Best Crossbow Reviews – The Ultimate Buyer’s Guide
Best Crossbow Reviews – The Ultimate Buyer’s Guide

Best Crossbow Reviews 2020 – The Ultimate Buyer’s Guide

Buyer's Guide for Purchasing Best Crossbow in Market

Best Crossbow Reviews 2020 – The Ultimate Buyer’s Guide

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What is a crossbow?

A crossbow is a bow-like long-range weapon that fires either bolts or arrows. These can consist of plastic, wood, or metal. The crossbow is also known as an Arrow rifle.

In order to shoot you have to draw the bow, whereby a trigger device holds the taut string. Then you can trigger a shot with your index finger and aim like a rifle.

The first forms of the crossbow appeared in Greece 2400 years ago and in China 2100 years ago. In Europe, it was mostly used in the Middle Ages until it was replaced by guns. Nowadays, crossbow shooting is more of a hobby.

BEST CROSSBOWS 2020 AT A GLANCE:

  1. Excalibur Matrix Mega 405  – Best crossbow for the money
  2. The TenPoint V Crossbowenom – best compact and light crossbow
  3. Barnett Ghost 410 CRT – The Fastest Crossbow (Editor’s Choice 2020)
  4. Barnett Buck Commander Extreme  – Lightweight and Fast Crossbow
  5. Excalibur Matrix Grizzly SMF Test –   the most affordable crossbow from the Excalibur
  6. Barnett Ghost 375 Crossbow  – The fastest and most affordable crossbow
  7. Barnett Jackal Package  –  Best Crossbow For Beginners
  8. Barnett Penetrator test – Best price/ratio crossbow
  9. Arrow Precision Inferno Fury – Lightest crossbow (less than 150euro)
  10. Barnett Wildcat C5 – Crossbow at the best value for money

1. Excalibur Matrix Mega 405  – Best crossbow for the money

Specifications of Excalibur Matrix Mega 450

Model Number4000
Product Dimensions35 x 6 x 10 inches; 12.3 Pounds
ManufacturerExcalibur Crossbow
Draw Weight290 lb.
Velocity405 fps
Power Stroke13.9″
Mass Weight6.2 lb.
Overall Length36.2″
Bolt Length18″
View full details of Excalibur Matrix Mega 405

Main Features of Excalibur Matrix Mega 450

  • Ocusync 2.0
  • Propulsion system
  • Remote controller
  • 3 flight modes
  • 12 intelligent flight modes
  • 5 directions of obstacle sensing

Reviews of Excalibur Matrix Mega 450

The Matrix Mega crossbow is quite expensive but worth it.

This type of classic crossbow is the fastest available in stores. The pros can hit up to 405 FPS and more can make its mark. Carrying it is not a problem because just like other curved crossbows, it is light. The scope is none other than the most expensive scope; Twilight DLX scope and it goes without saying that this adds precision to the crossbow. It is certainly not easy to use, hence a lot of features for security are included. With a speed of around 405 fps, this is one of the fastest bows on the market.

If you have that recurve crossbow you have another advantage, this crossbow has one of the best scopes that can accurately zoom in on the target without any issues. To help you focus, one of the best features is a built-in REDS suppressor which helps reduce crossbow noise.

The Matrix Mega Crossbow is one of the best crossbows of 2020, but it’s not my favorite as it weighs in at around 290 pounds. Usually, users prefer crossbows with a shorter pull length which consumes much less power and helps release the arrow at full speed. Longer draws mean faster speed and this is the case with this crossbow, but users don’t prefer having crossbows with a long shot length.

All in all, the Excalibur Matrix Mega 450 crossbow can not only be used for target shooting, but also for big game hunting. Crossbow assembly is easy with a DVD manual that helps you view and assemble the crossbow. It takes less than 30 minutes to assemble the crossbow and test it.

Adjusting the range can make the shot and hit the target easy and you have to learn how to adjust it to get there. Another advantage of using this crossbow is that it is much quieter than all other crossbows and much more powerful.

“4 Diablo Arrows” come with this arrow which works like a charm.

