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Which Broadhead and Why?

10/29/19 @ 10:35 AM
USER SINCE 1/10/03

This is going to be a long post, so if you aren't interested in a broadhead discussion, I suggest backing out now...

Welder Guy brought this up on the "hub blind" thread and I'd like to have a reasonable discussion about broadheads.  I know this topic has been completely beat to death, but I'd like to think as time has moved on, we continue to learn and I think it is worth discussing again.  

I've been bowhunting since 2006.  I did a ton of research then (I research everything I do to no end = blessing and curse).  I settled on Montec G5 broadheads.  I wanted a sturdy cut-on-contact fixed blade.  What drew me to the G5 is that they make a "preseason" version of their heads, which is just a dull version of the broadhead for practice.  I practice almost exclusively with the preseasons.

My results have been stellar.  Believe it or not, I've never clean missed a deer (or the 1 fox I shot).  I've only lost one deer so far in my bowhunting career, a doe in 2012.  She went down in sight.  I waited 30 minutes.  When I got to her, she popped up and took off.  It was user error, I hit her far back.  Hours of tracking later that night and the next morning came up empty.

Aside from that one deer, I have seen all but one of the deer I've shot go down.  And the one I didn't see, I heard crash and walked right to him without any tracking.

Because of my results, I've became a massive believer in cut-on-contact, fixed blade broadheads.  I cannot see a reason why NOT to use them.  The biggest reason is simple:  the deer do not react like you just hit them in the side with a baseball bat, causing them to run like crazy!  Three of the last four deer I've shot jumped, then WALKED 20 - 25 yards away from the shot and tipped over.  All three were double lung shots.  The one that ran was a heart shot, and running proved futile. 

Over the years, I've read HUNDREDS of threads about expandables.  Deployment issues, flight issues because one blade prematurely opened, deflection on bone issues, etc., etc.  Also, when you hit a deer with an expandable, they know it, and they are going to run as far and as fast as they can.  Expandables in my mind have 1 benefit:  they do leave impressive blood trails.  The issue I have is you will typically need the blood trail, because that deer is going to make it as far as it can.  I reject the concept that expandables fly the same as field tips as being an advantage.  Out of a properly tuned bow, a good fixed blade will also fly the same as field tips.  At least that's what I've been told!  I don't practice with field tips!

So what do you use and why?


8/31/22 @ 10:47 AM

I've used Muzzy 125gr w/Trocar tip for years. They've always flown true, punch through shoulder blades all the time, and have a very high percentage of full pass throughs. Combined with Carbon Express arrows it's a deadly combination. Not changing what works for me. Your results may vary slightly.

8/31/22 @ 9:19 AM
USER SINCE 6/12/10

This year I'm shooting Magnus Stingers on both my compound and my crossbow.  Didn't take much to tune them and they are extremely sharp.  I have no doubt they will blow through a shoulder if I accidently hit a deer a little forward.  They also have a lifetime warranty on them which sounds good.

8/31/22 @ 5:46 AM
USER SINCE 3/23/20

My first few years I went with the coolest looking fixed blade broad heads with some really bad shots. Then I tried Grim reaper expandable which have no o ring and I will probably not use anything else after the first deer I hit I was sold. But that's my opinion other guys in our party use other brand expandable which work great for them. For me I like the little bleeder razor  blades just behind the tip and the no o ring.

8/19/22 @ 12:49 PM

This is a good summary of what I just posted if you have the time.

8/19/22 @ 12:39 PM

I'm not a fan of expandable broadheads.  I shoot slick tricks and will probably never change.  They are sharp, I've yet to have a blade break, and lack of penetration has never been an issue.  I can not say the same thing about my BIL's choice of expandable broadheads because I've seen all three issues I've mentioned on deer he has shot with less than stellar results.

8/17/22 @ 10:40 PM
drummer boy
drummer boy
USER SINCE 3/14/08

I started bow hunting in 76 I shot my first buck in 77 with a savora head.After that I went traditional and started shooting black dimonds with a custom 59# bill steward recurve.I started making my own heads from two blades shot my first elk with one in 87.I could go on and on but for the last 10 years or so because of age I have gone back to compounds.Now I hunt with muzzy trocars all steel and fly right with my field points.I do not think I will ever change.

8/17/22 @ 5:24 PM
A timely topic with the season sneaking up on us.

Using my Damon Howatt recurve I shot either a two blade Zwickey or 2 blade Magnus solid steel head.  Easy to sharpen and can't beat them for penetration.  Many deer and elk fallen and very quickly.

Using a modern compound I focus on shooting what flies the best.  In reality, they are al good heads.  For my setup I found the Slick Trick standard, the QAD Exodus full blade, and the Trophy Taker Shuttle T the best flying and excellent penetrators.  These 3 actually flew exactly like my filed tips.  I tried a lot of other heads, and none could match the flight.  The QAD has become my favorite but the Shuttle T also a great head.  Don't take shots that are the least bit risky (angle and/or distance wise) and they will all do the job quickly if they fly good out of your setup.  

10/31/21 @ 6:49 AM
USER SINCE 10/17/21

I've been using NAP killzones for last several years.  I think as mechanicals go they are a good one, no bands, o-rings They are designed with something called spring clip to hold them closed.  With small amt of resistance they deploy, have always opened on impact. I have lacked pass throughs but have never had a deer go far enough to matter.  Every year i think about going to fixed head but they just keep working so why change.

10/15/21 @ 4:15 PM
USER SINCE 12/7/05


A good cut-on-contact fixed head I have used in the past is the Wac'Em Triton 100 gr. 3-blade heads. Stainless ferrule with replaceable blades (or you can resharpen them on a flat stone if you have the patience). They fly like darts and are very durable. I have used them as well as several others I know and hunt with and no one I know has had a problem with them. I still have a couple Rage Hypodermics left, but when those are gone, I will be going back to the Wac'Em fixed heads. They are a small diameter (1 1/32") but I always got pass throughs with them and good blood trails. Rage have given me slightly better blood trails, but I am not sold on the 'No-Collar' technology and that seems to be where they are headed...

10/15/21 @ 7:39 AM
USER SINCE 12/19/10

I have pretty much used thunderheads most of my bow hunting career with no real issues to speak of. I got caught up in the hype at one point and switched to Rage even though I have never been a fan of mechanicals but Rage’s seemed different. The first deer I shot with a Rage, which happened to be my biggest buck to date, went perfectly. Complete pass through with a great blood trail. But after that I had some issues. One deer I shot I hit perfectly and had a complete pass through and thought “done deal” but when tracking there wasn’t much blood and then it fizzled out to nothing and I never found that deer. The only thing I can say is maybe the blades didn’t open?? I also didn’t like how tender I had to be putting them back in the quiver to not damage the retaining ring. I Quit using those and went back to thunder heads. I’ve been wanting to use more of a cut on contact type head recently so this year I bought a pack of G5 Montecs and I really like them. Good quality, good flight and the doe I shot this year didn’t go far before piling up. I’ll probably stick with these til I have a reason to switch. 

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