Horton Storm RDX Review: Is the Hype Real?

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Introduction: Horton Storm RDX Review

Hi there and welcome to my Horton Storm RDX review. Below is everything you need to know about the bow – including the stuff I like and don’t like.

The Horton Storm RDX is actually my first reverse crossbow, and you should know that I’ve been using compound (both bows and crossbows) ever since I started but I’ve been wanting to give reverse crossbow a try for some time.

As more and more states allow them in regular bow season, the more I wanted to buy one – just to see how I like it. After doing a lot of research I decided to go with the Horton Storm RDX.

This Horton Storm RDX review is my personal report, and you’ll get to know how it holds up from my perspective as someone who actually bought, assembled, and shot it. So let’s get to it!

Summary: Horton Storm RDX Review

Are you in a hurry and have no time to read the full review? I know that feeling, so I made a visual summary for you:

Review of: Horton Storm RDX
Use: Hunting, Target Shooting

Build Quality

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Shooting Ability

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Ease of Use

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Value for the Money

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  • Sleek build and high quality finish
  • Easy maneuverability due to compact size
  • Balanced
  • Adjustable stock
  • Fast
  • Very powerful
  • Very accurate
  • Quiet
  • Very easy to maintain

  • Not lightweight
  • Price
  • Quiver holds only three bolts
  • Okay scope

Horton Storm Review: Complete Write-up

What is it?

Storm RDX is a reverse draw crossbow made by TenPoint. It featurs an unconventional design that’s why the manufacturer markets it as a “machine built for the hunter who refuses to be fenced in by convention”.

Being a reverse draw crossbow means it’s very fast at lower draw weights, and it’s as quiet as recurve. However it also means it’s as heavy and complicated as compound crossbow.

The Horton Storm RDX is also the winner of the Outdoor Life and Petersen’s Hunting Editor’s Choice awards. And because this is my review, I’m going to add my own. This is the best analogy I can make:

Because of how quiet, accurate, and powerful it shoots, it’s like having a harvesting machine when you take it out for hunting.

But it’s not perfect. You’ll learn why later on. For now, let’s see what’s included in the package…

What’s in the Box?

  • Horton Storm RDX Crossbow Package
  • Horton 4×32 Multi-Line Scope or TenPoint 3x Pro-View Scope
  • Horton 3-Arrow Quiver
  • Three 20″ Carbon Arrows
  • Dedd Sled Cocking Device or ACUdraw Cocking Device
  • Owner’s manual
  • Owner’s instructional DVD

We’ll get into more detail with the different packages below. First, here are the specs…

Horton Storm RDX Specs:

Property Value
Speed 370 FPS
Kinetic Energy 122
Draw weight 165 lbs
Power stroke 16.5″
Axle to Axle 15.5″ when uncocked; 10″ when cocked
Length 33.25″
Overall weight 8.2 lbs
System Reverse Draw
Handedness Left/Right

Horton Storm RDX Features:

  • RDX cam system
  • CNC-machined 3.5 lb trigger with auto-engaging safety
  • Dry-fire inhibitor (anti-dry fire mechanism)
  • Fully adjustable stock and foregrip
  • Safety engineered fore-grip and wings
  • ABX adjustable BullPup stock
  • Integrated string suppressors


There are four different packages for the Horton Storm RDX:

The table is horizontally scrollable on mobile devices.

Premium: ACUdraw Premium: Dedd Sled Standard: ACUdraw Standard: Dedd Sled

TenPoint 3x Pro-View TenPoint 3x Pro-View Horton 4×32 Multi-Line Horton 4×32 Multi-Line
Cocking Device ACUdraw Dedd Sled ACUdraw Dedd Sled
Price 1,299.99 USD 1,049.99 USD 1,199.99 USD 999.99 USD

NOTE: the prices above were the prices as of January 12, 2018. I try my best to keep them updated regularly but here’s a live link for the current prices online:


Moving on, what’s the difference between the two scopes and cocking devices? Keep reading…


The difference between the standard and premium packages is the scope. The Premium package comes with the 3x ProView 2 scope which is illuminated while the Standard package comes with the 4×32 Scope which is non-illuminated.

Watch this video for more information about these scopes:

(The video even includes the RangeMaster Pro which is not included in any of the Storm RDX packages, but you might want to consider upgrading to that so it’s good that it’s included)

Cocking Devices

After deciding between the standard and premium package, you also have to choose whether to get to ACUdraw or Dedd Sled option. Here are what you need to know:


The ACUdraw is a crank style mechanism that takes the draw weight down to around 6 lbs of force to operate the crank handle. I highly recommend getting the ACUdraw version because it allows a nice and easy cocking all the time.

This is a really good option especially for people who can’t cock easily due to reasons such as injury or old age.

