Barnett Ghost 350 Crossbow Review
Welcome to my review of the Barnett Ghost 350 Crossbow. Each package delivered by Barnett includes the following items:
- The Barnett Ghost 350 Crossbow
- Quick-detach quiver
- 3 20” arrows with field tips
- 3 x 32mm four-reticle illuminated scope
- Padded crossbow sling
- Rope cocking device
- Warranty card
- Owner’s manual
- All assembly hardware
Assembling The Crossbow
I’ve assembled quite a few crossbows, and this one was trickier than most. Attaching the bow assembly to the stock was pretty easy, but the instructions for installing the cable guide leave something to be desired. After about 20 minutes, though, I had the crossbow assembled and the scope mounted, and was out to the yard to sight in and check the accuracy.
Accuracy And Power
The Ghost 350 has a draw weight of 175 lbs. with 12” worth of power stroke. It will fling your arrows off the rails at 350 fps with 116 ft. lbs. of kinetic energy. This sort of power proved to be enough to blast through my target and backstop so regularly that I had to put a second foam target behind the first to stop the arrows! From 20 yards, my bolts flew so fast that I couldn’t even see them hit the target.
The trigger pull is smooth and easy, which is a nice feature that helps keep the shooter from pulling down on the bow while pulling the trigger.
Once I had the Ghost 350 sighted in, I was able to accurately hit 3” groupings at 50 yards, and 1” groupings at 30 yards. This crossbow could easily drop a buck or an elk from 45 yards.
Ballistic Data For The Barnett Ghost 350
- Speed Reduction
- Kinetic Energy
- Hunting Requirements
Your actual results will vary slightly depending on weather, and significantly with arrow weight change. See our Crossbow Ballistics Guides section for a complete understanding of how we conducted our tests and why this data matters.
Hunting: What To Expect
Deer hunting with the Barnett Ghost 350 is even better, as I’ve regularly fired arrows that went clear through the deer’s shoulder and out the other side.
Overall, the Barnett Ghost 350 is excellent for hunting small-, medium-, and large-sized game.
Cocking The Barnett Ghost 350 Crossbow
Barnett’s Ghost 350 has a draw force of 175 lbs., more than enough to stop all but the strongest of men to want to hand-pull the string. Fortunately, Barnett includes a rope cocking device that makes cocking the bow much, much easier. With the rope cocking device, you’re pulling only 87.5 pounds of draw weight, and the cams allow the weight to let off at just the right time. All in all, this crossbow is very smooth to cock, as long as you use a rope cocking device.
The Crossbow Scope
The Barnett Ghost 350 ships with the same 3 x 32mm scope that seems to ship with other crossbows in the Ghost lineup. Made by Cross, a company owned and operated by Barnett, this scope is powered and provides illuminated reticles with markings up to 50 yards, in 10 yard increments.
I’d like to say that the scope was sighted in out of the box, but that would be a lie. My first shot flew so far to the right that I twisted the windage knob at least 3 full rotations left and still shot right. When you sight in, make sure you start at 10 yards and work out from there.
Once sighted in, the scope held zero reliably through all of my testing, both on the range and in the bush.
Bolts For The Ghost 350
The Barnett Ghost 350 ships with three 20” arrows with field tips. These arrows are okay, but I quickly switched to my Carbon Express arrows before heading out into the woods to stalk deer.
Barnett recommends a weight of at least 400 grains, including the broad head. I used 425-grain arrow/broad head combinations, and found the bow to be very accurate up to and beyond 50 yards.
Safety and Design Of The Crossbow
Barnett has patented the only lightweight but extremely strong carbon riser available for crossbows. Their CRT (Carbon Riser Technology) reduces the weight in the front of the crossbow, making it easier to hold on target than most other crossbows I’ve fired.
The total weight of the Barnett Ghost 350, without the quiver and arrows, is just over 7.5 pounds, making it a fairly lightweight crossbow to carry around. Most of this is because of the carbon and composite materials used to construct the bow. It also seems very durable, since I tend to bump my bows quite a bit when hauling them into the stand and the Barnett Ghost 350 took the abuse without a single complaint.
Barnett’s Anti-Dry Fire (ADF) mechanism never failed once, and their metal injection molded trigger makes for a smooth, gliding trigger pull that helps tremendously with accuracy.
