Killer Instinct Ripper 415 Crossbow Review

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We finally got our hands on one of Killer’s best models that came out in 2018; the Killer Instinct Ripper 415. Killer Instinct delivers high quality crossbows that are all built in the good old USA. We also reviewed most Killer Instincts crossbows already such as their brands new 2020 models; the SWAT XP, the BOSS 405, the Speed 425, and the Lethal 405.

In the package we found the Killer Instinct Ripper 415 crossbow, a Lumix 4×32 IR-W Scope, three KillerTech HYPR Bolts with field points, string suppressors, a 5-bolt tactical molle quiver, tactical side quiver mount, rope cocker, and one stick of rail lube.

Killer Instinct Ripper 415 Crossbow Specs

Killer Instinct Ripper 415
Killer Instinct Crossbows Ripper 415 Crossbow Kit, CAMO
Speed: 415 FPS
Weight: 6.9 lbs
Length: 35” – 36.5”
Width Axle-to-Axle (uncocked/cocked): 17.17"/14.25"
Power Stroke: 15"
Draw Weight: 200 lbs
$399.99
Killer Instinct Ripper 415
Killer Instinct Crossbows Ripper 415 Crossbow Kit, CAMO
Speed: 415 FPS
Weight: 6.9 lbs
Length: 35” – 36.5”
Width Axle-to-Axle (uncocked/cocked): 17.17"/14.25"
Power Stroke: 15"
Draw Weight: 200 lbs
$399.99

Size and Weight

The Killer Instinct Ripper 415 measures an overall length of 35 inches and a width(axle-to-axle) of 17.17 inches uncocked and 14.25-inches once cocked. The overall weight of the Ripper 415 is 6.9 pounds, which is remarkably lightweight for a powerful 415 fps crossbow. The Ripper 415 is also very well balanced and comfortable to carry, hold and shoulder.

Construction and Design

The Killer Instinct Ripper 415 features a narrow, lean, and lightweight frame. The crossbow is built with a rugged CNC machined riser and a CNC machined aluminum flight rail for improved “sub-1-inch” accuracy up to 80 yards.

The Ripper 145’s fully adjustable buttstock allows you to adjust the overall length of pull up to an inch-and-a-half, so from 35 inches to 36.5 inches. The adjustable forearm grip allows for a more comfortable fit.

Also worth mentioning is that the Chaos AE camo finish is done really well, making this crossbow look more expensive than its actual asking price.

Durability

The Killer Instinct Ripper 415 is very durable, I read some customer reviews that reported broken limbs but after weeks of using the crossbow extensively (shot about 100 shots), I encountered no such problems. Killer Instinct has good customer service and if there are broken limbs they are very helpful. No questions asked with replacement parts.

KillerTech Trigger

The Killer Instinct Ripper 415 is equipped with a 3.5-pound KillerTech Trigger that offers a smooth and crisp pull. The trigger has no detectable creep whatsoever. The KillerTech trigger offers good control over the shot and is very consistent. It really is a fantastic trigger system comparable to TriggerTech triggers!

Safety

The crossbow is safe to use by both right and left-handed users, the trigger features an ambidextrous safety switch, and to prevent damage to the bow due to dry firing, it is equipped with an anti-dryfire system.

LUMIX 4x32 Speedring Scope

The Killer Instinct Ripper 415 comes with a LUMIX 4x32 speedring scope is a lightning-fast scope. The scope has five brightness settings in either red or blue for low light conditions.

The reticles are not marked and aren’t spot on at 10 yards increment. If you want a more precision scope then I would recommend buying the Hawke XB30 PRO 1-5×24 SR.

Killer Instinct Ripper 415

The scope is nitrogen purged so it is completely water, shock, and fog proof.

Sound and Vibration

The Ripper 415 is a relatively quiet crossbow. The crossbow is build with pre-installed limb dampeners and string dampeners fitted with custom rubber shock absorbers that help with the overall accuracy of the crossbow and they help to dampen it down during the shooting. The string stops make sure the vibrations are kept to a minimum.

Killer Instinct Ripper 415 Dead Silent Kit

Arrows and Quiver

The 20-inch carbon KillerTech Hypr Bolts are fine bolts but they are not very durable, I recommend buying other crossbow bolts for hunting with the Ripper 415. The KillerTech Hypr bolts have a straightness of 0.003″.

The tactical molle 5-Bolt Quiver can hold 20-inch up to 31-inch long crossbow bolts and arrows. You can either carry the quiver around your waist or use the quiver mount to mount it to the crossbow.

Speed and Accuracy

The Killer Instinct Ripper 415 is a is fast, powerful crossbow that shoots arrows with speeds up to 415 feet per second delivering 149 foot-pounds of kinetic energy thanks to a draw weight of 200 pounds and a power stroke of 15 inches. This is enough to knock down the biggest and strongest game out there.

The crossbow is also highly accurate, it has the ability to shoot out bolts within a 1-inch area up to around 80 yards(and beyond). The first time that I took the Ripper 415 out for some practice target shooting to test it out, i consistently produced sub 2 inch groupings at 70 yards.

I also took the crossbow out for a hunting session and I took a deer at 75 yards, complete pass-through!

Cocking

Due to the 15-inch power stroke, it takes some strength to get it cocked. The Ripper 415 has a 200-pound draw weight but with the rope cocker that is included in the package, you can cut it by more than 50 percent. If this is still too much for you to pull you can buy a Killer Instinct Dead Silent Crossbow Crank System.

Killer Instinct installed the foot stirrup on an angle instead of being parallel to the bow, this makes it easier to cock the crossbow.

Assembly and Sighting-in

The Killer Instinct Ripper 415 is easy to assemble. It only took me 10 minutes. The scope was easy to calibrate, it only took 4 shots to be zeroed with broadheads.

