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My old old Barnnet quad died and I picked up a Center Point Mercenary Whisper 390 the other day. (No reviews out there.)
Quiet shoots well, good trigger, 6.7 pounds, 32.6", 14" spread cocked and 18 not. Weighs about 9.5 loaded. Listed at $400 but on sale at 199$ but there is no information on this cross bow vs their well liked sniper 370 which is longer and heavier.

It is a little quirky to cock to keep the rope hooks from jumping on top of the rail. It is quiet but the problem is the scope. I am guessing that most lower end Xbows have the same type of problems.

Scope is clear as expected with a regular cross hair but instead of other cross hairs below the main one the CP has 4 dots about the size of a flea on a deer's a-- at 30 yards. Hard to see on the target so how do you see hunting? ;) :)

What is the best fix? Sight the main cross hairs at 30 or ? and figure hold for 40?


Is there an inexpensive scope out there that would be a good replacement?

My crony is at the farm so I have not had time to see what 390 fps really is. ;)

Thanks,

Jim
 

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The scope has been a common issue with Centerpoints since the introduction of the Sniper 370. It's their scope, CP.. ..everyone was switching to the Nikon 4×32. There are many scopes to choose from. You will find the one you like. I was using the TenPoint 3 × 32 I think it's called. It is there lowest priced scope but worked perfect with the Sniper 370.
 

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Jim, first off, the Mercenary series of Centerpoints is made by Poelang, while the Sniper, Specialist, Spectre, Amped, etc. are made by ManKung. Both companies are in Taiwan. The Snipers and their similar models have been pretty popular and reliable, especially the limbs. Harder to find info and reviews on the Mercenary series. You are right, scopes on most inexpensive crossbows leave a lot to be desired. You can get "Ravin" take off scopes (not sure who makes them but I doubt Ravin makes their own scopes) for about $80 from Wyvern Creations. If you do ebay, they often have Horton Hawke scopes or Redfield crossbow scopes for a very reasonable price.
 

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There are still some Redfield Revenge crossbow scopes on eBay for $59.98. They zoom from 2 to 7 power. The zoom is labeled in power: 2x, 3x etc instead of arrow speed but it works just like speed ring scopes. They are great scopes but are not illuminated. I have my center crosshair zeroed at 20 yards and the lines below the center are at 10 yard intervals out to 60 yards. Once I had all the crosshairs shooting correctly at 10 yards intervals out to 60 yards I drew short line with a paint pen across the two adjoining surfaces of scope body and zoom ring so I know it is still set correctly. The zoom ring does not lock but is stiff to move and has not moved except when I try to move it. Here is link to the scopes on eBay: https://www.ebay.com/p/27034187771
 

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What is the best scope for under 80$ that I can get shipped to use early next week?
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redfield

I prefer cross hairs if possible. Just not a mill dot fan.

how do the click adjustable scopes work?

Let me know what you think.
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My old old Barnnet quad died and I picked up a Center Point Mercenary Whisper 390 the other day. (No reviews out there.)
Quiet shoots well, good trigger, 6.7 pounds, 32.6", 14" spread cocked and 18 not. Weighs about 9.5 loaded. Listed at $400 but on sale at 199$ but there is no information on this cross bow vs their well liked sniper 370 which is longer and heavier.

It is a little quirky to cock to keep the rope hooks from jumping on top of the rail. It is quiet but the problem is the scope. I am guessing that most lower end Xbows have the same type of problems.

Scope is clear as expected with a regular cross hair but instead of other cross hairs below the main one the CP has 4 dots about the size of a flea on a deer's a-- at 30 yards. Hard to see on the target so how do you see hunting? ;) :)

What is the best fix? Sight the main cross hairs at 30 or ? and figure hold for 40?


Is there an inexpensive scope out there that would be a good replacement?

My crony is at the farm so I have not had time to see what 390 fps really is. ;)

Thanks,

Jim
Jim, seems like you made a good choice. Keep shooting. You'll adapt to the rope cocking and get it right. For me it's hooks up when rope cocking and I never jump up on the shooting rail when I cock my Xbow. Just takes time. As for the scope could you not try your Barnett scope on this Xbow? How did you shoot with that scope? Just a thought.

Lots of scope options. Seems like illuminated reticle would be a good direction for you.

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Scope went into the garage with the bow but the thing was 10 years old and pretty funky.

I cut the rope on the quad and this bigger rope and hooks do a better job. I fig out how to do it bow has to be out in front so you can pull slightly back to keep the hooks from jumping the rail.
Need to order something today.

What is the best scope for under 80$ that I can get shipped to use early next week?
Ravin
utg58
redfield

I prefer cross hairs if possible. Just not a mill dot fan.

how do the click adjustable scopes work?

Let me know what you think.
Jim
 

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What is the best scope for under 80$ that I can get shipped to use early next week?
Ravin
utg58
redfield

I prefer cross hairs if possible. Just not a mill dot fan.

how do the click adjustable scopes work?

Let me know what you think.
Jim
I think Joe Pa gave you your best options for the money. I'd forget the UTG scope. I'm not sure if the Ravin scope has circles or cross hairs. I know the Horton/Hawke and Redfield have cross hairs. Good luck!
 

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I think Joe Pa gave you your best options for the money. I'd forget the UTG scope. I'm not sure if the Ravin scope has circles or cross hairs. I know the Horton/Hawke and Redfield have cross hairs. Good luck!
Buddies ravin scope has circles,Utg has crosshair with mildots in the lines.
 

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Your Mercenary sounds nice. One thing I fogot to mention about the Redfield. I do think they are very nice scopes for the money, if you don't need illumination. I thought the reticles were bold enough to see in low light. the problem is, they are pretty much set up for slower bows. I had mine on a hybrid recurve shooting around 350 fps, and I had to turn it up to a bit over 5 power to use the reticle as designed. For me, that was a bit much in the short range, brushy hunting places I ususally hunt. I'd have to guess with your Mercenary, you would have to set the scope on 6 power or more. Just wanted to let you know.
 

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Thanks for the help. I ordered the Ravin to be in for next week. It has people that are pro and con on the board but should work for a part time cross bow hunter. I can go to a place with multiple ranches and animals but cannot shoot but hogs and coyotes and some cull does. I use a camera for all the animals on the ranches from exotics to book deer but what sport is it to shoot animals you can walk up on. Yes I do keep a rod in the suv too and my rifles shoot less than 3/4 an inch.

Good hunting.
Jim
 
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