When you’re out there in the bush, it’s all about you and your weapon, and if you want to bring down game, it doesn’t hurt to have a crossbow that has a premium design.
When it comes to functionality and build quality, Tenpoint Crossbow Technologies has been leading the pack over the last few years. In fact, their unique crossbows are powerful and will easily fire your bolt quickly and accurately, sometimes, as fast as 410 feet per second.
In this guide, we’re going to show you the five best Tenpoint crossbow models out there on the market today, and we’re also going to show you what to look for in one of their products. Below is a summary of the models we will be looking at:
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- 1 Tenpoint Crossbow Reviews
- 2 TenPoint Vapor RS470 Hunting Crossbow Package with ACUslide
- 3 TenPoint Stealth NXT Crossbow Package with Rangemaster Pro Scope
- 4 TenPoint Nitro X Crossbow Package
- 5 Tenpoint Vengent S440 440 FPS ACUslide Crossbow Ready to Hunt Bundle
- 6 Tenpoint Wicked Ridge Ranger X2 Crossbow Package
- 7 Tenpoint Turbo M1 Crossbow Package
- 8 Tenpoint Titan M1 Crossbow Package
- 9 Tenpoint Shadow NXT Crossbow Package
- 10 Tenpoint Crossbow Technologies Buyer’s Guide
- 11 Conclusion
Tenpoint Crossbow Reviews
TenPoint has a long reputation for making a huge variety of crossbows. Although they offer a lot of very affordable and extremely impressive models, they also have numerous top-shelf offerings. The Vapor RS470 is one of the flagships of the TenPoint lineup, and it represents the name admirably. The specifications of this bow are almost unbelievable. By packaging a hugely powerful bow into a deceptively compact package, the Vapor RS470 represents a very unique combination of power and stealth.
As the name suggests, the RS470 can fire at a top-of-the-line 470 FPS. We independently verified this claim, and that level of speed puts this among the fastest bows we’ve ever tested.
Traditionally, such a powerful bow would require a bulky frame and wide cross-section. By using a combination of composites and aluminum alloys for the main chassis, the Vapor RS470 weighs a scant 7.6 pounds. And by employing TenPoint’s unique reverse-draw mechanism, this unit is only 6.5″ axle-to-axle when cocked. This is by far the most effortless high-power crossbow I have ever used.
Throughout testing, the combination of low-draw weight, an almost frictionless rail, and a featherweight trigger action made this a joy. It’s an investment for sure, but you won’t find a better option on the market.
- Extremely high rate of fire
- Very durable, with a string life of over 1,300 shots
- Micro-trac barrel leads to almost silent firing
- The cost is considerable
Although the Vapor RS470 is an unquestionably impressive crossbow, not everyone requires such a no-holds-barred devotion to compactness. For hunters looking for an equally effective crossbow with a slightly more traditional ergonomic arrangement, the Stealth NXT is a superb option. This is a crossbow designed specifically for long-range hunting, and it has a design and feature set that makes it an unparalleled choice.
The overall dimensions of the Stealth NXT are still impressively compact. It retains the 6″ width due to the reverse-draw arrangement, but the frame itself is longer. Many hunters prefer these proportions, as a longer frame can lead to a more stable grip in precarious situations. With a 410 FPS firing speed, this crossbow will have the power to cleanly take down any game you could reasonably throw at it. Yet, this isn’t simply a matter of speed. The highlight of this crossbow is how beautifully equipped it is, especially given its approachable cost.
The first thing you’ll likely notice about the Stealth is the scope. TenPoint included a RangeMaster Pro 8.25 scope that incorporates variable speed and arrow-drop compensation measures. It’s a 5-dot model with calibrations set for increments from 20 to 60 yards. This is a surprisingly premium scope, and simply purchasing it alone would cost a large portion of the price of this crossbow.
Another impressive inclusion is the ACU-Draw cranking system. This crank-draw mechanism is beautifully smooth and silent in operation and takes the exertion out of the cocking process. Depending on the specific package you choose, there are three different cranking systems possible, but they are all top-notch units. Overall, the Stealth NXT is a feature-packed unit at a great price. It’s a perfect choice for any avid hunter.
- Excellent value for a highly-optioned unit
- Highly ergonomic
- Very respectable firing rate
- Case only included with premium package
- Light-colored camouflage isn’t the best for all environments
One of the hallmarks of TenPoint design is that they understand that a small change can make a marked impact. Thus, attempting to list “the best” TenPoint model is somewhat of a fool’s errand. TenPoint designs each of their models with a specific purpose and preference in mind.
The Nitro X was released by TenPoint as a slightly experimental design. However, it has quickly garnered a huge amount of favor in the community. Traditionally, crossbows were necessarily unbalanced machines. The early mechanisms made crossbows extremely front-heavy, leading to fatigue and difficult aiming. With the Nitro X, TenPoint employed their standard – and already well-balanced – reverse draw design, but shifted the riser backward past the center-line of the bow. This resulted in a bow that has an almost perfect 50/50 weight distribution.
