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Best Broadheads: Mechanical and Fixed-Blade Broadheads Tested

Best Broadheads: Mechanical and Fixed-Blade Broadheads Tested

We tested and ranked the 5 best mechanical broadheads and 5 best fixed-blade broadheads on the market.
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from Checo Cardenas wrote 10 weeks 6 days ago

what abaut toxic broadhead

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from Checo Cardenas wrote 10 weeks 6 days ago

what about toxic broadhead

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from Checo Cardenas wrote 10 weeks 6 days ago

what abaut toxic broadhead

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from Dean G. Hawkins wrote 48 weeks 4 days ago

After asking several successful archery hunters for their opinions and reading this review; after several seasons with Thunder Head's, I'm switching to the Muzzy's!

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from Montana wrote 1 year 42 weeks ago

Great article by the way, very informative.

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from Montana wrote 1 year 42 weeks ago

Muzzy 100's are all I use. They are the best, bar none.
They don't get much tougher or more accurate and if you want pass-thru's there are none better.

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from bigal16508 wrote 1 year 43 weeks ago

I shoot a barnett crossbow and I have used many different broadheads. Muzzys work very well but my best penetration comes from the steelforce. They will shoot through while the others don't. there is nothing like a pass through for blood trails. But any tip will do if the shot is placed right.

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from tiger98 wrote 1 year 44 weeks ago

Let's face it, with the proper practice, you'll be an accurate shooter and with accurate shooting comes a quick kill shot with a trackable blood trail, and all the fixed blades tested seem to be pretty comparable. They all cut large enough drain holes, are made with good quality and integrity, and I don't care what each scores for sharpness, you can bet they're all going to be sharp no matter what(you can sharpen them yourself even more). So, it all comes down to price/value and, at $39/6 broadheads + practice blades compared to $30-$38 for just 3, I'd say it's obvious. Hands-down Muzzy's the clear winner. Not to mention it's really easy and affordable to get their replacement blades. On a side note, I stopped using the mechanical ones after time-after-time they(Nap Spitfires) failed to properly open on impact (one blade of the 3 deployed fully if I was lucky). Fortunately, in not opening, they actually punched (as opposed to sliced) a good-sized hole through, which ripped things up inside good enough to drop my deer fairly quickly(never lost any of the 3 deer I shot with them). That's where the accurate shot comes in. If you hit your mark, you have a pretty good chance of quickly getting the kill no matter what broadhead you shoot.

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from Klxiii wrote 1 year 44 weeks ago

I was also surprised that there really aren't any cut on contact heads (Steelforce, G5, etc) included with the fixed blade heads. There are several of very popular cut on contacts out there and from my experience they fly very well and will most likely out penetrate any of the heads listed in this study.

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from bowhunter113 wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

also i don't think 5/8 drywall is a very good comparison to hitting bone.i have ruined a couple of muzzys by hitting shoulders. hope everyone has a safe and successful season.

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from schmakenzie wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

I switched to swhacker about 3 months ago. I used to shoot rage. I really didn't have a problem with the rage, they worked for me. The swhacker video got my attention, but once all my friends started switching to them and I saw their results I was changed. The biggest "ah-hah" moment is when you hold a swhacker and a rage in the same hand. The swhacker is the muzzy of mechanicals.

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from bowhunter113 wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

this isn't a true test. where are the bloodrunners 2 blade?? maybe we need more research eh? and they only cost $39.00 /3. or steelforce fixed blade for $25.00/3. and i don't shoot foam when i hunt, that calls for a different license.

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from Jeff Thompson wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

Rage had the deepist penetration in the mechanical
catagory with the largest cutting dia. Personaly I think the price is reasonable when the price is a
wounded animal or one you see drop.

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from Widgeon wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

Penetration tests were done with foam? Come on Outdoor Life! Arrows/heads do not penetrate foam anything like they penetrate an animal. The forces present and physics behind penetration are completely different in foam medium that collapses on itself than an animal that is made of flesh and bones. Shooting into foam will give you false results in many cases and is not representative of hunting penetration conditions. I appreciate the effort put into this review, but I'd appreciate it more if better research was done into setting up the test criteria.

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from bioguy01 wrote 1 year 47 weeks ago

I'm surprised at the Swhacker review. Size of entrance wound is VERY important. Not every shot is a pass-through, and the Swhacker design does not look like it makes a very big entrance wound.

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from JohnT wrote 1 year 47 weeks ago

huntfishtrap: The Grim Reaper secured our Great Buy award since it scored very well, plus you get a practice head for just $5 more than the price of the Swhacker.

denren: It's impossible to determine the "accuracy" of a broadhead as there are a number of factors that go into an accurate bow shot, including the arrow shaft, fletchings, the bow and all its components, and, most importantly, the ability of the person taking the shot. Therefore, we did not attempt to measure "accuracy" of the broadheads.

