Barnett HyperGhost 405 – Crossbow Review

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Barnett HyperGhost 405 Quick Summary

Bryan Taylor

HyperGhost 405 pic for the review box
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Summary

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 $200 on its own.

3.8

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. We also reviewed the Barnett Hyper Ghost 425, which is Barnett’s flagship model in 2020.

In the package you’ll get the Barnett Hyperghost 425 crossbow, Premium 1.5 x 5 x 32 mm Illuminated scope, Rope cocking sled, Three-arrow side-mount quiver, three 22″ Premium HyperFlite arrows, and some Lubrication Wax.

Barnett HyperGhost 405 Crossbow Specs

Barnett HyperGhost 405
Barnett HyperGhost 405 Crossbow in Mossy Oak Treestand Camo, Shoots 405 Feet Per Second and Includes Premium Illuminated 4X32 Scope
Speed: 405 FPS
Weight: 7.7 lb.
Length: 36.25"
Width Axle-to-Axle (uncocked/cocked): 20.375" / 17.6"
Power stroke: 16.33"
Draw weight: 185 lb.
$899.99
Barnett HyperGhost 405
Barnett HyperGhost 405 Crossbow in Mossy Oak Treestand Camo, Shoots 405 Feet Per Second and Includes Premium Illuminated 4X32 Scope
Speed: 405 FPS
Weight: 7.7 lb.
Length: 36.25"
Width Axle-to-Axle (uncocked/cocked): 20.375" / 17.6"
Power stroke: 16.33"
Draw weight: 185 lb.
$899.99

What we like

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

What we don’t like

  • Barnett Silent Crank not included in the package
The most lethal crossbows in the market - HyperGhost 405 & 425 Crossbows

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.

Construction and Design

The HyperGhost 405 features a new upgraded stock and Barnett’s patented step-through riser. The buttstock has a stabilizer bar. This stabilizer bar makes sure that the crossbow is better-balanced 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 well-designed foregrip.

Another by Barnett patented addition on this crossbow is the Retractable Underarm Counter Balance Support (RUCS). This retractable underarm 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

Halo Scope

The Hyperghost 405 comes with a premium 1.5 x 5 x 32 mm illuminated Halo scope. The 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.

TriggerTech Trigger

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.

Safety Features

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. You’ll only have to tighten one bolt. Install the quiver bracket first. Then the quiver and the step-through riser. Because of its single bolt assembly desgin, 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. We also tried out cocking the crossbow with Barnett’s crank cocking device. I prefer the crank myself because its silent, which is always a big adventage to have when you’re hunting an animal.

We speed tested the Hyperghost 405 with the chronograph we use to speed test all crossbows that pass our review table. With the HyperFlite arrows that were included in the package, we measured a top speed of 406.7 feet per second, with 394 fps being the avarage.

The pre-installed string dampeners dampen the crossbow down and the Bristle Arrow Retainer keeps the arrow securely in its place on the flight rail. You can swing the crossbow around and it still won’t fall off.

The HyperGhost 405 is a very accurate crossbow. With the Premium Halo scope I was accurate enough to shoot a 3″ (or less) group at -70 yards.

The Barnett HyperGhost crossbow on a couple of logs

Recommended Accessories

Arrows and Broadheads

You can buy an extra pack of five Barnett HyperFlite arrows on Amazon and equip them with Rage Crossbow X Broadheads. The Rage Crossbow X broadheads are mechanical broadheads that are optimized for crossbow usage. They have a 2″ cutting diameter and ultrasharp .035″ thick stainless steel blades tough enough for the biggest game with the thickest skins out there.

Barnett Archery 22" HYPERFLITE Arrows
Barnett Archery 22" HYPERFLITE Arrows, 5pk Hunting Arrows for Barnett HyperGhost Crossbow, Black
$78.23
Barnett Archery 22" HYPERFLITE Arrows
Barnett Archery 22" HYPERFLITE Arrows, 5pk Hunting Arrows for Barnett HyperGhost Crossbow, Black
$78.23
Rage Crossbow X
RAGE Crossbow X, 2-Blade Archery Arrow Broadhead, 100 or 125 Grain with Shock Collar Technology (3-Pack)
$35.31
Rage Crossbow X
RAGE Crossbow X, 2-Blade Archery Arrow Broadhead, 100 or 125 Grain with Shock Collar Technology (3-Pack)
$35.31

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%. It is also compatible with the Barnett HyperGhost 425.

Barnett HyperGhost Crank Cocking Device
Barnett HyperGhost Crank Cocking Device | Crossbow CCD Compatible with Hyperghost 425 and Hyperghost 405 Crossbow Models, BAR20019, Black
$116.26
Barnett HyperGhost Crank Cocking Device
Barnett HyperGhost Crank Cocking Device | Crossbow CCD Compatible with Hyperghost 425 and Hyperghost 405 Crossbow Models, BAR20019, Black
$116.26

Storage and Transportation

This package does not include a crossbow case. If you want a crossbow case that fits the Hyperghost 405 then I would recommend a Supply SAS Black Deluxe soft crossbow case from Southland Archery. It is an affordable and durable crossbow case with a sling.

Southland Archery Supply SAS Soft Crossbow Case
Southland Archery Supply SAS Black Deluxe Padded Soft Crossbow Case with Sling
$49.99
Southland Archery Supply SAS Soft Crossbow Case
Southland Archery Supply SAS Black Deluxe Padded Soft Crossbow Case with Sling
$49.99

If you want a shoulder sling with your HyperGhost 405 then I recommend buying a TenPoint Neoprene Crossbow Sling. This sling 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.

TenPoint Neoprene Sling
TenPoint Neoprene Crossbow Sling (HCA-004)
$24.97
TenPoint Neoprene Sling
TenPoint Neoprene Crossbow Sling (HCA-004)
$24.97

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