Putting to Bed the Ravin Crossbow Problem

Whenever a new kid shows up on the block it’s human nature to make sure they know their place. Ravin is the new kid on the block and they have been unjustly attacked on a few issues that we’re addressing in this post. First Ravin nock recall and second dealing with Ravin customer support.

Loren Borkholder and the staff at Borkholder Archery recommends the Ravin Crossbow product line to many hunters.

The Ravin Nock Recall

This was a voluntary recall by Ravin. It was something they would not have had to do but chose to do. The problem with the nock was when archers didn’t use enough force to engage the crossbow string. The issue was addressed by reducing the nock travel in the “new orange nock” design.

If you decide you do want Ravin’s new replacement nocks, Borkholder Archery will send replacement nocks absolutely free (including free shipping). Call the shop at (574) 773-0306.

To be clear, there is nothing wrong with using the “old white nocks” as long as the archer is diligent in properly engaging the string.

Dealing with Ravin Warranty Issues

In Loren’s experience and with talking with customers, Ravin’s customer support is easy to get hold of and accommodating. They take care of their customers.

Expandable Blade Broadheads that Fly Like Field Tips

Expandable Blade Broadheads that Fly Like Fielt Tips on Crossbows

We tested which expandable blade broadhead flew most like a field tip and have found that the Rage Hypo Crossbow Broadhead and the NAP Spitfire DoubleCross are the winners. The Rage Hypo has a new high energy collar which can be shot 4 times and the NAP Spitfire DoubleCross is a new broadhead for 2016 and will be available in August. In the video we’re shooting a Scorpyd Ventilator Extreme 175 which shoots at 440 FPS.


Fixed Blade Broadhead that Fly Like Field Tips for Crossbows

Fixed Blade Broadhead Comparison for Crossbows

To determine what the best fixed blade broadheads are for Crossbows we shot over the course of a week on 14 different crossbows from 9 different manufactures. The goal was to find which broadheads flew consistently like field tips without performing any tuning or adjustments on behalf of the hunter. We tested 6 different broadheads on each of the 14 crossbows and found 3 fixed blade broadheads that stood out above the rest.

We tested 14 different crossbows from 9 different manufacturers

The crossbows we tested varied in speeds from 300 FPS to 440 FPS to get an overview of what the broadheads would do at different speeds.

We tested 6 different broadheads and our goal was to see which fixed blade broadheads performed the most consistent without any tuning or adjustment. Our process was taking the broadhead out of the packaging and screwing it on the bolt without doing any tuning or special alignment. We found 3 fixed blade broadhead that performed consistently like field tips out-of-the-box.

The 3 best performing

  • Muzzy Trocar HBX 100 grain, performed like a field tip on 13 of the 14 crossbows. While not a true fixed blade this is a hybrid with 2 fixed blades and 2 expandable blades.
  • Muzzy Trocar performed like a field tip on 12 of the 14 crossbows. This is a true fixed blade broadhead with 3 fixed blades with a 1 1/2″ cutting diameter.
  • Shuttle T-LOC tied with the Muzzy Trocar by flying like a field tip on 12 of 14 crossbows and is also a true fixed blade broadhead.

The crossbow used in the video is a TenPoint FX4 and the bolts used are Borkholder’s Match Grade Custom Bolts. The target in the video is 60 yards downrange and the target diameter is 1/2″.

Crossbow Turkey Hunting at 50 Yards

Crossbow Turkey Hunting at 50 Yards

Here’s a special bolt and broadhead combo for Crossbow Turkey Hunting at 50 yards. The only caveat is a crossbow that shoots at 350 FPS or faster. The broadhead is a 2.5″ Guillotine and the bolt is a 24″ Gold Tip Ballistic, with 4″ vanes. The bolt is 515 grain and runs 17% front-of-center. With this combination of bolt and broadhead you can take down the turkey at 50 yards with either a head/neck shot or even a body shot. The crossbow used in the video is a Stryker Solution LS that shoots 390 FPS but as long as your crossbow shoots 350 FPS or faster you should be fine.

Bolt & Broadhead Combo for Crossbow Turkey Hunting

Best Entry Level Crossbows

Best Entry Level Crossbow

Many new hunters are getting into crossbow hunting but don’t want to spend $1000. Here’s a review and comparison of 4 entry level crossbows that don’t break the bank. The price range is $350 – $450. Each of these crossbows includes a scope, quiver, and bolts.

Nolan’s choice is clearly the Crosman Sniper 370 because of the adjustable stock and adjustable forearm grip. The Crosman has the best optics from the group and with the 370 FPS has the punch to take down a whitetail at 70 yards.

Crosman Sniper 370

  • Adjustable Stock: when adjusted all the way in it’s similar in size to the Parker Challenger but when fully extended nicely fits an adult.
  • Adjustable forearm of about 5″
  • Velocity: 370 FPS
  • Harvest Range: 65-70 yards for Whitetail
  • The best scope of the group with lighted reticle markers out to 60 yards.
  • Includes scope, quiver, bolts, cocking device
  • $349.99 Buy Crosman Sniper 370

Parker Challenger

  • The stock size limits this to a youth or smaller person
  • Velocity: 300 FPS
  • Harvest Range: 40 Yards for Whitetail
  • Fixed reticle scope with markers to 50 yards (adjustable zoom)
  • Includes scope, quiver, bolts
  • $449.99 Buy Parker Challenger

PSE Fang

  • Adjustable forearm grip of about 2″
  • Velocity: 350 FPS
  • Harvest Range: 60 Yards for Whitetail
  • Worst scope of the group with reticle markers out to 40 yards
  • Includes scope, quiver, bolts
  • $349.99 Buy PSE Fang

Killer Instinct 350

  • Balanced well and light
  • Adjustable forearm of about 3″
  • Velocity: 350 FPS
  • Harvest Range: 60 Yards for Whitetail
  • The scope has lighted reticles with markers out to 60 yards
  • Includes scope, quiver, bolts
  • $349.99 Buy Killer Instinct 350

Additional Entry Level Crossbow Videos


Mathews Halon 6 Broadhead Comparison

Mathews Halon 6 Broadhead Comparison

This is a fixed blade broadhead comparison with the 2016 Mathews Halon 6 (30″ draw, 60 pound pull). The arrow used is a Gold Tip Velocity XT 400 and the 5 fixed blade broadheads are pulled out of the box without doing any tuning.

This test was done without any tuning of the broadheads, to see what’s the most accurate out-of-the-box broadhead for the Mathews Halon 6.

5 Broadheads

The Muzzy Trocar HBX and Trocar 100 were the best performing broadheads for the Mathews Halon 6. They both shot extremely similar to the field point. The Shuttle T 100 was decent at about 2 1/2″ off the mark and would require a little tuning to get it to fly like the field point. The QAD Exodus 100 was off the mark by 3 1/2″ and require tuning and the ugly duckling of the test was the Ramcat 100. The Ramcat 100 would require a significant amount of tuning to get it to fly well.