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Speeds are not only derived from the draw weight of the crossbow. It is a combination of the distance of the power stroke, draw weight and type of wheel or cam system. Generally speaking, a crossbow with a longer power stroke will store more energy than a heavier bow with a shorter power stroke. The combination of power stroke, draw weight and high efficiency synthetic cam or wheel harness systems will result in an even faster arrow speed.
Barnett’s ADF (Anti-Dry Fire) trigger mechanisms will eliminate costly dry fires. The extended trigger mechanism uses a transfer bar from the actual trigger-pull back to the firing activator. This feature enables the production of high-performance crossbows that remain compact in stature and agile during operation. The pull weight on this style trigger with ADF is 3.5 lbs with a 5/16″ pull length.
Most Barnett crossbows now come standard with TriggerTech trigger assemblies, which feature a 3-lb trigger pull with zero creep.
NOTE: All Barnett trigger mechanisms feature an automatic safety, which engages when the bow is cocked and must be released before each shot.
The difference between a compound and a recurve crossbow (or any archery bow) is that the compound bow incorporates a set of cams or wheels into the limb assembly. On the recurve bow the string attaches directly to the limbs.
The benefit of the compound bow is that it allows the user the benefit of “let-off.” (Let-off is a term used to describe the reduction in draw weight by percentage when the wheels roll over from the action of drawing the string.) A compound bow will “let-off” about 33% on current models from a 150-lb draw weight to a 75-lb draw weight when the wheels roll over. Not only is it easier for the user to cock a compound crossbow, but it also exerts less mechanical stress on the trigger mechanism. Learn more about our different styles of crossbows here.
If using your cable stringer, place the loops of the cable stringer securely on the limb tips. Cock the bow using the cable stringer. Place the loop of the new string through the loop of the cable stringer and secure to the limb tip. (It is important to make sure the string loops are properly seated on the limb.) With assistance, you will need to slowly release the cable stringer by holding it securely in both hands while you have someone release the safety and then trigger of the bow. Once the string and cable are in the resting position you can remove the cable stringer. To ease this process you can pull up slightly on the new string as if you were cocking the bow; this will allow the stringer to be more easily removed. You may also use the string that you want to replace in the same fashion as above instead of using a cable stringer.
A bow press is required to change the string on synthetic cable systems.
With proper maintenance of the string and the crossbow itself, the string should last a minimum of 100 shots, with several hundred shots not uncommon. Proper maintenance includes applying lubricant to the area where the string touches the flight track and keeping the flight track free of nicks, gouges, burrs, dirt, debris, etc. The string life can vary depending on the care and maintenance, the amount of shooting and weather extremes the string system is exposed to.
Your owner’s kit contains a tube of lube wax, which should be applied to the flight track every 5 to 10 shots. Barnett Lube Wax should also be applied anywhere the cables make contact with the cable slide or Teflon tape, whichever is applicable, every 20 to 30 shots. To extend the life of your cables it is important to apply Barnett Lube Wax to all non-served areas of the cables and string every 30 to 50 shots or when white fuzz begins to appear. If the crossbow has been exposed to excessive moisture you may need to apply wax sooner.
It is safe to keep your bow cocked while you are hunting in a stationary position. FOR PERSONAL SAFETY REASONS, DO NOT STALK OR WALK TO AND FROM YOUR STAND WITH YOUR BOW COCKED. We do recommend that if you break from your hunt that you let the bow down to the un-cocked position by shooting a target arrow into a safe backstop. It would be good practice to let the bow down every 4 hours relax it for about ½ hour. If ending your hunt without having taken a shot, it is recommended you keep a practice arrow at your camp to fire the crossbow safely into a target.
This question can be answered simply by checking to see if the bow is being cocked off-center. If the string is cocked off-center to the left or right, the arrow will shoot off to the left or right. The string being off-center by as little as 1/8″ could result in the shot being off several inches down range. To remedy this, put a mark on the string’s center serving where it crosses over the flight track when the bow is not cocked. When you cock the bow to shoot again, make it a priority to have the string’s marks centered in the trigger mechanism. If it is cocked and still off-center, grasp the string and nudge it into the centered position, with the safety still engaged.
The other problem may be slightly more technical. Your bow could be out of till (out of square). If you have made any adjustments to the limb bolts (the bolts that secure the limbs onto the bow) this is a possibility. To accurately measure your tiller, begin from the point where the limb meets the prod housing back to the string. Do this on each side of the prod housing. If the measurement is not equal then the bow is out of till. It would be best to have a dealer make the till adjustment to correct the problem. All Barnett Compound Crossbows are pre-set for tiller and proper draw weight at the factory.
