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Wade Middleton Reviews the TenPoint Crossbows Nitro XRT

“We’ve compared it against .44 Magnums shooting through giant buckets of water to see what kind of energy we’re dealing with down range, what kind of power will be impacted in the target…because that’s what you’re looking for in a hunting situation. You want to be able to prove that power, that knockdown capability is there, that’s what you want as an ethical hunter.” – Wade Middleton

 

Wade Middleton takes a quick look at the knockdown power of the new Ten Point Crossbows Nitro RDX model. He shows how much energy it has when compared to a 44 Mag and he also shows several impacts on various animals from the field while showcasing how easy it is to handle in the field.

TenPoint Crossbow Technologies’ New 2019 Nitro XRT is unlike any crossbow ever produced.  Unleashing speeds up to an industry first 470 feet-per-second and generating a jaw-dropping 190 Foot-Pounds of power, the ultra-smooth Nitro XRT generates 25% flatter arrow trajectory, leading to precision downrange accuracy and devastating knock-down power.

“The Nitro XRT is an industry transcending crossbow,” said Rick Bednar, TenPoint CEO.  “The industry has never seen a crossbow with this much speed and knock-down power, yet be whisper-quiet, have perfect balance, and deliver a super-smooth shot.”

The Nitro XRT is engineered with a reverse draw bow assembly featuring a center-mounted riser that provides superior balance. By shifting the riser from the front of the crossbow to its center, the design eliminates the “nose heavy” feel of traditional crossbows, making it easier to hold steady and keep the crosshairs locked on target. The reverse draw design is also more efficient than traditional crossbows. Drawing the string through the riser creates an elongated power stroke, which generates greater speeds with less poundage, leading to a smoother, lower-vibration shot that is 3x quieter than competing models.

Watch the full test between a handgun and the TenPoint Nitro XRT in our full episode here.

GEAR SEEN IN THIS VIDEO:

TenPoint Nitro XRT Crossbow: https://bit.ly/2AROhdj

BlackOut™ Six-Sided Foam Archery Target: https://bit.ly/2RafEwj

Cabela’s O2 Octane Camo: https://bit.ly/2F5ccvD

Rage Chisel-Tip SlipCam 3-Blade Broadheads with Shock Collars: https://bit.ly/2SGmgiN

Performance Center® Model 629 Stealth Hunter Revolver: https://bit.ly/2PEHtIg

Hornady Ammunition: https://bit.ly/2R4AE7q

Bog Pod Shooting Sticks: https://bit.ly/2s4vPMG

 

 

 

TenPoint’s NEW Nitro XRT™: Unprecedented Knock-Down Power

 

TenPoint Crossbow Technologies’ New 2019 Nitro XRT is unlike any crossbow ever produced.  Unleashing speeds up to an industry first 470 feet-per-second and generating a jaw-dropping 190 Foot-Pounds of power, the ultra-smooth Nitro XRT generates 25% flatter arrow trajectory, leading to precision downrange accuracy and devastating knock-down power.

 

“The Nitro XRT is an industry transcending crossbow,” said Rick Bednar, TenPoint CEO.  “The industry has never seen a crossbow with this much speed and knock-down power, yet be whisper-quiet, have perfect balance, and deliver a super-smooth shot.”

The Nitro XRT is engineered with a reverse draw bow assembly featuring a center-mounted riser that provides superior balance. By shifting the riser from the front of the crossbow to its center, the design eliminates the “nose heavy” feel of traditional crossbows, making it easier to hold steady and keep the crosshairs locked on target. The reverse draw design is also more efficient than traditional crossbows. Drawing the string through the riser creates an elongated power stroke, which generates greater speeds with less poundage, leading to a smoother, lower-vibration shot that is 3x quieter than competing models.

Fueled by RX7-Cams™ and SLING-SHOT™ technology, the reverse-draw bow assembly generates the unprecedented power. The innovative cam system rotates an industry leading 404-degrees which powers the DUAL FLEX™ limbs, while the SLING-SHOT technology provides an extra turbo boost to produce record-breaking speeds up to 470 feet-per-second, leading to devastating impacts. Meanwhile, the assembly’s revolutionary Vector Quad™ cable technology utilizes four cables instead of the traditional two for increased strength and stability. Connecting at the cam, wrapping around the turnbuckle, and terminating on the riser, the cable system creates perfectly level cams, generating straight-nock travel and pin-point down-range accuracy.

At the bow assembly’s foundation is a lightweight CNC machined 7075-T6 aircraft-grade aluminum riser featuring the company’s TRI-LOCK™ pocket system that ensures perfect alignment between the pocket and limbs for increased accuracy.

