Centerpoint Sniper 370 Reviews: An HONEST Review

Centerpoint Sniper 370 Reviews

Hi there and welcome to my Centerpoint Sniper 370 review. The Centerpoint Sniper 370 is one of my favorite crossbows in my collection and I’m very excited to share with you my experience with it so far.

However just because I love the crossbow doesn’t mean it’s perfect. It has its flaws and limitations and you’ll learn about them here.

This is a very honest review as I aim to help my readers be informed buyers instead of misled buyers. With this review I hope I help you decide whether this bow fits you and whether you should buy it or not.

Summary: Centerpoint Sniper 370 Reviews

Are you in a hurry and have no time to read the full review? I know that feeling, so I made a visual summary for you:

Use: Hunting, Target Shooting

Build Quality

Accuracy

Shooting Ability

Features

Ease of Use

Value for the Money

Pros:

  • Very accurate
  • Fast
  • Very powerful
  • Easy maneuverability
  • Fits anybody due to adjustable stock
  • Affordable
Cons:

  • Sight
  • Sling
  • Trigger
  • Not compatible with crank cocking device

Complete Write-up: Centerpoint Sniper 370 Reviews

What is it?

Centerpoint Sniper 370 is compound crossbow by the Crosman brand. The manufacturer claims they wanted to produce an affordable crossbow that would compete with comparable models, and the Centerpoint Sniper 370 is the result.

It received “Great Buy” award from Outdoor Life Magazine in the publication’s annual archery review.

Every product page you’ll visit says in the description that many people worked hard to produce this affordable, accurate crossbow with an easy maneuverability. That’s what got me interested in this crossbow as I’m always looking for good gear to buy.

I got into research mode to decide whether I should purchase this or not. One review caught my eye – the guy said the Sniper 370 has so many features that it costs four times as much as its actual price. That sounds interesting but too hyped. Then another guy said the features make it worth $800 or more. Wow.

That was the time I wanted to try it and see for myself.

What’s in the Box?

centerpoint sniper 370 review - unboxing

  • Centerpoint Sniper is a 4×32 mm scope
  • Three 20″ carbon bolts with 275-grain bolts with 100-grain field tips
  • Quiver
  • Rope cocker
  • Shoulder sling

Centerpoint Sniper 370 Specs:

Property Value
Speed 370 FPS
Draw weight 185 lbs
Power stroke 13.5″
Axle to Axle 18″ when cocked; 21″ when relaxed
Dimensions 36.5″L x 21.5″W
Overall weight 7.9 lbs
System Compound

Barnett Recruit Features:

  • Composite/aluminum stock
  • Quad limbs composite
  • Aluminum riser
  • Fully adjustable stock and foregrip
  • Anti-dry fire and auto-safety trigger mechanisms
  • 5 lbs trigger pull
  • Integrated string suppressors

Build

centerpoint sniper 370 review - build

The CNC-machined rail is a rare feature on a crossbow at this price. This is something that’s found on higher end bows. Even the cam system is CNC-machined.

Moving on, I personally love the adjustable stock. It allows my 12 year-old son to borrow the crossbow and shoot some targets and that means I don’t have spend more on a kid’s crossbow. I might buy a second Sniper 370 for him when he gets a bit older since he loves to use mine.

The adjustable stock is also a nice feature to use when hunting. You can adjust it to fit your shooting style as well as cater to you when you sit on a tree stand or stalk a game.

The narrow limbs are nice as they make make it easy to maneuver. However it doesn’t feel balanced because it’s heavy at the front.

Another thing I love is the foregrip handle because feel of it is nice.

The string and cables look very well made and show no sign of wear after I took it with me hunting and being used almost every weekend on target practice aferwards. The quiver holds the arrows firmly, making no noise at all. It also has a quick disconnect and the quiver mount is secure.

The trigger is alright but it’s not the greatest. Comparing to Barnett, the trigger on Barnett bows are so much better. In my opinion, the trigger on the Centerpoint Sniper 370 is soft but the pull feels a bit too long.

Other than that the build quality really screams quality which is apparent with their nice finish with metal components, in contrast to plastic ones from other models. The only plastic Sniper 370 components is the grip and butt stock.

Centerpoint Sniper 370 Assembly

It’s easy to assemble. I took my time assembling it the first time and it took me 30 minutes. I sighted it for about ten minutes. I do find the instructions a bit hard to follow but since the bow was easy to assemble, this part should be a breeze to anyone including newbies.

Accuracy

I managed to split an arrow Robin Hood style at 20 yards. This is one of the first things I did with this bow when it arrived because I read a few reviews claiming they split their arrows. It’s a pretty good feeling to be able to do it too.

This crossbow is extremely accurate so I’m very happy with it. I did have a problem with the bolts going straight through the target, but I’m not complaining – I think that’s a good problem to have.

After sighting it the first time, it was only accurate for up to 40 yards. When I shot farther than that it wasn’t as accurate anymore. I was fine with that since I never shoot farther than 40 yards when I’m hunting anyway due to ethical reasons.

However when I’m shooting at targets I allow myself to shot farther than 40 yards. I sighted in again then tried shooting at 50 yards and got three inch groups.

I went even farther and shot to 60 yards on the 4th line in the scope and I was still getting three inch groups.

Power

I mentioned earlier about my problem with the bolts going through the target. This is a very powerful bow, believe me.

The arrows go completely through the target or deer. I shot at my DIY target bags and it messed up my first arrow, so I shot it at one of my proper targets and the target held up – but not for long. The arrows started to go through the target after about 50 shots. So take it from me – you’re going to need an expensive target for this.

One of my favorite things about this crossbow is when I shoot it and it goes straight through the buck. I managed to do this a few times while hunting with this bow, especially last season. I just think that’s a great feeling because it gives me confidence on its power. However it does pose the risk of losing my bolts sooner or later but like I said, it’s a good problem to have.

