Barnett HyperGhost 405 Crossbow Review

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Let’s take a look at the Barnett HyperGhost 405 compound crossbow. According to Barnett, it was their “fastest, hardest-hitting hunting crossbows ever!” back in 2019. The crossbow comes in a ready-to-hunt package including three 22″ Hyper Flite arrows, a 1.5 x 5 x 32 mm illuminated scope, rope cocking sled, lube wax, and the crossbow comes almost fully assembled. We also reviewed the Barnett Hyper Ghost 425, which is Barnett’s flagship model in 2020.

The most lethal crossbows in the market - HyperGhost 405 & 425 Crossbows

Barnett HyperGhost 405 Crossbow Specs

Barnett HyperGhost 405
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Speed:
405 FPS

Weight:
7.7 lbs

Length:
36.25"

Width Axle-to-Axle (uncocked/cocked):
20.375" / 17.6"

Power Stroke:
16.33"

Draw weight:
185 lbs.

Extra Features:
Exclusive HyperFlite arrow compatibility, Step-trough-riser, CNC machined aluminum flight track, Pre installed string dampeners, Retractable Underarm Counter Balance Support (RUCS)

Pros and Cons

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Pros

  • Hard-Hitting 405 FPS
  • Step-through-riser
  • TriggerTech trigger
  • Single-bolt assembly
  • Premium Hyper Flight arrows
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Cons

  • Barnett Silent Crank not included in the package

Package Contents

  • Barnett Hyperghost 425
  • Premium 1.5 x 5 x 32 mm Illuminated scope
  • Rope cocking sled
  • Three-arrow side-mount quiver
  • three 22″ Premium HyperFlite arrows
  • Lubrication Wax

First Impressions / Size and Weight

The HyperGhost 405 measures a full length of 36.25 inches, a width(axle to axle) of 20.375 inches uncocked, and 17.6 inches cocked. The crossbow tips our scales at 7.7 lbs. The crossbow features a new upgraded stock and Barnett’s patented step-through riser. It also comes with a CNC machined aluminum flight track.

The buttstock has a stabilizer bar. The stabilizer bar helps a lot with the balance and accuracy of the crossbow because of the counterbalance it provides. On top of the buttstock, there is a compartment that you can open from the top, you can store the Barnett hand crank in there or you can store your hunting license in there. The crossbow features a pass-through foregrip.

Another patented addition; the Retractable Underarm Counter Balance Support (RUCS) hooks under the shooter’s arm to counteract the weight of the riser for a balanced, secure grip when shouldering the crossbow.

The crossbow has three Picatinny rails, you can attach extra equipment to them, like for example an extra side quiver, optics, foregrip etcetera. The Mossy Oak Treestand Monochromatic Camo Pattern finish lets you blend in with your environment.

Arrows and Speed

With a power Stroke of 16.333 inches and a draw weight of 185 pounds, the HyperGhost 405 shoots with a velocity of 405 feet per second, delivering 138 (ft-lbs) knockdown power. Enough to kill any whitetail or large game. The three 22″ Premium HyperFlite arrows that are included in the package are high-quality hunting arrows. The HyperGhost 405 comes with a side-mount quiver that can hold a total of four arrows.

Barnett Hyperghost 405 crossbow with Hyper Flite arrows

Optics

The Hyperghost 405 comes with a premium 1.5 x 5 x 32 mm illuminated Halo scope. The Halo scope has an illuminated(green or red) reticle. The space in between the internal dots can be adjusted to any speed thanks to the per second speed dial on the scope. The scope is tuned up to 60 yards.

Cocking

The Hyperghost 405 has a rope sled for cocking and a spot for a crank. You can cock the crossbow with the rope cocking sled included in the package but you’ll have to buy the Barnett Crank Cocking device separately. Because of the step-through riser, Barnett didn’t equip the Hyper Ghost 405 with a foot stirrup.

Trigger and Safety Features

The HyperGhost 405 comes with a trigger with the patented TriggerTech trigger, its a Metal Injection Molded (MIM) trigger with Frictionless Release Technology. This system creates a free-floating roller between the sear and the trigger – offering a smoother, lighter trigger. The three-pound, zero-creep smooth pull gives you full control over the shot. It is a fantastic trigger system that is worth $200 on its own!

The crossbow is packed with safety features. The trigger system contains nock sensors an ambidextrous safety switch an anti-dry fire finger and the crossbow features safety guards under the rail.

Assembly and Sighting-In

The HyperGhost 405 comes mostly pre-assembled. Essentially, you’ll just have to tighten one bolt. Install the quiver bracket first. Then the quiver and the step-through riser. Because of the single bolt assembly, you can assemble and disassemble the crossbow very fast and efficiently. Sighting in the scope was easy to do, in 5 minutes I had it properly calibrated.

Range Test

The HyperGhost 405 is very comfortable to hold and maneuver with. Thanks to the stabilizer bar in the buttstock and the Retractable Underarm Counter Balance Support(RUCS) the crossbow’s balance is outstanding. Even shooting with one hand is therefore possible with this crossbow. Cocking the Hyperghost 405 with the cocking sled was easy to do and required little effort. The step-through riser is really convenient. We also tried out cocking the crossbow with Barnett’s crank cocking device. I prefer the crank myself, it ensures easy and silent, effortless cocking.

We speed tested the Hyperghost 405 with the chronograph we use to speed test all crossbows that pass our review table. With the Premium Hyper Flite arrows that were included in the package, we measured a top speed of 406.7 feet per second. The pre-Installed string Dampeners make the Hyper Ghost 405 extremely quiet and the Soft Lok Floating Bristle Arrow Retainer keeps the arrow securely in its place. You can swing the crossbow around and it still won’t fall off. The crossbow is highly accurate, with the Premium Halo scope I was dead on target even beyond -70 yards.

The Barnett HyperGhost crossbow on a couple of logs

Recommended Accessories

Arrows & Broadheads

You can buy an extra pack of five Premium HyperFlite arrows on Amazon. Equip them with some fine hunting broadheads. For hunting whitetails, I would like to recommend the Rage Crossbow X Broadheads. The Rage Crossbow X broadheads have ultrasharp .035″-thick stainless steel blades that are tough enough for the biggest game out there.

22" HyperFlite Arrows
Rage Crossbow X broadheads that are stainless steel

Barnett Crank Cocking Device

If you want effortless, safe, and silent cocking. Then your best option is buying Barnett’s Crank Cocking Device. The crank cocking device attaches to the stock of the HyperGhost 405 crossbow, the crank reduces cocking resistance by 93 percent. It is also compatible with the Barnett HyperGhost 425.

Crank Cocking Device from Barnett

Sling

If you want a shoulder sling with your HyperGhost 405 then I recommend buying a Tenpoint Neoprene Crossbow Sling. It has a non-slip design with custom swivels and a heavy-duty adjustable strap. It also features a shoulder strap with an integrated elastic band for Crossbow Unloading Bolt (CUB) storage and a thumb loop for added shoulder security.

Neoprene Crossbow Sling from Tenpoint

Storage

This package does not include a crossbow case. I recommend buying the Supply SAS Black Deluxe Padded Soft Crossbow Case from Southland Archery is an affordable case with a sling that fits the HyperGhost 405.

Southland Archery Supply Soft Padded Crossbow Case

Our Verdict

Barnett delivered a fantastic product with the Hyperghost 405. This high-quality crossbow is really well-balanced and very comfortable to hold, handle, and shoot with. The crossbow is highly accurate and its TriggerTech trigger is one of the best trigger systems on the market that is worth worth $200 on its own.

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