Barnett Predator Review – 430 FPS Crossbow

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A lot was expected of the Barnett Predator. Fans were under the impression that Barnett would pull out all the stops to make their best compound crossbow as of yet. We’ve got the Barnett Predator here so let’s see if they did.

Barnett has been making crossbows for decades. The company was founded in 1962 by Bernard Barnett. Bernard made crossbows in his garage in the UK in the ’60s. Now in 2020, Barnett is owned by Plano Synergy Holdings. Barnett crossbows are very popular because of their accurate and powerful compound crossbows. For over 50 years, Barnett crossbows have been made in the United States and are known for their technically superior crossbows.

Crossbow features

Barnett Predator 430 FPS
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Speed:
430 FPS

Weight:
7.6 lbs

Width Axle-to-Axle (uncocked/cocked):
19.75" / 17.875"

Length:
37.125"

Power Stroke:
16.25"

Draw weight:
187 lbs.

Extra Features:
Carbonlite Step-Through Riser, premium 1.5-5x32 illuminated scope, String Dampeners, CNC Machined Aluminum Flight Track

First Impressions

When I picked up the Barnett Predator I immediately noticed that it was an incredibly balanced compound crossbow. What is responsible for this excellent balance is the technology called the RUCS system. It works by pushing the front side of the crossbow upwards, letting gravity pull it back down, providing a better stable balance.

The compound crossbow is larger than most Barnett compound crossbows. It is  37.125″ long and has a width (axle-to-axle) of 19.75″ uncocked and 17.875″cocked. The crossbow weighs 7.6 lbs, and I have to say that is quite heavy for its size. However, despite the size and weight of the crossbow, maneuvering in tight situations is no problem at all with the Predator.

Under the stock, there is a support strap to help lock in the crossbow under your arm when you’re about to shoot. The crossbow has safety guards and finger safety reminders.

The Predator really is a pleasure to look at, it has a cool looking black finish. The disadvantage of the black color is that it doesn’t offer fine camouflage, but the crossbow is so fast and powerful that when a prey notices the crossbow it is already too late if you aim well of course.The crossbow has a machined aluminum flight track.

In the field

We tested the crossbow in the field with the supplied Headhunter arrows. The Barnett Predator reaches speeds of 430 FPS, supported by 156-foot pounds of kinetic energy. The Predator certainly doesn’t lack in power either, with a power stroke of 16.25″ the bow reaches a maximum distance of 70 yards.

Headhunter arrows are 22 inches long and 380 grain.

Headhunter arrows used for field testing the Barnett Predator crossbow

Oil the string with lubricating wax after every 10 shots to keep your crossbow in good shape!

Scope

The Barnett Predator is installed with a 32″ long illuminated scope, which is Barnett’s most advanced scope so far. It is an excellent long-range scope. The scope offers 10 yards intervals, can project from 20 to 70 yards, and is able to magnify the image 1.5x to 5x. The illuminated scope has green and red reticles for when you find yourself hunting in low-light situations. This high-end scope has a build-in speed selector, which is a nice and convenient feature, the speed selector allows you to check any speed between 300 and 425 fps.

Trigger system

The trigger tech trigger system Barnett used for the Predator is a high-quality piece of technology. The 3-pound trigger system ensures a smooth, crisp shot with zero creep. Shooting with it felt really good and the shooting doesn’t make too much noise. The trigger system contains nock sensors to sense whether an arrow is properly loaded. The trigger system also includes anti-dry fire technology that prevents dry firing. I am very impressed with this trigger system from Barnett, easily one of the best triggers of a crossbow in its price range.

Barnett's TriggerTech™ Trigger Control System

Cocking mechanism

You can’t use a crank cocking device to cock the Barnett Predator. The crossbow is already somewhat heavy and with a draw weight of 187 lbs, it is less suitable for hunters that don’t want to pull to much weight. However, the package includes a rope cocking device, with it you can reduce the draw weight by half.

Assembly

The Barnett Predator is incredibly easy to install because of its single bolt design. Screw the riser to the stock and attach the scope and you are good to go!

The side quiver supplied with the Barnett Crossbow is mounted on the side of the crossbow for quick and effective drawing. The quiver is positioned so that it doesn’t get in the way when you have to maneuver the Predator in tight situations, a smart design choice by Barnett.

Follow the Barnett crossbow instruction manual included in the package!

Customizable

Like all Barnett crossbows, the Predator is customizable. It has 4 Picatinny rails that you can use to install extra gear, like a flashlight, an extra quiver, etc, to enhance your hunting experience.

Pros & Cons

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Pros

  • Easy to assemble/disassemble
  • Well balanced compound bow
  • Powerful 430 fps crossbow
  • Zero- creep, frictionless 3-pound trigger
  • Customizable
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Cons

  • On the heavy side for its size
  • Not compatible with any crank cocking device

Package content

  • Barnett Predator crossbow
  • Scope
  • Rope-cocking device
  • Side quiver
  • 2 headhunter arrows
  • lubrication wax
  • Manual

Summary

The Barnett Predator is one of the best-looking crossbows I’ve ever had the pleasure to look at, It inspires fear and domination. This powerful beast of a crossbow is for hunters that want to be at the top of the food chain. This beast of a crossbow shoots arrows with speeds of up to 430 fps with 156 foot-pounds of kinetic energy. The crossbow is on the heavy side but it has an outstanding balance and the crossbow is very accurate. If you are looking for a crossbow that really packs a punch, the Predator is what you’re looking for!

The Predator is a dominant crossbow on the market. The only crossbows that can compete with the Predator within its price range are the Tenpoint Nitro X, the Wicked Ridge Invader 400, and the Ravin R10.

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