The Zubin ZX-340 is like no other crossbow on the planet. It features an innovative barrel system and shoot through riser design that totally encompasses the arrow. Because of this design, the Zubin crossbow also allows the shooter to do something that no other crossbow in the world can do, and that is to shoot steel or lead shot, similar to how a shotgun would, with specially designed sabots. This open ups a whole new category in hunting crossbows. Now, not only can you use the Zubin crossbow to hunt big game with, but you can also use it to hunt for small game, or even use it to shoot clay pigeons for off season fun. So in this review, we’ll go over the specifications of the Zubin crossbow and take a more in depth look at what sets this crossbow apart from all others.
My Zubin crossbow was shipped to me in a kit. It cam with the ZX-340 crossbow, a TruGlo crossbow scope with lighted reticle, a 3 arrow quiver that is adjustable for both left and right handed shooters, a 6 pack of 22” long Black Eagle Executioner crossbow arrows (with aluminum inserts), a rope cocking aid, and lastly the clear orange plastic sabots, filled with shot. The Zubin comes almost fully assembled and all I had to do is screw on the foot stirrup and bolt on the scope and it was ready to shoot.
The Zubin specifications are as follows. The crossbow is all black in color and has yellow and white lettering on the limbs, stock and quiver featuring the “Zubin” logo. It has a 190 pound draw weight and 13.5” long power stroke. That combination is responsible for the Zubin shooting arrows at 340 feet per second. The overall length of the crossbow measures in between 33”-37” long. The variance in length is due to the fact that you can remove the foot stirrup if you like and actually rest the crossbow on rubber pads, while stepping on the back of the riser to cock the bow. Setup in this configuration will achieve the shorter 33” length. The axle to axle measures in at 17.5” wide. The Zubin shoots a 22” long crossbow arrow and because of the enclosed barrel can shoot flat nocks. The physical weight of the crossbow is right at 8 pounds.
My first shots with the ZX-340 crossbow from Zubin were at 20 yards so that I could sight it in. It didn’t take long to get the scope dialed in and the crossbow was hitting 1” dots consistently. The crossbow is pretty easy to cock with the supplied rope cocking aid even through it has a higher draw weight of 190 pounds. The crossbow does not vibrate much at all and as a result is not too loud. One very nice feature that the enclosed barrel of the Zubin crossbow provides for those shooters that want to achieve the ultimate in accuracy is the ability to rotate the cock vane into any orientation. Doing so allows you to super tune your arrows to achieve maximum accuracy, however as stated before the Zubin seems to shoot very consistently anyway. The trigger to me is a little stiff, however did not have much creep or preload, so I did not mind the heavier pull at all. It has an auto engaging, ambidextrous safety that engages every time you cock the crossbow. All in all the Zubin feels like a solid crossbow, with sufficient speed and good accuracy. But what set this crossbow apart from the rest are the Sabots.
The sabots take the Zubin crossbow to another level. They are clear orange plastic capsules that hold lead or steel shot like that in a shotgun shell. Zubin recommends #7 size shot or smaller or #2-1/2 lead buck shot for use in the sabots. The sabots do have a front and rear orientation with the rear part forming a half moon shape that rests against the string when loaded. The two halves of the sabot are held together before the sabot is loaded with a rubber o-ring. The o-ring is removed at the time of loading the sabot. To load the Zubin with a sabot, is much like loading a muzzle loader. You simply insert the sabot into the barrel, and then use an arrow, point first, to push the sabot all the way down inside of the enclosed barrel until it seats snugly against the string. Cutouts in the side of the crossbows barrel provide a visual so you can see the position of the sabot (or arrow) is in relation to the string.
Shooting the sabots was a lot of fun. I wasn’t really sure at what distance I needed to start at or if I would need to make any scope adjustments. So I started at 20 yards. I used a vegas style archery target so I could view the results of each shot, and replaced the target after each shot so I would not give credit to any shots previously in the target. After my first shot I was pleased with the results. I had a nice pattern and there was no need to move or adjust my scope settings. I had a total of 6 shots in the 8 ring or tighter which measures in at about 4.75” in diameter. The second shot at 20 yards I had a much better result with 10 shots in the 9 ring or better which measures in at just over 3” in diameter. For the third shot, I moved my target back to 25 yards. Not having any experience with the sabots or how they would fly, I just held my aim dead on with the 20 yard crosshair instead of holding high for a 25 yard shot. The results showed that the shot did indeed drop a little out of the bullseye, and my pattern was also a little to the left of center. However, I was shooting in a crosswind with the wind blowing from right to left. The overall pattern however, was still plenty tight and with a little practice shooting, I would have had no problem taking out small game at 25 yards. My last shot I wanted to move in a little closer to see just how the Zubin shot the sabots at 15 yards. Again I aimed dead on with the 20 yard crosshair in the scope. The shot pattern was tight as expected and I counted 11 shot in the 9 ring on my vegas target.
My conclusion after shooting the sabots is that I would have no hesitations for using the Zubin ZX-340 crossbow to hunt small game at a distance of 25 yards and under. Shooting a rabbit or a squirrel would be quite easy and I’m sure would be a blast while using the Zubin. I should also point out the the fore grip of the Zubin crossbow has a storage compartment where you can conveniently store the sabots or any other small objects. Also, the sabots themselves are totally reusable as long as you find both halves after shooting them.
The Zubin crossbow is truly one of a kind. No other crossbow on the market allows you to shoot traditional crossbow arrows as well as shot. Therefore it is hard to compare this crossbow to anything else. If you are looking for a crossbow to hunt for more than just big game with, or if you are looking to have some fun shooting moving targets are clay pigeons in the off season, the Zubin is the crossbow for you. I really enjoyed the time I spent shooting the Zubin in this review. Shooting the sabots with the shot will bring a smile to your face and I’m sure the feeling of a first kill while using the Zubin will do the same. For more information on the Zubin crossbow, please visit their website at: http://www.zubinoutdoors.com/zubin-crossbow/
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