If you are using field points, you can simply adjust the sights to correct the problem. Also check that all of your arrows are the same length and shaft size (i.e., 20″ – 2219 with 100 grain field tip). You can determine the correct bolt length in your owner’s manual.
If you are using broadheads, you may be experiencing planing, which means that the blades of the broadhead catch air as they fly. This problem is only correctable by using a different type or brand of broadhead.
Generally speaking, there are two (2) styles of broadheads: 1. fixed blade; and 2. mechanical broadheads. Fixed blade broadheads offer large cutting surfaces and are fail-proof as they do not “open” mechanically when they hit their target. Mechanical broadheads, with their blades folded-in, “open” when they strike the target. As their blades are “folded” in flight, mechanical broadheads tend to fly more consistently than fixed blade broadheads.
Regardless of which broadhead style you choose, practice with your broadhead-equipped arrows prior to hunting as their performance will vary from that of field point-equipped arrows.
Performance Tip: Fixed blade broadheads exceeding a 1 3/16” cutting diameter are not recommended for use in your Barnett crossbow as they will fly erratically. Broadhead-equipped arrows may require optic adjustments to accommodate the point-of-impact.
The design of some 3-blade broadheads is not conducive to accurate shooting with a crossbow. Some broadheads have an extremely large surface area, blade shape or other design characteristics that, when used on an arrow shaft of 20″ or less, will not fly well. The shorter the arrow you are shooting, the more difficult it is to get extremely tight groups with some broadheads. If the heads have too much surface area or a very large cutting diameter, they will plane easily from catching air in flight.
Arrows are the greatest variable in a crossbow’s accuracy. There are many factors to consider when choosing an arrow:
- kinetic energy
- down range penetration
- potential wear on the bow
Due to the unique design of your Barnett crossbow, it is imperative that only specified arrows are used. The Barnett-branded arrow we feel is weighted for the best performance for your shooting experience is included with your crossbow purchase.
Should you wish to purchase additional arrows, be sure to select an appropriate length that is correctly weighted and “spined” (arrow stiffness) for use with your Barnett crossbow. Check with your local authorized Barnett dealer for further assistance.
Tips for Selecting Arrows
- Target arrows with field points are typically more accurate than broadhead-equipped hunting arrows.
- Heavier arrows carry more energy down range, while lighter arrows are faster but carry less energy at longer distances.
- Barnett crossbows require arrows weighing a minimum of 400 grains.
Never attempt to use arrows weighing less than 400-grains; this includes a 100-grain field point/broadhead, so a 300-grain arrow shaft is minimum. Lighter arrows can simulate a dry fire condition and will result in damage to the crossbow, immediately voiding the warranty.
Barnett crossbows come standard with a 5-year limited warranty; warranties on earlier model crossbows may vary. The warranty covers manufacturer’s defects in materials and workmanship. Warranty excludes normal wear and tear, cables and strings, dry firing and misuse.
You must register your Barnett crossbow within 10 days of purchase to validate the warranty. This can be done online at barnettcrossbows.com/warranty or by calling customer service at 1-866-243-2111.
Contact the Barnett service department at 1-800-237-4507 for a return authorization number (RA#) prior to sending the unit. Write the RA# on the outside of the package along with the words “Service Return.” Attach a note to the product containing your name, address, telephone number and a description of the problem. Carefully packaging and return the product, transportation charges prepaid, to the factory. Collect shipments will not be accepted. Shipments without an RA# issued and listed on the outside of the shipping box will not be accepted.
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This may be the result of damage to one of two items: the arrow nock or the string. If either or both of these items are damaged, do NOT attempt to use your crossbow.
If the arrow nock is intact and the string is jumping the arrow, your string may be the culprit. Worn and/or damaged strings must be replaced immediately with genuine Barnett factory strings. Contact a Barnett customer service representative at 1-800-237-4507 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about ordering new strings and cables.
Ensure you are evenly cocking your crossbow. Check your arrow for straightness, making sure the vanes (fletchings) are not damaged. The arrow should lie true (flat) on the arrow/flight track with the fletching in the arrow/flight track groove and slide smoothly into the trigger mechanism. The arrow may rise slightly at the end of the track, but this will not affect flight.
