CenterPoint Sniper Elite 385 Review – Fully Adjustable and Affordable Crossbow

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The CenterPoint Sniper Elite 385 is the successor to the popular Sniper 370, and aside from this model being more powerful and faster, there are other changes that I will discuss in this review. CenterPoint designed the crossbow to be a beginner-friendly entry model.

In the package, we found the CenterPoint Sniper Elite 385 compound crossbow, a 4×32 scope, rope cocker, quiver, two 20-inch carbon arrows, and a 5-year limited warranty.

CenterPoint Sniper Elite 385 Crossbow Specs

CenterPoint Sniper Elite 385
CenterPoint Sniper Elite 385 Compound Crossbow Package
Speed: 385 FPS
Weight: 12.6 lbs
Length: 33.75"
Width Axle-to-Axle (uncocked/cocked) : 18.75"/14.75"
Draw Weight: 185 lbs
Power Stroke: 14"
$369.99
CenterPoint Sniper Elite 385
CenterPoint Sniper Elite 385 Compound Crossbow Package
Speed: 385 FPS
Weight: 12.6 lbs
Length: 33.75"
Width Axle-to-Axle (uncocked/cocked) : 18.75"/14.75"
Draw Weight: 185 lbs
Power Stroke: 14"
$369.99

Size and Weight

The CenterPoint Sniper Elite 385 is more compact than its predecessor. The crossbow has an overall length of 33.75 inches and a slim 14.75-inch axle-to-axle width when cocked and 21.5 inches wide un-cocked.

The crossbow weighs 12.6 pounds and feels well balanced. Its durable, lightweight aluminum and composite design is easy to carry and maneuverable in the field and in hunting blinds.

Design and Construction

The Sniper Elite 385 is built with a new MIL-SPEC AR-style rear stock that is adjustable for a custom fit. The forearm is also adjustable. On the buttstock, there is an adjustable cheekpiece to aid in eye alignment with the scope.

The difference between the Sniper 370 and the new Elite 385’s adjustable stock is the diameter of the area where the stock slides onto the tube. The new mil-spec buffer tube is about two-hundredths of an inch smaller.

CenterPoint Sniper Elite 385 Alternative View

The Sniper Elite 385 features a shoot-through riser design, and CenterPoint equipped the crossbow with a machined aluminum rail for strength, reliability, and repeatable shot placement.

The crossbow has quad limbs with a precision-machined cam system that delivers a lot of power and enhances accuracy.

Whisper Silencing System

CenterPoint outfitted the Sniper Elite 385 with their innovative Whisper Silencing System. This system includes limb dampeners, string stops, and string silencers for noise reduction and vibration control. The crossbow is remarkably silent. Even the trigger system makes little noise.

Scope

The CenterPoint Sniper Elite 385 comes with a basic 4×32 crossbow scope that lets you aim up to 50 yards. The scope features crosshair and circle reticles in red and green.

The scope has five levels of brightness that allow you to effectively use it during the day and at night. This scope is very easy to sight in.

CenterPoint Sniper Elite 385 from the side

Cocking

The Sniper Elite 385 is easy to cock with the rope cocker that cuts its draw weight in half, so you’ll only have to pull 92.5 pounds to cock it.

The crossbow has a nice oversized stirrup that provides a secure point of attachment when hunting from an elevated position.

The crossbow is also compatible with a cocking crank, which reduces cranking effort by 70 percent.

Trigger

CenterPoint upgraded the trigger assembly of the Sniper 370, which had a trigger with too much creep. The trigger on the Sniper Elite 385 offers a smooth, crisp pull with little detectable creep.

Safety

The trigger assembly contains auto safety and anti-dry fire (ADF) that protects you from moving the safety from “safe” to the “fire” position without an arrow in place.

A ball bearing retention spring maintains consistent arrow retention and repeatable shooting results.

The crossbow has oversized finger guards to protects the user from getting fingers near the flight path to avoid contact with the string and cables.

Arrows and Quiver

The 20 inch carbon arrows are fine arrows for target practice buy I would not hunt with them personally.

The quick detach parrallel quiver offers secure arrow storage while helping to maintain a slim profile.

Speed and Accuracy

The Sniper Elite 385 is suited for target practice and hunting. It has buck-stopping power, speed, and accuracy. It delivers arrows downrange at 385 fps with 132 feet per second and 131.5 foot-pounds of kinetic energy.

The Sniper Elite 385 is very accurate for a crossbow in this price range. I had arrow groupings within 2 inches at distances of 60 yards.

Assembly

The crossbow has a single bolt assembly design so it is very easy to assemble. You only need to attach a single bolt riser attachment mount to the rail and you’re set!

