|Model||Draw Weight||Stroke||Velocity||Suggested Arrow Length||Crossbow Length / Weight|
|Barnett Wildcat C6|
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|125 lbs.||13.5"||320 FPS|
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|20"||35.75" / 7 lbs. 0 ozs.|
- Good Trigger
- No Frills (could also be a pro)
|Small Game Hunting?|
|Deer, Elk Hunting?|
|Moose, Bear Hunting?|
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Barnett Wildcat C6 Crossbow Package Contents
Barnett Crossbows has brought forth a new offering for 2015 that may be what first-time crossbow shooters have been looking for, the Barnett Wildcat C6. The Wildcat C6 is a simple crossbow, as evidenced by the package contents. You will get:
– The Crossbow
– A 4×32 Multi-Reticle Scope
– 3-Arrow Quiver
– Three 20” Headhunter Arrows
– The Wildcat C6 is very intuitive to assemble, and the included instructions with large illustrations truly makes assembly a snap.
Kinetic Energy of the Wildcat C6
The Barnett Wildcat C6 has enough power to bring down just about any small to medium sized game. With its 320 fps speed, it is going to be slinging 400-grain arrows with about 91 ft. lbs. of kinetic energy. That is a good punch for such an inexpensive crossbow. Keep in mind that at, say, 30 yards out, the kinetic energy will be lower by roughly 8%, so still over 85 ft-lbs. total.Use our arrow ballistics calculator for more valuable information.
Design, Safety, Comfort and Accuracy
The Wildcat C6 is a rather straight-forward, no-frills design. Barnett did actually put some thought into the Wildcat C6 as even though there isn’t much flash to the C6, there is a lot of functionality. The stock features a thumbhole and a cheek piece to better align your eye to the scope. The riser is made from magnesium and the picatinny rail is machined. We really like the pass-through front grip. The flared guards on each side add an extra measure of security to keep fingers clear of the string. Speaking of fingers, the finger reminders on the front grip also allow you to place your forward hand in the same spot for each shot, adding to the accuracy.
The Wildcat C6 is a very accurate crossbow. The trigger has only a small bit of travel before releasing crisply at about 3.5 lbs. All in all, the Wildcat C6 is a good performer and was very comfortable to handle.
Ballistic Data For The Barnett Wildcat C6
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.
Hunting with the Wildcat C6
The Barnett Wildcat C6 should really be a lot of fun to take into the field. At a mere 7 lbs. you shouldn’t be worn out by the time it comes time to shoot. At just under 18”, this is not the smallest crossbow out there in terms of axle-to-axle distance, but it can get into some tighter spots. The Wildcat C6 is going to have plenty of power to hunt anything from a deer on down.
The cheek piece really does a nice job of aligning your eye with the scope and the multiple reticles will allow you to more accurately put your arrow where you want it as you get farther downrange. There is a small click when you disengage the safety, but it is just enough to let you know it is off, but not so loud that it will spook anything more than a few yards away. Given how quiet the C6 is, we don’t expect to see deer jumping the string either.
How Quiet is the Wildcat C6
The Barnett Wildcat C6 is very quiet crossbow. The low draw weight certainly helps in this regard as we noticed when firing that there was very little sound and almost no vibration. All testing we did was with the stock configuration, this thing would be a stealth bow if you were to add additional suppressors.
Cocking the Wildcat C6
The low draw weight of the Wildcat C6 again shows the benefit of not going for overkill in terms of draw weight or arrow speed. With the use of a rope cocking aid, there should be no issues with most folks being able to cock this crossbow. Barnett offers a winch cocking aid, but this would really only be for those with very small frames, or with some type of physical disability.
Quality of the Optics
The optics that come on the Barnett Wildcat C6 are actually very nice, and should be well-suited for a variety of shooting needs. The 4x32mm scope does not have an illuminated reticle, but the light transmission is good enough that you shouldn’t have much problem except in the lowest of light conditions. The reticle also has multiple graduations to allow for more accurate shooting at a variety of ranges. The lines are thin, but crisp.See our detailed guide on how to sight-in your crossbow
What Arrows to use with the Wildcat C6
The Headhunter arrows that Barnett supplies with the Wildcat C6 should serve you well for most shooting situations. If you choose to stay with these supplied arrows there should be no issues, just make sure you get 20” arrows if you do go for something aftermarket. If you do go aftermarket, given the modest draw weight, you should consider something with a little less spine.You can also learn more about crossbow arrows and take a look at our broadhead recommendations
Our overall impression of the Barnett Wildcat C6 is a good one. It is a light weight, accurate and simple crossbow. At the current price, it isn’t the least expensive crossbow out there, but it certainly offers a lot of functionality for the price. Some folks go for flash and fancy features…this is not that kind of crossbow. This is a crossbow for someone who is looking for a well-made, well-designed crossbow that is going to get the job done.
Some might call this a good crossbow for a beginner, and we would agree, but we would also encourage even more experienced shooters to take a look. It might be a simple design, but since when is simple a bad thing, especially in the outdoors miles from home! Take a look at today's cabelas.com price on this crossbow and check out our top 10 crossbows rankings for more.