CenterPoint Sniper 370 Review – Compound Crossbow

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CenterPoint Sniper 370 Crossbow

CenterPoint Sniper 370 Crossbow

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185 lbs.13.5"370 FPS

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20"36.5" / 7.9 lbs.
Pros:
- Blistering fast 370 fps firing velocity
- Lightweight and compact
- Fully adjustable tactical stock and forearm
- Illuminated scope included


Cons:
- Fairly front-heavy
- Instructions are a bit vague, but still understandable
- Tactical stock feels flimsier than it is
Small Game Hunting?yes2
Deer, Elk Hunting?yes2
Moose, Bear Hunting?yes2
Target Shooting?yes2
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Hi there, and thanks for coming by my review of the CenterPoint Sniper 370 Crossbow. Built by Crosman (yes, the BB gun folks), I was skeptical of how well this x-bow would stack up against the competition, but I always review products with an open mind. Let’s see if Crosman knows crossbows as well as they do BB guns.

What Do I Get With the CenterPoint Sniper 370?

Obviously, you’ll need to know what you get for your hard-earned money. In the box from CenterPoint, you can expect to find these items:

  • The CenterPoint Sniper 370 Crossbow itself
  • Illuminated 4×32 scope
  • A four-arrow quiver
  • A cocking rope
  • A shoulder sling
  • Three 20-inch carbon bolts
  • Owner’s manual
  • Warranty card

In short, you’ll receive everything you’d expect to find with a crossbow, plus an extra accessory or two. Once you unpackage your new weapon, it’s time to put it together.

How Difficult Is This Crossbow to Assemble?

The first thing you should know about this model is that the instruction manual is very vague. With that said, if you’ve ever assembled a crossbow before, you shouldn’t have any problems. If you’re an absolutely newbie to the weapon, though, I’d recommend having your local bow tech set it up for you.

Is the Sniper 370 Powerful and Accurate?

CenterPoint Sniper 370 Crossbow ReviewOnce you’ve got your scope sighted in, you’ll be ready to find out what kind of tack driver this crossbow really is. And I do mean tack driver; I was easily able to maintain 1-inch patterns from 30 yards, and 1.5-inch patterns at 40 yards. This is a mean, lean, arrow-flinging machine.

But what about power? How does 370 FPS firing velocity sound? That’s with my 423-grain arrows, meaning this baby deals out 128 ft-lbs of kinetic energy. That’s almost twice the KE recommended for tackling the toughest game, like Cape buffalo and grizzly bears. Yes, it’s that powerful.

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Ballistic Data For The CenterPoint Sniper 370

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How Suitable Is This Crossbow for Hunting?

This isn’t the smallest or lightest crossbow on the market, but it’s still compact enough to be suitable for hauling cross-country to your favorite hunting blind or tree stand. Uncocked, the x-bow is 21.5 inches wide, and just 18 inches after you cock it. It weighs in at 7.9 pounds, so it won’t cause too much back strain or fatigue. I particularly like the fact that it comes with a shoulder sling, so you don’t have to buy that separately. Just my opinion here, but all crossbows should come with a sling. That all probably sounds well and good, but I’m sure you want to know about real-life experience with the Sniper 370. Well, let me tell you, I’ve used this puppy for everything from 12-point bucks to Cape buffalo, and plenty of other game in between. It’s never let me down, and the accuracy makes hitting those vital organs a breeze.

How Difficult Is the Sniper 370 to Cock?

With a draw weight of 185 pounds, this could easily be a back-breaker to cock. However, the included rope cocking device makes it much easier and safer to draw. The string pulls back as smooth as butter, with almost no stacking.

Will I Enjoy the Included Scope?

CenterPoint bundles this model with a multi-reticle illuminated scope. It’s not a top-of-the-line scope, but neither is it a throwaway piece of junk. The fact that it’s illuminated makes it worth hanging on to, especially since the five brightness levels are perfect for just about any time of day. The scope sights in easily, and holds zero practically forever. Most of the time, I end up replacing included scopes with something better, but I never got around to doing that with the Sniper 370 because frankly, I didn’t need to. [sc name="how-to-sight"]

What Kind of Bolts Should I Buy?