Pros & Cons of Excalibur Matrix Mega 450

Pros

  1. The fastest classic crossbow on the market
  2. Great build quality
  3. Powerful, fast and complete (makes no noise)
  4. Excellent range (Scope)

Cons

  1. A little difficult to pull (Maybe because of the draw weight)

FAQ’s for Excalibur Matrix Mega 450

Never has been a problem. Excalibur crossbows has the best warranty in the business.
Not sure exactly what distance is needed. I measured 31 1/2 inches from limb tip to limb tip, uncocked.

Caveman Guide’s final thoughts for Excalibur Matrix Mega 450

“Based on research and experimentation it’s a very good product. It has good customer reviews. Also you will enjoy this product quality. “

— CaveMan’s Guide


2. The TenPoint V Crossbowenom  – best compact and light crossbow

Specifications of TenPoint V Crossbowenom

Product Dimensions:1 x 1 x 1 inches; 2.7 Pounds
Model Number:CB14007-6811
Batteries:1 Lithium Metal batteries required. (included)
Manufacturer:Tenpoint
View full details of TenPoint V Crossbowenom

Main Features of TenPoint V Crossbowenom

  • Active Track 2.0
  • Hyper lapse
  • Quick shots
  • Point Of Interest 2.0
  • Waypoint navigation
  • Cinematic mode
  • Tapfly

Reviews of TenPoint V Crossbowenom

We can’t talk about the best crossbow 2020 without talking about the scale of Tenpoint Venom crossbow brands.

TenPoint also has one of the best application glasses that improve targeting accuracy. This crossbow is the best for both, professionals and beginners. The assembly of this crossbow is extremely easy.

If the bow cocking is a problem, then the benefit of using this crossbow becomes very clear, as it has a built-in string cocking function. Hunting bear, moose, and deer are very easy to use with this crossbow. Most Tenpoint gadgets perform exceptionally well.

The scope is already focused, so after fixation, little adjustment is needed to start using it. The power of this crossbow is estimated by the weight of the arrows used.

The TenPoint Venom structure and shape allow crossbow users to move easily in tight areas. Hunting is made easier thanks to its lightweight which is another plus for this crossbow which makes it one of the best crossbows 2020 that we are testing.

The arrow’s piercing power is lethal and can move through thicker objects with ease. 20 inch arrows are preferred for this crossbow and there are Pro Elite arrows specially designed for this crossbow. The flight of these arrows is linear and fast and they last longer. Carrying these arrows with you is also easier.

Ten Point offers a limited lifetime warranty on the majority of its products, including crossbows, but you must complete the warranty card process and return it within 30 days of purchasing the crossbow to apply the warranty.

The multi-coated optics amplify and zoom from 1.5X to 5X, and the light transmission over this degree is completely amazing. Each shot is as fast as the flight of the arrow, and the range is generally just as accurate in low light or light conditions. The range aims effectively and remains constant even after a considerable amount of punching and jerking movements.

With this crossbow, you will not have to replace the ‘scope’ of application with another on the market.

The TenPoint crossbow, however, offers less functionality compared to other crossbows on the market.

Compared to the cost, this crossbow is expected to offer more functionality and therefore be expensive than most crossbows, it does not satisfy users when it comes to the features it offers. The clicks of the safety can distract the user even though the suppressors reduce the noise of the crossbow.

Pros & Cons of TenPoint V Crossbowenom

Pros

  1. Durable and very balanced design.
  2. It comes with the ACU50 draw which helps it perform smoothly.
  3. Up to 372 feet per second of speed.
  4. Compact and light crossbow.

Cons

  1. Expensive more than others featured and a little less than others in our premium picks
  2. The crossbow is silent, thanks to the damping device. However, security will create an audible click that might not be suitable in some situations.

FAQ’s for TenPoint V Crossbowenom

Great scope, dead on at 20 yds out of box. $ 300 scope.
Assembly is not bad at all. Foot stirrup and the bow section to the stock.
And it is. 6 carbon bolts (arrows), 6 practice points, and quiver. It's a nice package.

