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Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Langhorne, Bucks Co. PA.
Barnett Ghost 400?
I just traded my way into a ghost 400. Never had a crossbow before, so i dont know some of the details, I do have a vertical compound.
Anyway, when I got it it came with the same bolts it had when new. The labels were melted or scratched off with no info legible, presumably from being shot through practice targets from the friction. I need to find specs on replacement bolts. I ordered "game crushers", which are the bolts Barnett recommends, but I would like to know if there are any other available/safe/more accurate aftermarket bolts out there.
What would optimal bolt weight be including broad head? I know that the bolt must be a certain weight or heavier to prevent what is essentially considered a dry fire, somewhere above that weight is the perfect bolt weight that will shoot the flattest for the longest distance. Any speculation or even better would be hard mathematical fact about what about should weigh to hit said arc if it began its flight at 407fps and was 22" long....
The short story on this would be that I have a new set of 125Gr. Montec G5's I'd like to use and will need to buy a set of shafts to build said bolt from, and I don't have a clue about which raw shaft to start looking at.
I installed a Barnett cocking crank mechanism, it really makes drawing the string back a breeze. I could see easily decocking, by unwinding it, by backing it down using the winch like cocking mechanism. Anyone see any issues with this? It seems safe in theory.
Anyone else shooting this crossbow? Everything I read about it seems pretty positive, except I read about strings snapping. Is string breakage a common issue with crossbows in general? In this set up the string has to be under great tension and like a bowstring, must be regularly maintained, but after just a few shots, their strings broke. I was thinking of having a custom string built, possibly with a higher thread count, to prevent breaking as easily.
What has everyone heard or experienced pertaining to this crossbow? Looking for a little feedback.: