Barnett Wildcat C6 – Crossbow Review

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Barnett Wildcat C6 – Crossbow Review
8.4 Total Score

$352.99

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  • Efficient trigger mechanism
  • Efficient safety system
  • Reasonable scope quality
  • Very quiet even without dampeners
  • Low price point

Newbie archers who want to get a sturdy crossbow without having to spend top dollar, the Barnett Wildcat C6 is a great investment for you.  If you would like to get an informative perspective before committing to the model, we’ve outlined some of the features incorporated into its design in our in-depth review below.

8.4 Total Score

What it lacks in power and velocity, the Barnett Wildcat C6 makes up with great noise suppression and durability. And it's fairly cheap!

Power
7.8
Durability
8.2
Quality of Optics
8.4
Noise Supression
9.2
User Comfort
8.8
Safety
8.0
PROS
  • Efficient trigger mechanism
  • Efficient safety system
  • Reasonable scope quality
  • Very quiet even without dampeners
  • Low price point
CONS
  • Limited power and velocity
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BowAuthority’s Detailed Review:

Power

The Barnett Wildcat C6 is a compound crossbow that delivers arrows at maximum speeds of 320 fps at about 91 FPKE. This range is sufficient enough to bring down a majority of small and medium-sized game. The crossbow uses 400-grain arrows and the exact accuracy and power you get could vary depending on weather conditions and the quality of arrow used. The Barnett Wildcat maintains reasonable accuracy for up to about 30 yards, giving on average about a 85 FPKE performance. This is pretty commendable, considering it’s relatively low price point. Therefore, it makes it a perfect crossbow for backyard target shooting and low scale hunting expeditions.

User Comfort

The assembly process for this weapon is rather intuitive but the guide provided ensures that you remain on the right track, including clear instructions and large illustrations to help you.

The design is rather minimalistic and there is nothing really flashy about its appearance. However, there is an impressive amount of attention to detail on a bunch of features that make this crossbow shine. For example, the stock contains a cheek piece fitted in to allow for easy eye alignment to the scope. Additionally, there is a thumbhole meant to secure your hold when aiming to shoot.

The Barnett Wildcat C6 has a machined picatinny rail for easy mounting and a magnesium riser (which is remarkably lightweight ), making it easy to maneuver the weapon. There is a finger reminder feature on the grip that guides a novice user on the exact position to place your fingers to ensure maximized accuracy.

The trigger holds 3.5lbs- which has always been considered the ultimate point of balance- to ensure that shots are not fired accidentally but there also isn’t too much resistance. It therefore has a crisp release with just the perfect amount of creep.

Overall weight of this bow is only 7lbs and its axle-to-axle distance falls just under 18”. While this cannot beat the record for the smallest crossbow, it is still very convenient for taking shots from a confined space. The crossbow can be used from your favorite tree stand or even from the ground. The non-reflective black or camouflage color options make it great to use both at day and night.

Since the Wildcat C6 has very low draw weight it can easily be cocked, even by hand. The manufacturer has still included a winch cocking device that makes the task extremely easy so it’s suitable for younger people as well.

Even though the weight on the Barnett Wildcat is slightly more concentrated towards the front, the overall lightweight design means that it’s still possible to take offhand shots at close ranges, particularly for more seasoned hunters. Even though the stock and foregrip are fixed (and therefore cannot be adjusted), they are still positioned so that any person with a normal height can comfortably handle it and take shots.

These two aspects would be more pronounced on a heavier model and would most certainly have an impact on performance. But thanks to the Barnett Wildcat’s compact and lightweight design, these disadvantages do not change much about its capabilities.

Noise Suppression

Even though the Barnett Wildcat’s safety mechanism always produces a small click when disengaged, it is not loud enough to be considered a problem. In fact, it would be rather difficult to startle any game with it, and it’s considered a generally quiet crossbow.

One of the features that contribute to its low noise production in spite of being a compound crossbow is the very low draw weight on the device. It has almost no vibration at all and could comfortably fit into the category of stealth weapons if you attach suppressors to completely silence it.

Quality of Optics

This crossbow comes with two options for its scope. One is a non-illuminated multi-reticle 4×32 scope which is better quality than one would expect from an entry-level model. For enhanced accuracy, there are varying graduations for the reticle to ensure you get your bolt right on target. Even though the lines are not as bold as what you would find on a high-end model, they are very clear and make a big difference for longer range shots. The scope works well to maximize on light transmission and its limitations only become evident when lighting is extremely low.

The second option is a red-dot sight scope. This one usually requires the use of batteries but does not offer magnification capabilities. But it is reputed to be highly accurate as your shots will be delivered right on the dot.

Depending on your intended use for the bow and personal preference you could go for either one because the choice does not affect the price. Even though the multi-reticle is favored by many users thanks to its magnification, consider the fact that the bow does not tackle long range shots very well and this feature may not be useful. On the other hand, running out of batteries is a major issue with the red dot so you need to weigh the factors and make the best choice.

Safety

The design of the Wildcat C6 features flared guards on both sides of the stock meant as a security feature to keep the hands and fingers away from the rail and prevent potential harm. It also comes with the standard anti-dry fire mechanism and automatic safety that engages or disengages depending on arrow placement. The design’s pass through foregrip and its ergonomic bow shape makes it easy to handle and reduces the chances of an injury-causing incident.

Durability

The design of this bow takes such care to avoid accidental damage that it is bound to serve you for a long time. For as long as you take care to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for replacement bolts and maintenance procedures, it will be quite a while before you start to think of a replacement. The 5-year warranty is quite a plus for the crossbow considering its price point.

Summary

The overall performance of the Barnett Wildcat C6 is rather impressive considering its price point. Apart from the power limitation, the crossbow is fitted with most of the things required for someone who is starting out on a life of hunting. It is a good bargain considering that anything from the size of deer and below is effectively taken out. It is also a highly user-friendly piece providing features that any beginner and even advanced user would appreciate. The functionality of the bow is way above its price and above all else it gets the job well done.

Barnett Wildcat C6 Specifications