Caveman Guide’s final thoughts for TenPoint V Crossbowenom

“Based on research and experimentation it’s a very good product. It has good customer reviews. Also you will enjoy this product quality. “

— CaveMan’s Guide


3. Barnett Ghost 410 CRT  – The Fastest Crossbow (Editor’s Choice 2020)

Specifications of Barnett Ghost 410 CRT

Model Number:78220
Manufacturer:Barnett Archery
View full details of Barnett Ghost 410 CRT

Main Features of Barnett Ghost 410 CRT

  • Active Track 2.0
  • Hyper lapse
  • Quick shots
  • Point Of Interest 2.0
  • Waypoint navigation
  • Cinematic mode
  • Tapfly

Reviews of Barnett Ghost 410 CRT

This is the best crossbow we are testing for 2020. The Ghost 410 crossbow, my personal favorite, and probably Barnett’s most famous and highest rated crossbow! What if I told you that this crossbow is capable of firing an arrow at the speed of 410 feet per second and it is the fastest crossbow on our list and not as expensive as the previous two?

I’m sure you’ll say, “WOW! This must be the most expensive crossbow out there? “. Well, I have to tell you this is not a cheap crossbow but it doesn’t cost a fortune either. It is inexpensive compared to the above two and provides more value for the money.

This crossbow does not come with a damping system which makes it too loud on almost any hunting trip.

Barnett Ghost 410 Crossbow” is an extremely powerful, light, well-balanced, and performing crossbow featuring a robust construction. The best thing about this crossbow is its ability to shoot at the speed of 410 FPS, it can generate kinetic energy up to 150 lbs. It doesn’t matter if you are an experienced hunter or a beginner, this is the perfect choice if you need to buy one of the best crossbows available on the market for 2020.

Pros & Cons of Barnett Ghost 410 CRT

Pros

  1. The fastest crossbow was built (up to 410 feet per second of speed).
  2. Powerful, compact, and light.
  3. High precision (You can hunt even if you are 60 meters away).

Cons

  1. It makes noise because the damping system is not included.

FAQ’s for Barnett Ghost 410 CRT

Yes .... safety is ambidextrous.
I would not recommend that you try to de-cock the bow by hand it is to strong. Your best option is a de-cocking bolt.

Caveman Guide’s final thoughts for Barnett Ghost 410 CRT

“Based on research and experimentation it’s a very good product. It has good customer reviews. Also you will enjoy this product quality. “

— CaveMan’s Guide

4. Barnett Buck Commander Extreme  – Lightweight and Fast Crossbow

Specifications of Barnett Buck Commander Extreme

Model Number78240
ManufacturerBarnett Archery
Power Stroke118 ft
View full details of Barnett Buck Commander

Main Features of Barnett Buck Commander Extreme

  • Ocusync 2.0
  • Propulsion system
  • Remote controller
  • 3 flight modes
  • 12 intelligent flight modes
  • 5 directions of obstacle sensing

Reviews of Barnett Buck Commander Extreme

Barnett is one of the best crossbow brands on the market. The weight of this crossbow is 7.1 the lightest compound crossbow available on the market. The buck commander extreme is made of all carbon and aluminum and that is the only reason it is light.

It is compact when cocked and that is why this crossbow is extremely easy to use either on the hands or on a tree stand.

The Commander Barnett Buck Extrem (BCX) Crossbow is capable of doing many wonders that a hunter wants. It comes with all the tools, so you can enjoy the hunt right out of the box. It can shoot arrows at the rate of 365 feet per second and it can produce kinetic energy of 118 feet/pounds, which can take the arrow deep within the target.

The precision with the crossbow is great, thanks to the illuminated 3 × 32 scope. The sturdy, balanced, and light design makes it easy to carry and easy to use. In addition, it is extremely comfortable.

Like all of the other Barnett crossbows in our list, this one does not come with a shock absorber. So it makes noise when you pull the trigger.

Pros & Cons of Barnett Buck Commander Extreme

Pros

  1. Great performance at a low price
  2. Anty Fire feature prevents the bow from shooting without an arrow
  3. Light and compact
  4. Ergonomic design and excellent build quality
  5. Great crossbow at such a price

Cons

  1. Sling is not included in the package (Shame, isn’t it?)
  2. Make noise when you hit the arrow (Just like other Barnett’s)

FAQ’s for Barnett Buck Commander Extreme

Yes the bow is strung. All you have to do is connect the limb to the body. The limb is prestung. You also have to mount the scope and arrow rest. It takes about 30 min. for the whole thing to be ready to shoot. Very easy.
No it's made in the USA
The scope does not require batteries.

