Honest Barnett Crossbow Reviews – We Look at the Best Models

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Honest Barnett Crossbow Reviews – We Look at the Best Models

If you know anything about crossbows and the top manufacturers, you will know that Barnett are one of the best crossbow brands around.

They produce some high quality crossbows that shoot fast and accurate but are still affordable.

Barnett have made different types of crossbows and we have had the pleasure in being able to fire and review most of them.

On this page we picked out the 5 best Barnett crossbows and reviewed them to help you pick the Barnett crossbow most suited to you

Top 5 Barnett Crossbows Feature Table

Product

Specs

Draw Weight

Power Stroke

Speed

Kinetic energy

Our Rating

Buy Here

Length

37.4"


Width

22"


Weight

7.6lbs

185 lbs

15.375"

420fps

149 

ft lbs

5/5

Length

32.25"


Width

17.75"


Weight

6.4lbs

160 lbs

13.625"

380fps

122 

ft lbs

4.5/5

Length

34.5"


Width

16"


Weight

6.5lbs

130 lbs

12.5"

300fps

100 

ft lbs

4.5/5

Length

32.5"


Width

26.5"


Weight

7lbs

150 lbs

12"

315fps

95

ft lbs

4.3/5

Length

37.75"


Width

28.25"


Weight

8lbs

150 lbs

12.25"

320fps

91 

ft lbs

4.2/5

Best Barnett Crossbow Reviews 2018

Our Barnett crossbow reviews are honest and objective:


Barnett Ghost 420 Revanant CRT2

Outdoor Veteran Rating: Great


Bottom Line: By far Barnett's fastest crossbow! The carbonlite riser makes the crossbow lighter without sacrificing durability, a true power house and a great looking crossbow. It is in my opinion the best barnett crossbow on the market


The Lowdown

Durability

The machined aluminum carbonlite riser makes this crossbow as tough as they come, the only downside is it makes the bow slightly on the heavier side  

Accuracy

This Crossbow is deadly accurate! Due to its blistering speed and power it can hit and kill your intended targets beyond 50 yards easily

Value for money

The crossbow has a high price tag but for the tech and materials used it is good value for money, with proper care it can last a lifetime


Power

This crossbow was designed with power in mind, it's 149 ft lbs of kinetic energy is proof of its power

Pros  

  • Amazing Power
  • Deadly Accurate
  • The TriggerTech Frictionless Release Technology is Brilliant
  • Great scope provided

  Cons

  • Would be nice if the crank cocking device was supplied with the crossbow

Barnett Ghost 420 Review

Available in a never before seen Mossy Oak Treestand® Monochromatic camo pattern, the Ghost 420 is a formidable crossbow that can take down a buck easily at 50 yards. It has great safety features and is comprised of quality materials like the carbon riser.

In the box you have everything you need to get the crossbow setup and ready to fire, all instructions are very clear and easy to follow.

The accessories included are: Rope cocking device, two 22" Headhunter arrows, a premium illuminated scope, a side mount quiver and string dampeners 

I love the feel to the crossbow the trigger is very crisp, the safety is the best around, it is automatically engaged when the bow is cocked, and it also prevents dry fire.

Under the rail is a finger guard that basically stops your fingers being sliced off by the string when firing.

All in all this is a well made easy to construct bow that is very fast.

If you like the sound of these features then I can’t recommend this bow highly enough

Check it out!


Barnett 78128 Whitetail Hunter II

Outdoor Veteran Rating: Great


Bottom Line: A beast of a crossbow at a great price! This is by far one of the best barnett crossbows for hunting. It has great power and accuracy.


The Lowdown

Durability

All components are made from stainless steel making the weakest points strong, the crossbow is overall very durable


Accuracy

After sighting in the crossbow, which is easy and quick to do, the bow keeps its accuracy and always shoots on target

Value for money

The Whitetail Hunter II is a very good budget hunting crossbow, great for a first time crossbow hunter. Don't be fooled by the low price, this crossbow is great

Power

The purpose of this crossbow is hunting deer so it has ample power to do the job and take down your target game

Pros  

  • Super Quiet
  • Easy to sight in
  • Great Quality
  • Easy Construction

  Cons

  • Quiver bracket is flimsy (if it breaks barnett will replace it free of charge!)
  • String needs regular waxing

Barnett Whitetail Hunter 2 Review - The Best Barnett Crossbow for Hunting

The Whitetail Hunter II is a lightweight, compact power house of a hunting crossbow that is more than capable of taking down large game.

