If you are contemplating between these two brands, it is a tough one. Both brands are heavyweights in the crossbow industry and have a solid, raging hunting fan base. The hunting industry exploded in the last few years and to no surprise, crossbow manufacturers coming up with new technologies, breaking the barriers and rules every year. This year we are expecting to have some best crossbows for 2023 season from these two brands.
It is an exciting time for us hunters and people who want to try the sport. We love to compare bow and crossbow, and hunting brands to give our honest opinion from our experience. If you looking for a crossbow upgrade, or a new model because you were using the same one for years, or you just starting your hunting journey this article is for you.
Remember the hunting equipment you are choosing will be the best for you and only you, could be a body type, characteristics, specifications, and experience levels. The important thing is to be open-minded, try to improve your hunting game, and try new crossbows and accessories to elevate your game. Let's get into it.
TenPoint Crossbows have been around for over 27 years now and earned the respect of the hunters. Based in Mogadore, Ohio, USA, where manufacturing and engineering take place, Tenpoint has been on the cutting edge of innovation every year. Bringing the fastest crossbow in the world for us in 2022, the Tenpoint Nitro 505, which shoots arrows at a staggering speed of 505 fps. The brand has a fantastic crossbow selection suitable for everyone, from the beginner to the experienced hunter.
It has over 90 patents and is best known for its ACUslide Safe Cocking and De-Cocking System, where you can smoothly and silently cock your crossbow. It reduced the force needed by 95% and it is available on all Tenpoint top-performing crossbows.
When a group of hard-core hunters runs the Ravin brand, the results are outstanding. They are known the best for HeliCoil Technology which keeps the cams perfectly balanced and level when drawing and shooting the crossbow. They rotate an amazing 340 degrees, ultimately making their crossbows extraordinarily precise. Trac-Trigger Firing System adds another level to its precision, by creating a superbly balanced draw and is available on all Ravin models.
It would be hard to pick the best model, as they all have some outstanding features and specifications. From the most powerful beast, Ravin R29x to the most compact crossbow ever build, R18, which has vertical limbs that rotate 720 degrees. The most recent ground-breaking innovations that changed the hunting game forever is Electric Drive System. You can cock or decock your crossbow with a push of a button.
When Ravin launched their R500 model in 2021, it was the fastest crossbow available, shooting arrows at 500fps with 400-grain bolts. It's pretty staggering to reach speeds like this if you ask me. It didn't take long for the Tenpoint to brake that speed record and launch the fastest crossbow in the world. Nitro 505 is the fastest and the most powerful crossbow ever built by TenPoint. At 505 fps and 227 foot-pounds of kinetic energy, it's a stunning piece of hunting equipment. Just to give you an idea of how much energy and momentum at 50 yds these produce. It is more than if you shoot a compound bow with a 500-grain arrow, 300 fps at point-blank range.
Speed can help you make a precise and well-placed shot if you’re shooting at the target within 40 yds. Both brands have great crossbow models with a speed of 400 fps - 470 fps though.
To test it, we shot several models from both brands. The Ravin R29X, which I personally really like, and the R500 and Ten Point Havoc Rs440, and Nitro 505. All fast and powerful.
We shot several arrows at 50 yards to test it using banded ones. You probably could buy more accurate crossbow, but Ten Point and Ravin produced decent field point accuracy. Nitro 505 averages 3.10- inches and R500 2.6 inches. Ravin r29x was 2.8 inches and RS440 3.0 inches. TenPoint Pro Elite 400 produced inconsistent broadhead precision, but we had better luck with Ravin Premium Lighted Crossbow Bolts
The Ravin crossbows are lighter-weight and a little smaller. Have a more solid scope rail and is more accurate in our opinion with the factory arrows. However, you can get more precision with Tenpoint by using custom arrows. Be aware that a custom arrows will void your Ravin warranty and will not with Tenpoint.
Considering that brands producing top-on-the-line crossbows that cost in the range of $2000 - $4000 and have speeds over 500 fps, they lack performance in components like arrows and broadheads.
Cocking and Decocking
For the sake of the argument, we have the flagship models from both brands. R500 and Tenpoint Nitro 505. We like the cocking mechanism of the R500, it is way more innovative and has a clean look with no ropes and straps.
Nitro 505 has a more common design with straps, that can come off, it is rare, but it can happen. It takes very little force to cock Nitro though, with a well-made crank handle. These are powerful bows and adding an extra level of safety is a smart thing to do. Ravin has a shroud that encloses the string, while Tenpoint has a standard finger shield.
Probably the major difference is that on Ravin you just un crank and Tenpoint has a release tab where you have to press it to start undocking.
As we talk about innovation we have to bring Electric Drive System that was introduced with their R500E model that changed the game. It takes no effort and you can forget about the crank since it is electric and you can cock and decock your crossbow with just a push of the button. You can remove the motor and cock it manually.
The 12-volt lithium battery is easily detachable and you can cock your crossbow with it many times. It is a little loud, but it is a step forward with the innovation in the crossbow industry.
