|Model||Draw Weight||Stroke||Velocity||Suggested Arrow Length||Crossbow Length / Weight|
|Diamond Strykezone 350 TS|
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|135 lbs.||15.5"||375 FPS|
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|20"||34.375" / 6.9 lbs.|
- Budget-conscious crossbow with excellent accuracy and power
- Cease-Fire trigger locking pin adds an extra layer of safety
- Instructions poorly written and do not explain how to install quiver
- No storage compartment for Cease-Fire trigger locking pin
- No sling included
|Small Game Hunting?|
|Deer, Elk Hunting?|
|Moose, Bear Hunting?|
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Howdy, and welcome back to our crossbow reviews. Today, we are looking at the Diamond Strykezone 350TS, by Bowtech. Each package delivered by Diamond includes the following items:
- The Diamond Strykezone 350 TS crossbow
- Assembly hardware
- Multi-reticle scope
- 5-arrow quick detach quiver
- 3 385-gr crossbow arrows
- Rope cocking device
- Owner’s Manual
- Warranty Card
Once you’ve unboxed these components, you’re ready to put the crossbow together.
Is the Diamond Strykezone Easy to Assemble?
Diamond’s Strykezone is easy to assemble, and I was able to get mine up and running in about 20 minutes. If you’ve assembled a few crossbows, you’ll notice this one is a bit different, because the rail, limbs, and trigger come out of the box as a single unit. You attach the stock to the rail using Philips-head screws, then attach the stirrup using Allen-head screws. The owner’s manual does not give instruction on how to install the quiver, but once you’ve finished putting the rest of the crossbow together there will only be 2 screws and 2 screw holes left, so it’s pretty easy to figure out.
Accuracy And Power
After I’d assembled my new crossbow, it was time to sight it in and check the accuracy and power. The included scope came zeroed in right out of the box, not even requiring a single adjustment for accuracy.
From 25 yards, my groupings were less than half an inch. Moving out to 50 yards, I was able to hold 1” groupings, and maintained 1-1/2” groupings from 75 yards. The Strykezone is an amazingly accurate crossbow for the budget price. Much of this is owing to the very light and short trigger pull, which reduces the chance of anticipation throwing your shot off.
Even though the draw weight is only 135 lbs., the Strykezone managed to translate the power out to a blistering 350 fps speed off the rail, with almost 120 ft. lbs. of kinetic energy. My arrows were knocking my target blocks over, and I had to brace my block against a tree to hold the block in place.Use our arrow ballistics calculator for more valuable information.
Ballistic Data For The Diamond Strykezone 350 TS
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 Like the Strykezone?
The Strykezone 350 has more than enough stopping power to drop any legal game in North America, and its compact size makes it a dream to carry and use in the bush. Weighing in at only 6.9 lbs., this crossbow is easy to haul around, but Diamond does not include a sling. I would strongly recommend adding a sling to the crossbow, since this makes all the difference in how you carry your crossbow to your hunting spot.
I took the Strykezone deer hunting a couple of times, and found the crossbow to be exceptionally easy to use from either a tree stand or a ground blind. Both times, I was able to bag a deer with the Strykezone, and was very pleased with the light trigger pull and quick action of the crossbow. With a light draw weight, recocking the Strykezone is easier than most of my other crossbows, which is nice if you need another shot quickly.
Cocking The Diamond Strykezone 350 TS
This crossbow’s draw weight is only 135 lbs., something you can easily do by hand. Diamond includes a rope cocking device, though, so I recommend using it. Rope cocking devices help make sure you get the string pulled back evenly, which is essential for safe and accurate shooting. When I’m in the field, I usually carry my rope cocking device in a cargo pocket of my pants.
The pull is different from most other crossbows, a very unique design that took me by surprise at first. Rather than the string pulling back into a cocking groove in the back of the receiver, the center of the cocking rope lays over the top of the buttstock. It seems to work pretty well, and I haven’t had any problems with misfires or dry fires.
The Crossbow Scope
The Strykezone 350 TS comes with a 3x32mm multi reticle scope, which provides a very crisp and clear picture of the target. The scope was sighted in out of the box, and held true through several seasons of hunting. The optics are very good, and the fogproof coating works wonderfully.See our detailed guide on how to sight-in your crossbow
Diamond includes 3 20-inch arrows with the Strykezone, weighing in at 385 grain. These arrows are good quality, and served me quite well in target and real-life shooting situations. I tend to prefer my own favorite arrows, though, the Firebolt arrows. You can choose your own preference, just make sure you go with 20” arrows with a total weight of at least 380 grain.You can also learn more about crossbow arrows and take a look at our broadhead recommendations
Safety and Design
The Strykezone 350 TS has a unique, multi-level safety system. You get the standard magnetic safety, which automatically engages when you cock the crossbow and helps ensure you don’t misfire or dry fire. In addition, though, there is a CeaseFire trigger locking pin that you insert into the trigger to prevent it from being pulled. This is pretty crucial with this crossbow, because the trigger pull is an astonishingly light less than 3 lbs. of pull.
All of the safety and firing features of this crossbow have worked flawlessly for me each and every time I’ve taken the crossbow out. The string has held up very well, with only moderate waxing every 5-10 shots.
As with all Bowtech bows, the Strykezone 350 TS comes with a non-transferrable limited lifetime warranty. Bowtech’s service personnel are knowledgeable and friendly, and are quick to help you resolve any issues you might have with your crossbow.
What Crossbow Case Fits the Diamond StrykeZone 350 TS?
The Diamond StrykeZone fits into the Carbon Express Deluxe Case rather well and this soft case is a bargain at under $70. Another soft case option at an even better price is the Allen Company case. It generally sells for around $30.
Crossbow Review – Summary
Thanks for reading our crossbow review of the Strykezone 350 TS. This is a very good, quality crossbow at a budget price. It is excellent for target shooting as well as hunting, and will provide years of accurate service. Take a look at today's amazon.com price on this crossbow and check out our top 10 crossbows rankings for more.