The bow assembly is mounted to a 20-inch TAC-LITE™ fluted aluminum barrel that reduces the weight and increases the accuracy of the crossbow. Its weaver-style dovetail is fitted with a nylon-filament arrow retention brush that improves arrow grip and alignment to reduce noise and vibration and improve accuracy.  In addition, the Nitro XRT is equipped with the new T5 trigger, which features an auto-engaging safety and a DFI™ (Dry-Fire-Inhibitor).  The combination of the new trigger and the reverse draw design make the Nitro XRT the smoothest shooting TenPoint crossbow to date.

An integrated string stop system is also included that fits into the end of the barrel to further reduce noise and vibration.

The Nitro XRT features TenPoint’s lightweight, three-piece C3™ stock.  Designed to reduce weight, noise, and vibration, the high-tech stock is fitted with an adjustable cheek piece and butt plate. The rubber cheek piece adjusts to three separate positions by removing the screws and sliding it to create perfect eye-level alignment. Likewise, the rubber butt plate adjusts to two positions to match the shooter’s length-of-pull.

The bow and stock assemblies combine to create a perfectly balanced, sharp-shooting crossbow that weighs 7.4-pounds, measures only 30.7-inches long, and shoots up to a supercharged 470 feet-per-second – making it the fastest and shortest crossbow ever.

Like all TenPoint models, the XRT is equipped with dual-purpose rubber safety wings to reduce noise and vibration as well as helping to keep the shooter’s fore-grip hand safely below the flight deck.

Double-dip fluid imaged in KUIU® Verde 2.0 camo, the Nitro XRT ships completely assembled and is available with an extensive Ready-To-Hunt package.

The package includes the ACUdraw PRO™ silent cocking device, Evo-X™ Marksman™ Precision Scope, TenPoint STAG™ Hard Crossbow Case, 6-pack of EVO-X CenterPunch™ premium carbon arrows NEW Alpha-Nocks™, dovetail bubble level, integrated string stop system, sling, and a quiver.

 

*** Watch the Cabela’s Deer Gear TV Episode on the Nitro XRT here. ***

Nitro XRT MAP:

$2,499.99

TenPoint Crossbow Technologies is 100% American owned, operated, and all of its crossbow models are manufactured in Mogadore, OH.

 

When Should You Head To Your Deer Stand?

When should I get to my stand and how early is too early? Two questions every hunter should ask when preparing for any deer hunt. Some fellow hunters provide their take on when they like to head out to the stand.

How early is too early and how late is too late when going to and from stands? WOW, that’s a great question that really can’t be answered with a one part answer due to so many factors. To get the right answer you would have to look at the time of year, deer movement, weather conditions, etc. 

As a rule of thumb for me, I like to get to the stand at least 30 minutes before daylight for an early morning sit. One hour is even better. For an afternoon sit, I like to get there two hours before prime time movement for that time of the year, at a minimum.   However, as I said above there are so many factors in answering this question that I would never say there is an absolute answer to it.”

Wade Middleton, Host of Americana Outdoors®

Well, I’ll start by prefacing my answer that I am not a fan of all-day sits…that considered, in the AM, can’t get in too early (in most cases).  Always good to be settled/quiet for a period of time before the woods officially comes to life for the day.  As far as leaving in the AM, if there is action, stay put.  If nothing is moving, at all or for an extended period of time, and you don’t have pics to show a pattern of late-morning wanderers, get out.  Head back to camp and solidify the plan for the afternoon/evening.

 For the PM, same as the AM…too early is a good default.  No harm in saving the sore backside if you don’t have a comfortable set-up.  Sneaking in just before a forecasted “prime time” is too risky.  I’m lazy but not that lazy!  As far as getting out, dark is the default.  Even with no movement I would vote for staying as long as you can, with a couple of exceptions – you can more easily bail without mucking up the area for future hunts or if Angel is making venison salisbury steak that night.”

Steve Nessl, Yamaha ATV and Side-by-Side Marketing Manager & Avid Hunter

I’ve always wanted to get in my stands really early in the morning. I prefer about 30 minutes before it actually starts breaking. That may seem early, but bumping one by being a little late is just not worth it to me. Then when the hunt is over, I gauge when to leave by what is around as it is getting dark. I don’t want other deer to see me getting out of the blind during daylight. Usually when it gets black dark, I’ll sneak out.”

Clark Wendlandt, Host of Fishing & Hunting Texas™, Cabela’s Pro Staff

As you can see, everyone has their own preference. However, the general consensus for morning hunts, plan on being squared away at least 30 minutes to an hour before daylight. Regarding afternoon hunts, confirm what the deer are doing that time of year. If you have Stealth Cams setup, check the times of when the photos are taken and gauge from there.

We hope this insight will help you get settled in the stand and ready for when that shooter comes in. Happy hunting!