With stable rest and controlled squeeze on the trigger, crossbow hunters are able to stretch ethical shooting distances further than ever before. With the impressive performance of modern crossbows, however, comes a story of caution. It is extremely important to remember that any crossbow is still archery equipment, so do not underestimate the arrow drop. While the ergonomics and operation of a crossbow more closely mimic bolt action than a compound, the bullet’s trajectory is far from the arc of an arrow. This is why the combination of a laser rangefinder and a scope is a prerequisite for accurate crossbow shooting.

Over a decade ago, in the midst of the long-range rifle craze, Burris introduced the Eliminator LaserScope. This is an enlarged rifle optic with a built-in rangefinder that allows you to capture the ballistic profile of the bullet you have chosen. With the push of a button, a bright dot will appear in the telescope reticle. I believe their marketing slogan for this product was, “Aim. Vary. Eliminate. ”Since its inception, Burris has continuously improved the Eliminator every year, and then in 2018 the company applied this all-in-one concept to the Oracle – a rangefinder for compound bows. Quick to recognize the The capital popularity of crossbow hunting, Burris drew his engineering expertise from the Eliminator and the Oracle by designing a crossbow-specific optic known as the Oracle X. testing the Oracle X, this is the best rangefinder crossbow scope on the market.

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In my experience testing the Oracle X, this is the best rangefinder crossbow scope on the market. Burris

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Burris Oracle X Specifications

  • Length: 11.9 inches
  • Width: 2.95 inches
  • Height: 3.28 inches
  • Weight: 1.9 lbs
  • Magnification range: 2-7
  • Effective distance of laser range finder: 500 meters (reflective target), 200 meters (big game)
  • Battery life: approx. 3,000 activations
  • Finish: black
  • MSRP: $ 899

Burris Oracle X: A Smart Crossbow Shooting System

It seems to me that there are two distinct types of crossbow hunters. We draw an imaginary line 40 meters in the sand and will never consider shooting an animal beyond this distance. The other will take advantage of all the capabilities of his crossbows and shoot at “extended” distances. However, all wise crossbow hunters – even those carrying the fastest crossbows on the market – respect the steep curve of falling arrows at all distances over 20 meters. Carry a laser rangefinder and make sure you choose the correct aiming point in your scope before releasing an arrow, especially when dealing with white deer. The Burris Oracle X delivers a shooting efficiency popular with hunters on both sides of the aisle.

Groping with a hand-held rangefinder, while keeping a crossbow ready for action, will cost you precious seconds and force unnecessary movements, both of which can reduce your chances of shooting in the field. With the Oracle X, all you need to do is center your target in the scope and apply pressure to a small electronic pad on the handle of your crossbow. The wireless remote will send a signal into the scope and a red dot will light up along the vertical rod of the scope reticle. You don’t have to be a long-range crossbow shooter to realize the benefits of this shooting system.

The Burris Oracle X in a field
Once the Oracle X is dialed in, all you need to do is press a button and pull the trigger to achieve exceptional, repeatable crossbow shooting accuracy. Samuel Moore / Moore Media

Burris Oracle X Field Test

My biggest fear with Oracle X was that it would be a bear to install. First-gen tech is often clunky and confusing, but Burris didn’t allow Oracle X to fall prey to those scraps.

First of all, mounting the scope is straightforward. Check the eye relief and attach it to the optical base (usually a Picatinny rail, these days) of your crossbow.

Then use the manual elevation and windage buttons to zero the scope at 20 meters. Your zero should be aligned with the center of the telescope reticle.

From there the scope comes preloaded with medium crossbow ballistics, so right out of the gate you’ll likely hit very close to where you’re aiming at all moderate ranges (say up to 60 yards) . But these are not horseshoes or hand grenades, so close will not cut it.

You can program the scope to perfectly match your wide tip arrow / arch by using the “truing” feature in the digital scope menu, which allows you to assign light aiming points for any distance you want. you intend to shoot – whether it’s for fun target shooting at the shooting range or for taking shots on a hunt. Mine is programmed to hit arrows in a heart-sized circle up to 80 yards away. The more data you feed it, the more accurate it will be at all intermediate distances.

Once the Burris Oracle X is dialed in, all you need to do is press a button and pull the trigger to achieve exceptional, repeatable crossbow shooting accuracy. You can press a button above the scope to hit targets, but you’d better use the wireless remote which can be placed near the trigger. In addition to its horizontal reach capabilities, the Oracle X automatically calculates angle compensation and displays a digital level to prevent you from tilting your crossbow. The variable magnification from 2 to 7 also improves accuracy and all aiming points will be accurate regardless of the magnification.

So far I have used the Oracle X to take several white tails and a gorgeous velvet muley buck. I have hunted with trees and shades on the ground ever since, in temperatures ranging from zero to 90. It worked as promised. Last season, while I was hunting at the end of September on a deer lease that I share with Outdoor living Editor-in-Chief Alex Robinson, a mature whitetail deer emerged from a swamp and headed for my perch. When the buck made an unexpected 90 degree turn on a perpendicular track, I only had seconds to find a firing window, get range, and lose an arrow from my Mission Sub-1 XR crossbow. Without the Oracle X Burris, I’m not sure I would have called Robinson to help me take out a deer that night.

Burris Oracle X Field Tests
The author with an early season deer he photographed using the Oracle X. Josh dahlke

What Oracle X Does Best

Simplicity. This is where the Oracle X Burris really shines. From initial setup to field use, it’s easy to use. This is important for a number of reasons. Regardless of your skill level, the pressure of getting a live animal to count a shot can be overwhelming, so there is certainly a fine line between handy tools and too much technology in the hunt. The Oracle X is essentially dummy proof.

A significant part of the crossbow hunting demographics is made up of inexperienced hunters or older hunters who have started using crossbows to stay involved in the archery game. Both benefit from the simplicity of the Oracle X Burris.

Also noteworthy is Burris’ “forever warranty” – if damaged, the company will repair or replace the optics, forever, no questions asked.

What Oracle X Does Worst

Stature. Without a doubt, for what it has to offer for its size, the Burris Oracle X is impressive optics. But it still remains a bit bulky in its overall profile, which is even more pronounced when mounted on a super compact crossbow.

There are a few competing crossbow scopes on the market, and both are indeed more compact than the Oracle X. However, the Oracle X is the only scope of its type that offers variable magnification, and that is the half the price of its nearest competitor. .

It’s not really a hit, but it’s important to note that the Burris Oracle X doesn’t account for wind. A strong crosswind will certainly have an impact on your point of impact on intermediate and long shots. The only way to fix this is to practice shooting in the wind and making small adjustments when shooting in the field.

Is the Burris Oracle X fulfilling its mission?

It’s clear the Burris team developed the Oracle X with a hunter-first mentality. As a high-tech optic, it would have been easy to cross the line between a practical hunting product and computer-programmed nonsense, but the Burris Oracle X certainly adheres to the KISS principle (keep it simple, stupid). Ease of use is elementary, and the deadly app comes without a second thought. I can see this litter diminishing in size, but not in popularity, as Burris continues to innovate.