To draw your crossbow with complete confidence in your shooting experience. The precision begins long before you pull the trigger, it begins with a clear focus, and it begins with design. Other crossbow manufacturers are going overseas, lowering their standards to get to market.
Ten Point has invested more in its American workforce, more in its engineering and product development, and more in its American-based production facility. The result? Record-breaking speeds, safety, ACUslide technology, and overall fantastic performing, durable crossbows. Most of the them are manufactured in Veil Alpine Camo finish, with few exceptions. Nitro 505 Moss Green and Viper s400 and Turbo S1 are available in Graphite.
Ravin was designed from the ground up to be the best and the most accurate crossbow. The R500 crossbow comes with net-level innovation. HexCoil Cam System rotates the cams a mindblowing 360 degrees, the speed and accuracy transformed are unparalleled making it the fastest, most on target, and most well-rounded model available.
Or the crossbow that withstands the test of time like the Ravin R10, pure classic, with a crank system that is easy to use. Designers put lots of thought when designing a crossbow, whether is a frictionless flight system, that allows the arrow and string to free float above the rail, or the Versa-Draw Cocking System that is operating with the Trac-Trigger Firing System which is an ultra-compact, integrated cocking mechanism that is a part sleek stock design.
Let's not forget the Ravin R29X, one of the most powerful hunting machines on the market. Designed at only 6.75 pounds with an ergonomic grip, crossbow shooters can easily maneuver in tight spaces and not jeopardize control or comfort.
Crossbows for the 2023 Hunting Season
With the year 2022 coming to an end, we look back at the good time we had on the hunts and the crossbows we used and tested. Every year these two brands bring something spectacular, that brake the barriers and rules. Ravin and Tenpoint were the best sellers at Hunting Giant and we expect that in this coming year.
Competition is great and to watch these two go toe to toe is exciting. Let us hope there are new technologies coming, with even more spectacular features and specifications. Check the Hunting Giant blog from time to time or subscribe to the email list as we will be reviewing and testing new models this coming year. But for now here are top 3 crossbows from Tenpoint for 2023.
1. Tenpoint Flatline 460
3.Tenpoint Viper 430
What is the most accurate crossbow?
We tested top-performing, high-end crossbows from both Ravin and Tenpoint, and by our metrics, the R500 is a winner in this category.
What is the best TenPoint crossbow?
The first thing you need to ask yourself is, what are your expectations from the crossbow? Do you want the fastest, most compact, most powerful? Well since you asked us, we have to go with Tenpoint Flatline 460. New reverse draw design for 2023 season and for even more power. Great features include dry fire, trigger safety, and platform safety, bow hanger. It is compact, heavy hitting, and accurate out of the box. The great improved scope, design, and grip feel awesome.
How far will a Ravin crossbow shoot accurately?
Out-of-the-box R500 can shoot accurately for 80-100 yards. Would that be deadly and with great precision? Probably not. The best distance for a lethal shot would be 35-45 yards. Still, to shoot 100 yd with a deviation of a few inches is mind-blowing. I know there was some attempt to shoot a 2-foot balloon from over 600 yards with Ravin r29x, but we can't confirm that has happened. But we can confirm that for up to 100 yd, Ravin is a pure speed and accuracy monster of a crossbow.
Is Ravin Crossbow worth the money?
Ravin is taking the crossbow market by storm with its innovations like the Electic drive cocking system and out-of-the-box accuracy. It's super narrow, has the best trigger, and great quality build. Ravin is definitely worth the high-end crossbow name and price tag in our opinion.
How long can you keep your crossbow loaded?
To keep your crossbow performance and avoid cables and strings being stretched, don't leave your crossbow cocked for too long. No longer than 12 hours.
Are Ravin crossbows made in the USA?
Ravin is one of the crossbow brands that are completely made in the USA. It is based in Superior, Wisconsin. Great state for hunting by the way.
What is the best crossbow for the 2023 season?
Even if there would be no new releases, Ravin and Ten Point can still rank among the best crossbows of 2023 with their last year's releases. For 2023 season, Tenpoint introduced Tenpoint Flatline 460 and Tenpoint Stealth 450.Both comes with the improved scope, or you can have an upgrade to Oracle X. Also there is an upgraded new Tenpoint Viper 430. Flatline 460 has a great shot to be crowned as the best compact crossbow for this season.
Ravin or Tenpoint?
Both crossbow manufacturers are considered to be premium brands. The top models sell at $3000 and some accessory packages exceed $4,000. Let's face it, not every crossbow can be called the fastest crossbow, the most compact, or the most powerful, however, these two brands can. It is definitely an investment as quality last longer.
The are several crossbows that are cheaper from both brands, like Ravin R10 or Tenpoint Titan,so there are options for everyone. Whether you are going with Ravin crossbow or Tenpoint, you won't be disappointed, far from it, you will be anxious to go on the next hunt. Live, Laugh, Hunt...