Aiming and firing the Nitro X is a unique experience. At first, I naturally aimed too high because I was used to compensating for a nose-heavy balance. However, I was able to quickly adjust to the neutral balance of this bow and quickly fell in love. It’s light, agile, and feels almost telepathic when you aim it. It shows that crossbows don’t have to be clunky.
Beyond the tweaks to the balance-point, this is a similar weapon to the Stealth NXT, meaning it is equally well equipped with comparably impressive performance. As an evolution to an already great crossbow, this is a unique but fantastic choice.
- Perfectly balanced
- 440 FPS firing rate
- Effortless firing
- Slight learning curve with aiming
I spend a lot of time around crossbows and have a lot of conversations with old pros and newcomers alike. Whenever I encounter someone who is just entering the hobby, I always try to go out of my way to be accommodating and help them along in any way possible. Without question, the most common complaint I hear from newbies to the sport is that they’re tired of getting nickel-and-dimed with needed equipment. Buying a bow and some bolts is obvious, but what about rail lube? A quiver? String wax? It can become an intimidating list if you are not careful. I have often yearned for a one-stop option to circumvent this problem, and thankfully one now exists. The TenPoint Vengent S440 “Ready to Hunt” bundle is the most comprehensive package I’ve ever encountered.
The Vengent S440 is a well-known and highly acclaimed model. It’s lightweight, compact, and extremely beginner-friendly. Between its Micro-Trac Barrel and S1 Trigger, it is also a notably silent crossbow – an important consideration for most hunting. Yet, we’ve spoken about the S440 before, and proclaiming its excellence is news to no one. The focus here is on the package overall. This is a truly comprehensive kit that includes six bolts, a three-pack of Wicked Ridge EVO-X CenterPunch Broadheads, lube for the strings and rail, a sling, and a carrying case. They even included a TenPoint hat as a final touch!
Whether you’re getting into crossbows for the first time or getting back into them after a hiatus, this is a fantastic option that reduces the stress and annoyance of assembling your gear piecemeal. It’s also a fantastic gift option for any aspiring bow hunters in your life. It’s great gear, in a great package, for a great price.
- Truly comprehensive kit
- Top-quality equipment
- The Vengent S440 is easy to use but extremely effective
- The case is somewhat bulkier than needed
Given how many range-topping models that TenPoint produces, it can be easy to forget that they also make some of the best beginner options as well. The Wicked Ridge Ranger X2 is designed as the perfect segue into crossbow hunting. It is easy enough to use that a child can easily acclimate, but it is still an impressive and high-quality weapon. Unlike so many other “entry-level” cross-bows, this will never be mistaken for a toy.
With a 330 FPS firing rate, this TenPoint crossbow is predictably a little less potent than its bigger brothers. However, this is still plenty of power for most small-game hunting tasks. Further, this lower speed translates to a lighter weapon that is easier to cock. Weighing only 5.8 pounds with a very approachable 150-pound draw weight, a smaller person or child can handle this crossbow safely and predictably. TenPoint struck the perfect balance between power and ease.
As with other TenPoint models, it is a well-equipped kit. They included a quiver, arrows, and a rope-cocking device. For such a high-quality unit, it is also a great value. As an entry into the sport, or as a more casual option for hunting, this is a truly enjoyable crossbow.
- Lightweight and easy to use
- Great balance of power and approachability
- Same great quality as higher-end TenPoint models
- Not suitable for large game
- No standard crank-cocking device
Our final product is the Turbo M1, and this is a crossbow with a great velocity that’s designed to be used ambidextrously. At its maximum speed, the bow can fire at 380 FPS, so it’s great for taking down larger prey animals.
It has a draw weight of 190 pounds, but it also can come with an ACUdraw Pro system, which is the crank-based version of the ACUdraw. This cocking system is very silent, and it can reduce the draw weight by as much as 50 percent.
The bow assembly is only nine inches wide, so it’s very maneuverable in tighter areas. This is also a very lightweight crossbow, so keeping it trained on a target won’t be very fatiguing. Like other Tenpoint products of its type, it also includes an instant detach three-arrow quiver that will make reloading simple.
- This has a hit speed of 380 FPS
- It can include an optional cocking device
- The cocking device is very quiet
- The string tends to wear quickly
For the value-conscious, this Titan M1 is a great, inexpensive option that will provide you with Tenpoint’s quality for less money. This is also a product that’s only nine inches wide, so it’s very maneuverable, even in tighter spaces.
It also allows you to choose whether or not you want the ACUdraw cocking system, which reduces the amount of power needed to cock the bow to five pounds.
This bow is powered by VX-5 cams that have an inverted design, which allows for more power on the shot. At its max potential, this bow can fire bolts at a velocity of 370 feet per second, and if you opt to go without the cocking mechanism, it has a draw weight of 180 pounds.
Like the first product we reviewed, this has a T5 trigger, so once again, you’ll be producing nearly zero sound with this bow during your hunting trips. This is also a very smooth and friction-free trigger system that has a few built-in concessions that will make accidentally firing the bow unlikely. This also comes packed in with an aluminum tube scope with multiple dots for range finding.