If your arrow is not straight or the vanes are damaged, you may need to purchase a replacement to achieve accurate flight. We recommend Bloodsport arrows.
This is typically the result of uneven cocking by the user. When cocking your crossbow, pull evenly on the crossbow string with the rope cocking device. Ensure your rope cocking device is evenly spaced and make a conscious effort to hold the string steadily on the arrow/flight track while cocking.
Make sure to use lube wax on the center string and arrow/flight track every 5 to 10 shots and on the cables when needed.
Keep the trigger mechanism, cams, arrow/flight track and cable track free of obstruction(s).
Check for signs of damage and/or wear (e.g., metal burrs) on the arrow/flight track, cable track and/or arrow nocks. Damage and/or wear to these components will lead to rapid wear and/or further damage of the string and/or cables.
DO NOT attempt to shoot a damaged crossbow and/or a crossbow with suspected damage.
Dry firing a crossbow may cause the limbs to crack – along with other catastrophic damage, such as bent cams. Check the limbs, cams and all other parts for any possible damage and/or cracks. If damage is evident, have your crossbow inspected and repaired by a qualified Barnett repair service representative.
If there is no visible damage, check that you are using a Barnett string and that it is the correct length. Incorrectly sized strings and cables may damage your bow. Reduce friction by keeping the arrow/flight track and the string/cables served with wax.
Lastly, DO NOT leave a crossbow cocked for extended periods of time. Barnett does not recommend leaving a crossbow cocked for more than four continuous hours.
Bottom line: treat your crossbow with care so it can perform at its best.
- Warranty Registration Card must be mailed within 10 days of purchase to validate the warranty. To obtain service: Please call for a return authorization number (RA#) prior to sending the unit and write the RA# on the outside of the package. Attach to the product your name, address, telephone number and a letter describing the problem. Carefully package and return product prepaid, clearly writing the RA# below the address. Return the unit to an authorized Service Center or directly to the factory. For a listing of authorized service centers please call the factory at the number listed below. Crossbows deemed for coverage under the five year warranty will be repaired and shipped at no charge. You will be responsible for the shipping charges into the service center, and possibly labor charges for repairs completed at a non factory authorized service center. Crossbows not covered under a new purchase warranty will be subject to the following charges; Crossbows registered between 2001 through 2007 were under a limited lifetime will be charged as follows, $55.00 for parts and labor, plus $15.00 for return shipping. Crossbows not covered by warranty will be charged at $29.95 for labor, plus parts charges as applicable and $14.99 return shipping.
- For further inquiries contact the Service Department:
- Barnett Outdoors, LLC
- 955 Live Oak
- Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
- Phone: 1-727-234-4999
- Fax: 1-727-942-6100
Be kind to your crossbow and it will be kind to you. Here are some tips for proper maintenance to ensure your Barnett crossbow continues to perform at its best.
- Constantly survey all equipment for possible damage. Get to know your crossbow on a deep level and look over it closely every time before shooting. The more familiar you are with how everything is supposed to look, the more likely you are to notice if something isn’t quite right. Also keep tabs on your equipment and accessories – including your scope, arrows, sling, quiver, etc.
- Wax on. Don’t wax off. Keeping your cables, strings and arrow/flight track thoroughly waxed is essential to your crossbow’s overall performance, and also to extend the life of your cables and string. Apply lube wax every 5 to 10 shots or when “white fuzz” begins to appear. If your crossbow has been exposed to excessive moisture, more frequent application may be necessary. To wax, vigorously rub lube wax (supplied with every Barnett crossbow) into the appropriate area with your fingers until the wax is worked through.
- Check nuts and bolts. Periodically survey all the bindings in your crossbow to make sure nothing comes loose. If you do find a nut or bolt that needs tightening, make sure you don’t overtighten as this may lead to crossbow damage.
- Keep your crossbow un-cocked. Leaving your bow cocked for extended periods of time may weaken the limbs and reduce speed. Barnett does not recommend cocking your bow for more than four hours at a time.
- Store in a safe, dry place. Storage is not to be taken lightly with your crossbow. Make sure it’s in a safe place that is out of reach for any unauthorized users (such as children) and keep it out of direct sunlight.
- Change string and cables when necessary. Your string and cables will eventually wear and require replacement. The timeframe when this happens is dependent on how often you use your crossbow, but generally you should replace them every 2 to 3 years.
Still have questions about your bow’s operation or maintenance? A Barnett customer service representative will be happy to help you. Call us at 1-800-237-4507.