CenterPoint Sniper Elite 385 Compound Crossbow Package
  • NEW FOR 2021: The CenterPoint Sniper 385 builds onto the original award-winning Sniper Elite 370 design delivering a narrower and faster crossbow. The new body features a new buttstock design, a slim 14.75-inch axle-to-axle width when cocked, arrow delivery downrange at 385 fps with 132 fpe.
  • WHISPER SILENCING SYSTEM: Outfitted with two 20-inch carbon arrows and the innovative Whisper Silencing System which includes string stops, limb dampeners, and string silencers for the ultimate in noise reduction and vibration control.
  • PRECISION, MOBILITY, AND POWER: Fully adjustable stock and forearm for a customized fit to shoulder with confidence. Quad limbs with precision-machined cam system delivers power and accuracy. The Sniper 385 takes precision, mobility, and power to the next level for demanding crossbow hunters.
  • HIGH PERFORMANCE: Machined rail with shoot-through riser, Integrated string suppressors for a quiet, vibration-free shot. High performance 385 fps firing velocity, 14.75-inch axle-to-axle at full draw. Crafted with top quality materials and most innovative, advanced technology.
  • COMPACT AND CONVENIENT: Durable, lightweight aluminum and composite design is easy to carry and maneuverable in the field. A lighter crossbow will allow you to put weight where it will help hold the crossbow steady. End of stabilizers or closer to axles.

Recommended Accessories

Arrows & Broadheads

We recommend different arrows for hunting. The Barnett 20 inch headhunters Outdoors arrows are good for target practice and perfect for buck hunting. These lightweight carbon arrows have improved wall thickness for added durability and strength. They weigh 396 grain.

Barnett 16075 Outdoors 20-Inch Carbon Crossbow Bolts
Barnett 16075 Outdoors Carbon Crossbow 20-Inch Arrows with Field Points (5 Pack), Black
$32.39
Barnett 16075 Outdoors 20-Inch Carbon Crossbow Bolts
Barnett 16075 Outdoors Carbon Crossbow 20-Inch Arrows with Field Points (5 Pack), Black
$32.39

Equip the Barnett Headhunters Outdoors arrows with some good hunting broadheads. Rage Crossbow X broadheads are some of the best broadheads for fast crossbows that are currently on the market. They come in 100 or 125 grain and feature a 2-inch cutting diameter.

If you’re looking for budget broadheads for practice and hunting smaller animals then we recommend the Sinbadteck hunting broadheads. They weigh 100 grain and feature a 1.035 inch cutting diameter.

RAGE Crossbow X
Sinbadteck Hunting Broadheads
RAGE Crossbow X, 2-Blade Archery Arrow Broadhead, 100 or 125 Grain with Shock Collar Technology (3-Pack)
Sinbadteck Hunting Broadheads, 12PCS 3 Blades Archery Broadheads 100 Grain Screw-in Arrow Heads Arrow Tips Compatible with Traditional Bows and Compound Bows (Black)
3pk
12pk
100-grains, 125-grains
100-grains
$39.49
$19.99
RAGE Crossbow X
RAGE Crossbow X, 2-Blade Archery Arrow Broadhead, 100 or 125 Grain with Shock Collar Technology (3-Pack)
3pk
100-grains, 125-grains
$39.49
Sinbadteck Hunting Broadheads
Sinbadteck Hunting Broadheads, 12PCS 3 Blades Archery Broadheads 100 Grain Screw-in Arrow Heads Arrow Tips Compatible with Traditional Bows and Compound Bows (Black)
12pk
100-grains
$19.99

Storage and Transportation

We recommend to buy a crossbow case with your crossbow to keep it well protected during travel or in storage. The CenterPoint Archery AXCSBG is a good crossbow case with backpack strap that suits the CenterPoint Sniper 385 nicely. The case is waterproof and has padding to keep the crossbow safe.

CenterPoint Archery AXCSBG Crossbow Case
CenterPoint Archery AXCSBG Crossbow Case, Black
$56.99
CenterPoint Archery AXCSBG Crossbow Case
CenterPoint Archery AXCSBG Crossbow Case, Black
$56.99

If you want a crossbow sling to comfortably carry the crossbow then we recommend a Universal Black Padded Crossbow Sling from Southland Archery. It’s lightweight, durable, and cheap.

Southland Archery Universal Crossbow Sling
Southland Archery Universal Black Padded Crossbow Sling (Camo)
$16.99
Southland Archery Universal Crossbow Sling
Southland Archery Universal Black Padded Crossbow Sling (Camo)
$16.99

Crank Cocking Device

Cocking a crossbow with a cocking crank device makes it easier for anyone to draw the crossbow. The crank reduces cocking weight by 70 percent. It has an ambidextrous design so it can be used by left and right-handed users.

CenterPoint AXCCRANK Power Draw Crossbow Cocking Device
CenterPoint AXCCRANK Power Draw Crossbow Cocking Device
$65.89
CenterPoint AXCCRANK Power Draw Crossbow Cocking Device
CenterPoint AXCCRANK Power Draw Crossbow Cocking Device
$65.89

Our Rating of the CenterPoint Sniper Elite 385

Scott Christensen

CenterPoint Sniper Elite 385 Pic for the Review Box
Speed
Accuracy
Durability
Value

Summary

The Sniper 385 is a well-balanced crossbow that is easy to use. The crossbow is fast, accurate and durable. It is a fine crossbow for buck hunting and a great crossbow for target practice. This is the perfect entry-level model for beginners!

3.3

What we like

  • Fast
  • Buck stopping power
  • Fully adjustable stock and forearm for a customized fit
  • Sound suppressing power of limb dampeners, string stops, and two different silencers make the crossbow really quiet during shooting
  • Compact enough to travel without slowing you down
  • Easy to cock and compatible with a cocking crank
  • 5-year limited warranty

what we don’t like

  • No crank included in the package
  • The arrows in the package are not great for hunting

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