We looked at our 2020 crossbow line-up and compared performance, features, and price, and arrived at what we feel is our “Best of the Best” hunting crossbows.
Best Hunting Crossbow: TenPoint Vapor RS 470
The TenPoint Vapor RS470 is a compact powerhouse unlike any other crossbow that TenPoint has built in 26 years of making the finest hunting crossbows. Positioned at the top of the foodchain, the Vapor RS470 may be the best crossbow for hunting EVER. Unleashing speeds of up to 470 feet-per-second (fps) and delivering an unbelievable 191 foot-pounds (ft lbs) of kinetic energy, the quiet and smooth-shooting Vapor RS470 yields 25% flatter arrow trajectory, pin-point downrange accuracy, and devastating power, all from a crossbow that is only 6.5-inches wide axle-to-axle when cocked! The reverse-draw design shifts the bow assembly weight from the end of the flight rail to the middle, giving this crossbow superior balance and making it ideal for off-hand shooting. The Vapor RS470 also features TenPoint’s NEW ACUslide cocking and de-cocking system, the ONLY SAFE and SILENT de-cocking system on the market. Best of all, the Vapor RS470 comes in a ready-to-hunt package that includes a dozen EVO-X CenterPunch Premium Carbon Crossbow Arrows, six of which have Alpha-Brite Lighted Nocks, a three-pack of EVO-X CenterPunch Broadheads, and premium accessories like the EVO-X Marksman Precision Scope, a TenPoint Sling, the STAG Hard Crossbow Case, and a Dovetail Bubble Level, which further enhance the crossbow hunting and shooting experience. All these elements combine to make the TenPoint Vapor RS470 the overall best crossbow for hunting available today.
Best Hunting Crossbow – Value and Performance: TenPoint Titan M1 and Turbo M1
The TenPoint Titan M1 and Turbo M1 crossbows are the fastest, lightest, and narrowest versions of these well-known models to date. Both hunting crossbows employ a reverse-cam system to increase power stroke, enabling the Titan M1 to shoot up to 370 fps with 116 ft lbs of kinetic energy and the Turbo M1 to shoot up to 380 fps with 122 ft lbs of energy. Both crossbows weigh-in just under 7-pounds, and, when cocked, measure a super-narrow 9-inches wide, making them ultra-maneuverable in the field. When it comes to crossbow accessories, both models come standard with the illuminated 3X Pro View 3 scope, a TenPoint 3-arrow quiver, and three crossbow hunting arrows. The Titan M1 can be purchased with a rope cocker or the ACUdraw crank-style cocking mechanism and the Turbo M1 can be purchased with the stock-integrated ACUdraw 50 SLED rope cocker or the totally silent ACUdraw PRO crank-style device. Best of all, these models are available in packages that cost less than $1,000.00! When considering the speeds that these crossbows shoot along with the cost, these are the best crossbows that TenPoint has ever offered below the $1,000 price point.
Best Reverse-Draw Hunting Crossbow – Value: Wicked Ridge RDX 400
The reverse-draw Wicked Ridge RDX 400 crossbow boasts perfect balance, lightning fast speed, and nock-splitting downrange accuracy. The RDX 400’s ultra-narrow bow assembly powered by the Reaper Cam System enables this crossbow to shoot up to 400 fps and to produce 140 ft lbs of bone-crushing kinetic energy. At only 9-inches wide axle-to-axle when cocked and weighing in at just 7.6-pounds overall, the RDX 400 is one of the most well-balanced, versatile, and compact hunting crossbows available today. The RDX 400 is sold in a package and comes with either TenPoint’s Pro View Scope or Multi-Line Scope, a TenPoint-3-arrow quiver, and three carbon crossbow hunting arrows. Hydro-dipped in Mossy Oak Break-Up Country camo, this crossbow was designed for stealth and specifically with the hunter in mind. Multiple cocking options are also available, including TenPoint’s patented ACUdraw PRO crank-style silent cocking mechanism. At a starting package price of only $759.99, the RDX 400 is the best crossbow for deer hunting for the money.
Best Hunting Crossbow – Value: Wicked Ridge Invader 400
The American-built Wicked Ridge Invader 400 is the lightest, fastest, and hardest hitting version of the Invader hunting crossbow built to date. It features the super-lite X-Core Stock and a sleek, 15-inch-wide bow assembly combination designed to be the ultimate in handling, durability, and performance. Both the stock and bow assembly have been engineered to utilize less material without sacrificing strength and durability, yielding an accurate and lethal hunting crossbow that weighs just 6-pounds overall. With respect to performance, the bow assembly, comprised of 11-inch laminated limbs along with the NEW 5S Cam System, sends arrows downfield at speeds of up to 400 fps and produces energy levels of up to 140 ft lbs! When cocked, the crossbow is very narrow at only 15-inches wide axle-to-axle, making the Invader 400 one of the easiest crossbows to carry and maneuver through the woods. This hunting crossbow can be purchased with a choice of stock-integrated cocking mechanisms, either the ACUdraw crank-style cocking mechanism or the ACUdraw 50 rope-style cocker. The Invader 400 is also sold as a package, with TenPoint’s Pro View Scope, a TenPoint 3-arrow quiver, and three hunting arrows included. With a starting package price of just $559.99, the Invader 400 is one of the best crossbows on the market for your dollar!
Best Hunting Crossbow – Youth and Small-Framed Shooters: Wicked Ridge Ranger X2
The Wicked Ridge Ranger X2 hunting crossbow was designed specifically to be used by young people and small-framed shooters in the woods. Engineered to be ultra-lightweight with a shorter stock, shorter length-of-pull, and lower draw weight, the Ranger X2 is the best hunting crossbow for introducing youth, women, and small-framed shooters to crossbow hunting. Fully assembled, the Ranger X2 weighs in at only 5.9-pounds, making it lighter to carry in the field, and measures only 33.5-inches long, with a shortened butt stock, to accommodate those who require a shorter length-of-pull than most available hunting crossbows. The Ranger X2 may be smaller in size, but it is not lacking in performance. The 11-inch laminated limbs and the 4S Cam System help to power this crossbow to shoot speeds of up to 330 fps with 85 ft lbs of kinetic energy – well more than enough speed and energy to harvest a deer at 30-yards. The Ranger X2 comes with a choice of either the ACUdraw crank-style cocking device or the ACU52 stock-integrated rope-cocker mechanism that cuts the 150-pound draw weight of this crossbow in half, making the cocking process easy to manage for most shooters. The Ranger X2 is sold as a package which includes the TenPoint Multi-Line Scope, a TenPoint 3-arrow quiver, and three hunting arrows. At an entry level price of just $459.99, you won’t find another American-built youth hunting crossbow model with this level of quality and durability. For youth and small-framed shooters, this is the best crossbow for hunting in TenPoint’s line-up.