I love the look of it with its Realtree Xtra camo pattern and great design.

It's nice and compact at only 17.75 inches wide and 32.25 inches long, plus it's really light making it easy to carry long distances and keep your aim on target until your ready to fire.

Construction is simple as it comes mostly assembled, you just need to fix the riser to the body with one bolt.

Included with the bow is: A 4x32mm Multi-Reticle Scope, Rope Cocking Device, Lightweight Quiver, 2 20” Headhunter Bolts and some Lubrication Wax.

Overall it's a great crossbow for hunting, you won't be disappointed buying this crossbow!

Check it out!


Barnett Recruit Compound

Outdoor Veteran Rating: Good


Bottom Line: A nice crossbow that packs enough power to take down any game, perfect for women and small framed hunters


The Lowdown

Durability

Small, compact and still very strong. The same build quality goes into this budget model as their higher range crossbows

Accuracy

The compact lightweight design helps keep your shots on target, the video below demonstrates it's accuracy

Value for money

What a great price for a crossbow of this quality, even if it wasn't very good you wouldn't mind at this price but it's a great xbow so great value

Power

With 100lbs a foot of kinetic energy and a speed of 300 feet per second this smaller compact crossbow still packs a good punch

Pros  

  • Shoots great
  • Superb accuracy
  • The price is unbelievable
  • All round great crossbow

  Cons

  • Damage can be caused in arrow isn't seated properly
  • Supplied red dot scope isn't great

Barnett Recruit Review

Out of the box the recruit parts feel well made and the construction was fairly easy. The bow is small and compact compared to other Barnett compound crossbows, it is much lighter but it doesn’t compromise on power and is still capable of taking down some of America’s largest game.

The stock is adjustable so it is suitable for young shooters and women or people with a generally smaller frame. I wouldn’t describe this as a “woman’s crossbow” though, it’s not girly or anything!

It comes with Barnett’s 20 inch carbon arrows, these are strong and good quality

The accuracy of this crossbow is really good, staying on target at 70 yards, you will shoot right through a deer at 45 yards

Check it out!


Barnett Jackal

Outdoor Veteran Rating: Good


Bottom Line: A sleek military design stock gives this crossbow a cool unique look, it's been out for ages and is still heralded as one of the best Barnett crossbows around


The Lowdown

Durability

Small, compact and still very strong. The same build quality goes into this budget model as their higher range crossbows

Accuracy

The compact lightweight design helps keep your shots on target, the video below demonstrates it's accuracy

Value for money

It features the same stats of some higher priced crossbows at a fraction of the cost making it great value for money

Power

With 100lbs a foot of kinetic energy and a speed of 300 feet per second this smaller compact crossbow still packs a good punch

Pros  

  • It has a long history of positive reviews
  • Perfect for deer hunting
  • Comes with 3 good bolts

  Cons

  • Provided scope could be better (I recommend buying a better scope)

Barnett Jackal Review

Out of the box the Jackal needs some assembly but the task is fairly easy. The bow is a good size being not too small or too large, it is on the lighter side but still packs a good punch and it is more than adequate to take down some big game.

The stock has a divided foregrip making for a comfortable grip and a cool military style look.

The combination of the lightweight stock and the power this bow delivers makes it a devastating weapon for any hunter

The accuracy of this crossbow is really good and easy to keep on target at 70 yards, you will have no problem making a kill with this crossbow

Check it out!


Barnett Wildcat C5

Outdoor Veteran Rating: Good


Bottom Line: Barnetts top selling crossbow by far and for good reason! I love the lightweight composite GAM stock and the power it produces is immense 


The Lowdown

Durability

The lightweight composite GAM stock makes for a strong crossbow, backed up by a 5 year warranty just incase, not that you should need it!

Accuracy

It has unparalleled accuracy compared to other crossbows of this price range, it is easy to fire on target at 50 yards plus

Value for money

It is priced in the mid range of barnetts crossbow offering and in my opinion is well worth the money


Power

This crossbow has plenty of power behind it to deal with any game you want to hunt, you really feel it when you shoot this bow

Pros  

  • Great accuracy over long distances
  • Barnetts best selling crossbow
  • Great power
  • Quiet when shooting

  Cons

  • Scope provided isn't great

Barnett Wildcat C5 Review


Check it out!

