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I did some research on the Barnett Game Crusher crossbows:
These crossbows come in two series: 2.0 and 3.0

Both crossbows have the same 165 pound draw weight, 11.38" power stroke, 21" axle to axle, bristle arrow retainer, 4 x 32 mm scope, 3 each 20" Head Hunter arrows (the ones with the Easton label), rope cocker and lube wax.

The 2.0 model as a zero creep 3.5 pound trigger pull where as the 3.0 has a zero creep 3 pound trigger pull.
The 3.0 has the trigger tech. I did not find any information on the 2.0 as it was built earlier so it may not have it ??

The 2.0 shoots 330 feet per second while the 3.0 shoots 340 feet per second. My thought here, being both crossbows have the same draw weight limbs, power stroke and same length string and cables, the 3.0 cams are advanced more to increase the speed. Advancing the cams on a well tuned crossbow and shooting the same arrow-point combination weight will increase the speed in feet per second.

Doing an internet search for cables and strings, I selected 60X for there high quality product and excellent customer service. The string measures 35.75" The cable measures 20.813" Both are constructed from BCY D97 material. String and cable set $84.95. String only $34.95

Checking many reviews from several websites, these recommendations were made:
1)up grade the string and cable system due to Barnett's poor quality. Some strings broke with as little as 10 shots while others quickly started to fray.

2)up grade to a better quality scope.

3)up grade to a better lubrication. My recommendation is the Trident Silicone Grease available on the internet in a 2 fluid ounce jar. This is a high quality product that does not dry out or gum up. A wee bit goes along way.

4)up grade the 20" arrows to either of:
a)Barnett Custom Head Hunter (no Easton label) 410 to 412 grain which includes a 100 grain point. These are very rigid and extremely accurate. Available in an 8 pack on Ebay

b)Carbon Express Pile Driver which weigh 450 grain including the 100 grain point. These arrows are rigid and extremely accurate. Available in a 6 pack on Ebay

Doing the up grades and proper tuning, one should have a good quality crossbow at a reasonable price.

All the best.
 

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I did some research on the Barnett Game Crusher crossbows:
These crossbows come in two series: 2.0 and 3.0

Both crossbows have the same 165 pound draw weight, 11.38" power stroke, 21" axle to axle, bristle arrow retainer, 4 x 32 mm scope, 3 each 20" Head Hunter arrows (the ones with the Easton label), rope cocker and lube wax.

The 2.0 model as a zero creep 3.5 pound trigger pull where as the 3.0 has a zero creep 3 pound trigger pull.
The 3.0 has the trigger tech. I did not find any information on the 2.0 as it was built earlier so it may not have it ??

The 2.0 shoots 330 feet per second while the 3.0 shoots 340 feet per second. My thought here, being both crossbows have the same draw weight limbs, power stroke and same length string and cables, the 3.0 cams are advanced more to increase the speed. Advancing the cams on a well tuned crossbow and shooting the same arrow-point combination weight will increase the speed in feet per second.

Doing an internet search for cables and strings, I selected 60X for there high quality product and excellent customer service. The string measures 35.75" The cable measures 20.813" Both are constructed from BCY D97 material. String and cable set $84.95. String only $34.95

Checking many reviews from several websites, these recommendations were made:
1)up grade the string and cable system due to Barnett's poor quality. Some strings broke with as little as 10 shots while others quickly started to fray.

2)up grade to a better quality scope.

3)up grade to a better lubrication. My recommendation is the Trident Silicone Grease available on the internet in a 2 fluid ounce jar. This is a high quality product that does not dry out or gum up. A wee bit goes along way.

4)up grade the 20" arrows to either of:
a)Barnett Custom Head Hunter (no Easton label) 410 to 412 grain which includes a 100 grain point. These are very rigid and extremely accurate. Available in an 8 pack on Ebay

b)Carbon Express Pile Driver which weigh 450 grain including the 100 grain point. These arrows are rigid and extremely accurate. Available in a 6 pack on Ebay

Doing the up grades and proper tuning, one should have a good quality crossbow at a reasonable price.

All the best.
I think the first Game Crusher models were made specifically for Dicks sporting goods by Barnett and sold by them a few years back. I'm guessing that would be the 2.0 model.

I dont know what Pile Driver arrows you have.The ones I had were not rigid at all even though they were heavy with light inserts. They had a very weak spine.Probably the flimsiest crossbow arrows I've ever seen with very little foc and were not accurate for me at all.
 

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The Carbon Express Pile Drivers I purchased just before Christmas have a 14 grain 1/2 moon nock . The nock is longer than the normal 1/2 moon with more inside the shaft and more out side. These arrows have the 4" vanes. Who ever built the Pile Driver cut the shafts 19 1/2". The collar of the insert is 1/8" compared to the Barnett Custom Head Hunter (no Easton label) that is 1/16". These arrows are labeled as 20". The word "Pile Driver" is silver with the green back ground. Two green vanes while the cock vane is white. The 1/2 moon nocks are green.

