Numbers can be a great indicator of achievement. A running back in the NFL that rushes for more than 2,000 yards has had a season few would ever dream of.
A mile-runner who eclipses the 4 minute mile has done something incredible as well.
The crossbow world also has a noteworthy number; 400 fps. Many crossbows try to meet this milestone while still maintaining accuracy, but most will fail.
That being said, the folks at Barnett have released the Ghost 410 capable of speeds up to 410 feet per second. In terms of pure speed, it is in a very exclusive class.
- Ultra fast arrow speeds
- Ease of setup
- A bit long
- Only a 5 year warranty
150 ft. lbs.
Who’s it designed for?
The Barnett Ghost 410 is designed for a shooter who is looking for top end performance from their crossbow.
At 410 fps this Ghost will outshoot nearly any other crossbow you could match it up against. It also matches accuracy with the speed, and this crossbow can really stack them up.
What can I hunt with it?
This is one of those crossbows you can hunt anything you want with. With 150 ft. lbs. of kinetic energy produced on each shot, it almost doubles the recommendations for big game like moose.
It is safe to say if you can’t hunt an animal with the Ghost 410, you can’t hunt it with any crossbow.
Our Comparison Table
All the bows we review (and some we haven’t yet) get added to our crossbow comparison tables alongside a guide that helps you understand what features and specifications actually mean. They’re a great place to get a quick overview of what’s on the market, and find something that fits with your requirements.
Here is a good video review of the bow that will take you through the specs top to bottom.
Here is another that showcases the accuracy of the bow.
If you happen to order a Barnett Ghost 410 and have it delivered to your house, you’ll have to assemble it on your own.
The bow is super easy to assemble and can be ready to shoot in less than 5 minutes. Assemble requires you to attach the riser to the stock with a few allen bolts, and then attach the quiver mount.
After that you are ready to start shooting. Heck, Barnett even throws in the allen wrenches you’ll need to get the job done.
As you would expect from a flagship bow like the 410, this bow comes with all the trimmings. Here is what you can expect from a few of the accessories that come standard with the bow.
When your 410 arrives the scope will already be mounted and ready for shooting. The scope gathers light well, and has an illumination feature.
These features are ideal for hunters due to the fact game animals tend to be most active in the twilight hours. Another nice feature of the scope is that it comes with a lifetime warranty. If you plan on shooting the bow for an extended period this should come in handy at some point.
The cocking device on the Ghost 410 isn’t anything fancy, but rather is a time-tested rope cocking device. If you can still handle a draw weight of around 90 lbs., you shouldn’t have any problems cocking this bow with the rope cocker.
One complaint of the cocking device is that the manual doesn’t specify whether they hooks go up or down. For the record, the hooks on this cocking device are designed to face up when cocking the bow.
Quiver and Bolts
One nice feature of the quiver is its ability to be mounted on both the right and left side of the crossbow without needing to flip the quiver. This allows you to mount the quiver based on your preference which is a small, but convenient, attribute.
The bolts that come with this bow are 400 grains. These bolts are ideal if you want to get the pure speed offered by the bow. As mentioned, these are heavy enough, and flying fast enough, to pursue any animal on the planet you would want to hunt.
The trigger on this crossbow comes set at around 3.5 to 4 pounds of pull. This isn’t a feature you’ll like if you appreciate a light trigger pull, but it does have a crisp break. Having a crisp break contributes to the crossbow’s overall accuracy.
Anti-Dry Fire and Auto Safety
Like nearly any crossbow these days, the Barnett Ghost 410 comes standard with an anti-dry fire system. These system ensure the bow can’t accidentally be fired without a bolt in place.
The safety on this bow also sets itself automatically when the bow is cocked, and must be manually placed in the “fire” position. Both of these features are ideal for all shooters, and will help you stay safe in the field..
In terms of color options on this bow, you are limited to black. Black is a pretty universal color for both hunters and target shooters, and shouldn’t really be too distracting in any situation.
The branding on the bow is simple as well. Above the trigger on both sides is a small plate that says Ghost 410, along with some branding on the limbs. If you don’t like walking around with a company billboard in your hand, this bow is right up your alley.
Stock and Limbs
When it comes to build quality the Ghost 410 is built using only quality components and materials. It has a carbon riser and an aluminum picatinny rail.
These quality materials make the bow light, easy to handle, and able to last for years and years. The picatinny rail also allows you to attach your favorite AR features seamlessly.
Finally, this crossbow also features a pass through fore-grip that will keep your fingers out of the path of the string upon the shot.
The Ghost 410 is a great shooting crossbow and a breeze to setup. As mentioned, the scope comes mounted and can easily be dialed-in after just a few minutes.
Once you get it sighted the way you want it, this is one of those bows you don’t want to aim at the same bull’s-eye twice. You’ll just get too many damaged arrows. It’s that good, and that accurate.
Anyone serious about accuracy will certainly find this bow meets all expectations.
“How does it compare?”
Barnett Whitetail Hunter
“a less powerful but more pocket friendly alternative“
Another option that could possibly meet your needs is the Barnett Whitetail Hunter. This compound crossbow uses a 160 pound draw weight to zing arrows downrange at 340 feet per second.
While that is modest compared to the Ghost 410, it certainly is still capable in the hunting woods. This crossbow still delivers over 90 ft. lbs. of kinetic energy upon impact.
That still is more than enough to hunt anything you might have your eyes on. Read more here…
“economical and low risk“
If you’ve looked at the Ghost, but think it may be just out of reach, you might consider the more economical Barnett Jackal instead.
This bow still has a few features worth mentioning including the sleek design. This design was based on military weapons design, so it is great to carry and hunt with.
Combine the comfort with the crisp trigger pull, and you have a crossbow that could easily handle like a bow twice its price. Finally, the picatinny rail will allow you to outfit this bow with your favorite accessories.
Take a look at our in-depth review.
“well appointed and accessorized“
Another intriguing option is the Parker Thunderhawk. This bow is a great mid-level bow, that could be perfect for someone looking to dive into the lineup of premium bows on the market. At 160 pounds of draw weight, the Thunderhawk shoots arrows at a respectable 320 feet per second.
Although this is 90 fps slower than the Ghost 410, it still is plenty fast for close hunting situations. If you like to get within 30 yards, this bow could certainly be a good friend of yours right off the bat.
Finally, the Thunderhawk has a bull-pup trigger and an ergonomic design that will have you loving the feel of this bow as soon as it hits your shoulder. Here’s the lowdown from our review.
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