My first impression of the Killer Instinct 350 was its light weight and compact size. Swinging the bow was easy and the feel instinctive, exactly the kind of gear a deer hunter needs when that big buck suddenly appears. I watched several people shoot the bow at the range and then asked to cock it before shooting. Using a standard cocking rope, the bow pulled up easily and clicked into the shooting position. Raising the bow, I squeezed the trigger and the bolt launched. This new bow had all of the elements a hunter needs and the trigger is first class and a pleasant surprise.

POMA 2014 033Personally, I find that most crossbow triggers range from bad to terrible, either taking a ton of pressure to launch or so much creep that a buck will have come and gone before the bow fires. Jason Reid, communications manager, was on hand and touted the price of the bow at $499. “The bow is topped with a bright scope and should be out by early summer,” he said. A lot of deer will regret that news.

SOURCEKiller Instinct
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Joe Byers
Joe Byers has more than 1,000 magazine articles in print and is currently a field editor with Whitetail Journal, Predator Xtreme, Whitetails Unlimited, Crossbow Revolution, and African Hunting Journal magazines. He’s spent the last three decades depicting the thrill of the chase and photographing the majesty of all things wild. Byers is a member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association and numerous other professional and conservation organizations.


  1. My girlfriend has a kI 350 and it has been a nice little bow she harvested a nice little 8 point buck
    Now I have a kI 385 machine and is the worst bow I have ever had I have replaced the limbs at 3 months old and now the trigger doesn’t work right half of the time it only shoots 360 fps and it is advertised at 385 plus just wish I had went with a different bow or killer Instinct would make it right but you know what wishing gets you lol