Barnett G350C Review – Compound Crossbow

ModelDraw WeightStrokeVelocitySuggested Arrow LengthCrossbow Length / Weight
Barnett G350C

Barnett G350C Crossbow

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165 lbs.14.2"350 FPS

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20"36.25" / 7.1 lbs.
- Very fast and accurate
- Highly ergonomic design
- Very powerful

- Uses a new Talon nock, making it difficult to acquire replacement bolts
- Included scope is not illuminated
- Despite use of carbon and composite materials, x-bow is still a bit on the heavy side
Small Game Hunting?yes2
Deer, Elk Hunting?yes2
Moose, Bear Hunting?yes2
Target Shooting?yes2
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Hey there, and welcome to my review of the Barnett G350C crossbow. Barnett has been in the game for a number of years, but they used to be known mainly for poorly-made x-bows. Lately, however, the company has really shaped up and makes some fine models. Let’s have a look at one of their latest products, the G350C.

What Comes In The Box?

barnett-g350c-crossbowIt’s important that you know what’s coming with your new crossbow before you buy it, so I took care to examine the box contents carefully. Here is what you can expect to find when you purchase the Barnett G350C:

  • The Barnett G350C Crossbow itself, including stock and riser
  • A 4×32 cope
  • Rope cocking device
  • Quiver
  • 3 20-inch Headhunter bolts
  • Rail lube
  • String wax
  • Owner’s manual
  • Warranty card

In a nutshell, you get everything you need to get started with your new crossbow. The rope cocking device and quiver are great quality, and the included instructions for assembly and use are well-written. I’ll cover the scope and bolts later on.

How Difficult Is It to Assemble The Barnett G350C?

Following the included instructions, you should be able to have your new x-bow assembled and ready to sight in within 10 to 15 minutes, possibly even less time than that. Once you get it all put together, you can sight in and start practicing for those kill shots.

How Powerful And Accurate Is This X-Bow?

With velocities of 350 FPS, your arrows will hit the target with more than 108 foot-pounds of kinetic energy. That’s powerful enough to topple my foam core target backwards, sending the arrow deep into my backdrop. It’s also plenty of energy to take down even the largest legal game in North America, like Cape buffalo and grizzly bears.

Accuracy is quite tight with the G350C. Once I had it properly sighted in, I was able to maintain 2-inch groupings from 40 yards with ease. Once you have enough practice, you should be able to do the same.

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Ballistic Data For The Barnett G350C

Your actual results will vary slightly depending on weather, and significantly with arrow weight change. See our Crossbow Ballistics Guides section for a complete understanding of how we conducted our tests and why this data matters.

Will Hunters Enjoy It?

The G350C is decked out in RealTree HD, and is compact enough to swing around with ease in even the tight confines of a ground blind or tree stand. It’s only 19.5 inches wide when cocked, but I was surprised at how heavy the crossbow is. Despite the fact that it’s constructed from a composite flight track and carbon stock, the x-bow tips the scales at 7.1 pounds. It might wear you out a bit if you carry a lot of other gear with you when hunting.

My first trip out with the G350C, I came across a large buck grazing in a meadow. I took careful aim, calmed myself, and took the shot. The arrow must have pierced both lungs and the animal’s heart, because the beast never made it further than two or three steps before he collapsed to the ground and took his final nap.

How Challenging Is the Crossbow to Cock?

With a draw weight of 165 pounds, the G350C isn’t exactly trivial to cock, but it’s not a real challenge either. Barnett includes a rope cocking device, so I strongly recommend you take advantage of it. Not only does it reduce the amount of strength you need to cock the crossbow, but it makes certain you have a nice, even pull.

What’s the Included Scope Like?

The scope that Barnett provides with the G350C is decent, and I don’t have any major complaints about it. It sights in quickly and easily, and stays zeroed in for quite some time. I only wish it was illuminated, because it’s quite dark and difficult to see your target during twilight or other low-light conditions.

Here’s an example of how important an illuminated scope can be. During a recent hunting trip with a non-illuminated scope on my G350C, I knew I could see a buck hiding in the brush about a half hour after dawn. Unfortunately, I couldn’t see him clearly enough to be sure of my shot. My hunting buddy had an illuminated scope, though, and he took the shot, bringing down what turned out to be a 12-point buck.

What Kind of Bolts Will It Use?

Barnett includes a three-pack of 20-inch Headhunter arrows with the G350C, which are quite good quality. Unfortunately, this new crossbow uses a Talon nock, which is rather difficult to find on the open market if you want to replace the bolts or get more.

You can also learn more about crossbow arrows and take a look at our broadhead recommendations

How’s the Safety and Design?

Barnett has learned a lot about crossbow safety, and it shows in the G350C. The finger reminders and pass-through foregrip keep you from getting your digits in the way of the string, and the x-bow has an innovative automatic safety and anti dry-fire mechanism. My only real complaint about the design is the use of a Talon nock on the arrows instead of moon nocks.

What Kind of Warranty Backs This Crossbow?

Barnett covers the x-bow with a limited lifetime warranty for the original owner. The company’s customer service team isn’t the greatest, but they’re not the worst, either. With that said, Barnett has improved their quality control to the extent that you usually won’t need to contact customer service.

Barnett G350C Crossbow Review – Summary

Thanks for reading my review of the Barnett G350C crossbow. This is a fine addition to a growing line of products, and hunters should enjoy shooting it. It’s fast and powerful, and should be good for taking down just about any game you want to hunt. The only real drawbacks are the x-bow’s weight and the reliance on a new type of nock that isn’t readily available, at least not easily.

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  1. U don’t have to use the nocks it comes with I shoot half moon nock and does the same it’s not to bad one strings but cables tend to go out faster than the string pretty much all this guy said is right but besides about the nocks and it shoot 20in bolts nice job and thanks for taken the time to do the review

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