Thanks for your comments, everyone.

John Taranto
Gear Editor

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from oldhootowl wrote 1 year 47 weeks ago

Actually in the penetration test blade angle had nothing to do with the Slick Trick head. It penetrated a bit less because it has FOUR blades, obviously. Thus four blades cut more than 33% compared to the smaller diameter #1 three blade head. Any Doctor will tell you more cut in 4 directions will give you a better hole and blood trail than just 3 blades making it more deadly.

Quality has little to do with weighing a grain off 100. Quality refers to blade quality and ferrule quality. A one piece steel machined ferrule is better quality than molded or aluminum ferrules.

Hope that helps.

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from Ishi wrote 1 year 47 weeks ago

Interesting to see how much more penetration you get with fixed blades. Of all the factors tested, penetration is most important for killing an animal.

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from Floyd Rager wrote 1 year 47 weeks ago

Bow hunting for 35 years I have shot and thrown away alot of different broadheads. I must admit that I have never shot Mech Heads only fixed blades. The last 6 years I have shot nothing but Crimson Talon 100g. They shoot like my field tips, penetrate like nobody's business, and leave a blood trail anyone could follow and best of all they don't bust the budget. Yet I never see or hear them ever mentioned in any tests or trials. Everyone have a successful and safe season.

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from huntfishtrap wrote 1 year 47 weeks ago

One thing puzzles me about your rankings; why in the world do you have the Grim Reaper Whitetail Special as your "Great Buy", when it actually costs MORE than your "Editor's Choice" winner, the Swhacker? Logically speaking, that makes absolutely no sense at all.

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from denren wrote 1 year 47 weeks ago

Well I thought the test was good except for one very important aspect. There isn't a test for accuracy.
All hunters ask if the broadhead they are considering is accurate. It's one of the most important values. The test should have been performed at 30 yards and with how they shot on target as a big factor.

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from Erik Wilson wrote 1 year 47 weeks ago

I've shot Muzzy 100's for years, I guess because of Tom Miranda. Realistically, you can get the 6 pack for around $30 making the deall even better. Thougher than nails (almost as tough as the old Bear Razor), I practice exclusively with the practice blades and never have to worry about how the "real thing" flies. Awesome broadhead.

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from Widgeon wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

Penetration tests were done with foam? Come on Outdoor Life! Arrows/heads do not penetrate foam anything like they penetrate an animal. The forces present and physics behind penetration are completely different in foam medium that collapses on itself than an animal that is made of flesh and bones. Shooting into foam will give you false results in many cases and is not representative of hunting penetration conditions. I appreciate the effort put into this review, but I'd appreciate it more if better research was done into setting up the test criteria.

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from Floyd Rager wrote 1 year 47 weeks ago

Bow hunting for 35 years I have shot and thrown away alot of different broadheads. I must admit that I have never shot Mech Heads only fixed blades. The last 6 years I have shot nothing but Crimson Talon 100g. They shoot like my field tips, penetrate like nobody's business, and leave a blood trail anyone could follow and best of all they don't bust the budget. Yet I never see or hear them ever mentioned in any tests or trials. Everyone have a successful and safe season.

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from bowhunter113 wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

this isn't a true test. where are the bloodrunners 2 blade?? maybe we need more research eh? and they only cost $39.00 /3. or steelforce fixed blade for $25.00/3. and i don't shoot foam when i hunt, that calls for a different license.

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from Klxiii wrote 1 year 44 weeks ago

I was also surprised that there really aren't any cut on contact heads (Steelforce, G5, etc) included with the fixed blade heads. There are several of very popular cut on contacts out there and from my experience they fly very well and will most likely out penetrate any of the heads listed in this study.

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from denren wrote 1 year 47 weeks ago

Well I thought the test was good except for one very important aspect. There isn't a test for accuracy.
All hunters ask if the broadhead they are considering is accurate. It's one of the most important values. The test should have been performed at 30 yards and with how they shot on target as a big factor.

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from Ishi wrote 1 year 47 weeks ago

Interesting to see how much more penetration you get with fixed blades. Of all the factors tested, penetration is most important for killing an animal.

