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My BearX package came in yesterday when I got home from hunting. These Xbows are now in the stores. Note: Constrictor Strata only. Shortly after Christmas other models will be released.

The box is larger than most Xbow boxes because the Constrictor is basically assembled.

Today I will Chrono speeds.

Initial observation the Riser is beefy heavy. Not a negative. It's build like a tank! No way you will get stress cracks and the shooting rail assembly is same. This Xbow is not light but it's built like a tank.

The cable string buckle assembly is very different in as a positive first impression.

The length/size is no where as big as the first pics showed. I have a Barnett TS-370 and it's quite compact. The Constrictor Strata is very similar in length. It can stretch out further with the adjustable stock. There is no play in the butt stock.

Trigger box and trigger will get tested out.

There is downward bow string pressure. May have to revisit the innovative shim fix that bunnyrabbit has created.

Cams are aggressively big with tuning marks.

TrueX nocks are definitely unique. However, they are glued into the TrueX arrows. Gotta figure out how to remove some of them and test them on other arrows in time.

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Is that a roller bearing that holds the arrow on the rail?

With a tension adjustment knob?
 

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TomOnTheRun: First congratulations on the new crossbow.

I have a few things for you to check out:
1)measure the outer width of the latch system. Using my Barnett as an example they measure 11/16" outside to outside.
2)cock the crossbow and see if you can load an arrow with the normal 1/2 moon nock. (Do not shoot it though at the present time).
3)check the out side diameters of the two arrows (the new one and a normal one with the 1/2 moon nock).

If the normal 1/2 moon nock will not load, look and see if the gap opening in the latches is too narrow, restricting it.

As for the taper of the groove in the new style nock, this will do absolutely nothing to prevent serving wear. When the crossbow is cocked, the string behind the latch will be straight across (90 degrees to the rail stock). When the crossbow is shot the bowstring flattens out as it moves forward to its final resting point.

Some of the crossbows coming out, one is restricted to the manufactures expensive, propriatory arrows: Ravin, the new Barnett's, due to either the crossbow being rail less or building a smaller diameter arrow supposedly advertising deeper penetration.

All the best.
 

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Yes, and Ten Point advises Alpha Nocks as well. Not sure if it's mandatory with their newer Xbows. Duly noted. If I have followup questions BR I'll PM. Thanks for your comments.
 

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Quick Chrono test: This is a legit 400fps out of the box Xbow.

376.6 factor TrueX Arrows 407, 408fps
406.4 grain (125grain field tip). 402fps duplicated. I'm quite impressed. I have never had an arrow buried that deep into my Morrell 400fps speed bag. I am quite impressed at that speed out of the box. Heavier arrow weight noticeably proves KE to my wide open eyes traveling only 6fps slower.

Factory BearX Scope:
Shooting just at 12 yards with the factory scope: Glad I started there. I had to make at least a 10 inch elevation adjustment. Be advised don't zero in at 20 yards. Not that I missed the target but at 20 yards I would have. Hit inside same arrow hole every time once dialed in. I do this with all my Xbows I zero in shooting off my primos tripod shooting stick. To each their own and I know the conventional wisdom is to use a rifle jig.

There is an adjustable cheek piece and I'll mess around with that later to see if that helps with my eye relief. For me I had to move the scope as far forward shooting rail as I could to attain eye relief.

The Factory Scope comes with 4 circled reticle. It's entry level but does work. Comes in Green/Red illumination. I prefer good ole black personally. You can adjust accordingly. Me I would zero the first reticle at 30 yards and step back for until you get accurate yardage for the remaining three reticles. Me I wouldn't worry about it to much. I would do holdovers for first reticle to cover my ranges at 20 to 40 yards.

Cocking: You have only one option and that is rope cocking sled. Not difficult at all. At least to me.

Sound: To me all Xbows sound the same so sound was not less or more per my other Xbows I owned or have.

Trigger: There is noticeable creep vs my Trigger Tech. Sounds like TX_RDX surgery is required. It's spongy but you can use it just fine. Me I would want to take the travel out of it. Not hard to squeeze just noticeable travel vs Trigger Tech.

Aggressive Cams do look bad ass mean. :cool:

I really like this Crossbow. If you want fast out of the box with a 405grain arrow this Xbow will supply you with that speed!

I will move out further but have holiday family coming in. So the reports may be sporadic.

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376.6 grain TrueX arrow using 100 grain field tip. 407, 408, 409fps.
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TomOnTheRun: First congratulations on the new crossbow.

I have a few things for you to check out:
1)measure the outer width of the latch system. Using my Barnett as an example they measure 11/16" outside to outside.
2)cock the crossbow and see if you can load an arrow with the normal 1/2 moon nock. (Do not shoot it though at the present time).
3)check the out side diameters of the two arrows (the new one and a normal one with the 1/2 moon nock).

If the normal 1/2 moon nock will not load, look and see if the gap opening in the latches is too narrow, restricting it.

As for the taper of the groove in the new style nock, this will do absolutely nothing to prevent serving wear. When the crossbow is cocked, the string behind the latch will be straight across (90 degrees to the rail stock). When the crossbow is shot the bowstring flattens out as it moves forward to its final resting point.

