Which Barnett crossbow is the most popular and why?
A: The Rhino and the Lightning are
the most popular. The Rhino and Lightning will shoot 16" 2219
arrows at an impressive 270 feet per second, it also incorporates
many fine details in its construction. The most impressive of these
details is the trigger assembly which has a pull weight of a mere
4.2 lb. and a pull length of just over 1/4". The trigger
assembly also incorporates details such as a built-in analogue dial
a range, scope elevation wheel, and a 3/8" dove-tail mount for
scopes. The bow features several other major features as well, such
as a breakdown mechanism for storage in hard gun cases for
transport; ambidextrous Monte-Carlo rifle stock with plunger-style
ambidextrous safety switch, precision sight pins (Rhino) or clear
acrylic viseur (Lightning).Both models feature Gordon Bow Tough
limbs (industry standard), precision machined aluminum cams and
highly durable aircraft-grade cable systems.
Q: What are the
different types of trigger mechanisms on the various Barnett
A: Barnett offers two different types
of trigger mechanisms which are specific to certain models and are
not interchangeable. Detailed below are the three models in order of
quality and benefits provided:The Analogue trigger mechanism has a
precision outer case, molded of XF high-strength polycarbonate
material(similar to GLOCK handguns). The interior moving parts are
either machined or of high tolerance castings. The pull weight is a
mere 4.2 lb. with a 3/8" pull length, and is standard with
elevation adjustment wheel, analogue dial a range and 3/8"
dove-tail scope mount. Standard on Rhino , Lightning, Commando II
Compound, Commando II Recurve, Wildcat III, Panzer III & Panzer
III Hunter. The standard trigger mechanism is a basic, straight-drop
pull design with the pull located directly beneath the firing
activator. It is constructed of mostly stamped hardened steel parts.
It has a pull weight of about 7.5 lb. and pull length of 1/2".
Standard on Panzer II, Ranger, Ranger Compound & Delta Storm
models. NOTE: All Barnett trigger mechanisms feature an automatic
safety, which is engaged when the bow is cocked and must be released
each time before firing
Q: What is the
difference between a compound and a recurve crossbows?
A: The difference between a compound
and a recurve crossbow ( or any archery bow ) is that the compound
bow incorporates a set of cams or wheels into the limb assembly. On
the recurve bow the string attaches directly to the limbs. The
benefit of the compound bow is that it allows the user the benefit
of "let-off." (Let-off is a term used to describe the
reduction in draw weight by percentage when the wheels roll over
from the action of drawing the string.) A compound bow will
"let-off" 50% from a 150-lb draw weight to 75 lbs. when
the wheels roll over. Not only is it easier for the user to cock a
compound crossbow, but it is also less mechanical stress on the
Q: What are the
strings made of?
A: The actual main string is made of
B-50 dacron and the centre servings are made of 150-pound
tensile-strength braided fast-flite. The fast-flite centre serving
provides high durability at friction points.
Q: How do I
replace a string on a recurve bow?
A: Using the old string follow the
same procedure that you would use when using the cable stringer.
Insert the new bowstring loops through the loops of the old string
and seat over the nock-ends. Check loops, bowstring and new string
for proper seating on nock-ends. Grasp new string very tightly while
pulling upwards with one hand. Release safety and pull trigger with
other hand. You then lower string very slowly. Take off the old
string and you are done.
Q: How long
should strings last?
A: With proper maintenance of the
string and the crossbow itself, the string should last a minimum of
100 shots, with several hundred shots not uncommon. Proper
maintenance includes applying lubricant to the area where the string
touches the flight track, keeping the flight track surface area free
of nicks, gouges, burrs, dirt, debris, etc.
Q: What should
I do to extend the life of my bow's cable system?
A: The main component to keeping your
cable system in proper working condition is the use of a cable
slide. This piece, usually plastic, or nylon in material, is
designed to keep the cables from rubbing directly against metal
surfaces. Failure to use a cable slide will result in the coating on
the cables wearing off and eventually over time the premature
failure of the actual metal cable system. The coating is designed to
protect the metal cable inside. You should consider replacing the
cables if the coating is severely damaged to the point that the
metal cables are becoming damaged.
Q: How long can
I keep my bow cocked?
A: It is safe to keep your bow cocked
while you are hunting in a stationary position. FOR PERSONAL SAFETY
REASONS, DO NOT STALK OR WALK TO AND FROM YOUR STAND WITH YOUR BOW
COCKED. We do recommend that if you break from your hunt that you
let the bow down to the uncocked position by shooting a target arrow
into a safe backstop. It would be a good practice to let the bow
down every 4 hours or so.
