Ravin R10 Review – Compact 400 FPS Crossbow

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The Ravin R10 is the successor of the R9 Predator and one of Ravin’s best classic compound crossbows. Ravin presents rifle-like crossbows that are significantly smaller and narrower than crossbows of other brands.

Ravin is famous for their patented Helicoil technology, crossbows with Helicoil have a number of design advantages, and it allows the Frictionless Flight system to work.

Ravin released the Ravin R26, their flagship of 2020, you can read our in-depth review of the R26 here! We also reviewed the Ravin R20 Sniper package.

I was very excited to put the Ravin R10 to the test and I can already tell you that I had a lot of fun with the crossbow for this review and I will have a lot of fun with the crossbow in the coming years because the R10 is built to last. If you take good care of the crossbow, it will last for years to come!

Ravin R10 Review - Compact 400 FPS Crossbow

Ravin R10 crossbow features

Ravin R10
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Speed:
400 FPS

Weight:
6.8 lbs

Width Axle-to-Axle (uncocked/cocked):
10.5" / 6"

Length:
33"

Power Stroke:
11"

Draw weight:
12 lbs.

Extra Features:
Helicoil technology, Frictionless Flight System, Trac-Trigger Firing System, Versa-Draw Cocking System, Anti-Dry Fire/Auto Safety

First impressions

The Ravin R10 is significantly more compact compared to the R9 Predator. This is in part because of the shaft upgrade that shortens the total length of the crossbow. The R10 measures a total length of 33 inches, and a width(axle-to-axle) of 10.5 inches cocked and a mere 6 inches when cocked. The exclusive to Ravin crossbows, Predator Dusk Camo, make the R10 look intense and dangerous.

The R10 features Ravin’s Frictionless Flight System, powered by their Helicoil technology. Helicoil allows the cams to rotate 340, generating higher speeds with better accuracy. With a traditional crossbow, the entire arrow rests on the rail. The Helicoil system allows an arrow to float freely, eliminating energy loss due to friction. The Helicoil cams ensure that the cable barely touches the rails and there is no downward pressure on the cable. As a result, the cable is not slowed down and barely wears.

In the field

We used the Ravin .003 Arrows(300-grains) to test the Ravin R10 in the field. With a draw weight of 12 lbs and a power stroke of 11″ I shot arrows with speeds in the range of 350-400 FPS and 142 KE knockdown power. That’s 10 fps faster than its predecessor, the R9, and more powerful.

The R10 is remarkably accurate over long distances, up to 100 yards I had no trouble hitting small targets. This is partly due to the excellent stability offered by the Helicoil technology and the excellent illuminated scope. The illuminated scope works well in the dark, even at night, the Ravin R10 is a fine crossbow to hunt with.

Because the R10 is a lightweight crossbow and build with maneuverability in mind, the crossbow is suited for run and gun situations and easy to handle in tight spaces. The R10 is suitable for both big game and small game hunting and it is a fine bow for practice shooting, especially for beginners but for the seasoned hunters as well.

WARNING: DO NOT USE NON-RAVIN ARROWS OR NOCKS WITH YOUR RAVIN CROSSBOW.

Ravin R10 from an angle

Scope

The Ravin scope is of excellent quality and very accurate. The scope feels made of high-quality material I like the design and look of it. The scope has a range of 20-100 yards. The scope is fog-free and waterproof and shock and kickback resistant. It has fully coated lenses with red and green illuminated reticles. The scope has no fisheye and the glass is crystal clear.

Cocking mechanism

The Ravin R10 is equipped with a built-in cocking mechanism, the so-called Versa-Draw Cocking System. With this cocking system you can effortlessly cock the crossbow with the cocking crank that is included in the package. As a result, cocking the R10 will only cost you 12 LBS of force. The crossbow is also cocked 100% evenly for an extra clean shot. Cocking by hand is not possible. Because of this, you are not able to release half-cocked. The cocking handle is detachable.

