Barnett Crossbow Scope Review – 4x32mm
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- 5-reticle aiming points
- Excellent clarity at long range
- Wide field of view
- Fogs easily at colder temperatures
- Poor quality included rings
Welcome to my review of the Barnett 4×32 multi-reticle Crossbow Scope. This scope has a 5-point programmed multi-reticle crosshair system for quick target acquisition at a variety of ranges, and includes a set of .875″ dovetail mounting rings.
What Are the Dimensions of the Crossbow Scope?
The Barnett 4×32 multi-reticle Crosshair scope is 8 inches long by 2 inches wide. It fits nicely into most crossbow cases, even when mounted to the crossbow. It is also lightweight, coming in at 12.8 ounces, so it adds very little weight to your bow.
How Much Magnification Do I Get From the Scope?
This scope provides 4X magnification, and the resolution of the image is very crisp and detailed.
How is the Optics Quality on the Crossbow Scope?
The optics on this scope are multi-coated, providing excellent resistance to glare and reflection. The image quality is very good, providing fantastic contrast and details even at long range. This scope is easily comparable to competitor scopes at twice the price, but it is not perfect.
While the scope is water-resistant and shockproof, I did notice some faint fogging problems during cold temperatures. This is unfortunate, because nitrogen-charging a scope is not a very expensive addition to the manufacturing process, and most of the competitor scopes at this price range are fog proof.
The multi-reticle design allows for easy shooting at 25, 35, 40, 45, and 50 yards. Your yardage may vary, depending on the velocity of your crossbow, but Barnett provides easy-to-follow instructions for determining exactly what range each of the reticle lines should be for your particular setup.
What’s the Light Gathering Capability Like on the Scope?
This scope has good light gathering qualities, even though it is not illuminated. I’ve used the scope several times during early morning hours and late evening hours, and found the images to still be very crisp, clear, and full of contrast during poor light conditions. The aiming reticles get difficult to see, though, but that’s to be expected from a non-illuminated scope.
How Wide is the Field of View?
Barnett doesn’t specify what the field of view is for this scope, but my estimates from dead reckoning put it at around 34′ at 100 yards. This is a bit above the curve for 32mm objective lens scopes, so I’d call the field of view pretty wide, especially for the price of the scope. I found the scope easy to use for hunting small, fast-moving game like rabbits and squirrels, as well as larger game like deer and elk.
How Easy is the Scope to Mount?
The first thing I would do after buying this scope is throw away the included rings, replacing them with better quality 1″ rings. The included rings are milled off-center, leading to major problems with sighting the scope in after it’s mounted. With better rings, though, the scope mounts correctly and securely in seconds, after which you’re ready to sight in your new scope.
How Easy is the Scope to Sight In?
The Barnett 4×32 multi-reticle crossbow scope is very easy to sight in, once you have it installed with a good set of rings. My first time around with this scope, I couldn’t get it in the bull’s eye ring no matter how many adjustments I made, and I eventually got around to looking carefully at the rings and discovering that they were milled off the centerline. I replaced the rings, and that led me to being able to sight in the scope within a short amount of time.
Once sighted in, the scope holds zero for nearly eternity. I dialed it in once, and then shot with the crossbow for two full seasons without having to make any adjustments.
How Durable is the Scope?
The scope is fairly durable, at least as far as shock resistance and water-resistance go. Unfortunately, the scope does not like cold weather and fogs up any time the temperature is below freezing. That’s pretty unfortunate, because I hunt primarily in Ohio and Pennsylvania, where the temperature is almost always below freezing during hunting season.