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from tiger98 wrote 1 year 44 weeks ago

Let's face it, with the proper practice, you'll be an accurate shooter and with accurate shooting comes a quick kill shot with a trackable blood trail, and all the fixed blades tested seem to be pretty comparable. They all cut large enough drain holes, are made with good quality and integrity, and I don't care what each scores for sharpness, you can bet they're all going to be sharp no matter what(you can sharpen them yourself even more). So, it all comes down to price/value and, at $39/6 broadheads + practice blades compared to $30-$38 for just 3, I'd say it's obvious. Hands-down Muzzy's the clear winner. Not to mention it's really easy and affordable to get their replacement blades. On a side note, I stopped using the mechanical ones after time-after-time they(Nap Spitfires) failed to properly open on impact (one blade of the 3 deployed fully if I was lucky). Fortunately, in not opening, they actually punched (as opposed to sliced) a good-sized hole through, which ripped things up inside good enough to drop my deer fairly quickly(never lost any of the 3 deer I shot with them). That's where the accurate shot comes in. If you hit your mark, you have a pretty good chance of quickly getting the kill no matter what broadhead you shoot.

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from Erik Wilson wrote 1 year 47 weeks ago

I've shot Muzzy 100's for years, I guess because of Tom Miranda. Realistically, you can get the 6 pack for around $30 making the deall even better. Thougher than nails (almost as tough as the old Bear Razor), I practice exclusively with the practice blades and never have to worry about how the "real thing" flies. Awesome broadhead.

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from huntfishtrap wrote 1 year 47 weeks ago

One thing puzzles me about your rankings; why in the world do you have the Grim Reaper Whitetail Special as your "Great Buy", when it actually costs MORE than your "Editor's Choice" winner, the Swhacker? Logically speaking, that makes absolutely no sense at all.

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from oldhootowl wrote 1 year 47 weeks ago

Actually in the penetration test blade angle had nothing to do with the Slick Trick head. It penetrated a bit less because it has FOUR blades, obviously. Thus four blades cut more than 33% compared to the smaller diameter #1 three blade head. Any Doctor will tell you more cut in 4 directions will give you a better hole and blood trail than just 3 blades making it more deadly.

Quality has little to do with weighing a grain off 100. Quality refers to blade quality and ferrule quality. A one piece steel machined ferrule is better quality than molded or aluminum ferrules.

Hope that helps.

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from JohnT wrote 1 year 47 weeks ago

huntfishtrap: The Grim Reaper secured our Great Buy award since it scored very well, plus you get a practice head for just $5 more than the price of the Swhacker.

denren: It's impossible to determine the "accuracy" of a broadhead as there are a number of factors that go into an accurate bow shot, including the arrow shaft, fletchings, the bow and all its components, and, most importantly, the ability of the person taking the shot. Therefore, we did not attempt to measure "accuracy" of the broadheads.

Thanks for your comments, everyone.

John Taranto
Gear Editor

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from bioguy01 wrote 1 year 47 weeks ago

I'm surprised at the Swhacker review. Size of entrance wound is VERY important. Not every shot is a pass-through, and the Swhacker design does not look like it makes a very big entrance wound.

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from Jeff Thompson wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

Rage had the deepist penetration in the mechanical
catagory with the largest cutting dia. Personaly I think the price is reasonable when the price is a
wounded animal or one you see drop.

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from bowhunter113 wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

also i don't think 5/8 drywall is a very good comparison to hitting bone.i have ruined a couple of muzzys by hitting shoulders. hope everyone has a safe and successful season.

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from bigal16508 wrote 1 year 43 weeks ago

I shoot a barnett crossbow and I have used many different broadheads. Muzzys work very well but my best penetration comes from the steelforce. They will shoot through while the others don't. there is nothing like a pass through for blood trails. But any tip will do if the shot is placed right.

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from Montana wrote 1 year 42 weeks ago

Muzzy 100's are all I use. They are the best, bar none.
They don't get much tougher or more accurate and if you want pass-thru's there are none better.

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from Montana wrote 1 year 42 weeks ago

Great article by the way, very informative.

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from Dean G. Hawkins wrote 48 weeks 4 days ago

After asking several successful archery hunters for their opinions and reading this review; after several seasons with Thunder Head's, I'm switching to the Muzzy's!

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from Checo Cardenas wrote 10 weeks 6 days ago

what abaut toxic broadhead

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from Checo Cardenas wrote 10 weeks 6 days ago

what about toxic broadhead

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from Checo Cardenas wrote 10 weeks 6 days ago

what abaut toxic broadhead

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from schmakenzie wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

I switched to swhacker about 3 months ago. I used to shoot rage. I really didn't have a problem with the rage, they worked for me. The swhacker video got my attention, but once all my friends started switching to them and I saw their results I was changed. The biggest "ah-hah" moment is when you hold a swhacker and a rage in the same hand. The swhacker is the muzzy of mechanicals.

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