Looking into my first crossbow. After ... 25 years of bow hunting with long, recurve, and compound. My shoulder is ready to have a break.
So I'm pretty much sold on the Sniper370. But was also looking at the Barnett Ghost385. Until I compared reviews and price. Both have great reviews but the ghost is more than double the price. Anyone care to sell me on one over the other?
center point is made in china and the quality control is crappy at best. The scopes are terrible and the trigger is horrible! I am not a fan. Barnett has come a long way and is much better bow. Your looking at the shallow end of the pool when it comes to xbows.
I would suggest looking at Parker,Excalibur,10-point. Either of these three would be 10 fold better than the bows your asked about.
I have one, for the price you cant beat it, with good arrows it shoots 11/2 inch groups at 35 yards, 350 fps with my 420 grain arrows. Crossbow buying is sort of like buying cars, I buy what I can afford and it still gets the job done,
The reason a lot of scopes fail when purchased as a crossbow package is the higher in
feet per second a crossbow shoots, the more recoil. The same applies to a rifle. A scope
that will work as an example: on a 30.30 fails when installed on a 7mm Remington
Magnum. I had a personal experience with this.
No price range in particular. Just don't want to spend twice on something that will do less then the cheep model. Also scope is a non issue. Already plan on replacing the scope on whatever I get. But the scope did well in the reviews for the sniper, the ghost they did not. I will look into the other models you guys mentioned. I can spend as much as I want, but don't want to throw away money. I hunt for meat so a $3000 xbow is kinda pointless if I already can do the same with a $300 vertical bow. The plus to the xbow is I have a 9yo who is interested in going turkey hunting for the first time this spring. If I get something adjustable we will get her ready.
I found a Excalibur Exocet bow with right stuff package for $300.00 used at my local gun store. This bow is awesome, 330 fps and has good glass varizone 4 power multI reticle made by Excalibur. If ya look you can find good bows for a decent price. You don't have to settle for crap.