The Barnett Ghost 350 includes a 5-year warranty on the stock, trigger mechanism, and limbs. The scope has a lifetime warranty. You need to send in the warranty card upon purchase of the bow, or the warranty is void.
Barnett’s customer service is excellent, and they are very helpful with any problems that you might run into with your crossbow.
What Crossbow Case Fits the Barnett Ghost 350?
The Carbon Express Deluxe Case is a good soft case for the Barnett Ghost 350. It runs close to $70, but it is not the best choice for large scopes. Another popular choice, especially for Barnett crossbows, is the Barnett Case (Model 17083) for barely over $50.
Thanks for reading this review of the Barnett Ghost 350 crossbow. The Barnett Ghost 350 is made fairly well, with only the problem of strings fraying and then breaking. This, unfortunately, is a common problem amongst Barnett crossbows. Other than the admittedly large safety concern, I’d say this crossbow is a good choice for beginning and expert archers alike. A brand-new beginner, though, might be better off staying away from Barnett, simply because they might not recognize the signs of a string ready to snap. Take a look at today's amazon.com price on this crossbow and check out our top 10 crossbows rankings for more.
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Gear Review: Barnett Ghost 350 Crossbow
State by state, the legalization of crossbows for hunting is closing in fast. It appears Illinois will be on that list with a modified version for the inclusion of a crossbow during the later part of the archery season. Currently, a person can hunt with a crossbow here in Illinois with a doctor’s excuse that demonstrates either a permanent or temporary disability but it appears that they may not need a doctor’s blessings before too long!
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With the ever changing laws comes equipment that evolves along side with it. This year the addition of a crossbow will no doubt be sending hundreds of hunters to the archery shops for a new crossbow. With that choice of weapon relatively new; how does one perform proper due diligence in such a short amount of time? In the states that have allowed the use of a crossbow for years, is it possible they have more choices than they can handle? Regardless what state you live in, you may want to save time and energy by reading what others are saying about their equipment!
I was fortunate enough to review the Ghost 350 crossbow from Barnett Crossbows in addition to surveying the experiences/opinions that the dealers and end-users have been able to give me. Part of reviewing a product is gathering data from people who have used similar equipment and compiling it with my findings. Cumulatively, a complete review is satisfied!
Well, here’s that review!
Barnett sent me a new Ghost 350 to review, so off to work I went. Out of the box was one crossbow, a scope and three bolts (arrows). Assembly wasn’t bad but I was temporarily stumped by the installation of the cable slide, but eventually figured it out. I think one extra picture showing the placement of the slide would have helped me there. Just one threaded bolt was needed to attach the bow assembly to the stock. The scope went on effortlessly and I didn’t even need to adjust it after I shot it! It was dead-on at 30 yard and under, out of the box. After I confirmed all hardware was installed correctly and there were no defects in the string, bolts (arrows) or safety mechanisms, I proceeded to the archery range.
The Ghost 350 carries 175 pounds of draw force, so needless to say, that can be a bit to pull with your bare fingers! Luckily this kit came with an RCD, which stands for ‘Rope Cocking Device’ to aid in cocking the crossbow. By using the RCD, the leveraged poundage is reduced to 50%, or 87.5 pounds in this case. That is still a firm pull but a lot better than the 175 pounds without it. Bottom line; you have to have a lot of poundage if you want it to perform, so get used to it!
- Velocity: 350 FPS
- Draw Weight: 175 LBS
- Energy: 116 FT-LBS
- Power Stroke: 12 IN
- Weight: 7.6 LBS
- Length: 37 IN
- Width: 24 IN
- Arrow Length: 20 IN
After cocking the crossbow, I slid a bolt into the flight rail placing the cock fletch down into the groove and sliding the bolt all of the way to the string and trigger mechanism. One nice thing Barnett designed into the system is the safety feature that automatically engages the safety to the ‘ON’ position when the bow is cocked and loaded! That helps prevent an accidental firing. After I loaded the bolt, I was ready to turn the safety off and shoot my target.
