In my hunt for the perfect crossbow, I tried a handful of different CenterPoint bows. These are made by a company called Crosman that makes gear like airsoft guns and optics. Crosman designs and manufacturers their products in the USA and they have been doing this for almost 100 years. In my CenterPoint crossbow reviews, I’m going to let you know what features I enjoyed and what could potentially get in the way of a successful hunt.
|Excalibur Crossbow||Draw Weight (lbs.)||Velocity||Price at Amazon.com|
|1. CenterPoint Sniper 370 - Camo Crossbow Package||185 pound||370 FPS|
|2. XR175 Recurve Crossbow Package||175 Pound||245 FPS|
|3. Tormentor 370 Crossbow Package|
1. CenterPoint Sniper 370
The first bow I tested was the CenterPoint Sniper 370 with the Camo Crossbow Package. Right out of the box, I was able to assemble the bow quickly using the included instructions. I did find instructional videos that let me know I was doing everything correctly. I’ve spent significantly more on other crossbows and I have to say that this was one of the most underpriced bows I’ve ever used. It shot like it should have cost much more.
The CenterPoint Sniper 370 has a noticeably fast FPS. Crosman claims the bow has an FPS of 370 and it certainly seemed like it delivered. It was easy to cock and the trigger was quick and quiet. It is obvious that this bow will be an asset in the field due to the near silence when it fires. With the power of this bow, it will easily take down game of all sizes. Since I’ve only used it on the range, I can report that the groupings are outstanding. I’ve stayed within two inches at 30 yards. I did try out the anti-dry fire safety feature and it performed the way it should have, which I certainly appreciated.
Since no crossbow is perfect, I do have to share the things I did not like about it. Fortunately, this part of the CenterPoint Sniper 370 review is rather short. The arrows that came with the bow were poor quality and did not fire the way they should. I used Nikon bolts instead and the arrows fired more accurately. I also was not a huge fan of the long pull. It was acceptable on the range, but in a blind, the pull could be troublesome. All-in-all, this is a high quality bow, especially considering the price.
Shoot any size game
|Need to buy better arrows
2. CenterPoint XR175 Recurve Crossbow Package in Camo
The second CenterPoint crossbow review was of the XR175 Recurve package. Like the Sniper 370, it is very fairly priced and it does deliver. This bow was not as easy to assemble as the other one; but since I can maneuver my way around YouTube, I found what I needed. Even though this is a nice recurve crossbow at an affordable price, it is not perfect. It is certainly an entry-level bow that has a low that is easy to use, once you get it cocked. I found that it is truly difficult to cock and it does not come with a cocking aid. I did find that the bow was good to use in a range, but if you plan to shoot it on a hunting trip, you might not have the best luck getting it cocked and ready to go in time. It’s also not the most powerful bow.
I really liked how lightweight it was. I felt like I could use it all day at the range. My groupings at the range were within three inches at 35 yards – not bad! I read reviews about the arrows not firing straight, but I did not have this issue. Everything fired pretty close to where I was aiming. What I did not like about this bow was the noise. Like other archers, I prefer a bow that’s quiet; but if you use this on the range, the noise isn’t an issue. However, if you plan to use it hunting, you might want to go on a windy day so the noise is covered a bit. Overall, this was a nice bow, but it wasn’t perfect. Since it is designed for new archers, it doesn’t have to be perfect.
Good for target practice
Difficult to cock
3. CenterPoint Tormentor 370 Crossbow Package in Camo
The last CenterPoint crossbow review was of the Tormentor 370. I liked this bow from the moment I took it out of the box. It was easy to assemble, taking me less than 15 minutes. And, when I took it out to the range, I was impressed. The bow does weigh a bit more than I anticipated, so at nine pounds, it could get a bit heavy after a long day in the woods. It is narrow, which will be an asset if you shot from a treestand or a blind. My favorite part of the bow was the padding at the shoulder. That rubber bumper made it extremely comfortable to shoot.
I thought the bow was well-made and durable, but I did see a few flaws in the camo dipping. Since bows aren’t for show, they’re for shooting, the camo dipping flaws don’t make any difference in the quality of the shots. I also really like the fact that the crossbow is easy to customize with all of the options for the rail. The shots I took were accurate and at 370 FPS, they screamed off of the bow. While the arrows did go straight, I don’t think they will perform well if you use them to hunt. They seem more like practice arrows than arrows that will pierce a hide. What I did like was the utter silence from this bow. I barely heard anything from it. I liked the cocking aid, which made the 185-draw much easier to manage. Overall, this is a great bow to add to any arsenal.
Rubber Shoulder Bumper
Accurate and fast
Easy to customize
|Weighs 9 pounds, heavier than indicated.
Short distance from butt to pictanny rail.
Arrows are good for practice only.
Some flaws in the camo.