Caveman Guide’s final thoughts for Barnett Buck Commander Extreme

“Based on research and experimentation it’s a very good product. It has good customer reviews. Also you will enjoy this product quality. “

— CaveMan’s Guide


5. Excalibur Matrix Grizzly SMF Test –   the most affordable crossbow from the Excalibur

Specifications of Excalibur Matrix Grizzly SMF Test

Model Number6850
Product Dimensions35 x 10 x 6 inches; 3.2 Ounces
ManufacturerExcalibur Crossbow
View full details of Excalibur Matrix Grizzly SMF Test

Main Features of Excalibur Matrix Grizzly SMF Test

  • Ocusync 2.0
  • Propulsion system
  • Remote controller
  • 3 flight modes
  • 12 intelligent flight modes
  • 5 directions of obstacle sensing

Reviews of Excalibur Matrix Grizzly SMF Test

We can’t talk about the best crossbow on the market without adding some crossbow Excalibur to our list of the best crossbows in 2020.

Excalibur as a manufacturer of crossbows is considered one of the more expensive brands. But, here is an affordable option.

The grizzly is a large recurve crossbow and an attention seeker for small hunting games. The design is well balanced, extremely easy to use, and easy to assemble.

The weight of this crossbow is only 5.5 pounds, which makes it perfect for teens and women. The materials used in the sturdy frame are composites and provide strength and durability. The accuracy is great, the narrow 30-inch limbs provide a straight path for the boom, and the construction is strong enough to support 200 pounds of suction weight.

But what are the best features of this crossbow?

• The maximum speed of 304 FPS allows this compact crossbow to reduce small to medium-sized games.
• The package includes 4 arrows, so you can start practicing target hunting or archery right out of the box.
• The adjustable reach ensures accuracy and 200 pounds of draw weight ensures destruction.
• Excalibur Grizzly is designed to be light, easy to use, and efficient to pull. In short, you get what you pay for.

The downside that needs to be mentioned is that it doesn’t include any fire protection mechanism. So, I really don’t recommend you to go for this one if you are a beginner.

Pros & Cons of Excalibur Matrix Grizzly SMF Test

Pros

  1. Small in size, which makes it easy to use in small spaces
  2. Lightweight and balanced design
  3. Comes with 4 bolts and attachable quiver
  4. Easy to assemble
  5. The reach is adjustable for high precision

Cons

  1. The rails are not made of aluminum like the others

FAQ’s for Excalibur Matrix Grizzly SMF Test

Kinetic energy is a product of velocity and weight.
These units come in a box with very simple assembly. Two screws to attach the bow to the stock and you're pretty much done.

Caveman Guide’s final thoughts for Excalibur Matrix Grizzly SMF Test

“Based on research and experimentation it’s a very good product. It has good customer reviews. Also you will enjoy this product quality. “

— CaveMan’s Guide


6. Barnett Ghost 375 Crossbow  – The fastest and most affordable crossbow

Specifications of Barnett Ghost 375 Crossbow

Model Number78100
Product Dimensions33 x 13.25 x 7.25 inches; 7.5 Pounds
ManufacturerBarnett Archery
View full details of Barnett Ghost 375 Crossbow

Main Features of Barnett Ghost 375 Crossbow

  • Ocusync 2.0
  • Propulsion system
  • Remote controller
  • 3 flight modes
  • 12 intelligent flight modes
  • 5 directions of obstacle sensing

Reviews of Barnett Ghost 375 Crossbow

This crossbow is another famous model by one of the leading brands, the Barnett Ghost 375 is the best affordable and budget crossbow in our 2020 list.

Lightweight, sturdy, and precision make this one of my favorite crossbows to start with. The size is compact which is really useful for tight hunting areas. The price is a bit higher than some of the other models on this list, but it’s worth every penny.

The weight of this crossbow monster is only 7.1 pounds, and like all other Barnett products, it is well balanced and easy to use.

It’s the ability to shoot 20-inch arrows at the speed of 360 FPS, which ensures a nice killing and ideal for small and medium-sized games.

Okay! There is only one problem with this crossbow. The cocking mechanism is missing, resulting in a weight of 160 pounds. So that makes it a great choice for teens.

