Horton Storm RDX vs. Horton Vortec RDX Crossbow

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

What is the difference between the Horton Storm RDX and the Horton Vortec RDX Crossbows?

We often have people ask us "Horton Storm vs. Horton Vortec - which is better?” The word "better” is hard to define. It really depends on what is important to you. The simplest difference between these two reverse limb crossbows is price. The Storm is $200 more than the Vortec. So based on the price alone, the Storm has to be better than the Vortec, right? Again, it depends on your needs and what you’re looking for in a crossbow.

If you’re in to speed, the Storm delivers a blistering 370 feet per second. That is all the speed you need to effectively hunt just about anything on earth. The Vortec, at 340 fps, isn’t quite as fast as the Storm but still has enough speed for nearly any hunting situation. Remember, most compound bows setup for hunting are shooting around 300 fps or less. But more speed can definitely help in hunting situations. Arrows travel at a flatter trajectory out of faster crossbows. As an example, if you think an animal is at 40 yards when it was really at 50 yards, having more speed can be the difference between still getting a lethal shot and a complete miss.

Horton CrossbowsSpeed is clearly a big advantage for the Storm. But the Vortec has some advantages of it’s own. At 135 pounds of draw weight compared to the Storm’s 165 pounds and with a powerstroke(length of pull) that is an inch shorter, the Horton Vortec RDX Crossbow is much easier to pull back. If you’re looking at the ACUdraw crank version, this isn’t as much of a factor but if you’re going with the DeddSled50 version an easier draw is definitely worth considering.

The other big difference is size. The Vortec is about an inch shorter and a half pound lighter than the Horton Storm RDX. The Vortec is also nearly an inch narrower when cocked than the Storm. This compact frame makes the ½ pound difference feel much bigger than it is. The Vortec is very well balanced and offers a great fit in the treestand or the ground blind. The compact design is also nice for spot and stalk hunters.

As far as noise is concerned, because of the increased energy the Storm is slightly louder but it’s negligible in my opinion. Both crossbows are offered with the ACUdraw crank or DeddSled50 version with the crank being $200 more. The crank allows you to cock the crossbow with very little effort and it cocks the crossbow the same way every time. This consistency leads to increased accuracy. The advantage of the DeddSled50 cocking sled is it is faster and quieter than the ACUdraw system. Of course, using the cocking sled does require effort so if you have a back or shoulder injury you may want to consider the ACUdraw model.

At CrossbowExpert.com, we are currently offering both of these crossbows with a scope upgrade. We take the factory 3x scope out of the package and give you a Hawke XB1 SR Scope. This is Hawke’s best selling crossbow scope. It offers both illumination and speed compensation.

So which is better, the Horton Storm RDX or the Horton Vortec RDX Crossbow? It depends on what is important to you. If speed is the most important factor, the Storm is for you. If you want a super compact reverse limb crossbow, consider the Vortec. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at 715-386-4188 or you can contact me by email at chris@crossbowexpert.com.