Boasting the kind of speed and power that many hunters have been crying out for, the Barnett 410 Ghost is a quality crossbow that you can depend on, even in difficult situations. With nearly 150 ft/lbs of kinetic energy, this crossbow generates twice the energy needed to neutralize the biggest game in existence. In spite of its power, the Ghost is also reasonably light, which makes it simple to use in tree stands or similar cramped hunting spots.
Our Rating: (4.3 / 5)
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Parts and Assembly
The Ghost is extremely easy to assemble, because the foot stirrup and riser are connected, and the scope is mounted onto the stock already. You just have to fix the riser onto the stock, fasten in the quiver mount, and the weapon is ready for use. Although the bolt thread screws into the appropriate sockets quite easily, some customers recommend checking the resistance level first, prior to installing the screws. Bear in mind that, if the components are not correctly aligned, this will cause tight tolerance faults, and make the bolts difficult to secure. Up until now, no customers have reported any missing components, and everything appears to be properly labeled.
The Ghost is no louder than any other compound crossbow. Given its shooting velocity, this is an impressive feature, because crossbows become louder the quicker they shoot. Also, an extremely big shoulder plate makes this weapon comfortable for aiming, for long time periods. You will not feel any discomfort in your shoulders. The lightweight carbon riser makes it easy to keep the crossbow steady.
As well as being visually appealing, the composite laminates do an excellent job of reducing vibration. Because of the split design, the limbs encounter less air resistance. Consequently, they move roughly 1.5 percent quicker than other kinds of limbs. This adds to the amazing shooting velocity of the Ghost.
The Ghost has a crosswire string, which can fire 1000 arrows without any serving separation. With its moisture resistant surface and comfortable foregrip, this crossbow keeps your hands warm when you hunt outdoors during the winter. Also, this feature makes it easier to maintain a healthy distance between your fingers and the flight rail. This allows novices to practice correct shooting technique, without injuring themselves.
The draw weight of the Ghost is 185lb. The anti dry fire device triggers automatically, once the weapon is cocked. The quiver stays in position securely, and the vibration created by the shot does not cause it to shake or loosen. This is a common issue with other crossbow models. The rope cocking aid that is included can be altered in length. This means that anyone can use it, irrespective of their physical strength or height.
Included in the kit is a regular composite quiver that holds three bolts. Also included is an illuminated premium scope, which offers a good view of your target(s) in bad lighting. Furthermore, the scope is resistant to water and fog, which makes the Ghost a dependable crossbow, even if you are hunting in heavy snow or rain.
Three twenty-two inch Easton arrows are provided by the manufacturer. These are great for sighting with the scope. Nonetheless, if you like to obtain the best ratio of energy to speed, you should swap the included bolts for other twenty-two inch carbon arrows from Barnett, with 400 to 450 grain.
Price is the main drawback of the Ghost. Although this is not a huge problem for seasoned hunters, who know precisely what they want, it is not ideal for novices, who havent decided yet whether crossbows are the type of weapons they want to invest in heavily. Nonetheless, while the price might deter some novices from buying this crossbow, its lightweight and compact design makes it a fantastic introductory weapon.
The packaging on the Ghost could be improved too. One customer reported that the sight scope fell out of the package during transit, because it was not properly secured. This damaged the lens cover.
Power and Accuracy
If you have searched for powerful hunting crossbows in the past, you will be aware that the shooting velocities on most models do not surpass 340 FPS. The Ghost, on the other hand, has an impressive 410 FPS. This is why it ranks among the most powerful crossbow models on the market. It is definitely quicker than the Excalibur Matrix 380 and the Barnett Vengeance, which are similarly priced. Also, customers report that the difference between the draw weight and shooting velocity is virtually unnoticeable, with the included arrows and with similar bolts.
The accuracy is excellent too, because the carbon riser design on the crossbow stops it from partially tipping forwards. Mainly, the weight is situated close to the archers shoulder, which makes the Ghost extremely stable. The string latch and trigger system operate smoothly, launching the string and arrow flawlessly each time. This makes target practice a lot easier, because your shots will be more consistent.
The Ghost comes with a scope that is sighted straight out of the package. This maintains dead zero for long time periods, without any need for regular elevation and windage adjustments. Actually, the Ghost is so precise that it is possible to hit two inch arrow groups from a seventy yard distance, even if you are a novice crossbow shooter. Amazingly, the arrows still land sufficiently deep to make it extremely hard for you to tug them out.
Barnett Ghost 410 CRT Crossbow Review Conclusion
Some people may believe that the Ghost is costly, compared to similar crossbows on the market. However, in reality, this weapon is easily worth the price. This crossbow has been designed for long term use, so you will not have to replace it for the foreseeable future. It certainly holds and feels like a top notch rifle. Its unparalleled speed, power and precision is all the more impressive, due to its maneuverable and compact design. Suffice to say, the Ghost delivers outstanding performance that is sure to satisfy the needs of even the most discerning hunters.