The Next Top 3 Barnett Crossbows Reviewed


Product

Specs

Draw Weight

Power Stroke

Speed

Kinetic energy

Our Rating

Buy Here

Length

35.25"


Width

19.8"


Weight

7.1lbs

185 lbs

13.375"

365fps

118 

ft lbs

4/5

Length

34.75"


Width

18"


Weight

7.9lbs

140 lbs

13.5"

350fps

109 

ft lbs

4/5

Length

35.75"


Width

21"


Weight

7lbs

160 lbs

12.5"

300fps

100 

ft lbs

3.9/5


Quick Facts About Barnett Crossbows


Barnett Crossbows were established in 1962 by Dave Barnett with the vision to create powerful, efficient crossbows that are made for hunting.

Continuing their commitment to deliver high quality performance products they have honed their design and engineering skills to produce crossbows that are at the height of technology and among the finest in the world

This Barnett crossbow review article covers the features you should be considering when looking to buy a crossbow by Barnett


Barnett Buck Commander Extreme

Outdoor Veteran Rating: Good


Bottom Line: Offering blazing speed and power allowing you to take down any game you want to hunt, a great crossbow but shame it's currently priced a bit high


Barnett Buck Commander Extreme Review

The BCX is a lightweight, compact power house that is capable of taking down any game you hunt. The design looks cool and it’s only 20.25” axel to axel so it really is compact.

Out of the box requires some assembly, the limbs are prestrung so you just have to connect them to the stock, then you just attach the arrow rest followed by the scope, the process takes about 40-30 minutes depending on experience.

I love this crossbow it is well made (in the USA) fires accurate and powerful, it’s awesome!

Pros  

  • Very powerful and deadly
  • Lightweight
  • High definition camo print

  Cons

  • Frequent waxing required, forget and your sting will break



Barnett Vengeance

Outdoor Veteran Rating: Fair


Bottom Line: This is one mean looking crossbow! I love the design and how slim it is, it has a lot of power too so is more than adequate for hunting with



Barnett Vengeance Reverse Draw Crossbow Review

The Vengeance reverse draw is a sturdy bit of kit, none of the components feel cheap or weak in their construction, the bow gets extra points for its look, this reverse draw crossbow looks quite menacing!

It fires with great accuracy and blazing speed when you use the right bolts, it really is a thrill to shoot! If you want better accuracy you will be better off purchasing some better arrows compared to the supplied headhunters. The supplied scope is a good quality one that is easy enough to sight in, seasoned hunters may want to change it for a better one though.

This bow is slim and narrow which helps when maneuvering through woods or sitting in a tree stand.

Pros  

  • Sleek High tech looking design
  • Very powerful and deadly up to 60 yards
  • 43% lighter due to carbon riser technology

  Cons

  • Supplied arrows aren’t the best

Barnett Brotherhood

Outdoor Veteran Rating: Good


Bottom Line: It has a high energy cam system that produces a lot of power, The ADF trigger system works well, overall a great crossbow


The Barnett Brotherhood comes in a nice looking real tree camo finish to help it blend in to your surroundings whilst hunting.

It comes with everything you need to assemble it and the process is quite easy, I have a lot of experience putting crossbows together but I have heard from first timers that they also found it quite easy to build.

Along with the crossbow and instructions you also get a red dot scope, quiver, 3 bolts and rail lube. I recommend buying a cocking device separate as you don’t get one in the box.

The Barnett Brotherhood combines a lightweight design with immense power

Pros  

  • Light but sturdy
  • Very accurate
  • Pass through grip adds stability when shooting

  Cons

  • Supplied quiver feels cheap
  • Doesn’t provide a cocking device

To Conclude


Barnett have been in the crossbow manufacturing game for a long time so they have mastered the production of high quality crossbows. Backing all their bows up with a 5 year warranty also shows they have great confidence in them lasting with proper use and maintenance of course.

Barnett also have patents protecting some components, like their carbon riser technology, this shows they are at the forefront of design and technology and not just copycats reproducing what is already on the market.

To be honest pretty much any Barnett model you buy you will be pleased with but in my opinion the above crossbows are the best barnett crossbows for the reasons stated.

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Hi, I'm Justin Archer a family man with 2 boys and a wife. I'm an outdoorsman who loves hunting, fishing, hiking and lots of other outdoor activities. I love testing new outdoor gear, learning new things and passing on the knowledge I have gained.

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