Recently I bought a Spectre 375 from a deal sent to me by Crosman for a Black Friday special. The crossbow kit was offered for$161 plus tax. I thought this looks to good to be true. I shared the deal with my son and he replied he needed a new crossbow. After researching a bit I decided it was too go a deal to pass up.
The Spectre came in Thursday. I inspected the crossbow and compared it to the Sniper that I traded out of a while back. I noticed several improved features such as the butt stock style, the forearm, the lack of the ADF level being in the way, improved ADF design. and better position of the quiver.
I decided to assemble it for my son. Jason works long hours and I am retired so why not do him a favor. The assemble was very well and fast. I checked the front riser assembly for same plane positioning as the rail when I attached it. It was spot on and needed no tuning.
After the assembly I laser zerod the scope so it would as least hit the target first try. It was way out so needed lots of dialing.
Then with Jason's blessing and since he had the lack of time I offered to zero the scope and test fire the crossbow.
This evening it took me abou 4o minutes to complete this process right before dark. I was pleased with the overall process. I would give it 5 star rating. Here is why:
Earlier I purchased a dozen Victory Xbolts as a gift for Jason's birthday after sharing the great deal I found. I didn't bother to use the supplied BEE arrows because I knew from experience they would not be as good as the matched Xbolts.
Once I got zero at 20 yards the rest when fast. I used the same arrow to check for repeated POI with supplied 4X32 scope. Right away I could tell the bow was accurate because on confirmation shots I was hitting the same hole on the target as the precious. Next I moved to confirm at what yardage the remaining reference points (crosshairs) would provide.
I continued to shot until I confirmed all the crosshair/circle points on the scope using the four 425 gr Xbolt arrows that I had with me. I was very pleased with the results and thought how lucky Jason was that knew how to accomplish this quickly.
The center crosshair/circle was zeroed at 20 yards. The 1st circle down was confirmed for 30 yards. Note it was 1" low so I adjusted up 1/2" to split the difference with the 20 yard reference. Next I moved to 40 yards and found the POI to be about 3" low. From experience knew I should try intermediate range of 35 yards. That was the correct distance for the 2nd crosshair/circle down.
Next I moved to confirm 3rd crosshair/circle down for 40 yards. That was tested and confirmed with two shots.
Next I decided to fire each of the four arrow as 40 yards to determined the dispersion. All had POI within 1 3/4" of each other. I was pleased with these results. It was getting dark and there was about a 5 mph wind out of the left. Also note the quality of the scope isn't superior but adequate it turns out. I was impressed how well I could see the target in low light condition with the aid of the illuminated circles.
With the few minutes I had left I decided to see where the last aimpoint (top of post) of the scope would reference as for yardage. First I tried at 45 yards and had a POI about 2 inches low. So I moved the target to 47 yards based on my experience to try. That brought the POI try in for the top of the post aimpoint.
I was grinning at the results as I could hardly believe I accomplished so quickly. In past with low quality arrows and less experience I spend way too much time to achieve these good results.
In conclusion the Spectre 375 was a lucky deal that I thank Crosman for allowing me to try. Also I feel my son is very lucky that I set his crossbow for him. Now he is ready to kill a whitetail. What is a father for? Now he can spend time with his family and not experience the frustration of setting up a crossbow that I learn from.
Here is the set up I used. I hope this will help others.