Barnett Predator Crossbow Review [December 2022]

Barnett Predator Crossbow​

  • Easy to assemble.
  • Delivers superb speed to easily harvest elk and deer.
  • Patented CarbonLite Step-Through Riser.
  • Stealth like shooting experience with string dampeners.
  • Rope cocking device for easy cocking/decocking.
  • Smooth, quiet, and accurate shots.

Barnett is one of the oldest manufacturers at the forefront of crossbow technology and engineering for a long time. They deliver the best of the best from Barnett in a single crossbow package.

The Barnett Predator is one of the fastest and most powerful crossbows. It generates blistering speed up to 430 feet per second and a whopping 156-foot pounds of kinetic energy. This crossbow seems to be an excellent blend when it comes to the overall weight. Besides this, the top-performing Predator comes almost assembled, requiring the setup of just a single bolt to become hunt-ready.

In this Barnett Predator Crossbow review, we covered up features, pros & cons, build quality, power, accuracy, and included accessories.

Barnett Predator 430 Crossbow Review: First Impressions​

Barnett Predator Crossbow Review

Barnett Predator Crossbow Specifications
Speed430 FPS
Power Stroke16.3″
Kinetic Energy156 ft.lbs
Draw Weight187 lbs
Axle to Axle17.6″
Weight7.8 lbs
Width (uncocked)20.3″
Length (with stirrup)37.125″

Reasons To Buy

  • Easy to assemble.
  • Delivers amazing speed of up to 430 fps.
  • The long-range shooting of up to 70 yards.
  • Well balanced compound bow.
  • Easily customizable.
  • Excellent balance with RUCS system.
  • Zero creep frictionless trigger.
  • Consists of safety measure.

Reasons To Avoid

  • Not compatible with crank cocking device.
  • Heavy at 7.8 lbs.

Barnett Predator Crossbow: Detailed Specifications​

Design and Build

This Barnett compound bow is 37.125″ long and has an axle-to-axle width of 19.75″ uncocked and 17.875″ cocked. It weighs 7.6 lbs that are quite heavy for its size. Despite the weight and size of this crossbow, it is easy to maneuver in tight situations. 

It comes on a unique black finish that deviates from the conventional finishes like Mossy Oak Treestand and Realtree Xtra Camo. Further, there is a cross wire string and cables system uses in this bow. The premium strings feature color accents that contrast the black finish of the crossbow. Not only this, but the woven design of the string also makes them durable and long-lasting.

TriggerTech Frictionless Release Technology

The TriggerTech trigger technology on this crossbow is of high quality. It has a unique design with a free-floating roller between the trigger and sear. Its 3-pound trigger system ensures a smooth, crisp shot with zero creeps. This trigger system contains nock sensors to sense whether an arrow is properly loaded. Apart from this, it includes anti-dry fire technology, which prevents dry firing. 

Silent Operation

Most powerful bows produce a lot of sound due to the extreme vibration of string and bolt as they pierce through the air. Barnett overcomes this problem by conveniently placing string dampeners on both sides of the string, decreasing the vibrations, and delivering noiseless shots. The noise dampeners are light in weight and don’t add to the overall weight of the crossbow. 

CNC Machined Aluminum Flight Track

This Barnett Predator 430 features CNC Machined Aluminum Flight Track that uses a gunmetal finish. Its sleek aluminum flight track not only looks good, but its smooth finish also allows arrows to release effortlessly with any resistance. This allows for more accuracy and consistency to the point of target. Best of all, it is rust-proof and resistant to scratches that are caused by friction from the arrow. 


It is also customizable like other Barnett crossbows. The Predator comes with four 7/8″ Picatinny rails that give more customizable options. You can use these Picatinny rails to attach accessories. You can install quivers, optics, lights, bipods, vertical foregrips, etc., for enhancing your hunting experience.

ADF Trigger

This crossbow comes with various safety features. There are nock sensors and an non-dry fire trigger that prevents dry-firing before it is fully loaded. This prevents accidents and string damage. Another amazing feature is Soft-Lok Floating Bristle Arrow Retainer that self adjusts to push the arrow downwards to keep it secure. 

Further, it features finger safety reminders installed on both sides of the rail that keep your fingers out of harm’s way during operation. It also has a pass-through foregrip below the rail that offers more stability during operation. 