I do have a problem about the crossbow not having a designated place to attach or store the crank when it’s not in use. I worry about possibly losing the crank handle sooner or later. It would be nice to have a storage for the crank somewhere on the butt stock for this reason.

I read some people complain about the clicking noise for the ACUdraw but that’s a weird concern in my opinion. The clicking noise is a sign of the safety mechanism working, so you kinda want to hear it click.

If you’re like some people who are bothered by the clicking sound, better cock the crossbow at your house or vehicle, so the future game will not hear it.

Here’s how the ACUdraw works:

Dedd Sled

The Dedd Sled is a direct pull cocker which means you’ll be pulling the full draw weight of 165 lbs. This cocking mechanism is a good option if you want to cock fast, since some people find the ACUdraw too slow. The downside is a more difficult cock, of course.

And here’s how the Dedd Sled works:


Before I give my opinions on the bow let’s first go over the build of it:

The Storm RDX is very narrow with an axle to axle width of only ten inches when cocked. The riser is machined aluminum and it’s outfitted with a self-locking limb pocket and cap system. This adds cushioning which is supposed to reduce limb stress which adds durability to the crossbow.

The limb pockets hold the bow’s 13-inch, 165-pound limbs. The machined aluminum RDX cams are fitted with 440 stainless steel bearings which are meant to improve stability and down-range accuracy.

The DynaFLIGHT 97 string and cables are designed to generate a quiet, lethal shot.

The CNC-machined 3.5 lbs trigger has an auto-engaging safety and it was built to 0% failure up to 6,000 shots.

Speaking of safety, the fore-grip and wings are safety engineered and designed to keep the fore-grip hand from going over the bowstring release path.

The ABX BullPup stock is adjustable which lets you have the correct eye-level alignment and length of pull. This also means you have instant eye relief and focus with any scope you use.

The ABX stock is also stronger than the usual ABS stock found on other crossbows. It also helps absorb vibration, has thermal stability, plus the ACRA-ANGLE Barrel is designed to eliminate fincher pinching and increase stability.

The whole crossbow was built with downward string pressure which reduces string friction and allows it to last up to 75% longer than other crossbows’ string.

Last but not the least, this crossbow is made in the USA.

And here’s where my review comes in.

I want to address the high quality of the finish first. The materials scream high-end and the design is very nice. The high-quality craftsmanship of this crossbow is remarkable and it’s apparent in both the bow’s form and function.

However I wish the cam size was smaller and the arrow quiver is positioned at the front of the crossbow.

Other than that, I love the versatility of the butt stock plus I’m already thinking of the accessories I can add to make it my own.


The bow comes fully assembled, all you have to do upon receiving it is to attach the scope, front bar and quiver so you could start sighting it in. If you’re fairly new to the world of crossbows then you won’t have any trouble assembling this one because the setup is easy and will only take a few minutes.


The accuracy of the Horton Storm RDX is a lot better than what I was used to with my compound crossbows. This crossbow has been a game changer for me and I’ll gladly tell you why…

While I was researching for my first reverse crossbow, I read a review for Horton Storm RDX saying that this bow is as accurate at 60 yards as it was at 20. Now that I’ve tried it myself, I’m proud to report that this is my first bow that’s accurate up to 60 yards.

I repeat – it’s very, deadly accurate at 60 yards which is a first for me. You can read my reviews of my other crossbows and they only go accurate up to 40 or 50 yards.

The Horton Storm RDX is so consistently accurate that I tried to shoot at 80 yards and I was shocked to have still hit the bulls eye. Of course, I’d never shoot farther than 40 yards when hunting due to ethical reasons – not even with a crossbow as accurate as this. I suggest you do the same.

Personally, I’m yet to find another crossbow that shoots as accurate as my Horton Storm RDX with that amount of power. Speaking of power, I’m sure you’d like to know what kind of game it can kill, and whether or not it can hunt the game you want to hunt…


Simply put, the Horton Storm RDX has the power to hunt any game on North America.

The bolts go right through the game and into the ground. I also had to buy another target because the bolt was penetrating right through the bag that I used with my CenterPoint Sniper 370.

In my opinion this is a good problem to have, but one thing I did not enjoy is walking back and forth from the target bag to my shooting position just to stand the target back up. In my opinion that was a pain in the butt.


The trigger is another thing I have to mention about this crossbow. The pull is a very light, nice and short squeeze and the next thing you know the arrow is through the target. The release is smooth and quiet. I also noticed there’s less vibrations compared to the other crossbows I own.

I do have a problem with it being too light sometimes. Maybe because I haven’t gotten used to it yet but this is a problem to me at the moment. Sometimes I’d just be surprised by an unwanted shot because I couldn’t feel any trigger point.