Pros & Cons of Barnett Ghost 375 Crossbow

Pros

  1. Good precision
  2. Light and compact
  3. Easy to carry
  4. Barnett 5 in 1 Safety Fire System
  5. Adjustable reach for high precision

Cons

  1. The cocking mechanism is not included.

FAQ’s for Barnett Ghost 375 Crossbow

Yes it comes with a quiver. awesome crossbow.accurate!
Yes u can just put them on mine.

Caveman Guide’s final thoughts for Barnett Ghost 375 Crossbow

“Based on research and experimentation it’s a very good product. It has good customer reviews. Also you will enjoy this product quality. “

— CaveMan’s Guide


7. Barnett Jackal Package  –  Best Crossbow For Beginners

Specifications of Barnett Jackal Package

Model Number78404
Product Dimensions33 x 11 x 7 inches; 0.8 Ounces
ManufacturerBarnett Archery
Draw Weight150 pounds
Velocity315 feet per second
Energy95 foot pounds
Weight7.7 pounds
Power stroke12 inches
Arrow length20 inches
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Main Features of Barnett Jackal Package

  • AVI foot stirrup
  • AVI bolt retainer
  • ADF MIM trigger mechanism
  • High-definition camouflage
  • Quad limbs
  • 3.5-pound trigger pull
  • High energy wheels
  • Synthetic cable system
  • Picatinny/Weaver rail

Reviews of Barnett Jackal Package

The Jackal Package crossbow is just another great brand of Barnett bows, specially designed for beginners. The package includes a quiver, a few bolts and a red dot, and everything you can use right out of the box.

You can assemble this crossbow easily, although it is not hard work for a beginner. More than sure, it won’t take more than 15 minutes of yours.

There is only one thing missing from the package which is  Broadheads. As soon as you get it, you can go hunting.

Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of the jackal pack crossbow.

The maximum speed of this arc is 315 FPS with a maximum weight of 150 pounds, which is enough for under $ 300!

The best thing is that the package includes everything and the crossbow is extremely easy to assemble.

Quadruple limbs provide maximum stability without adding extra weight.

The cable system and energy wheels provide powerful and quick hits, so you can be sure to hit your target.

The worst thing I don’t like about this crossbow. it makes a loud noise when you shoot the arrow. However, you can install a damping system to reduce noise.

Pros & Cons of Barnett Jackal Package

Pros

  1. Extremely low in price and with great features
  2. Designed for beginners and intermediate users
  3. Great build quality and durability

Cons

  1. The rope cocking mechanism is not included
  2. Makes noise when pulling the boom (the damping system is not included)

FAQ’s for Barnett Jackal Package

Yes, it is great for deer hunting.
Yes it has sling mounts and any gun / crossbow sling will work fine.

Caveman Guide’s final thoughts for Barnett Jackal Package

“Based on research and experimentation it’s a very good product. It has good customer reviews. Also you will enjoy this product quality.  “

— CaveMan’s Guide


8. Barnett Penetrator test– Best price/ratio crossbow

Specifications of Barnett Penetrator test

Model Number78020
Product Dimensions33 x 13 x 7 inches; 14 Pounds
ManufacturerBarnett Archery
WeightNine-pound
Velocity375-feet-per-second (FPS)
Power Stroke15-inch
Energy133-foot-pounds
Arrow Length22-inch
Measures24 by 37 inches (W x D)
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Main Features of Barnett Penetrator test

  • Ocusync 2.0
  • Propulsion system
  • Remote controller
  • 3 flight modes
  • 12 intelligent flight modes
  • 5 directions of obstacle sensing

Reviews of Barnett Penetrator test

Here is another great crossbow from Barnett. Penetrator Crossbow is super easy to assemble and with all the necessary tools you can start your hunt right away. The Barnett Penetrator can fire arrows at the maximum speed of 350 fps, which can deliver 109 ft/lb of kinetic energy to these arrows. Thus, the arrows can go deeper into your target. This is much more for a small and medium to the large level game.

The string of this crossbow is not that good. After a few shots, the rope broke, and I had to replace it. String failures are not included in Barnett’s warranty coverage, so a new string costs me more.

Let’s take a look at some of the positives and benefits you can get with Barnett Penetrator.

• 5-year warranty which covers the stock, the assembly of the limbs, and the trigger mechanism.
• The set includes three 20 inches 400 grit aluminum arrows. However, I recommend that you buy carbon arrows. A 4 × 32mm scope is also included.
• The speed is 350 FPS and the pulling weight is 175 pounds, to ensure your death.

