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If you are a hunter, or want to get into hunting, why not picking up a crossbow and enjoy the hunting season six weeks earlier? Nowadays, it’s easier than ever for the beginner to get into bow hunting, and for the veteran it’s a chance for an extra thrill, with the bow hunting season starting six weeks earlier than the firearms season. All you need to start is the right equipment, and a crossbow is, without a doubt, the weapon of choice.
When we pick archery gear to review, value/money is the number 1 factor we look for. And this time we’ve chosen the Centerpoint Sniper 370, which is perhaps the best crossbow package you will find at the price it’s sold. This crossbow boasts countless 5-star user reviews, which give you that extra confidence that you’re getting an awesome product. Let us guide you through its features with our in-depth review.
|Cocked AtA (inches)||18|
|Power stroke (inches)||13.50|
|Draw weight (lbs)||185|
|IBO rating (FPS)||370|
Materials and design
The brand Centerpoint is owned by Crosman, which are well known for their BB guns and relative ammunition. Needless to say, Centerpoint is a long-standing presence in crossbow production as much as the historical Crosman brand is for airsoft guns. And the Sniper 370 is not only an excellent crossbow, but, we would dare to say, it’s even better than many models out there costing hundreds more.
The Centerpoint Sniper 370 is a compact crossbow at 18inches AtA when cocked, and it features a durable CNC-machined rail with shoot-through riser. It has quad limbs are fitted with a precision CNC-machined cam system for great performance and power, and a fully adjustable M4-style stock and tactical pass-through AR foregrip to account for any shooting style.
As you’re assembling the Sniper, following the detailed and easy-to-follow instructions included, you will get an overall feel for the high quality of the materials used (even the screws are metal-on-metal rather than metal-on-plastic as some competitors models).
Flexibility & Setup
The Sniper 370 can be adjusted to fit virtually any shooting style and a variety of functional applications. For example, you could adjust the stock to be farther away when you’re hunting in a stand, and adjust it in closer when moving through the woods. The foregrip is mounted on the Weaver rail and can be adjusted as you prefer. As all crossbow, it’s front heavy, but you can also mount it on a bipod and fire from the foregrip.
Once you put it together, the Sniper 370 is easy to sight-in with the included scope. It also cocks pretty smoothly using the included cocking device, although some users might find it a little difficult on the top end (shorten the cocking rope if you need). The crossbow is equipped with anti-dry-fire mechanism, and automatic safety trigger mechanisms to prevent ill-intentioned shots (remember to turn the safety off and engaging the cocking lever first or else the string will not engage).
Not very many crossbows of this compact size and within this price range offer the firing power that the Sniper 370 does. The crossbow velocity is listed as 370 fps IBO rating. You might not fire as fast using the included 275 gr carbon fiber arrows with 100 gr field tips, but on switching to lighter arrows, some users have reported speeds even greater than 370 fps. The crossbow is also dead on accurate, with users reportedly shooting groupings as tight as 1 inch out to 40 yards and beyond. The trigger pull is a tad long which makes it a bit of a challenge to get used to for some, even though some hunters appreciate the “squeeze” feeling before firing.
The Sniper 370’s narrow and compact frame combined with the blistering firing speed and the aforementioned adjustable M4- style stock makes it one of the best hunting crossbows, far exceeding the expectation for its price tag. We would expect any size game to be taken down with this thing, given that you know what you’re doing. The string silencers contribute to an overall quiet operation which guarantees you won’t scare off your prey. Some have noticed that the stock can be noisy when not properly tightened, so make sure you tuck it in shoulder or if all else fails, tape it down.
Included with the Centerpoint Sniper 370 is a 4×32 mm scope, three 20″ carbon bolts, quiver, rope cocker, and a shoulder sling.
The arrows/bolts that come with the bow are OK, but we would recommend you use them for practice and switch to the Barnett Premium ones for hunting.
The scope is a huge plus on this package, and of higher quality than those included with more expensive models. It has a four-ring Hawke SR multi reticle design, and the rings can be lit up either red on green, on 5 levels of brightness. The scope is also easy to adjust for elevation or windage, and holds zero pretty well.
The included quiver and the shoulder sling are fit for purpose, but don’t expect anything to brag about.
Pros and Cons
Centerpoint Sniper 370 Review: Conclusion and Rating
Bottom line, the Centerpoint Sniper 370 crossbow compares extremely well with competitors models costing hundreds more, and in some cases even surpasses them for both hunting features and user satisfaction. You will be amazed by the power and accuracy on this crossbow, and its fully adjustable design adds up to its value and usability both for hunting and target shooting. If you’re looking to get into bow hunting or simply wanting to grab a great deal, look no further than the Centerpoint Sniper 370.
How does it compare?
Here’s the Centerpoint Sniper 370 rating compared to a good entry-level alternative, the Barnett Recruit compound crossbow.
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