Centerpoint CP400 Crossbow FULL REVIEW

The CP400 is Centerpoint’s best selling, and flagship, crossbow.  Producing a full 400fps with the included 400gr arrows, it is more than powerful enough to hunt any large game in North America.  It shares some features with it’s big brother, the Ravin crossbows.  Both utilize the Helicoil technology in the cam system, and both can be cranked with a mere 12lbs of effort.  The Centerpoint uses a removable Silent Crank system, and can also be cocked with a standard rope cocker.  The CP400 also has some awesome features of it’s own.  Below is the link to the full review video that accompanies this article.  I suggest taking them both in for the full story.

One of the features I like best about the CP400 is the foot stirrup.  Sure, it’s a regular foot stirrup that can be used for cocking the crossbow…but it also has a trick up it’s sleeve.  It can be folded 90 degrees and used as an incredibly stable bipod.  While shooting the CP400, I quickly grew to appreciate this feature.  The crossbow also has a buttstock that is adjustable for length of pull.  Whether you have tiny little T-Rex arms or 4 foot long gorilla arms, the CP400 can be adjusted to fit you.

Centerpoint CP400 with the foot stirrup in the “bipod” position.

The CP400 is following suit with today’s modern crossbows in the fact that it’s very narrow for a full power crossbow.  It’s only 10.5″ wide uncocked, and 6″ wide when cocked.  It’s also fairly light at only 7.1lbs.  It’s 31.75″ overall length is about average for today’s crossbows.  The 200lb draw weight and massive 13″ power stroke deliver 142ft-lbs of kinetic energy with the supplied arrows.  Centerpoint says about the Helicoil technology in the cams , “Revolutionary tech allows for perfectly balanced rotating cams, resulting in an incredibly compact bow with rifle-like downrange accuracy.”  I have to agree with this statement.

So how acccurate is the CP400?  Well, I only had three arrows that were exactly the same for my accuracy testing.  The extra arrows we got for the CP400 have Nockturnal style lighted nocks in them.  Therefore, my accuracy testing was done with 3 lighted nocks.  Two were burnt out from extensive use, but the weight was the same.  That’s the important thing.  How did they do?  Deadly.  Deadly as all get out from 50 yards.  Below is a picture showing a typical 3 shot group at 50 yards.

A typical 3 shot group at 50 yards.

The CP400 is a fantastic crossbow.  It’s accurate, powerful, and convenient.  The convenience is one of the things I like best about it.  It’s narrow enough to be nimble, the built in bipod is great, and the crank system really eases the pain of cocking the crossbow.  If you’re in the market for a crossbow, I highly recommend taking a look at the Centerpoint CP400 here at Baker Airguns.



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