Recommended Arrows

Crosman recommends using a bolt that weight no less than 370 grain total, including shaft and tip.

Centerpoint Sniper 370 Problems

LIMBS
I’m aware that others encountered the limb splitting after doing my research prior to buying. Other than that I came to the conclusion that this is a great buy so I bought one for myself. Usually the issues on a product that other buyers experience never happened to me so far, like the Barnett Recruit string breaking.

I think my luck rubbed off this time because I personally experienced the cracked limb with my first purchase of the Sniper 370. I immediately contacted Crosman and they told me to send it so they can replace it. The next day I received confirmation on the replacement and got the crossbow another day after that.

That’s amazing customer support. As I was doing research for this crossbow prior to buying, I’ve read a lot of customers getting their issues addressed quickly. That was really assuring on my part as a prospect buyer, and I got to experience it myself.

Speaking of customer support, the Centerpoint Sniper 370 warranty is five years long for the original owner.

SCOPE

As I was reading more about the bow, I read that many people mention the scope advertised was not the one they got.

I dug around and found out that the red/green illuminated scope was only a special offer. It was a part of the original package to promote the crossbow but that was a limited time offer. So before even buying this I already knew what I was getting the non-illuminated version.

Anyway, I’m not a fan of the scope. It fogs up easily, so I recommend the scope to be your first upgrade. I personally use the Hawke XB1 (the illuminated 12221 model). I also recommend the TenPoint Pro… you can’t go wrong with either.

SLING

I’m also not a fan of the sling that came with the package. Like I mentioned in my Barnett Ghost 420 review, I have problems with slings overall – they usually don’t stay in place or aren’t very comfortable. You can call me choosy but I like quality.

Anyway what happened is I took the Centerpoint Sniper 370 to hunt with my buddies and the sling mound dropped off while I was stalking a deer. It’s a good thing it didn’t happen right as I was aiming, otherwise my target would have run away. But I don’t want to risk it so I had the sling replaced with a better one.

Centerpoint Sniper 370 Recall

Before I buy any gear, I find out whether or not there’s been a recall. I recommend you to do this too – especially for bows, crossbows, and guns.

So anyway, you should know that Crosman recalled around 1,400 Centerpoint Sniper 370 crossbows that were shipped out of their facility between December 2015 to February 2016. This is after they discovered a potential safety problem with the rope cocking device. I gathered three reports of the broken hooks while doing my research and one of those resulted to a facial laceration.

Specifically, the tabs on the hooks that attaches to the string can break when it binds as the device is pulled back. This will cause the rope to recoil so that’s obviously a safety hazard as it poses risks of injury such as laceration. See the image below (provided by Crosman):

centerpoint sniper 370 recall - bad
centerpoint sniper 370 recall - fixed

According to Crosman, If your crossbow’s serial number begins with O15, the rope cocking device packed with your crossbow may have this problem.
If your crossbow has this serial number, stop using it and fill out the form at https://www.crosman.com/safety-guidelines/safety-notices/rope-cocking-device-recall to get a replacement.

Obviously if you buy this bow now, the serial number should be the first thing you should check, especially if you’re buying a used bow.

Pros and Cons:

Pros:
  • Very accurate
  • Fast
  • Very powerful
  • Easy maneuverability
  • Fits anybody due to adjustable stock
  • Affordable
Cons:
  • Sight
  • Sling
  • Trigger
  • Not compatible with crank cocking device

2nd Opinion: Centerpoint Sniper 370

Here are other Centerpoint Sniper 370 reviews, so you can also hear what other people have to say:

Centerpoint Sniper 370 vs. Barnett Recruit

So I’ve owned both the Sniper 370 and the Barnett Recruit. The reason why I’m comparing them against each other is because their price point is similar.

Another reason I’m comparing them is because (1) they’re both great for the price. Meaning, their overall features and performance versus their listed price is a great bargain. (2) They both have nice features such as the CNC-machined rails and the anti-dry fire mechanism. (3)They both appeal to beginners due to their affordability.

Actually, those are probably the only things I can tell that they have in common. I think they’re different crossbows, each has its own caliber or level.

The Sniper 370 is a better crossbow overall in my opinion, except the Barnett Recruit has better trigger and it’s more compact and lightweight.

Centerpoint Sniper 370 Price

I bought this at 329 USD on April 2017 but I’ve recently seen it get sold on Amazon from 230 USD. You can click here to check the current price.

Final Thoughts

centerpoint sniper 370 reviews

After getting new arrows

I remember that the reason I got interested in this bow is because Crosman claimed they wanted an afforable crossbow that would “compete with comparable models”. I’m glad I gave Crosman a try on one of their crossbows (they’re actually more of a gun company). The Centerpoint Sniper 370 does compare favorably with others that cost more.

The features that I used to see on crossbows that cost twice or thrice as much are present on the Centerpoint Sniper 370. The anti-dry fire mechanism, string supressors, and the CNC-machined rise are some examples.

The quality of performance at this price is what impressed me the most. I really disagree that this is an “entry-level” bow because it’s more accurate and more powerful than your typical entry-level crossbow. I do recommend it for a beginner that’s looking for his or her first crossbow because it’s very afforable. If this is going to be your first crossbow, I’m jealous.

Most of all, I recommend it to any hunter who’s on a budget. I’m pretty happy with this crossbow overall. The price versus what you get with the package can’t be beat. It’s a very good bow for the money and I’m very, very happy with this purchase.

One year later and I haven’t sold it yet. Most bows and crossbow I buy just stay with me for a few months because I sell some to buy a new model that I’d like to try (it’s the only way my wife won’t roll her eyes with every new purchase 😉).

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