Some of the crossbows coming out, one is restricted to the manufactures expensive, propriatory arrows: Ravin, the new Barnett's, due to either the crossbow being rail less or building a smaller diameter arrow supposedly advertising deeper penetration.

All the best.
Bunnyrabbit, FYI: when I had the TurboM1 it's ATA was 9" I think. I can't remember exactly. Anyway, I used 1/2 nocks on that Xbow with no issues at all. I preferred them to the Alpha Nock because I am not a fan of 26 grain nocks per my FOC requirements. As a two piece system they can separate and pop out. That can create an issue if you don't notice that. I learned the hard way per that experience when I had the WickeRidge RDX-400. :eek::D Scared the crap to of me. I'll test 1/2 moon nocks on this setup.
 

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400+ fps arrows going downrange, might need to use lighted nocks so you can find them afterwards. :D
One shot one kill. I'll loose an arrow for that. LOL.

Truth be told your comments are duly noted. Would be nice to use an illuminated nock. Actually, I have never used them but I have lost a few arrows and if my nock was illuminated I would have found them on deer I have missed. :D:eek:;)

I am officially a member of the 400fps club with a 400 grain arrow and that is with an out of a box crossbow. Kinda cool but not sure of the value yet. :p I will say there is lots to like about this Xbow so far. :cool:
 

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One arrow and one broadhead costs more than a box of 20 standard caliber rifle bullets. :D

I've killed 4 deer with the same arrow and found it because of lighted nocks. Granted I've throughly inspected it for flaws afterwards. All I've replaced is the broadhead. :)
 

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A little backyard shooting with the factory TrueX arrows. I pulled three/four arrows the were close in grain weight.

All deadly accurate at 20 yards. No pics required.
30 yards and 40 yards shots in my back yard.
I have 4 more but they weigh 3 plus grain more but I will test them next just to see how they differ. Stay tuned weather permitting.

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Great review Tom. I'm glad to see Bear is still in the Crossbow market. I really would like for them to give the Reverse Draw configuration another try. Meanwhile I know they will still be capable and willing to service their prior crossbow models.
I can see where the new nock design is helpful with the newer acute string angles. Eventually, it will be needed for all bows.
 

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Great review Tom. I'm glad to see Bear is still in the Crossbow market. I really would like for them to give the Reverse Draw configuration another try. Meanwhile I know they will still be capable and willing to service their prior crossbow models.
I can see where the new nock design is helpful with the newer acute string angles. Eventually, it will be needed for all bows.
Yea, their FFL technology was quite good but they would have t re-engineer to make them narrower in a ever changing market place. My Torrix was a great shooter and only Xbow I have killed a deer with freehand at 28 yards. Very well balanced.
 

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Quick Chrono test: This is a legit 400fps out of the box Xbow.

376.6 factor TrueX Arrows 407, 408fps
406.4 grain (125grain field tip). 402fps duplicated. I'm quite impressed. I have never had an arrow buried that deep into my Morrell 400fps speed bag. I am quite impressed at that speed out of the box. Heavier arrow weight noticeably proves KE to my wide open eyes traveling only 6fps slower.

Factory BearX Scope:
Shooting just at 12 yards with the factory scope: Glad I started there. I had to make at least a 10 inch elevation adjustment. Be advised don't zero in at 20 yards. Not that I missed the target but at 20 yards I would have. Hit inside same arrow hole every time once dialed in. I do this with all my Xbows I zero in shooting off my primos tripod shooting stick. To each their own and I know the conventional wisdom is to use a rifle jig.

There is an adjustable cheek piece and I'll mess around with that later to see if that helps with my eye relief. For me I had to move the scope as far forward shooting rail as I could to attain eye relief.

The Factory Scope comes with 4 circled reticle. It's entry level but does work. Comes in Green/Red illumination. I prefer good ole black personally. You can adjust accordingly. Me I would zero the first reticle at 30 yards and step back for until you get accurate yardage for the remaining three reticles. Me I wouldn't worry about it to much. I would do holdovers for first reticle to cover my ranges at 20 to 40 yards.

Cocking: You have only one option and that is rope cocking sled. Not difficult at all. At least to me.

Sound: To me all Xbows sound the same so sound was not less or more per my other Xbows I owned or have.

Trigger: There is noticeable creep vs my Trigger Tech. Sounds like TX_RDX surgery is required. It's spongy but you can use it just fine. Me I would want to take the travel out of it. Not hard to squeeze just noticeable travel vs Trigger Tech.

Aggressive Cams do look bad ass mean. :cool:

I really like this Crossbow. If you want fast out of the box with a 405grain arrow this Xbow will supply you with that speed!

I will move out further but have holiday family coming in. So the reports may be sporadic.

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See the rubber wheel holding the arrow in place. It's like a string dampner material.
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376.6 grain TrueX arrow using 100 grain field tip. 407, 408, 409fps. View attachment 161420

406.4 grain TrueX arrow using 125 grain field tip. Duplicated on chrono twice. Close enough.
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I would have expected more speed loss than that with a 30 gn heavier arrow
 

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I would have expected more speed loss than that with a 30 gn heavier arrow
I'd do a retest on that too Tom. You should see closer to a 8-10 fps loss adding 30 gn.
 
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