KILLER INSTINCT RIPPER 415 - How To Assemble
Killer Instinct Crossbows Ripper 415 Crossbow Kit, CAMO
  • 415 FPS BOLT SHOOTING SPEED: The Killer Instinct Ripper 415 Crossbow is capable of shooting arrows at the speed of 415 FPS. It has the ability to pump out arrows fast within a 1-inch area up to around 80 yards
  • ULTIMATE PERFORMANCE: The proven 3.5-pound KillerTech trigger is consistent and crisp to aide in long range accuracy. Fully adjustable stock and forearm grip, along with custom rubber shock absorbers, provides the ultimate performance and comfort
  • ADJUSTABLE BUTT STOCK AND FOREARM GRIP: The Ripper 415 features inch-and-a-half of shooter adjustment with forearm grip that provides ultimate performance and custom comfort for any hunter
  • HIT HARDER: The Ripper can generate up to 149 foot-pounds of kinetic energy which makes the crossbow capable of knocking down the biggest and strongest game
  • PRECISION ALUMINUM BARREL: CNC-Enhanced aluminum flight rail offers extremely accurate downrange accuracy

Recommended Accessories

Arrows & Broadheads

We recommend buying the 20-inch Piledriver crossbow bolts(442 grains) from Carbon Express to reach the advertised top speed of the Killer Instinct Ripper 415.

Carbon Express PileDriver
Carbon Express Piledriver Crossbolt 20in. Moon 6pk 52140
6pk
$36.73
Carbon Express PileDriver
Carbon Express Piledriver Crossbolt 20in. Moon 6pk 52140
6pk
$36.73

There are no practice field points included in the package, but you can buy them separately on Amazon.

Stee Archery Field Points
JJZS 12pcs Steel 75 Grain Archery Field Points 5/16 inch Target Practice Arrow Tips for Bow Hunting Screw in Bullet Points for Crossbow Compound Bow Recurve Bow
$6.99
Stee Archery Field Points
JJZS 12pcs Steel 75 Grain Archery Field Points 5/16 inch Target Practice Arrow Tips for Bow Hunting Screw in Bullet Points for Crossbow Compound Bow Recurve Bow
$6.99

Pair the arrows with Rage crossbow X hunting broadheads and you’ll have very efficient hunting bolts for the biggest game out there. Rage Crossbow X broadheads are optimized for crossbow usage, weigh 100 grain or 125 grain and have a cutting diameter of 2 inches.

Rage Crossbow X
RAGE Crossbow X, 2-Blade Archery Arrow Broadhead, 100 or 125 Grain with Shock Collar Technology (3-Pack)
3pk
$29.64
Rage Crossbow X
RAGE Crossbow X, 2-Blade Archery Arrow Broadhead, 100 or 125 Grain with Shock Collar Technology (3-Pack)
3pk
$29.64

Storage and Transportation

We recommend buying a Slayer Case, which is a reliable and durable crossbow case from Killer Instinct.

Killer Instinct Slayer Case
Killer Instinct Slayer Crossbow CASE (22x36”)
$75.97
Killer Instinct Slayer Case
Killer Instinct Slayer Crossbow CASE (22x36”)
$75.97

We recommend a TenPoint Neoprene crossbow sling if you want a sling to comfortably carry the Ripper 415.

TenPoint Neoprene Sling
TenPoint Neoprene Crossbow Sling (HCA-004)
$38.17
TenPoint Neoprene Sling
TenPoint Neoprene Crossbow Sling (HCA-004)
$38.17

Scope Upgrade

As I mentioned in the review the scope is fine but not great for long-distance precision shooting. If you want to upgrade the scope of the Ripper 415 then we suggest the Hawke XB30 PRO SR 1-5x24 scope.

Hawke XB30 PRO 1-5×24 SR
Hawke XB30 PRO SR 1-5x24 Vari-speed Crossbow Scope
$309.00
Hawke XB30 PRO 1-5×24 SR
Hawke XB30 PRO SR 1-5x24 Vari-speed Crossbow Scope
$309.00

Cocking crank

The Killer Instinct Ripper 415 is compatible with the Killer Instinct MAGTEK DCS Dead Silent crossbow cocking crank.

Killer Instinct Dead Silent Crank
Killer Instinct MAGTEK DCS Dead Silent Crossbow Crank System #1078
$149.99
Killer Instinct Dead Silent Crank
Killer Instinct MAGTEK DCS Dead Silent Crossbow Crank System #1078
$149.99

Our Rating of the Killer Instinct Ripper 415

Bryan Taylor

Killer Instinct Ripper 415 pic for the review box
Speed
Durability
Accuracy
Value

Summary

The Ripper 415 is a very powerful crossbow that shoots bolts downrange with speeds up to 415 feet per second. The crossbow fully adjustable for a custom fit and comfortable to handle. The Ripper 415 is also highly accurate, performing a “sub-1-inch” accuracy up to 80 yards. The crossbow is easy to cock with a rope cocker and is also compatible with a cocking crank.

3.6

What we like

  • Shoots bolts at 415 FPS with 149 feet pound of K.E.
  • Pinpoint accuracy up to distances of 80 yards
  • Quiet
  • Lightweight and compact
  • Adjustable buttstock and adjustable foregrip
  • Cocking crank compatible
  • Durable
  • Great customer service and no questions asked with replacement parts
  • Comes with a limited lifetime warranty
  • Affordable

What we don’t like

  • The 200-pound draw weight might be too much for smaller-framed hunters or hunters with a weaker back
  • Some people report issues with the limbs but Killer’s customer service makes sure they are quickly replaced
Killer Instinct Ripper 415 field pic

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