Other than that, this crossbow is quiet. I find it even more quiet than my crossbows with a string dampener. There’s less noise because of the brush so that eliminated the need for an arrow detention spring setup when you’re changing arrow types.


Apart from its impressive accuracy and power, one of my favorite things about this crossbow is its easy manueverability. It’s easy to move around with plus the narrow width makes it great in a treestand.


I also like that this crossbow is balanced, it’s not heavy at the front. The weight is at the center of the body so it feels light even though it weighs 8.2 lbs. This weight distribution allows me to be very accurate when standing or kneeling. I can hold the crossbow on the target for a long time without getting my arms tired, which means I can wait for the perfect shot without wavering.

This balance makes it feel like shooting a rifle because as I already mentioned, the weight is at the center not at the front like most crossbows.

Recommended Arrows

The Horton Storm RDX takes a 20″ arrow with an Omni nock. TenPoint recomments arrows with a total weight or 400-440 for the best results.

Very Easy to Maintain

Once of the advantages of this crossbow over others I own is that it’s very easy to maintain. It only requires wax and oil every 74 shots, in contrast to the common requirement of every five to ten shots.

Horton Storm RDX vs. Barnett Vangeance vs. Scorpyd Orion

Full disclosure – I haven’t tried the Barnett Vangeance nor the Scorpyd Orion yet. But I did a lot of reading about each when I was looking for my first reverse bow and there are many reasons why I chose the Horton Storm RDX over the others.

Here are some advantages of the Horton Storm over the others:

  • Adjustable stock
  • Balanced weight distribution
  • Compact size
  • Less noise
  • Omni nocks
  • Very easy to maintain

The areas where Storm RDX lost is the (1) price compared to the Barnett Vangeance, and the (2) speed compared to the Scorpyd Orion.

Horton Storm RDX Problems

I really love my Horton Storm RDX, but I’m still choosy about everything so here are my complaints about this bow:

First of all, the default scope is alright but what’s really bugging me about it is the crosshairs are spaced out for a 330 FPS crossbow. That means using it with the Storm RDX will not line up the crosshairs every 10 yards and you will need to do some guess work to find out where they really fall in.

I recommend upgrading to the Hawke XB1 Scope like I did (I use the red/green illuminated model) since it takes all the guess work away by being fully adjustable for speed. With my Hawke scope, all crosshairs fall exactly into place. You also can’t go wrong with the Rangemaster Pro. These two are what I always recommend to friends and anybody else because they’re tried and tested.

Second, I really wish the quiver could hold more than three bolts. Speaking of the quiver, I already mentioned in the Build section that I wish it was located horizontally at the front of the bow instead of being vertically attached on the side.

Other than that, this bow was really a game changer for me.

Pros and Cons:

  • Sleek build and high quality finish
  • Easy maneuverability due to compact size
  • Balanced
  • Adjustable stock
  • Fast
  • Very powerful
  • Very accurate
  • Quiet
  • Very easy to maintain
  • Not lightweight
  • Price
  • Quiver holds only three bolts
  • Okay scope

Others’ Horton Storm RDX Review

Here’s what others have to say about the bow:

Horton Storm RDX Warranty

The warranty for Horton Storm RDX is five years from the date of purchase for the original owner. So regardless of where you bought it (online or local shop), you receive the full warranty as long as you’re the original owner. The crossbow comes with a warranty card so make you you complete that and mail it to Horton Crossbow Innovations.

However the strings able cables are not covered by the warranty. Other than that, the warranty will also be void if the damage was caused by:

  1. Not following the instructions in the manual
  2. The crossbow and any accessories are altered from their original state
  3. The GripSafety is disabled and/or safety wings removed
  4. Damage is caused by abuse or neglect
  5. Damage is caused by dry-firing or by using underweight arrows (lighter than recommended in the Owner’s Manual)
  6. The crossbow is rented or loaned for use by others

Horton Storm RDX Price

If you haven’t seen it yet, the prices for each package as of 12th of January 2018 can be seen at the Packages section. But you can click here to check the current prices.

Final Thoughts

Oh my, oh my, oh my. My first reverse draw crossbow is a game changer for me who only shot compound bows beforehand. The impressive speed, power, accuracy, and silence has been present altogether in this single bow. Even the build quality and design shows such a high level of craftsmanship. Seeing it arive in the mail, assembling and then shooting it made me feel like a kid who got his sweetest candy.

That being said, there’s still room for improvement. I tried my best to be as critical of this bow as I can, and you can read my complaints if you read the full review above. I can tell you that this crossbow is not perfect.

However I did a lot of research while I was looking for my first reverse bow and the Storm RDX came at the top. I’m very very happy with my purchase and I wouldn’t trade it with any other similar models. You can read my short comparison of the Storm RDX against two other famous reverse draw crossbows.


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