Q: Why does my
bow shoot to the right or to the left?
A: This question can be answered as
simply as checking to see if the bow is being cocked off centre. If
the string is cocked off centre to the left or right, the arrow will
shoot off to the left or right. The string being off centre by as
little as 1/8" could result in the shot being off several
inches down range. To remedy this, put a mark on the string's centre
serving where it crosses over the flight track when the bow is not
cocked. When you cock the bow to shoot again, make it a priority to
have the string's marks centred in the trigger mechanism. If it is
cocked and still off centre, grasp the string and nudge it into the
centred position, with the safety still engaged.The other problem
may be slightly more technical. Your bow could be out of tiller (out
of square). If you have made any adjustments to the limb bolts (the
bolts that secure the limbs onto the bow) this is a possibility.
Measure from the point where the limb meets the prod housing back to
the string. Do this on each side of the prod housing. If the
measurement is not equal then the bow is out of till. It would be
best to have a dealer make the till adjustment to correct the
problem. All Barnett Compound Crossbows are pre-set for tiller and
proper draw weight at the factory.
Q: Why does my
bow shoot high or low?
A: If you are using field points, you
can simply adjust the sights to correct the problem. Also check that
all of your arrows are the same length and shaft size (i.e.,
16" - 2219 with 125 grain field tip).If you are using
broadheads, you may be experiencing planing, which means that the
blades of the broadhead catch air as they fly. This problem is only
correctable by using a different type or brand of broadhead.
Q: What kind of
broadheads should I use and what are the recommended grain weights?
A: The following recommendations are
based on results of field testing by our Service Department. Various
broadheads were used on our crossbows, shooting at 30' on an outdoor
range. The following broadheads are recommended for use on crossbows
requiring a 16" or 20" 2219 bolt:Spitfire by New Archery
Products: 3-blade mechanical broadhead with a 1-1/2" cutting
diameter, 125 grain. Ventilator by Satellite Archery: 3-blade
mechanical broadhead with a 1-3/4" cutting diameter, 125 grain.
HI-Tech Cam-Lok by WASP: 3-blade broadhead with a 1-3/16"
cutting diameter, 125 grain, used with O-ring. Cam-Lok by WASP:
3-blade broadhead with a 1-1/16" cutting diameter, 130 grain,
used with O-ring. Muzzy by Muzzy Products: 3-blade broadhead with a
1-3/16" cutting diameter, 125 grain, used with O-ring. The
following broadheads are recommended for use on crossbows requiring
a 16" 2117 bolt:Tri- Lok by Game Tracker: 3-blade broadhead
with a 1-3/16" cutting diameter, 125 grain, used with O-ring.
Jack Hammer by WASP: 3-blade mechanical broadhead with a 1-3/4"
cutting diameter, 125 grain.
Q: Why are some
3-blade broadheads inaccurate?
A: The design of some 3-blade
broadheads is not conducive to accurate shooting with a crossbow.
Some broadheads have extremely large surface area, blade shape, or
other design characteristics that, when used on an arrow shaft of
20" or less, will not fly well. The shorter the arrow length
that you are shooting, the more difficult it is to get extremely
tight groups with some broadheads. If the heads have too much
surface area or a very large cutting diameter, they will plane
easily from catching air in flight.
Q: What type of
bolts should I use with my crossbow?
A: When using the Rhino, Lightning or
Commando II Compound, a 16"or 20" 2219 shaft is
recommended.When using any of the recurve crossbows a 16" 2117
or 2219 shaft is recommended.
Q: What size
dovetail is on the scope mount?
A: The size of the dovetail on all
Barnett crossbows is 3/8".
Q: What size
ring do I use for scope mount?
A: You should choose a set of rings
designed for the tube diameter of your scope, with 3/8"
mounting clamps. The Barnett 2.5x20mm crossbow scope, for example,
has a 1" diameter tube and includes a set of 1" rings with
3/8" base.Some red dot sights on the market are sold with 30mm
rings with 1/2" mounts. For red dot sights you would need to
purchase rings for a 30mm tube that has 3/8" base clamps.
Q: How long is
the warranty on a Barnett Crossbow?
A: The warranty on Barnett crossbows
is for a period of one year from the date of purchase. The warranty
covers manufacturer's defects in materials and workmanship.
Q: How do I
obtain service for my crossbow?
A: To obtain service please contact
your Barnett products country distribution center for a Return
Authorization Number (RA#) prior to sending the unit. Write the RA#
on the outside of the package, along with the words "Service
Return." Attach a note to the product containing your name,
address, telephone number and description of the problem. Carefully
package and return the product, transportation charges pre-paid, to
the address given. Collect shipments will not be accepted.
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