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Barnett Vengeance initial review UPDATE 2014
on August 12, 2013
The same day that I received my Barnett Vengeance I assembled like a kid at Christmas. The excitement was just too much...
Assembly instructions are o.k. but the pictures are hard to make out. I preferred watching the assembly on YOUTUBE and following his instructions. Assembly is fairly easy except for the two small screws that hold the string supresser on the end the rail. The holes for these two screws do not line up. If you are not careful, cross threading can occur.
Here is the good part.....
First shot at target from twenty yards, everything worked as designed. I even managed to hit the target. Six inches low of bullseye, but yet still, a hit. Second attempt to cock the bow, the string would not lock. Numerous attempts were made after that, to no avail. At this point, my excitement from an all time high had crashed to the lowest low.
I also noticed that the cock rope device does scratch the paint on the shoulder stock right under the scope mount. The steel bar on the cocking devise is the cause of this. Be sure to keep the arrow rail waxed or the same thing can occur here also.
Called Barnett for instructions to send back for repair and explain the issue. Had to disassemble, re-package and send off. This whole process from sending and receiving repaired bow from Barnett took approximately seven days. The people at Barnett are very friendly and helpful. No complaints here. According to Barnett, my bow had a faulty trigger locking mechanism and was replaced. It was also shot 15 times, after replacement, with no issues.
Since I received the repaired bow, I have also shot it at least 15 times with no issues.
Scope is an o.k.scope. (will probably change later, depending). Was very easy to sight in. Bow is deadly at 60 yards. (my final practice shots).
I sure hope that this was the only bug in this bow. I would hate for this to happen during hunting season.
I really like the look and the way the bow feels when shooting.
Let me just start by saying that this review is just my personnal experience with the vengeance crossbow. I am sure that many people have purchased this crossbow and have had a better experience....well, I hope so anyway...
On a good note, I did kill a few deer last year (2013) with the vengeance. Deadly accurate.
Just guessing, with hunting and practice shots, I may have shot this bow 75 times. 8 shots for practice this 2014 season.
The first day of the 2014 hunting season, I was sitting in my stand with bow cocked and arrow in flight track when the RISER broke in the area where the right limb bolted to it. The impact caused the cam to hit and bend the flight track, also shearing the string dampener on one side. The only parts that were still usable was the scope and foot stirrup.
Barnett did replace all damaged parts except they forgot the string dampener. I am waiting for it to arrive. Will miss another weekend of hunting because of this. No, they did not give me a total brand new bow package as you see in stores.
Needless to say I lost three weekends of this 2014 hunting season.
You guys may not agree with this, but I will give the vengeance another try. Too much money invested not too.