You’ll get a three-pack of 20-inch bolts with the crossbow, and they’re pretty nice carbon ones. They hold up quite well to both target shooting and hunting, but you can always find better crossbow arrows than what come with your purchase. For one thing, you’ll find that the included arrows are 275-grain bolts with 100-grain field tips. If your broadheads are only 100-grain, you won’t get the full potential out of the crossbow. For more details, be sure to check out our guides on arrow selection and choosing the right broadheads for your hunt. [sc name="crossbow-arrows"]

How Safe and Well-Designed Is the CenterPoint Sniper 370

Safety is key with crossbows, and CenterPoint recognizes this. The Sniper 370 has an anti-dry fire mechanism that works flawlessly, as well as an automatic safety. You do have to remember the proper cocking procedure, though – turn the safety off and then engage the cocking lever before you try pulling the string back. The rail is CNC-machined aluminum, and the riser is a shoot-through variant. To keep noise and vibration down, you’ll find integrated string suppressors. The quad limbs are matched with precision CNC-machined cams for a smooth, even draw without even a hint of stacking. The stock is composite, and the limbs are compressed fiberglass.

What Kind of Warranty Backs This X-Bow?

CenterPoint backs the Sniper 370 with a five-year warranty for the original owner only. The customer service staff are knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful, making sure you can get the most out of your new hunting tool.

CenterPoint Sniper 370 Crossbow Review – Summary

Thanks for reading my review of CenterPoint’s Sniper 370 crossbow. This is a well-designed hunting weapon that is fully capable of taking down even the largest of legal game. It suffers from some amount of front-heaviness, but that’s true with most crossbows. Make sure to check today's price on the CenterPoint Sniper 370 Crossbow if you're interested.

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  1. Centerpoint sniper 370. I’m shooting a 20 inch victory the decimator bolt with #1 nocturnal moon nock and a 2+ crossbow rage. I am chronographing at 344. I don’t believe it can reach the 370 as specs say. At 20 yards I am 1.5 inch high and the rest will fall within a 6 inch circle easily to 60 yards. I removed my forearm and added a pistol forward adjustable grip. I am pleased with this outfit. The trigger could be a little more crisp but for hunting and squeezing the trigger, it will be just fine for shot placement

    1. what kind of forward pistol grip did you add? How well does it work for you, so how natural does it feel with the crossbow? Was the switch easy? Thanks for your time.

  2. I am a newbie. But here’s MY story. I got the bow delivered in the late afternoon. Hubby and I assembled in about 20 min and sighted in another 10. Off to the stand I got. After about an hour, bam…my first deer dropped and only ran about 75 yards. I was about 15 yards up and it shot clean through the heart into the ground. VERY happy with my crossbow purchase!

  3. I bought my sniper 370, while sighting in the 20 yard dot was right on, 30 was right on,then the 3rd dot said it was 35yards in the manual, the 4th dot was not even marked in the manual? They said the40 yard was at the bottom of the crosshairs. I don’t understand why the 4th dot is not 40yards?

    1. Hello Mike,

      Apologies for the mistake, the scope was not factory-included, but only in our particular package. We have corrected the mistake.

  4. I have yet to buy a crossbow. Was going to hold out for a 10-point. But this bow seems like it might be the one I’m looking for. Would a 10-point really be that much better.

    1. Hello!!
      My first crossbow was a Center Point Hex.
      I had that crossbow for six years and only thing I have replaced on this bow was strings and cables.
      I also was looking at the wicked ridge
      Made by tenpoint but was so pleased with the first bow and never had any problems with it that I decided to buy this one.
      And what isn’t to like with 185 draw weight 370fps and a CNC rail, plus all the extras I couldn’t pass it up. The only thing I will change is the scope. Good luck in your decision hopefully what I said kinda helps you decide. Happy hunting!!

    2. The Sniper is possibly the best VALUE xbow offered by any manufacturer in 2016/2017. The arrows are not great but the value point for the performance and quality of this xbow is unbeatable. You have to go to xbows in the $700 – $1000 price point to find a better xbow.

    3. I was a newbie to crossbows I never held one, never really looked at one. But I bought this because I heard it was good bang for your buck. IT IS!! The instructions are awful to read and follow. But once you assemble it and fire it for the first time WOW!! I was impressed!! Accurate quiet hits so hard it’s intimidating. If you do decide to get this get a good block because the tip of your arrows will exit the other side of a cheap block my arrows went A full 18 inches into the block and went 2 inches out the other side. My only complaint is the AR 15 stock does have a slight jiggle to it. This does not affect the accuracy though I was heading to winch targets at 25 yards never fire in a crossbow in my life after just a few bolts going through this beautiful piece of equipment.

