HyperGhost 405 crossbow review

HyperGhost 405 crossbow review

There is a reason why this model from Barnett has ‘ghost’ in its name. It is not only accurate and fast but also deadly quiet, as it comes equipped with string dampeners that will let you release bolt after bolt, without prey ever noticing that you are in the vicinity.

Due to its attractive Moss Oak design, it will keep you concealed in the woods, while its performance ensures that you will be able to take down whitetail and other types of game without a problem. At 7.7 pounds and 36.25 inches in length, it may not be the smallest model you can find, but it is still easy to maneuver.

Capable of shooting bolts at 405 fps, it is an incredibly accurate crossbow, and you will find it ideal for your hunting trips. Features such as the step-through riser and the RUCS hooks that offer you a secure grip of the crossbow when shooting are guaranteed to make you appreciate this crossbow for what it is, a weapon that any hunter would love to have.



Package Includes:

Optics: 4X32 Illuminated scope

Cocking device: Rope cocking sled

Quiver: Side-mount quiver

Arrows: Three 22″ Hyper Flite arrows

Noise dampening: Pre-installed string dampeners

Other: Lubrication wax



Speed (Up To) 405 fps
Kinetic Energy (Up to) 138 FP KE
Length (w/o foot stirrup) 36.25”
Width Axle-to-Axle (uncocked/cocked) 20.37”/17.6”
Power Stroke 16.33”
Weight (w/out accessories) 7.7 lbs
Draw Weight 185 lbs


Key Features

  •         The step-through riser makes this crossbow manageable and keeps its weight to a decent level.
  •         The anti-dry fire mechanism ensures that you won’t release a bolt by accident.
  •         Pre-installed string dampeners ensure that the crossbow is deadly quiet.
  •         Its TriggerTech trigger makes it easy to mount an arrow and shoot.
  •         You can use a Barnett crank cocking accessory with it.
  •         The Retractable Underarm Counter Balance Support (RUCS) hooks offer you excellent stability when shooting.



  •         It is ideal for taking down whitetail and other big game.
  •         It is lightning fast, at 405 fps.
  •         It comes with excellent features that increase its accuracy, such as the TriggerTech trigger.
  •         It comes mostly assembled, so you will have little work to do to make it ready.
  •         It is quiet, due to the string dampeners used for this purpose.


  •         The arrows for this crossbow are pretty expensive.
  •         The manual provided with your purchase is not particularly helpful.



Build Quality – Durability


The composite material used for the stock ensures that this crossbow is lightweight, yet durable, hence its reputation. Other details must also be mentioned, such as the CNC machined aluminum flight track that keeps the weight of the crossbow to a minimum, while providing you with the necessary features that help it be so accurate and fast.



One look at this crossbow will convince you that you want it if only for its visual appearance. Of course, the HyperGhost 405 has the performance to double that badass look, but it is worth noting that the manufacturer thought of making this crossbow look like the true performer it is in the field.

The Moss Oak with skull detail is aggressive, yet helps you keep a low profile so that the prey cannot spot you. The company is known for making an entire array of accessories for hunting, and this one shares the same camo pattern as a series of tree stands. If you ever want the full ensemble, you can acquire it from the same brand.


Speed and Performance

If there is one element that makes this model from Barnett the beast it is in the field, that must be the unique trigger installed on its construction. The TriggerTech employed is an excellent proof of the craftsmanship this brand is known for; it delivers Frictionless Release technology that has the primary role in creating a free-floating roller. This way, when the trigger is released, the arrow causes no friction, hence the improved speed.

The HyperGhost 405 can reach speeds of 405 fps with the .204 arrows made for it. That means that you will be able to take down whitetail like a pro.



The CNC machined aluminum flight track installed on this model, along with the TriggerTech mechanism mentioned earlier, ensure that you will get the accuracy and performance needed for hunting prey in the wild. To increase your efficiency in the field, the manufacturer thought of employing an illuminated scope, as well, which offers you extra reach when you must follow your prey from a safe distance.




Several things make this model ideal for beginners and seasoned hunters alike. There is an anti-dry fire mechanism in place that won’t allow you to shoot arrows by accident, and you will also take advantage of the Retractable Underarm Counter Balance Support (RUCS) hooks that give you extra stability when you shoot.


Noise and Vibration

Unlike other crossbows on the market, this one comes with pre-installed string dampeners. These dampeners have, as the primary goal, to make sure that an arrow released from your crossbow won’t manage to create enough noise and vibration so that your prey is alerted of your presence.


Ease of Use and Assembly

This model is larger than the most compact on the market but still maneuverable as it falls into a mid-size category. It is delivered mostly assembled, so you shouldn’t experience any headaches when you have to bring it up to speed so that you can use it in the field.  



Barnett HyperGhost 405 Review Summary


There are several things any hunter wants to see in a crossbow that is mainly made for the type of activity they enjoy most. They need it to be accurate, silent, and efficient. The HyperGhost 405 is all that, and more, as it comes equipped with superior technologies, such as TriggerTech and string dampeners, that make it as deadly and efficient as possible.

You will find it easy to maneuver, although, at 7.7 pounds, it might not be an option for everyone. You will get arrows with it so that you can start shooting right away.

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