- The bow only weighs 6.4 pounds
- This is a minimal profile
- It uses VX-5 inverted cams
- The scope only allows for 3x magnification
- It can’t be cocked from both sides
The Shadow NXT is a product that works well as a mid-range option insofar as pricing and feature set. When it comes to design and profile, this is a bow that only has a 6.5-inch wide design, so it’s great for tighter confines.
The stock is made of lightweight polyurethane material, and it also features an integrated sound-dampening system, so overall, this is a fairly silent bow to consider for those big game hunts. This component is also very ergonomic, so aiming will feel comfortable, and since the bow only weighs about 17 pounds, you’ll experience minimal fatigue.
It uses Tenpoint’s T5 trigger, so pulls are near-effortless and silent. This is also a bow that can come with an ACUdraw 50 cocking device. This cocking device cocks the crossbow via a rope and pulley system, so you’ll need to use the stirrup to cock the bow fully. Still, this feature makes cocking this 200-draw weight product simple and easy.
- This product fires at 390 feet per second
- It’s a very maneuverable bow
- This is a silent bow
- It only has a 3x magnification on the scope
Tenpoint Crossbow Technologies Buyer’s Guide
Tenpoint Crossbow Technologies has been in operation since 2004, and the company was founded by Richard Bednar, who is the son of Hall of Famer in Archery, William Bednar. Over the years, the company has become an industry leader, and with technologies like their ACUdraw cocking devices and ACRA-ANGLE barrels enhancing the performance of their crossbows, it’s no surprise that you’ll find products produced by the company on many “best of” lists. Here are a few features to look out for:
With any ranged bow weapon, you’ll want a reasonably fast foot per second, or FPS, rating. This rating will ensure that there is as little time possible between the firing of your bow and the strike.
When on the market for a crossbow, it’s easy to find crossbows that hit the 200 FPS, but some game will require a faster hit speed than that. For example, with elk, you’ll realistically need a bow that can fire faster than 300 FPS.
Fortunately, many Tenpoint products far exceed this speed. An excellent example of this would be the Venom Xtra, which is designed to fire at a rate of 372 feet per second, which will give even the fastest game very little time to respond.
The ACUdraw Cocking Mechanism
To get such high-speed performance, you’ll need a fairly high draw weight, and since these are designed for speed, it’s not surprising that some Tenpoint products have draw weights that will exceed 150 pounds.
With their patented ACUdraw PRO and ACUtorq mechanism, you can cock your bow with your bolt with relative ease; it uses a crank system for the heavy lifting, so you’ll be able to cock with relative ease.
The company also has an ACUdraw 50 cocking mechanism as well. This variant on the ACUdraw system utilizes a rope-based tool that allows you to cock the arrow using a pulley. With this system, you will have to put your foot in the stirrup and pull upwards with the hooks. Overall, this makes it about 50 percent easier to cock your crossbow.
Gone are the days when crossbows are primarily made with just wood and metal materials. Today, many of the best bows are crafted using polypropylene or carbon fiber, and many of Tenpoint’s best bows are made using these in their construction. For example, with the Tenpoint Stealth NXT, the crossbow stock is made of a mixture of these two materials, and this makes the entire product more lightweight, so extended targeting won’t entirely be as fatiguing as it could be with less premium products.
When it comes to this type of material, which Tenpoint calls their C3 carbon material, not only is the experience of using the crossbow much lighter but when you’re hunting in cold environments, the stock itself will feel much warmer.
Regardless of all of the other unique technologies that you can find in a Tenpoint product, the scope is still going to be one of the most crucial.
Usually, there are four different scope types that you’ll encounter when you’re purchasing a crossbow. These include scopes with crosshairs, multiple reticles, single dots, or models with multiple dot reticles.
When you’re on the market for a product from Tenpoint or for products from any other crossbow manufacturer, selecting the best scope type will be absolutely crucial to your success. For this reason, before you settle on a particular scope, try to test out which seems to work with your shooting style.
A few models of scope that are available with some crossbows from Tenpoint might include:
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Most of the products produced by Tenpoint come with included scopes, but all are replaceable so that you can get the shooting profile that’s best for your hunting style.
When you’re out in the woods or sitting in a blind, it’s useful to have a crossbow that has a smaller profile so that you can carry it with ease through tighter environments.
For the most part, Tenpoint bows are explicitly designed to have very small wingspans, and many also can become much more compact when they are not drawn. For example, there are models out there that have as little as a six-inch undrawn width.
When it’s time to fire, you want the most comfortable firing performance that won’t experience snags or a lack of safety. For this reason, many of the Tenpoint products that are currently on the market have a trigger design that’s designed for a smooth level of action and has an auto-engaging safety, which can prevent injury.
As mentioned before, this comparison was never intended to be a way of highlighting the best single TenPoint Crossbow. Each model they produce fulfills a role, and the best option for you is going to always depend on your situation. However, throughout the testing process for these crossbows, it is natural that we develop certain favorites. Within this TenPoint crossbow review, the TenPoint Vapor RS470 Hunting Crossbow Package with ACUslide universally won our admiration. TenPoint produced a truly new and innovative crossbow. It is an effortless and breathtaking crossbow to experience, making it the winner of this roundup.
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