Arrow Precision Inferno Fury II Review

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The Arrow Precision Inferno Fury II is a excellent value for money, beginner appropriate recurve crossbow that is solid all-around with only a couple of minor flaws. It’s not a perfect crossbow by any means, but we feel its good enough, particularly for people who are relatively inexperienced or completely new to shooting crossbows. The thing we like most about the Fury II is it’s pricing – it comes at a very affordable price point that is perfect for anyone who wants to try out crossbow shooting as a hobby but doesn’t want to invest a large amount into buying an expensive crossbow from the get go.

Bow Details

Speed: 235 FPS

Crossbow Length: 34.5

Draw Weight: 175lbs

Width: 26.5 (Recurve Crossbows are wider than compound crossbows)

Power Stroke: 10.5

Crossbow Weight: 5.85lbs

Type: Recurve Crossbow

Cocking Mechanism: Rope Cocker

Our Impressions

First things first – the Inferno Fury II is not really suitable for hunting, and in particular is not appropriate (and in many states is not legal) to use for hunting large game. It is very much an entry level crossbow, and it shoots at pretty slow speeds – and because of this, it lacks the power that’s needed to maximize the chances of a humane kill. The Fury II is not designed as a hunting crossbow, and we strongly urge you not to hunt large game with it.

If we put aside the slow shot speed, the Inferno Fury II is actually a solid bow in most other respects, particularly if you take into account how affordable it is. One thing that we especially appreciate about the Fury II is how lightweight it is – one of the advantages of a recurve crossbow is that it will typically be lighter than a compound model because it’s just a less complicated machine with less parts – but the Fury II is light even for a recurve crossbow. Size-wise, it’s also smaller than the other recurve crossbow that we like a lot, the Excalibur Axiom SMF. Because of it’s size and weight, the Inferno Fury II may be particularly suitable for beginners, females, and young adults.

The ergonomics of the Fury II are pretty good as well – the grip is comfortable to handle and the bow shoulders and aims nicely and doesn’t feel unwieldy in any way. The Fury II also shoots pretty accurate – we got reasonably good groupings at the standard distances. The accuracy level is better than what we would typically expect from such an affordable crossbow. The Fury II feels pretty durable, and while the materials obviously aren’t the most high end available, they are still decent quality and feel pretty sturdy. The Fury II has the standard anti dry-fire mechanism.

The sight is decent – nothing to write home about but definitely usable and serviceable for a budget crossbow model. One thing we weren’t crazy about was the trigger – it didn’t feel firm enough to us, and while it’s not at the point where it would be easy to misfire, we’d prefer a somewhat firmer trigger mechanism. The Fury II has 175lbs draw weight, and comes with a rope cocking device which works as expected. One thing to note is that the power stroke is only 10.5″ on the Fury II – this explains the lack of speed on the shot, but on the other hand makes the draw much more palatable for those who might struggle with a lengthier power stroke.

Pros

  • Recurve crossbows need less looking after
  • Pretty accurate
  • Compact size and lightweight
  • Decent Ergonomics
  • Reasonable durability and construction quality
  • Great value for money
  • Excellent budget crossbow option

Cons

  • Only shoots 235 FPS
  • Not really suitable for hunting
  • Trigger lacks firmness

Final Thoughts

If you’re looking for a crossbow that you can hunt with, you should probably take a look at some of our other crossbow reviews – there are plenty of excellent crossbows available that are suitable for hunting, and the Fury II is just not one of them. On the other hand, if you’re a beginner or an inexperienced shooter looking for a budget crossbow that will still perform admirably, the Fury II may be the right choice for you. It’s really affordable, and beginners who try out shooting and decide they don’t like it won’t have made a huge investment into a failed hobby. We also recommend the Fury to people who primarily like to target shoot as well as people who are on a really tight budget but want a pretty good crossbow. Other than the lack of power, the Fury II is pretty much solid all-around, and we think it’s a great choice for beginners, for inexperienced shooters, and for those of you on a strict budget.

 

Comments

  1. M.A. Reeder says:

    Would agree with most of your assessment but must disagree when it comes to using the Inferno II for hunting game up to the size of whitetail deer. If you limit your shots to 35 yards or closer it is more than adequate for deer-sized game and should produce complete pass-throughs with good (sharp!) broadheads. Biggest mistake people make is thinking ANY crossbow is a long-range hunting weapon. Shorter bolts may exit higher speeds than from most vertical bows but they shed velocity more rapidly. Bowhunting — X or vertical — is a short-range proposition. That is one of the things that makes it interesting and challenging.

    • TakeaBowandArrow says:

      I agree with you in the sense that an experienced crossbow hunter would be able to score a whitetail with the Inferno II – but in this case we’re recommending the Inferno mainly for beginners, and many first-timers and inexperienced hunters are prone to making mistakes. I think that applies both in terms of poor aim and going for shots further away than they should – these two factors combined can lead to badly placed shots and unnecessary suffering for the animal. This is (somewhat) mitigated by higher speeds, although I guess the main point in this case is that we’re recommending the Inferno II to beginners and that beginners should take it easy with the hunting while they learn how to shoot.

      Thanks a lot for your comments though!