This Barnett Predator crossbow offers the same performance as Scorpyd Aculeus (460 fps) crossbow. It provides a top speed of up to 430 fps with a maximum distance of 70 yards. This bow features kinetic energy of 156 ft. lbs with 16.33 inches power stroke and 187 lbs draw weight. 

It works great with Headhunter arrows that harness more speed and power, offering more penetration and less wind drift. Also, you can use these arrows with broadheads for hunts or field points for target practice. Apart from this, there is Retractable Underarm Counter Balance Support (RUCS) at the buttstock and a foldable arm that hooks under the arm and acts as an equalizer when forward weight pushes the crossbow down during operation. Another great thing about the RUCS is that it is so efficient, and you can even handle the bow with one arm.

It has a carbonlite riser with a foot stirrup that reduces the overall weight of the crossbow.


The Predator needs only a single bolt assembly that allows this crossbow to be assembled and disassembled easily. It also comes pre-assembled, just in case you don’t know how to assemble it. Further, it features an ambidextrous handle that is padded for a tight nonslip grip. Best of all, the maintenance is easy thanks to its simple design, and you only require to oil the string with lubrication wax. 


The Predator includes all the required accessories in the package:

  • Premium 1.5-5×32 illuminated scope
  • Rope Cocking Device
  • Side Mount Quiver
  • Two 22″ Headhunter Arrows
  • Lube wax

Illuminated Scope

It comes with a 1.5-5×32 premium illuminated scope that is designed for fast crossbows. This scope boasts a speed selector that allows hunters to match it with any speed between 300 and 425 fps. It delivers 10-yard intervals and can project 20 to 70 yards maximum. 

For better precision and accuracy, it features seven layers of multi-coated polarized lenses. These lenses work jointly to deliver the image 1.5x to 5x closer to you. It is illuminated with green and red reticles that are great for low light conditions. This feature ensures your target is always under the scope. 

Arrows and Quiver

This Barnett crossbow features a quiver that is placed on the side for easy and quick drawing. Besides, the arrows are aligned parallel to the rail that distributes their weight throughout the crossbow and reduces the weight on the front end. Its well-aligned design makes it easy to maneuver in tight spaces as opposed to cross-aligned quivers. Furthermore, the quiver also protects the broadheads during storage and transport. In the package, it includes two 22″ headhunter arrows.

Cocking Mechanism

The draw weight of the Predator is high, and manually snapping the rope isn’t easy for the average hunter. But not to worry, it comes with a rope cocking device that cuts the draw weight by half. Using a cocking rope, it is easy to cock the crossbow. Use the foo stirrup to balance it on the ground and pull the rope back using a rope cocking device. However, it isn’t compatible with any crank cocking device. 

Final Verdict​

This Barnett Predator is an excellent crossbow that delivers great power, speed, and range. It shoots bolts with a blistering speed of up to 430 fps with 156 foot-pounds of kinetic energy. All in all, it has durable construction and a well-balanced crossbow. At the same time, this high-end model is a bit expensive but worth every penny.

It is a user-friendly option for hunters who want comfort and performance in a single package. The rubberized grips are also great to prevent slipping and sliding in the hands. Further, it comes pre-assembled and only requires a single bolt assembly. Thus, this Barnett crossbow is an excellent choice for pro hunters.

Frequently Asked Questions​

1. What Purpose Is Predator Crossbow Designed?

It is an excellent crossbow for hunters who are looking for a high-performance bow in an easy to maneuver, compact package. However, it isn’t a good option for someone looking for a starter crossbow.

2. What is the draw weight of Predator?

The draw weight on this crossbow with Anti Dry Fire is 187 lbs. Its extended trigger mechanism uses a transfer bar from trigger pull back to the firing activator.

Nisha Batel
Nisha Batel

About the author

Nisha Batel is a senior staff writer for Best Crossbow Guide, where she covers outdoor gears and hunting tools. Nisha began her career in blogging as an outdoor writer at the AnG Eesti Technologies. She keeps a beady eye on all the latest comings and goings in the crossbow world. She believes in writing creative articles & blogs on travel, adventure, and health. She has a keen interest in learning new things and sharing her knowledge with others. Exploring various platforms for blog writing is one of her passion.
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