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New Crossbows for 2022

There's certainly no shortage of innovation when it comes to the latest batch of new crossbows.

New Crossbows for 2022

(Photo courtesy of Ravin Crossbows)

The X Factor — Ravin R26X, R10X & R5X

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Ravin R26X

Ravin Crossbows wowed the crossbow-hunting world in 2021 with its blazing-fast R500 and ultra-short R18. Ravin continues the innovation in 2022 with three new or enhanced models, all featuring integrated silent cocking. The R26, one of the company’s flagship models, has undergone a facelift for 2022, sporting a new black finish in addition to the silent cranking capability. The R26X fires bolts 400 fps and features a slim profile, measuring 5.75 inches wide between the axles when cocked (9.25 inches uncocked) and weighs roughly 6.5 pounds.

The new R10X takes Ravin’s popular R10 model, with its 11-inch power stroke and 142 foot-pounds of kinetic energy, and ups the impact by 20 fps, now sending bolts a scorching 420 fps. Like the R26X, the R10X is narrow and easily maneuverable, checking in at 6.8 pounds and only 6 inches wide between the axles when cocked. The R10X will also feature a totally new stock design with adjustable cheek pad and buttstock.

The X Factor in the 2022 lineup is the R5X, a brand-new model that merges the R10X’s new stock with the front end of the R26, resulting in a lightweight, hard-hitting horizontal bow. Like all Ravin models, the 31-inch-long R5X will be ultra-compact — only 5.75 inches wide when cocked — and pack quite a punch, sending bolts downrange at 400 fps. All three crossbows are expected to be available in spring 2022. $2,049.99 (R26X); $1,849.99 (R10X); $1,549.99 (R5X) | ravincrossbows.com

Fastest Crossbow Ever! — TenPoint Nitro 505

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TenPoint Nitro 505

At one time, crossbows shooting bolts 500 fps seemed improbable. Now, TenPoint Crossbow Technologies has topped that mark with its new Nitro 505, billed as the fastest crossbow ever made. Thanks to its reverse-draw bow assembly, new barrel design and all-new RX-8 Cam system that rotates 404 degrees, the bow launches 400-grain bolts a beyond-blistering 505 fps. TenPoint’s engineers designed all major components of the Nitro 505 to ensure they are capable of handling the extreme force and energy behind the bow, with more than 25,000 shots — the most in TenPoint history — fired during the design and testing process. The bow also features the ACUslide system that allows for easy, safe and silent cocking and decocking of the bow. The ACUslide also has been redesigned to handle the increased load with a cocking strap twice as strong as previous models. The Nitro 505 weighs 7.9 pounds without accessories, measures 30.7 inches long and is 6.5 inches wide between the axles when cocked. It comes with TenPoint’s EVO-X Marksman Elite scope, six EVO-X CenterPunch carbon bolts, integrated string stop system and tech quiver. Archery hunters who want to add one of the high-tech, laser-rangefinding scopes that debuted in 2021 can purchase the Nitro 505 with either a Garmin XERO X1i or Burris Oracle X. $3,099.99 (veil alpine camo); $2,999.99 (moss green) | tenpointcrossbows.com


Effective and Affordable — Rocky Mountain RM415 with Quiet Crank

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Rocky Mountain RM415

A super price point, solid accuracy and bolts that fly 415 fps highlight this big-game slayer from Rocky Mountain, making it a great crossbow for both newbies and those who have been archery hunting for years. Sporting a new Flat Dark Earth color, the RM415 features a 215-pound draw and 14.5-inch power stroke, generating a hard-hitting 173 foot-pounds of energy, yet it’s easy to cock thanks to the detachable Quiet Crank device that now comes with the bow. The crossbow weighs 7.5 pounds and is 35 inches long by 14.5 inches wide between the axles when cocked and comes with everything you need to practice and hunt, minus the broadheads. A 4x32mm illuminated scope, quick-detach 3-bolt quiver, rope cocker, three bolts and three 100-grain fieldpoints are included. Other bow features include an anti-dry fire trigger, adjustable foregrip and dual string suppressors and string dampeners. Deer, turkeys, elk and other game are no match for this Rocky Mountain assassin. $399.99 | feradyne.com/rocky-mountain


One-Two Punch — Excalibur TwinStrike TAC2

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Excalibur TwinStrike TAC2

Excalibur Crossbow turned heads last year with its TwinStrike, the first crossbow ever to fire two shots in milliseconds, thanks to its dual limb sets, rails, strings and triggers. Now, the company has unleashed a lighter, more easily maneuverable version of the bow — the TwinStrike TAC2. The TAC2’s tactical-style, skeletonized rail and stock are designed to provide better in-hand balance, while at the same time keeping the bow comparable in mass weight (7.5 pounds without accessories) with many single-shot crossbows on the market. The TAC2 comes with the Charger EXT removable crank, Tact-100 illuminated scope, four 16.5-inch Quill bolts, 4-bolt quiver, DualFire decocking aid and more. The cranking device reduces the draw effort to only 13 pounds, and the TwinStrike launches the included bolts 340 fps, making it ideal for almost any big-game pursuit. $1,599.99 | excaliburcrossbow.com

