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2012 TenPoint Carbon Elite ready to roll

The big brown truck brought TenPoint's Carbon Elite XLT to the door step today. Always exciting to open a box to peer inside at a new bow. I enjoy putting them together and learning the little nuances of each bow in the process. You got to love the extras TenPoint includes with their bows. The Carbon Elite came complete with mounted Rangemaster Pro scope, 6 carbon arrows with brass inserts, soft carry case, Parallel quiver mount, Bowjax crossbow dampening system, TenPoint hat and bumper stickers.

Assembly was a breeze following the detailed instructions and DVD included with the bow. One thing you become acutely aware of if the tight tolerances of all of the parts. The barrel to riser mating is very precise and it takes some time to wiggle the bolt into place to lock the two together. I elected to mount Bohning new Top Mount quiver to the scope base to move the arrows parallel to the barrel and distribute the weight more towards the rear of the bow.

Here is a close up of the carbon fiber barrel. What a piece of art this is. The surface is as smooth as glass and should be easy on the center serving. Plus, it looks way cool. The lighter front end is noticeable the first time the bow is shouldered.

Plan to send some arrows downrange this weekend to get her dialed in for spring turkey. Having shot TenPoint's Stealth last year, the bow feels familiar in hand and I am quite sure smiles will be aplenty when the arrows start flying.

More impressions to follow after some range time.

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Re: 2012 TenPoint Carbon Elite ready to roll

Wicked cool I have the Barnett ghost 350. But it's not as cool looking its the tenpoint

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You have to admit, that crossbow is one fine looking piece of equipment. The fit and finish is second to none. Quiet, narrow, light and compact. Everything a man could want in a crossbow. I have one here at the store and would love to be able to keep it for my own.

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Re: 2012 TenPoint Carbon Elite ready to roll

Just picked mine up last weekend, shoots as nice as it looks!
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Re: 2012 TenPoint Carbon Elite ready to roll

A great looking crossbow, BTW I might know someone who'd be interested in providing your old Stealth with some exciting new adventures and space to hang out.
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A great looking crossbow, BTW I might know someone who'd be interested in providing your old Stealth with some exciting new adventures and space to hang out.
Thanks. The Stealth has already found a home.

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Re: 2012 TenPoint Carbon Elite ready to roll

Well. What more can one say than awesome!! Got a break in the drizzle here to send some arrows downrange and get the Elite set up for the spring gobbler opener. Had a dozen Easton Full Metal Jackets fletched up with Bohning Blazers, shooting ABC Turkey Tearrors and Lumenoks. These are heavy arrows at 545 grains, but I favor a heavy arrow for many reasons.

First shot was a few inches low and a few inches to the left at 20 yards. A nice perk having TenPoints pre sighted in at the factory. A few adjustments and the FMJ were laying them right in there with field points. Swapped out the point for the Turkey Tearror and another shot confirmed same POI that I experienced before with these heads. Backed up to thirty, set the speed ring to 305 fps. A few clicks for windage to fine tune and a slight tweak of the speed ring to 308 fps had the Carbon Elite dropping them in there every shot. Backed up to forty and she was right on the money.

Having shot a Stealth XLT last year, the Carbon Elite XLT felt very comfortable to me. The BowJax dampening system supresses the vibration and noise of the shot. Vibration is low for crossbows. Trigger is typical TenPoint with some take up but a crisp break. Optics are on par with the best crossbow specific scopes available today. The Acudraw50 is the fastest and most convenient cocking mechanism, IMO. Cocking is a snap and the device is always at the ready retracted into the rear of the stock.

Probably can tell, I like this bow. TenPoint has got a winner with the XLT platform partnered with carbon fiber.

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Thanks for the performance report, fine looking piece of equipment. How much better would you rate it compared to the Stealth XLT? My wife bought me the Stealth last August for my birthday and I might be pushing my luck, to start hinting that the Elite would make a nice gift this year.
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The Carbon Elite is a bit faster and a bit lighter up front. With that said, there is no denying that it is way cool looking and unique for sure.

The Stealth has very little vibration at the shot compared to many bows. The Carbon Elite seems to vibrate even less. I suspect the carbon barrel is much stiffer than the aluminum barrel of the Stealth.

Is there a huge difference between these bows, performance wise? Not much. But I am thoroughly pleased with what is there.

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