TenPoint Turbo GT Review – Compound Crossbow

ModelDraw WeightStrokeVelocitySuggested Arrow LengthCrossbow Length / Weight
TenPoint Turbo GT

TenPoint Turbo GT

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175 lbs.12.6"340-360 FPS

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20"35" / 6 lbs. 8 ozs.

- Fast
- Easy to cock
- Well Made

- No Integrated Suppressors
Small Game Hunting?yes2
Deer, Elk Hunting?yes2
Moose, Bear Hunting?yes2
Target Shooting?yes2
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TenPoint Turbo GT Package Contents

The TenPoint Turbo GT we received for testing included the following package contents:

  • A camo stock
  • A TenPoint 3X Multi-Line™ scope
  • A Wicked Ridge instant release quiver
  • Three Wicked Ridge 20” Ranger carbon crossbow arrows
  • Three 100-grain field points
  • An ACUdraw crank cocking device
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The Turbo GT we received came with the ACUdraw crank cocking device. If you order one without an integrated cocking aid, TenPoint does include a rope cocking aid with the crossbow package.

Note: the TenPoint Turbo GT held a spot on our best crossbows list between September 2016 and July 2019. It has since been dethroned by a Ravin product.

First Impressions: Design, Safety, Comfort and Accuracy

TenPoint has done a great job with the Turbo GT. It has a high quality camo design that you can tell isn’t going to fade or peel. It is also a very solid and well-built crossbow…something you can feel when you remove the stock from the package. The forward grip is partially skeletonized to save on weight and has a nice wide feel when you grip it with your forward hand. A feature we really liked is the oversize reinforced nylon safety wings. These are actually much longer and wider than on most crossbows and should cut any chance of wandering fingers or thumbs from entering the string path.

Assembly was fairly easy and straight forward. Be sure that you lube up the cable guide before installation to ensure there is no resistance as it slides into place. Also, keep in mind, there will be a bit of wiggle required to get the bow assembly to fit properly onto the stock, but it isn’t very difficult. Please note that the retaining bolt for the bow assembly comes in the tool pouch with the allen wrenches and lube, so don’t look for it to be preinstalled at the end of the barrel!

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The quick detach quiver mount is also straight forward to assemble, just pay close attention to the instructions and follow them step by step.

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The integrated raised cheek rest is very comfortable and puts your face right where it should be to make repeatable, accurate shots. The fact that the trigger guard does not go all the way behind the trigger is a bit different, but when you realize that means you can still shoot this while wearing heavy gloves, it begins to make a lot more sense.

The Dry Fire Inhibitor will ensure the Turbo GT cannot accidently be fired without an arrow in place and the auto safety means that the shooter will always have the safety in the ‘on’ position after cocking, and must manually disengage the safety to fire. Again, a great feature for shooters of all skill levels.

The Turbo GT did a good job of putting the arrow where we were aiming and a three shot group (after sighting in) was all in the bullseye.

Kinetic Energy of the Turbo GT

TenPoint has created a crossbow with plenty of power to hunt just about anything you want to. The arrows we tested weighed in at 427.8 grains, 427.9 grains and 428.4 grains (including a 100 grain practice point). These produced measured arrow speeds of 333 fps, 334 fps and 334 fps. This translates to 105 – 106 FPKE. Keep in mind, these are real world numbers and not just a manufacturer’s claimed numbers. We are sure we could get these up a bit more with a bit of tinkering, but these are not shabby at all for a crossbow shot right out of the box!

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Ballistic Data For The TenPoint Turbo GT

Your actual results will vary slightly depending on weather, and significantly with arrow weight change. See our Crossbow Ballistics Guides section for a complete understanding of how we conducted our tests and why this data matters.

Hunting with the TenPoint Turbo GT

The Turbo GT is going to be a hunter’s dream crossbow. At only 13.5” ATA when cocked, it is going to allow you to hunt in places that many other crossbows simply won’t fit. The camo design is going to blend with a variety of backgrounds, and the large forward grip is going to offer comfort as well as a stable platform if you choose to use a shooting rest. The design of the quick detach quiver is also very well thought out as it places the arrows alongside the stock rather than across as most crossbows do. This means you can easily shoot from a blind or brush without having to remove the quiver should you want to.

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How Quiet is the Turbo GT

The Turbo GT is reasonably quiet given the high draw weight, but you will still notice a bit of snap when you shoot. There is no integrated suppression system, so looking in to a set of string stops wouldn’t be a bad idea if you plan to hunt with it. Also, adding limb and frame suppressors will further cut the sound. As always, if you add suppressors, we recommend that you don’t overlook the stirrup, as much of the sound and vibrations end up focused on the furthest point forward of the crossbow.

Cocking the Turbo GT

Cocking the Turbo GT was an absolute breeze using the ACUdraw crank cocker. You simply remove the crank handle from underneath the stock, disengage the crank and bring the cocking mechanism forward onto the string. Then you simply turn the crank to bring the string back to its fully drawn position.
The crank was very easy to turn…so easy in fact, that I cranked it without even having to use the foot stirrup. A smaller framed shooter would benefit from using the foot stirrup to brace the crossbow while cranking, but I wanted to show it took so little force to cock it with the ACUdraw, it could be done while holding in my shooting hand.

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Quality of the Optics

The included 3x scope is a good scope for matching this crossbow’s ability. It has super crisp optics and will allow for very accurate shot placement. Its multiple aim points (20, 30, and 40 yards) made shooting at various ranges very comfortable, and the red/green illuminated reticle makes this an ideal optic for hunting in low light conditions.

See our detailed guide on how to sight-in your crossbow

What Arrows to use with the Turbo GT

The Turbo GT comes standard with three 20” carbon arrows that were all very well tuned and extremely consistent in weight. When combined with a 100-grain point, the total weight is right at 428 grains, offering a good combination of speed and punch. If you choose to look into aftermarket arrows, be sure you don’t go any longer than 20”, as the point may protrude too far off the end of the barrel and get hung up in tight quarters when loaded. Given the accuracy we experienced and consistency of weight, simply ordering additional arrows from TenPoint would be a great choice.

You can also learn more about crossbow arrows and take a look at our broadhead recommendations

Overall Thoughts

All in all, we found the TenPoint Turbo GT to be a fast, accurate and easy to shoot crossbow. The package comes with just about everything you need to get started and will be a quality hunting tool for many years. You can certainly cock this with a rope cocker, but the ACUdraw made it so easy, it would be hard to recommend not spending the extra few dollars for that convenience. TenPoint really didn’t exaggerate their claims when they talked about the speed and power of this crossbow…it is a hard hitting yet easy to use tool that will really help you stock your freezer!

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