After aiming, I turned the safety off and fired into my foam layered target. The shot was incredibly fast and the sight was dead-on. The trigger feel was perfect, in my opinion. No drift and just the right amount pressure needed to squeeze a shot off. Vibration was kept to a minimum and the entire unit felt sturdy and solid. One nice attribute regarding the carbon riser is that it reduces weight on the front of the unit thus transferring the center of gravity toward the rear (stock) for a better balance and feel. After shooting the Ghost several times, it became quite familiar and comfortable for me. I really enjoyed shooting it!
The Ghost weighs in a bit over 7.5 pounds due to its composite and carbon construction. All of the tolerances were tight and the fits were equally close. It’s a well thought out, well designed piece of equipment for both hunting and target practice.
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Barnett has been in business for over 50 years and has a solid footprint on the crossbow industry. Even though crossbows have been used since the medieval times, their popularity continues to grow and Barnett has continued to improve as well with innovative designs and safety features. I think it’s also fair to say that the dealers I spoke with all had good things to say about Barnett’s service and equipment! I give the Ghost 350 a “Thumbs Up”!
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Barnett Ghost 350
For those in the market for a high specification, modern tactical crossbow one of the best currently available must be the Barnett ghost 350 , offering a versatile all-in-one package suitable for users of any purpose. Be it for hunting, range practice or simple home or personal defence, while being extremely lightweight this weapon packs a serious and reliable punch.
Manufacturer: Barnett Crossbows Product: Barnett Ghost 350 CRT Crossbow Package (Quiver, 3 – 20-Inch Arrows and Illuminated 3x32mm Scope) Price: List Price: $599.00; Price: $540.57 & FREE Shipping ; You Save: $58.43 (10%)
Barnett Ghost 350 – Specifications:
- 175-pound draw weight
- 116-foot-pounds of energy
- 12-inch power stroke
- 350-feet-per-second (FPS) firing velocity
- 20-inch arrow length
- Measures 24 by 37 inches (W x D)
- 7.6-pound weight
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Weighing just 7.6 pounds, and moulded from Carbon Riser technology this crossbow is automatically going to find favor with this looking to spend a day out stalking game. Unlike many other super light crossbows, it is easy to shoulder and carry while maintaining a great overall balance.
When firing this weapon, this lightweight and balanced design adds a serious edge to accuracy, allowing for an easy draw with rapid reloads. Delivering a 350 feet per second velocity thanks to its impressive 175 pound draw, this weapon provides enough impact to take down targets from range with great reliability. Add to this a variety of additional features that can personalize the crossbow for the users exact specifications – for instance flashlights and extra safety measures, and the Barnett Ghost 350 truly is a weapon to be reckoned with.
For a crossbow as advance as this, it is not only surprisingly light but also easy to assemble from the composite parts (20 minutes max) and as compact as it is light. Modern crossbow enthusiasts ought to take great head in considering that ‘bang’ for a buck is no longer solely reliant upon weight, as even though measuring just 24 X 37 inches the weapon puts many bulkier rivals to shame.
This is due in no small part to the expertise and experience of the manufacturer – Barnett look to make their weapons ever more suitable for modern multi-purpose use, and much like any top end device this crossbow is the sum part of extensive research and development. As the lightest bow that they have produced, it is also one of the most accurate thanks to the sights and three top of the range bolts that are included with the package.
Barnett Ghost 350 – Disadvantage – Conclusion
Some users have expressed that the crossbow does make a very audible crack when fired, which can in part be addressed buy adding suppressors to the draw mechanism. Beyond this small issue there’s a great number of happy crossbow fans out there who have made this their weapon of choice, in no small part thanks to the great number of positive Barnett Ghost 350 reviews that the product has received from industry experts and professionals. So wether upgrading, making the transition from straight bow to cross, or looking for an excellent first foray into crossbow ownership it is undoubtably one of the best options currently available. With prices averaging out at between $500 – 600 it is an affordable, reliable and lightweight option that demands consideration.
Barnett Ghost Products Comparison:
Barnett Ghost 400: $994.99
Barnett Ghost 350 : $540.58
Barnett Quad 400 : $357.68
Barnett Zombie 350 : $591.16
Barnett Buck Commander : $679.63
Barnett Jackal Crossbow : $247.49
Barnett Wildcat C5 : $288.73
Barnett Vengeance Crossbow : $899
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