It's almost a wash in making the choice between the Bravo Zulu (200 lb.) and Koda-Express (185 lb.) The Bravo Zulu means "Well Done" in the military world and the Bravo Zulu gets the job done well. It is squarely in a sweet spot with plenty of power and falls out at the range where many shooters find the scope reticles match up perfectly to the 20, 30, 40, 50 and 60 yard aim points when using the Kodabow Magnum .338 arrows. We like to visualize a shooter 10 years down the road still shooting their Kodabow. The BZ is not the bow to shoot all day long but is not overpowering to cock either. A little more effort required than the Koda-Express but less effort than its big brother Big Rhino and also less effort than its camp partner, the Zulu Scout. It depends on both muscle strength and technique but if you plan to do a lot of shooting, choose a bow you can cock easily today, and 10 years from now. We shot a Koda-Express 2,000 times in a row during the course of the Eastern Sports Show in Harrisburg (3 years in a row) and we picked the 185 lb bow instead of a Bravo Zulu or Big Rhino because we knew we would be cocking the bow hundreds of times daily. All of our hunting bows will drive a Kodabow Magnum .338 arrow right through a bear or whitetail. The difference is that the Bravo Zulu drives the arrow an inch or two deeper in the forest floor after passing through the bear as compared to the Koda-Express which only sinks the arrow 4 inches into the dirt. When we hunt, we cock the crossbow only once in a day but sometimes, it's a 15 degrees F. morning and we don't feel like accomplishing a major feat of strength so that's a consideration. Folks are different..... but we will tell you that if you weigh in at 128 lbs and play video games on the couch all day long, don't pick the heaviest bow we make like the 225 Big Rhino. It's not your optimal crossbow choice and the deer won't care one bit! If the Bravo Zulu was visualized as a rifle cartridge, it would be a .300 Win Mag. Lots of oomph! Bravo Zulu limb color is camo but stock and pistol grip color can be your choice (Black or Brown). Please indicate in the "COMMENT" section when placing your order if your prefer the camo/brown stock combination. Otherwise, we will send camo limbs with black stock & grips. Picture may not reflect minor configuration changes that occur from time to time.
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Kodabow crossbows are built on a common core platform that weighs 8.3 lbs including basic grip, scope rail and stock components. All of our crossbow models weigh the same and have the same geometry. The bow spans 34" in width and is 27" when cocked. The length is 34" to 38" because of the adjustable stock. We engineer each recurve limb set per its weight class. That means the Kodabow 185 lb limbs are made slightly different than the 200 lb limbs. (The other way to do it is to make one set of limbs and pull them
Overall weight is a funny thing when it comes to crossbows. Because our crossbow has an exact "midpoint balance", most shooters find the Kodabow very easy to handle. View the short video on the EL-2 sling (see videos section of our homepage) if weight is a concern. With the EL-2 sling, you can still hunt and stalk all day long with a cocked and loaded Kodabow and be instantly ready to go. With the full length rail underneath the crossbow, you can also attach an accessory bipod, put on your ghillie suit, and go to a prone position on the ground if circumstances dictate.We are frequently asked "what model would be best for me?"
Our answer is that most shooters should begin their search with a Koda-Express 185 or a Zulu 200. These are very stout crossbows and will take any game animal in North America but offer a great combination of lower noise, high speed, extended string life, and ease of loading . These are the most popular Kodabow models. The 225 Big Rhino is the beast of the lineup and offers slightly faster speeds with increased cocking effort but at 40 yards, performance is similar to the lighter weight models.