Barnett Penetrators come in a nice budget and provide years of service. You can easily kill a deer with it and after some experience elk hunts will also be possible. The hand start device is awesome and adds an awesome addition to the bow. For me, Barnett Penetrator deserves its place to be on our list.

Pros & Cons of Barnett Penetrator test

Pros

  1. Supplied with a rope cocking device
  2. High precision
  3. Integrated crank mechanism (The only installation is required)

Cons

  1. Heavyweight compared to other members of our range (8.6 lbs)

FAQ’s for Barnett Penetrator test

Yes it does, no need to buy cocking device
If it calls for 22 "bolts use'm. 20" would put the heads into the frame at the end of the guide rail, (depending on what head you are using). A broad head would interfere for sure. So to answer your question after looking at mine I would say No.
Be careful. There are two different cranks and only one fits.

Caveman Guide’s final thoughts for Barnett Penetrator test

“Based on research and experimentation it’s a very good product. It has good customer reviews. Also you will enjoy this product quality. “

— CaveMan’s Guide


9. Arrow Precision Inferno Fury –Lightest crossbow (less than 150 euro)

Specifications of Arrow Precision Inferno Fury

Model Number199
Product Dimensions33 x 15.5 x 4 inches; 5 Pounds
ManufacturerArrow Precision
Draw Weight175 pounds
Speed235 feet per second
Weight4.84 pounds
String length26.5 inches
Limbcompression fiberglass
Truck/barrelaluminum
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Main Features of Arrow Precision Inferno Fury

  • 175-pound Recurve Crossbow
  • Premium 3-dot multi-range red dot cope
  • Quick detach quiver with four arrows
  • Padded shoulder sling
  • Adjustable, Weaver-style scope mount
  • Full-coverage dipped camo pattern
  • Ambidextrous auto safety

Reviews of Arrow Precision Inferno Fury

Inferno fury is one of the cheapest crossbows available in our list of the 10 best crossbows. Cheap in the price, not the inc quality to be exact.

This low-cost bow is the best crossbow for beginners who are just looking for something inexpensive and lightweight to start their practice. The Arrow Precision Inferno Furey comes with all the essential tools, so you can start right out of the box.

Fury Inferno is not a crossbow that is built for big games. The maximum speed of this arc is just 235 feet per second and the suction weight is 175 pounds. But still, if you shoot an arrow 20-30 yards away, you can take a deer.

The good quality, durability, low price (less than 150 euro), and super armed design are here to please you and there is no more room available in this budget. Either you are a hunter or an archer, this is the perfect option if you are starting your career.

Pros & Cons of Arrow Precision Inferno Fury

Pros

  1. Lightest crossbow on our list (4.8 lbs)
  2. Extremely easy to use, thanks to the weight
  3. Good value for money
  4. Good customer service and 1-year warranty

Cons

  1. Comes with low-quality arrows (However, you can buy better ones)
  2. Very slow (Only good for the small game)

FAQ’s for Arrow Precision Inferno Fury

I shot a deer at 35 yards with it. my max for it is 40 yards.
And it is. This is not a toy. The arrows are real and come with practice / field tips. I can't remember whether the hunting broadheads that I have for these arrows came with the purchase or I bought the separately.
Yes it will take down a deer. Typically deer hunters need to be within 20 - 25 yards to make a kill shot. This Cross Bow will definitely do the job.

Caveman Guide’s final thoughts for Arrow Precision Inferno Fury

“Based on research and experimentation it’s a very good product. It has good customer reviews. Also you will enjoy this product quality.”

— CaveMan’s Guide

10. Barnett Wildcat C5  –  Crossbow at the best value for money

Specifications of Barnett Wildcat C5

Model Number78076
Product Dimensions33 x 11 x 7 inches; 12 Pounds
ManufacturerBarnett Archery
Draw Weight150-pound
Velocity320-feet-per-second (FPS)
Power Stroke13-inch
Weight8.5-pound
Arrow Length20-inch
String Length37-inch
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Main Features of Barnett Wildcat C5

  • Ocusync 2.0
  • Propulsion system
  • Remote controller
  • 3 flight modes
  • 12 intelligent flight modes
  • 5 directions of obstacle sensing

Reviews of Barnett Wildcat C5

The Wildcat C5 crossbow is one of Barnett’s most popular models. It is specially designed for beginners and intermediate level hunters.

