Information on different types of Bow Hunting Broadheads
When it comes to bow hunting the debate is eternal and fierce. Which broadhead is best? This, of course, depends on many factors. Is the weapon a compound bow or a crossbow? Mechanical broadhead or fixed-blade? Fixed-blade points are the most common, with more models offered. They use a chisel type point to break bones and penetrate resilient hide. Their design makes them the toughest type of point, with most of the arrow’s intensity going straight to the target. Mechanical broadheads have surged in popularity recently. A mechanical blade stays closed until it hits the target, then opens to create a large hole in the hide. They tend to work more like a field point and result in a larger wound, some as much as two to four inches in diameter. In the end, it comes down to the individual hunter and what works best for their sporting style.
One of the best fixed-blade broadheads available, in terms of performance and price, is the RedHead Blackout from Bass Pro. This broadhead, which is an Outdoor Life Editor’s Choice award, has an especially sharp German-made blade which leads to a dominant penetration mark of 10 5/8 inches. It has a sturdy one-piece ferrule and blade retention is excellent. At $30 for a three-pack, it’s a bargain as well. Another great bargain broadhead is the Muzzy 100, an Outdoor Life Great Buy. This is a high quality point that is sharp with a large cutting diameter that can attain 9 3/16 inches of perforation. For $39 for a six-pack, this is affordable quality. The Toxic fixed-blade broadhead from Flying Arrow Archery brings a lot of new things to the game. This 100-grain point has three “half-moon” coring blades set in the middle of aircraft-aluminum ferrule which add strength and stability. The curved blades add almost five inches of cutting surface, honed to a razor-sharp keenness. With radical core decompression and reduced wind drag, they’re a decent buy at $45 for three.
Tru-Fire has a fixed-blade that has eradicated the annoyance of loose blades. It has a patent pending Spring Retention System that puts each blade in the blade slot in the ferrule, letting the spring do all the rest. It has an aggressive tip with a two position blade locking system and a solid steel ferrule that is heat treated and coated. A good buy at $34.99 for a 3-pack.
After some growing pains in the industry, there are some great mechanical broadheads available. One of the best, another Outdoor Life Editor’s Choice, is the Swhacker 100-Grain 1.75. This is very sturdy and the blades do away with the failures often found in other mechanical broadheads. It has a shrink collar which serves to hug the flying blade so there is no need for rubber bands or o-rings. The collar minimizes in-flight aerodynamic drag. It has a 1 ¾ inch cutting diameter which penetrates 7 1/16 inches. This broadhead offers a superior performance for $35 a 3-pack. The Grim Reaper Whitetail Special, an Outdoor Life Great Buy, is another bargain. It has a two inch cutting diameter, a spring collar blade retention system, a chisel-style tip, and three long blades which open independently of one another. The blades are tough, suffering no impairment when tested by being shot through sheetrock. A practice head is included in the $40 3-pack. A somewhat more pricey, but popular mechanical broadhead, is the Rage Xtreme. It has a rear-deploying design which loses less kinetic energy when opening, resulting in a better delivery and greater penetration of game. The Rage Xtreme has the largest cutting diameter at 2 ¼ inches with very sharp, very large 0.34 inch-thick deployable blades and a notable consistency. With a penetration of 8 inches it appears to be worth the $50 a 3-pack price tag. Wasp Archery has come out with a mechanical broadhead called Z-Force that has a ball-bearing system that assures the correct blade deployment every time. With a stainless steel head and a steel ferrule, the price of $39.99 for a 3-pack seems fairly decent.
With all of the impressive broadheads available in today’s market, the choice of fixed-blade or mechanical is really down to personal preference. Regardless of what kind of broadhead a bow hunter prefers to use in the hunt, there are great choices available.