  5. This review helped me decide to purchase the Sniper, and it’s one of the best purchases I’ve ever made! It took me 4 shots to site it in — 2 to site dead-on at 20 yards, the 3rd hit dead-on at 30 yards, and the 4th hit dead-on at 40 yards. My 5th shot hit “dead-on” an 8-pointer at 28 yards. I’m anxious to see how it shoots at 50 and 60 yards, but will be patient to see how my 6th shot might turn out, before the archery season ends in a couple of weeks (smile). This bow and all the accessories are amazing (great scope). I used the bolts that came in the package to take the 8-pointer using a 100 grain NAP SlingBlade broadhead–very pleased with the blood trail that resulted! I’m using that same bolt with a NAP Spitfire broadhead to take my 6th shot!

  6. Are most hunters shooting 100 or 125 grain broadheads?
    Also, I am having a terrible time finding a target that will stop bolts with broadheads without damaging the vanes. Any suggestions?

    1. The Merrell Super Duper, 32×32″ does a great job for me shooting 450 grain 20″ bolts from my CenterPoint Sniper 370. Bolt penetrate target and leaves 5-6″ before the fletching, and the bolt removes easily.

    2. Get a gunny sack and really stuff it with shrink wrap,it’s cheap and about the same size of a deers body.
      I used this target using my compound bow 70lb but had to stuff more wrap in the bag using my center fire. Works great!
      Had to go to a crossbow after tearing my shoulder and bicep up.
      Good luck. I’ve had the x bow just a short time but got a 9lb4oz goose this last 2016 season.

  7. I’ve been thinking about getting my first crossbow as I’m turning 67 shortly and I think I can extend my time in the woods with one. I’ve read this review at least three times and I’m pretty sure I’m going to buy this crossbow. Thanks for being so thorough with this review.

    1. Hi Thomas Henry. I just turned 67 this past March. Bought this crossbow two years ago but the all black version. I looked at crossbows for two years and when l saw this I knew this was what I was looking for. Didn’t want too many frills and the shoulder stock got my vote. It’s a quality bow.
      However mine was not by crossman. Avalanche Hell Hawk Compound Crossbow

  8. Just received and assembled this Sniper xbow. I have never owned or shot one before, I got it for my better half, she will use it this hunting season. I agree the instructions are vague, it is not difficult to assemble but I can see how people would not do it correctly and damage the xbow (or themselves). The better half cannot cock it herself, I do not have an issue cocking it, I will be with her anyway but consider this if bought for a woman or if you are not physically fit 🙂 .
    It took about 3 shots to sight it in at 20 yards, it is as accurate as the shooter can hold and aim. I did not chronograph it but the speed is impressive visually, much faster than my compound bow. I see nothing wrong with the scope, I like it actually. I agree this xbow is front heavy but I held others and they were also. Overall I would say this is a great deal for the money, much better than the cost of a new compound bow (ridiculous!!!).
    The better half shot it 5 times, bulls-eye at 20 yards every time !!!

  9. i own a centerpoint 370.. and it’s hard for me to believe that you are shooting a bolt 423gr and at a speed of 370.. I shooting a stock bolt less than 400 gr and only shooting 372.. when I go up to a 415 g bolt I’m only shooting 355…

    1. When you are cocking, you need to make sure the hook on your left string doesn’t hit the antidry fire switch. It’s a common occurance to hit it and not securely lock the string.

  10. I am having a hard time sighting my center point 370 in. I have a truglo 30mm 3- dot scope due to Idaho not allowing magnified scopes. I am wondering what arrow weights and what broad head weights folks are using? Any info will help. Thank you.

  11. My boyfriend just bought this bow for me and I’m super excited because I can cock it myself, it’s lighter than the one I was using, has a shoulder strap and is as accurate as the other bow and we haven’t even sighted it in yet. I can hardly wait to get back out in the forest with this bad boy!!!

  12. Just bought one full black and i was wondering do you know in what tempeture range i can use it.
    Ex:winter-40°c summer+40/cross river with the crossbow submerge

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