Build Quality and Design There is nothing wrong with the build quality of this crossbow. You can have a stable and powerful draw, thanks to the quadruple limbs that come with energy wheels. The rope and cable system makes it easy to pull 150 lbs. The weight of this crossbow is 8.5 which is a bit heavy compared to others in our range.

The design is great, with performance and comfort. The grip is extremely comfortable and constructed with a thumb hole for correct hand placement.

Features and performance :

Barnett Wildcat C5 Bow offers a number of features and simply amazing in performance.
• Easy to pull the weight of 150 pounds, thanks to the cable system.
• Speed up to 320 FPS, to ensure death.
• Wildcat c5 is capable of generating 91 PF of kinetic energy to capture fixed and moving targets.
• Barnett provides the 5-year warranty on this model.
• The 4 × 32 adjustable scope is easy to use and is accurate up to 20f.
• Comes with a quiver and three solid 20 inch arrows

What we don’t like about the c5 wildcat is that it lacks a damping system, which makes it too strong in certain situations.

Otherwise, you get everything you need to go hunting with this bow, at a very low price. So, there is nothing to dislike about this crossbow.

Pros & Cons of Barnett Wildcat C5

Pros

  1. Durable and comes with strong arrows
  2. Great design
  3. Extremely quiet (makes no noise)
  4. Good for both; targeted practice and hunting
  5. Friendly beginner
  6. 5-year warranty

Cons

  1. Rope cocking device is not included
  2. The included view is not that good

FAQ’s for Barnett Wildcat C5

I shot a deer at 35 yards with it. my max for it is 40 yards.
And it is. This is not a toy.

Caveman Guide’s final thoughts for Barnett Wildcat C5

“Based on research and experimentation it’s a very good product. It has good customer reviews. Also you will enjoy this product quality.”

— CaveMan’s Guide


Conclusion & Caveman’s Pick

We have discussed what is crossbow and how does it work. There are too many products in the market, but it is very difficult for someone to choose the right product. That’s why we have narrow it down to only 10 products by doing our research and experimentation.

All of the products mentioned above are great. They have minor differences. Each of the product is best in its category. But if you want an all rounder then Excalibur Matrix Mega 405 is the best. This type of classic crossbow is the fastest available in stores. The pros can hit up to 405 FPS and more can make its mark. Carrying it is not a problem because just like other curved crossbows, it is light. The scope is none other than the most expensive scope; Twilight DLX scope and it goes without saying that this adds precision to the crossbow. It is certainly not easy to use, hence a lot of features for security are included. With a speed of around 405 fps, this is one of the fastest bows on the market.

Which accessories do I need for crossbow shooting?

If you want to get yourself a crossbow, then you need a few accessories in order to be able to practice shooting.

First of all, we recommend clamping aid. You should always use this. The more powerful your crossbow, the safer it can be to use with a cocking aid. The bow can be drawn more evenly, which in turn allows the shot to be more precise.

Most crossbows come with a few matching arrows. If none are included, you should buy some right away. Pay attention to the shaft length of the arrows, their weight, and the material used. Most manufacturers indicate which arrows will go with your crossbow.

other accessories you might need:

  • Arrow guide rail
  • Dry shot safety
  • Rifle scope

Decision: what types of crossbows are there and which one is right for you?

Most crossbows differ primarily in their technology. The most common are the following 2 types:

  • Compound crossbow
  • Recurve crossbow

In the following, we explain the different types and the respective advantages and disadvantages. With this, we want to help you to find the most suitable crossbow for you.

What distinguishes a compound crossbow and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

The compound crossbow has a short bow and is much easier to use. Compared to the original crossbows, this crossbow represents a great technological improvement in many ways.

Advantages

  • small and compact
  • high durability of the tendons

Disadvantage

  • high price
  • The tendon must be changed by a specialist

In this type of crossbow, CAM systems are used. These are responsible for ensuring that more energy can be stored.

The arrow has a rather low speed when fired and only reaches its maximum at the end of the rail. The natural vibration and the inertia of the arrow can thus be kept low.

The string on a compound crossbow must be changed by a professional. However, it has a very long shelf life, so that it does not have to be changed too often.