Trigger system

The Ravin R10 has Ravin’s so-called Tac Trigger Fire System. The 4-pound trigger contains the safe anti-dry fire technology to prevent dry firing the crossbow. Shooting with the Tac trigger system is not noiseless but very quiet and with little vibration. I always had clean smooth shots with zero creep.

Assembly

The Ravin R10 comes fully assembled and with a Ravin crossbow manual. You only have to mount the scope, attach the side mount quiver, and accessory bracket. It takes a couple of shots to finetune the scope.

Install the scope

Tho install the scope first attach the bottom rings on the rail. Lay the scope into the bottom rings. Place the top rings on the bottom rings so the scope is surrounded. Lighty snug up the screws on the top rings so you can still freely move the scope in the rings. Adjust the scope until you find the furthest point forward to ensure maximum eye relief (at least 2 inches from your eye) that allows you to see a full field of view.

Remove the elevation turret cap and place a level on the elevation turret. Rotate the scope in the rings until it is level with your the crossbow limbs. Tighten the upper rings, alternating between front and back screws, while still keeping an eye on your scope levels. Keep slightly tightening and alternating from front to back until secure. Rotate the FPS selection dial to match the manufacturer’s advertised speed.

Attach the quiver

Attach the mounting bracket to the bottom of the Ravin R10. Screw the mounting bracket into the hole on the bottom of the Picatinny rail with the sloped surfaces on the mounting bracket pointing forward. To attach the Quiver to the mounting bracket, press and hold the thumb release on the mounting bracket. Position the posts of the quiver in the holes on the mounting bracket with the hood facing forward. Release the thumb release to lock the Quiver in place.

Reverse the process to remove the quiver from your crossbow. The quiver can be mounted on either side of the mounting bracket. Most right-handed shooters prefer to locate the quiver on the right side.

Attaching and Removing the Cocking Handle

To attach the Cocking Handle to the mounting bracket, press and hold the thumb release on the mounting bracket. Position the posts of the Handle in the holes on the mounting bracket with the Cocking Handle head facing forward. Release the thumb release to lock the Cocking Handle in place. Reverse the process to remove the Cocking Handle.

Read the Ravin instruction manual included in the package!

top view  shot of the Ravin R10

Package contents

  • Ravin R10 crossbow
  • 100-yard illuminated long-range scope
  • Three Ravin arrows(300-grains) with nocks and 100-grain practice points
  • Detachable cocking handle
  • Mounting bracket
  • Ravin user manual

Pros & Cons

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Pros

  • 400 FPS
  • Helicoil technology
  • Compact gun-like crossbow
  • Lightweight
  • Excellent scope
  • Beginner-friendly
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Cons

  • Not able to release half-cocked

Summary

The Ravin R10 is a fantastic compact lightweight classic crossbow. With its low weight and compact design, it feels like holding a rifle. Shooting with it always feels like you’re fully in control of the shot. The Tac Trigger Fire System trigger always delivers a clean, crisp, no break shot.

The crossbow with Ravin’s Helicoil technology allowing the Frictionless Flight System to work, making the crossbow very accurate over short as well as long distances. With speeds of 400fps and 142 KE knockdown power, the R10 is fit for hunting small as game as well as big game. Also for practice shooting the R10 is a reliable pick.

The Versa-Draw Cocking System ensures easy and safe cocking. The only downside is that you can’t release the crossbow half-cocked. The crossbow has an excellent -100 yards scope that performs great and the scope is reliable in nighttime or dark situations. The package is complete and has everything you need to use the R10 efficiently and the crossbow is pre-assembled and pre-tuned in the factory so getting set up is really easy!

I definitely had loads of fun with this fantastic versatile crossbow and I highly recommend it for beginners but also for the more seasoned hunters. Happy hunting!

The Barnett Predator is a good alternative you can check out as well as the Tenpoint Nitro X.



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