides ultimate performance and luxury for any hunter. The icing on the cake with the Ripper 415 is gorgeous and simple to squeeze a 3.5-pound trigger.

3: High-Quality Stock Scope

Killer offers a pro-grade Luminx 4×32 IR-W illuminated glass reticle scope with this crossbow. The scope is of top quality and does a superb job of holding zero. We’ve found the fit and finish to be excellent and therefore the coating on the lenses does an excellent job of keeping the optics from fogging up.

The included scope isn’t bad in any respect. However, the reticles aren’t marked and aren’t spot-on at 10-yard increments. If you’re trying to find a more accurate optics package that goes well with the Ripper 415, we recommend the Hawke XB30 PRO 1-5×24 SR. If the Hawke XB30 Pro is just too pricey, we recommend upgrading to the super-popular and reliable Excalibur Tact-Zone Illuminated Scope.

4: Reliable Performance

The Killer Instinct Crossbows Ripper 415 FPS could seem sort of a standard budget crossbow, but it certainly doesn’t perform like one. This bow is capable of shooting arrows as fast as 415FPS, which is awesome for such an amazing price.

It can quickly pump our arrows at super high speeds from within a 1-inch area up to 80-yards. The trigger is 3.5 pounds, and provides a smooth and even trigger pull. This is often great for increasing accuracy – and this is often something that you’ll love if you’re a beginner.

Closing Thoughts

In closing, the Killer Instinct Ripper 415 is an excellent entry level crossbow. It’s durable, fast, powerful, and it provides an affordable way to get into crossbow shooting for those looking to extend their hunting season or pick up a new silent, deadly, and fascinating hunting weapon.

However, if you’re shorter, or possibly an older hunter, then a rope cocker will be a life saver. The 200 pound draw on this weapon can be a bit of a killer, but a cheap device, like this one, will ease things considerably, lowering the strength required to use the crossbow.

We’d also recommend upgrading the scope. While the stock scope is pretty good, the fact that it’s missing reticle markings, and the it not being totally spot on could be an issue. Try adding a Hawke XB30 scope as a quality of life upgrade if you find the included one to be lacking.