What distinguishes a recurve crossbow and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

The recurve crossbow has the oldest and simplest construction. It is based on the principle of the Arbalest from the 12th century. While the technology may seem out of date, this is by no means the case. To this day, the recurve crossbow is still very popular and is widely used.

The term recurve comes from English and stands for “bent back”. The ends of the limbs are curved to protect them.

Advantages

  • simple construction and application
  • suitable for beginners

Disadvantage

  • very large
  • less accuracy and performance of the arrows

The bow consists of a shaft, the bow unit, the trigger, and a string. The arch unit is usually made of wood or fiberglass. The arrows reach their maximum speed after the trigger. This decreases due to the inertia and natural vibration of the arrows. This makes the shots less precise.

Due to the simple application, this crossbow is particularly popular with beginners. Changing the tendons is also much easier than with the compound crossbow and you can do it yourself.

Purchase criteria: You can use these factors to compare and rate crossbows

In the following, we will show you the criteria you can use to compare and evaluate crossbows. This makes it easier for you to get an overview and to decide on a suitable and effective device.

Here are some things to look out for when buying a crossbow:

  • Launch speed
  • Weight
  • Draw weight
  • equipment

Below you can read what the respective criteria are all about and find out why it makes sense for you to purchase a device based on the criteria or not.

Launch speed

The higher the launch speed, the better. This means that the penetration force of your bolt is also significantly higher.

If you intend to shoot at very distant targets, make sure that your crossbow has a high shooting speed. The range increases as the speed increases.

Weight

When it comes to weight, you should primarily pay attention to how your own physical condition is. Are you already very athletic and trained? If so, you can use heavier crossbows. These are very stable when shooting because the weight inhibits the recoil.

If you are rather petite, you should use a light crossbow. You can hold them easier and longer. But aiming is also better with a light crossbow.

Draw weight

Draw weight is the amount of force required to draw a crossbow. The further you tighten the string, the higher the pull weight.

However, this also means that the further you pull your string back, the harder it is to cock the crossbow. Most crossbows have a draw weight of at least 175 lbs.

scope of delivery

An expensive crossbow comes with some accessories. In most cases, this includes red dot sights, matching arrows, and sometimes a matching sports bag.

A cheap crossbow, on the other hand, is usually delivered without any accessories. All other required things have to be bought.

Trivia: Facts worth knowing about the topic of crossbows

How do I cock a crossbow?

The crossbow has been further developed and made more powerful over the years. Meanwhile, the strength of an average person is no longer enough to tension them. Many crossbows have a draw weight of over 200lbs or higher.

For this reason, most manufacturers offer integrated tensioning aids. However, there are also non-integrated tensioning aids available to make tensioning easier.

In the following we will introduce you to 3 methods of tensioning:

  • Rope tensioner
  • Crank tensioner
  • Hand clamping

Each of the methods has its advantages and disadvantages.

Rope tensioner

Tensioning with a rope tensioning aid works with little effort. A rope tensioner has 2 hooks, 2 handles, and a rope that holds everything together. The way it works is a simple pulley system. The pull weight is halved here. However, you have to go the double way again.

You proceed as follows:

  • First, place your foot in the stirrup.
  • Then place the rope in the middle behind the telescopic sight.
  • Attach the hooks to the string.
  • Pull up on the two handles to cock your crossbow.

This method is the cheapest way to cock your crossbow with a mechanical helper. Most rope tensioners are available for less than € 30. However, tensioning also takes a little longer than manual tensioning, for example.

Crank tensioner

The crank tensioner is a small winch that is driven by hand. This is mounted on the shaft, making it easy to clamp.

This device reduces the draw weight to 1/10. This means that anyone can use it and cock their crossbow with little effort.

With the help of the crank tensioner, the string can be tensioned in the center, so you can then shoot very precisely. Most crank clamps are quite expensive to buy and start at € 100.

Hand clamping

Manual clamping is the easiest and fastest method. You do not need any additional devices. You place your foot in the stirrup, reach down and pull the tendon until it clicks into the safety device.

The shaft should be fixed to your legs or torso. Also, pay attention to your posture, otherwise, the whole burden will be on your back.

While this method is effective, it is unfortunately not suitable for everyone. Especially petite people should rather use the other methods.