Barnett Crossbow Scope 4x32mm: Do You Really Need It? This Review Will Help You Decide!

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In case you have any questions about the Barnett 4x32 mm Multi-Reticle Crossbow Scope, this review will answer anything that may have crossed your mind. As a big fan of crossbows myself and an experienced, longtime hunter, I will do my best to cover all the features, pros and cons of this piece of equipment.

Before I begin the review, it is only natural to discuss the compatibility of this scope with your crossbow. Most likely, you already have a Barnett Jackal, a Wildcat C5, or a BCX Buck Commander Extreme. If you are looking for the best possible crossbow for you, usually, a Barnett model is the answer to all your questions and needs. The company does make some products that not only meet their users’ needs but also exceed their expectations. The good news here is that the Barnett 4x32 mm Multi-Reticle Crossbow Scope is compatible with all full-sized crossbows in the manufacturer’s line. Therefore, since you already have an excellent crossbow, it is time to learn if the Barnett Crossbow Scope 4x32mm is the right choice for you as well!

Starting off, let's talk a little about this scope. The dimensions, optics quality, magnification, how wide the field of view is: all are features that are critical to know before thinking of buying this. Let's take it one by one:


​So what is this scope made of exactly? To put it precisely, this is a scope with a 5-point programmed multi-reticle crosshair system for rapid target acquisition at a variety of ranges and includes a set of 0.875-inch dovetail mounting rings. If you are a hardcore hunting fan like I am, you probably understand what every word means. But if you don't, keep reading.


​Precisely, it's 8 inches long and 2 inches wide, which is pretty suitable in my opinion. I tried to fit it with different crossbows and it was pretty fine with nearly all of them. In addition, it's only 12.8 ounces heavy so you nearly don't feel any notable difference in the weight after putting it on.


​The scope guarantees 4X magnification power and although you may wonder if this could affect the image's resolution, the resolution remains quite high, giving you a very detailed picture. This is a pretty good pro in my opinion, as other scopes tend to raise the magnification power but neglect the resolution in the process.

​Field of View

​Although I like to be precise whenever I speak about something with numbers, unfortunately, Barnett didn't specify the exact dimensions for the field of view of this scope. However, I can estimate that it is about 340 at 100 yards, and if you wonder how wide that is, well, it's pretty wide given the price range of the item. Whether you need it to hunt small animals like rabbits or big ones like deer, the scope will prove helpful and easy to use in both cases.

​Optics Quality

​Multi-coated optics, high image quality and resistance to reflection; these features assure high optics quality that could be compared to the more expensive scopes. Sadly, all is not perfect. Although the scope is waterproof, it isn't the best to use in cold temperatures and the lens tend to fog and that makes seeing anything quite difficult.

This is sad because the rating here could have been 10/10 had the scope been fog-proof. As far as I know, nitrogen-charging a scope isn't that expensive and increasing the price by a few dollars while adding this feature in would have been a lot more convenient.

​On a more positive note, the scope comes with clear, easy-to-follow instructions that help you with determining how your reticle lines should be for your setup and the good design makes shooting easy and possible at various dimensions starting from 25 yards and up to 50 yards. This could vary, of course, but the instructions make figuring this out quite easy.

​Mounting and Sighting In

​So far in my review, you can nearly point at no cons except that the scope fogs at cold temperatures. Well, this may be another con although it's easily fixable. The scope comes with its own rings to equip but my own advice is to throw these away and equip some better quality ones.

The ones that come with the scope are milled off-center and although it isn't much of a problem when mounting in, it's a huge bother when sighting. So the conclusion is: the scope is quite easy to mount and sight in given that you get some high-quality rings and equip them. Once you do that, you'll face no problems at all in that regards. In fact, the scope is pretty steady as I've tried hunting with it on for a long time and not once did I have to make any adjustments.

Barnett Cross Scope w/Rings 4X32mm Multi-Ret 17060
  • Water-resistant, shock-proof scope comes with 0.875-inch dovetail mounting rings
  • 4X magnification, 32-millimeter scope from archery gear maker Barnett
  • Five-point programmed, multi-reticle crosshair system for rapid target acquisition

​Light Gathering Capability

​The scope is convenient and suitable to use even in poor light conditions so you don't have to worry about the time when hunting with this. However, it has no illumination features so seeing the reticles may become difficult, but in regards to the image quality and resolution, there's nothing to worry about.


​The answer to this varies according to your weather conditions. The water and shock resistance make it quite durable unless you live somewhere where it's always cold (if you're wondering how cold, I am talking about under zero celsius temperatures,) or at least if it's like so during hunting season.

​Okay, it's time to sum this up. I've talked about nearly everything to do with this scope, but I'll make a short summary and conclusion. If we want to list the pros and cons, we can say it would be.

Barnett Cross Scope w/Rings 4X32mm Multi-Ret 17060
  • Water-resistant, shock-proof scope comes with 0.875-inch dovetail mounting rings
  • 4X magnification, 32-millimeter scope from archery gear maker Barnett
  • Five-point programmed, multi-reticle crosshair system for rapid target acquisition


For its price, the scope is high-quality and very decent but remains only practical if you need it for use in warm temperatures. However, if you hunt in colder temperatures, getting this scope would be a big no, as it fogs up quite easily and I would recommend looking for another product, one that would be at least fog-proof.

About the Author

I'm Rodney Heaton and I love hunting in the wild. In the past, I was in the military for over 5 years. After that I became a licensed hunter and a mountain guide.