With the deer season right around the corner, you might be shopping around for an efficient and powerful crossbow to rely on during your next hunting trip. The Wicked Ridge Warrior G3 by TenPoint is a mid-range model that, while it doesn’t yield the kinetic energy of top Barnett models, such as the Jackal and the Buck Commander, is certainly powerful enough to meet your hunting goals.
This Wicked Ridge Warrior G3 crossbow review will reveal all pros and cons of the product.
Accuracy and Power
With a velocity of 320 FPS and a kinetic energy of 96 feet-lbs, the Warrior G3 definitely packs some power. While you may not be able to use it to take down larger game, the crossbow performs fairly well for hunting deer and elk. In addition to the above decent velocity, hunters report that this particular model is quite silent and hence, ideal for enclosed areas.
When you first test the Warrior G3 for accuracy, you will be pleasantly surprised by the fact that it comes sighted in right out of the box. Indeed, according to one hunter, he was able to hit 1/2 inch groupings from 25 yards and afterwards 1 inch groupings from 45 yards with extreme precision and without having to perform adjustments to the scope.
The same user reported that the crossbow was able to maintain the accuracy and shoot consistently even when he fired at 2 inch groupings from 100 yards away. On a side note, for the latter feat he had to use the lower line of the scope to correct the elevation. As far as the hunting accuracy is concerned, a user mentioned that he was able to fire an arrow right through a deer from 45 yards away and from a quartering angle.
One of the Warrior’s best features is definitely its Dry Fire Inhibitor: a system that prevents you from shooting the bow when it’s cocked, unless the projectile is properly seated in the flight rail. As some advanced users put it, the anti dry fire mechanisms are handy and nice, and this is by far the most effective system they came across so far.
A further noteworthy feature is the PowerTouch trigger, which incorporates the technology that made TenPoint famous in the first place. The trigger is smooth and consistent, whereas the pull is a light 3.5 pounds.
In case you have experience with the Wicked Ridge series, then you probably know that the riser and limbs are made of aluminum. For the Warrior however, TenPoint decided to use machined aluminum to grant the weapon extra durability. This model also uses a split limb design, a feature that helps disperse the pulling weight.
The other features that recommend the Wicked Ridge Warrior G3 as an excellent weapon for hunting deer and elk include:
- A draw weight of 155 pounds
- A velocity of 320 FPS
- A power stroke of 13.75 inch
- It yields 96 feet-lbs of kinetic energy
- Incorporates precision CNC machined aluminum wheels, riser and limbs
- Features the TenPoint patented DFI, which is one of the safest anti dry fire systems on the market
- Includes a PowerTouch trigger system
- Comes with the innovative Safety Engineered Futuristic fore-grip
- The premium pack also includes a multi line scope, 3 arrows and a sling
Strangely enough, TenPoint didn’t include any sort of cocking aid, even though the crossbow has a draw weight of 155 pounds. However, they do provide the Accu-52 rope aid as an optional purchase with the package kit. It is highly recommended to invest in the rope cocking device, as pulling 155 pounds is quite difficult, regardless of your physical condition and strength.
The premium model is shipped with a 3X multi line scope that comes sighted in right from the box. According to customers, the scope lacks the illuminated reticle, an aspect that renders the crossbow useless in poor lighting conditions. Despite the drawback, users state the scope will serve you well if you do most of your deer hunting in broad daylight.
The Wicked Ridge Warrior package kit includes 3 20 inch projectiles made of aluminum. Unfortunately, the crossbow is too powerful for aluminum arrows, so you’re very likely to split and damage them very quickly. For hunting purposes, advanced users recommend 20 inch carbon arrows with a 425 grain density.
Assembly and Parts
Assembling this particular model is quick and painless, particularly if you follow the step-by-step guide provided in the instruction’s manual. Simply attach the prod onto the riser, connect the foot stirrup, mount the scope and the crossbow is ready to be sighted in. As many customers point out, putting the Warrior together from start to finish doesn’t take more than 20 minutes, if you have some experience with crossbows.
In spite of the fact that there haven’t been any complaints regarding missing parts from the kit, users feel that the Ridge Warrior package should have included a rope cocking device. Considering that the draw weight of the bow is of 155 pounds, it’s understandable why a rope aid is mandatory with this model. But more on that a bit later!
As mentioned before, this model’s major setback is that the package kit doesn’t include any sort of cocking aid, a device that many customers see as a mandatory standard accessory for a crossbow with 155 pounds of draw weight. Users are also bothered that the manufacturer, TenPoint, has included the Accu-52 rope cocking system as an optional and rather pricy purchase. Even though it’s not the most affordable rope aid on the market, experienced hunters recommend you also invest in the Accu-52, as it adds convenience during your hunting trips.
Despite the fact that you have to purchase the cocking aid separately, the Ridge Warrior is considered an overall efficient and reliable weapon for taking down deer and elk. Highly affordable, this the Wicked Ridge Warrior comes in a lightweight design, is durable, shoots accurately and includes numerous useful safety features.
All in all, it’s a great crossbow within this price range…
With the deer season right around the corner, you might be shopping around for an efficient and powerful crossbow to rely on during your next hunting trip. The Wicked Ridge Warrior by TenPoint is a mid-range model that, while it doesn’t yield the kinetic energy of top Barnett models, such as the Ghost 410 and the Buck Commander, is certainly powerful enough to meet your hunting goals. Accuracy and Power With a velocity of 320 FPS and a kinetic energy of 96 feet-lbs, the Warrior definitely packs some power.
- Crossbow Type: Compound
- Dimensions: 37.75″ Length
- Weight: 6.6 lbs
- Draw Weight: 155 lbs
- Speed: 320 FPS
- Powerstroke Length: 13.5″
- Kinetic Energy: 96 ft-lb
- Warranty: 5-year Limited