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Barnett Wildcat Crossbow Review

Updated on April 21, 2016
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Barnett Wildcat Crossbow

Lightweight, powerful and accurate are the best words to describe the Barnett Wildcat crossbow.

Now that being said, if you're an experienced crossbow hunter with cash to spare, then this is probably not the bow for you. However, if you're just getting started in crossbow hunting or are on a budget, this is the bow to buy!

Bolts are fired at speeds up to 320 feet per second.

Compatible with a crank cocking device that's available as an add on.

We could go on and on about the features, but that's boring. Just know that if you want an affordable crossbow that's made with quality, power and comfort in mind, the Barnett Wildcat C5 Crossbow is what you need.

Get yours below or keep reading for more details before you buy.

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Barnett Wildcat Crossbow Review

Here is a quick overview of the Barnett Wildcat Crossbow. This crossbow is perfect for the beginner, left hander, elderly, right handed, or physically impaired (or anyone else for that matter), due to its crank attachment which is right on the stock. At 5.9 pounds, it is even perfect for young hunters, both male and female. Its official name is the Wildcat C5 and it is lightweight with vented quad limbs, thumbhole grip and a supreme high-speed wheel assembly. It is actually a bestseller for Barnett. Its value for the money is stellar. As long as it is set-up in the way for which it was designed, anyone can use this bow un-assisted and accurately. It is superbly crafted and nicely compact.

So how does it work?

Fresh out of the box, its velocity is not quite up to the advertised velocity, but it does still manage to have a high enough velocity to maintain its classification of medium velocity. Arrow drop is at a minimum and does not even show itself until past the 30 yards mark. The instructions, however, are said to be a bit vague when it comes to the crank assembly. Apparently an illustration explaining how the drum assembly comes apart is not included in the instructions. An admirable quality of the bow, however, is that this crank can be installed for either left handed or right handed users. During testing, this bow was found to be consistently accurate after installation of the cock to crank the system.

Here’s what reviewers have to say

One hunter rated the Barnett Wildcat C5 at 4½ out of 5 stars. He has trusted the name Barnett for a long time and is pleased to report that this bow is a perfect example of the quality and value that has been associated with the name Barnett. It is stable when aiming, comfortable to shoot and lightweight enough to carry without having to work hard. It comes with four bolts, quiver and red dot scope. One more reason that this bow is perfect for the beginner is that the safety automatically sets after the bow is cocked.

Oops, I broke it

One unfortunate hunter, upon the first draw of the bow, broke the flange responsible for maintaining the location of the bolt in the channel. Fortunately however, upon making one simple call to Barnett, a replacement piece was not only easily found but was shipped at lightning speed. The new flange held beautifully without further problems. He said that he did have a little bit of trouble with the red dot scope directions. It seemed that they were backwards, but he was able to figure it out and now loves his Wildcat C5. His one word description of this crossbow – Fantastic! He loves the accuracy and power that it displays, and has in fact split arrows already shot into the target upon sighting it. He was absolutely astonished when this happened. Additionally, at 20 yards the arrows came through the back end of his targets. FYI, this particular crossbow owner hunts Turkey with his Wildcat C5.

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