Depending on where one purchases the nocks, the ones that came with Barnett weigh 10 grain and others weigh 12 grain.

I originally purchased six, numbered each one and all hit the same point of impact. Going back to the store later that week I purchased the remaining 8 for a total of fourteen. All are 20" as that is what I normally shoot. Numbering these and shooting them, they all hit the same point of impact as my first 6.

If you do a search on Ebay for: 20" Carbon Express Pile Driver Arrows" they list 6 for $39.99 These are the same color as what I described. Doing searches, these arrows with 100 grain point are advertised as a 442 grain arrow-point combination. Each of mine averaged 450 using my own 100 grain points as none came with the arrows.

Doing a search in Barnett's online parts catalog, the Game Crusher was not listed. Barnett does not list parts for some of the newer model crossbows either.

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Its a Dicks Exclusive model.https://www.dickssportinggoods.com/...ope-18bt2ugmcrshrxxxxabw/18bt2ugmcrshrxxxxabw

They sound like the same Pile Drivers. Have you flexed them with just your hands to feel how weak the spine is? Or measure the foc to see how low it is?
I flexed the Carbon Express Pile Driver in the store, before buying them. This is why I marked them as rigid in post#1 as I have found arrows much worse than these.
I flexed the Barnett Custom Head Hunter (no Easton label) and as per post #1 I listed them as very rigid.

As for front of center:
Carbon Express Pile Driver with 100 grain point is 8.4%
Carbon Express Pile Driver with 125 grain point is 10.84%
Carbon Express Pile Driver with 152.4 grain point is 13%

Barnett Custom Head Hunter with 100 grain point is 13.095%

I purchased the Carbon Express Pile Driver arrows in a Canadiantire store in Canada. bass pro is another company selling these same arrows.

Being I live in town and winter, I have not taken the crossbow to my remote property to shoot the Pile Driver arrows at longer distances. Two days a go it was minus 28 degrees Fahrenheit. Today as I write this it is a plus 26 degrees Fahrenheit.

Thanks for the information.

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I did some research on the Barnett Game Crusher crossbows:
These crossbows come in two series: 2.0 and 3.0

Both crossbows have the same 165 pound draw weight, 11.38" power stroke, 21" axle to axle, bristle arrow retainer, 4 x 32 mm scope, 3 each 20" Head Hunter arrows (the ones with the Easton label), rope cocker and lube wax.

The 2.0 model as a zero creep 3.5 pound trigger pull where as the 3.0 has a zero creep 3 pound trigger pull.
The 3.0 has the trigger tech. I did not find any information on the 2.0 as it was built earlier so it may not have it ??

The 2.0 shoots 330 feet per second while the 3.0 shoots 340 feet per second. My thought here, being both crossbows have the same draw weight limbs, power stroke and same length string and cables, the 3.0 cams are advanced more to increase the speed. Advancing the cams on a well tuned crossbow and shooting the same arrow-point combination weight will increase the speed in feet per second.

Doing an internet search for cables and strings, I selected 60X for there high quality product and excellent customer service. The string measures 35.75" The cable measures 20.813" Both are constructed from BCY D97 material. String and cable set $84.95. String only $34.95

Checking many reviews from several websites, these recommendations were made:
1)up grade the string and cable system due to Barnett's poor quality. Some strings broke with as little as 10 shots while others quickly started to fray.

2)up grade to a better quality scope.

3)up grade to a better lubrication. My recommendation is the Trident Silicone Grease available on the internet in a 2 fluid ounce jar. This is a high quality product that does not dry out or gum up. A wee bit goes along way.

4)up grade the 20" arrows to either of:
a)Barnett Custom Head Hunter (no Easton label) 410 to 412 grain which includes a 100 grain point. These are very rigid and extremely accurate. Available in an 8 pack on Ebay

b)Carbon Express Pile Driver which weigh 450 grain including the 100 grain point. These arrows are rigid and extremely accurate. Available in a 6 pack on Ebay

Doing the up grades and proper tuning, one should have a good quality crossbow at a reasonable price.

All the best.
My bow didn't come with any bolts and wasn't in the box. I bought Barnett Headhunter bolts and Scorpion rail lube on the recommendation of the staff at Bass Pro. I'm happy with the way it shoots.


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My bow didn't come with any bolts and wasn't in the box. I bought Barnett Headhunter bolts and Scorpion rail lube on the recommendation of the staff at Bass Pro. I'm happy with the way it shoots.


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Happy to hear everything is working for you. I have never used the Scorpion lube but have read where various forum members use it and are quite happy.

Wishing you all the best.
 

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The Pile Drivers are the weakest shafts I have tested by far spine wise. Even weaker than aluminum 2216 shafts. I dont suspect they will shoot very good at distance with your high powered bows but good luck! I saw a Game Crusher at Dicks today for $219. The Head hunters are a much better arrow imo. Know matter the maker Easton or Blood sport.

The Scorpion Venom is good stuff.Been using it for years. Just a little goes a long way and doesn't attract dirt or gum up.
 
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