Wickedly Fast — Wicked Ridge Fury 410 De-cock

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Wicked Ridge Fury 410 De-cock

Built off the design of the RDX400, the new Fury 410 De-Cock is Wicked Ridge’s fastest and shortest crossbow ever. Checking in at 29 inches long and 9 inches wide, this 7.5-pound crossbow sends bolts downrange 410 fps, thanks to its unique cams, reverse-draw bow configuration and resulting power stroke. It also includes numerous features you might only expect only on higher-priced bows, including the ACUdraw cocking and decocking system, variable speed scope and more. Other highlights include the new Dry-Fire Prohibitor that prevents the bow from discharging without a bolt in place, as well as a two-stage, zero-creep trigger that offers shooters a crisp pull. The bow is finished in Peak XT camo. $1,099.99 | wickedridgecrossbows.com

Pumped For The Hunt — SYKD Hunt Vindicate XVC

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SYKD Vindicate XVC

SYKD’s Vindicate XVC Crossbow is designed to be both affordable and hard-hitting. The crossbow’s 15-inch power stroke and 185-pound draw weight combine to launch bolts 380 fps, while the adjustable foregrip and tactical buttstock help ensure the perfect fit. The Vindicate is 14.5 inches wide when cocked and 17.75 inches uncocked, and it weighs 7.95 pounds. Other features include an anti-dryfire system, ambidextrous trigger safety and a crisp, 4.25-pound trigger. A 4x32mm illuminated scope, rope cocking aid, three SYKD Hunt carbon bolts, 5-bolt quiver, limb dampeners and more come with the package. $499.99 | getsykd.com

A Fierce Warrior — Xpedition Viking X-430

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Xpedition Viking X-430

The Viking X-430 releases bolts a scorching 430 fps when using the 380-grain carbon bolts that come with the package, making it perfect for taking on deer, bears and other big game. The lightweight, compact riser, tactical-style buttstock and aluminum composite frame combine to keep the crossbow’s weight to a very manageable 8 pounds with accessories, while the string silencers and limb dampeners help to minimize noise and vibration. The Viking X-430 is 37 inches long, 13 inches wide when cocked (17.5 uncocked) and features a 14.5-inch power stroke. It comes complete with a 4x32mm scope with dual illumination reticles, three 20-inch carbon bolts, 6-bolt quiver, cocking rope and other accessories — everything you need to hit the woods in pursuit of your favorite quarry! $749 | xpeditionarchery.com




A New Turbo — TenPoint Turbo S1

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TenPoint Turbo S1

TenPoint continues to expand its popular Turbo line with the Turbo S1, a horizontal bow that’s packed with features bowhunters can appreciate. The Turbo S1 takes care of business by propelling bolts with incredible accuracy at close to 400 fps. It also features TenPoint’s ACUslide that allows for safe and easy cocking and decocking of the bow. The Turbo S1 launches the included Pro Elite 400 bolts 390 fps. It’s available in TenPoint Vektra or Moss Green finish, and it comes with a Rangemaster Pro Scope, three bolts, a 3-bolt quiver and more. The bow is 37 inches long by 7.2 inches wide and weighs 7.3 pounds. $1,399.99 (Vektra Camo); $1,299.99 (Moss Green) | tenpointcrossbows.com

Exceptional Game-Getter — Wicked Ridge Raider 400 De-cock

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Wicked Ridge Raider 400 De-cock

At under $800, the Raider 400 De-Cock comes with numerous features you’d expect only on more expensive models, giving it instant appeal to horizontal bow enthusiasts. Clocking in at 31.5 inches long and 15 inches wide, and weighing 6 pounds without accessories, this crossbow is lightweight yet capable of propelling bolts 400 fps thanks to its 5S cams, unique string and cable design and 185-pound draw weight. Highlighting the bow is the ACUdraw cocking and decocking system that allows a shooter to cock the bow with only 5 pounds of force. The auto-brake gear system provides safety and peace of mind by locking the handle in place if you stop turning the handle during the cocking/decocking process or your hand accidentally slips off the handle. Other highlights include a two-stage, zero-creep, 3.5-pound trigger and TenPoint’s “Dry-Fire Prohibitor” that eliminates accidental discharge of the bow if a bolt is not in place. The Raider 400 comes as a ready-to-shoot package, complete with TenPoint 4x32mm scope, three carbon bolts and quiver. It’s available in Peak XT camo. $799.99 | wickedridgecrossbows.com

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