Best New Broadheads of 2014

One thing every bowhunter must buy almost every year is broadheads. A good hunting point can be the difference between gripping-and-grinning and eating tag soup. Whether you prefer fixed blades, mechanicals, or hybrids, 2014’s broadhead lineup has something for everyone. Below are a few of the latest models to help you fill the freezer this fall.

Muzzy Phantom SC

Muzzy’s new ultra-compact four-blade broadhead, called the Phantom SC, is destined to become a buck’s worst nightmare this fall. This cut-on-contact fixed blade is built with fat, .050-inch-thick blades, has a 1 ¹⁄₈-inch cutting diameter, and is designed to fly true at the super-high speeds produced by the newest bows. ($40/3-pack; muzzy.com)

Rocket Ultimate Steel

The Rocket Ultimate Steel is proof that good things come in small packages. The three-blade design features a 1-inch cutting diameter, extra-tough Bacon Skinner blades, a low profile, and steel construction. This broadhead is available in 100-grain and is designed for maximum stability in flight. ($40/3-pack; rocket broadheads.com)

Rage 3-Blade

This completely redesigned three-blade broadhead is touted to produce larger wound channels than those of any Rage heads that came before it because of the way the ferrule of the head is designed. This head is stainless steel, has three .035-inch-thick blades and a 1 ¾-inch cutting diameter, and is available in 100 grains. ($50/3-pack; ragebroadheads.com)

Grim Reaper Fatal Steel

This three-blade mechanical is made of stainless steel and operates without O-rings, thanks to its unique spring system. It comes with a cut-on-contact Trocrazor II. The Fatal Steel is available in a 100-grain model that offers 1 ¼-inch cutting diameter or a 125-grain model that offers a 1 ½-inch cutting diameter. ($40/3-pack; grimreaperbroadheads.com)

Slick Trick Magnum

This four-blade broadhead is built with .035-inch-thick, super-sharp German Lutz blades. The fixed-blade Magnum has a 1 ¹⁄₈-inch cutting diameter and is as tough as nails. It is available in 100- and 125-grain. ($30/3-pack; slicktrick.net)

Trophy Taker Ulmer Edge

The two-blade Ulmer Edge is now available with a 2-inch cutting diameter that promises to make even more devastating wound channels than the original. Its rear-­deploying blades are designed to pivot around bone and other obstructions after entering the animal. The heads feature a locking system to lock the blades for practicing. ($45/3-pack; trophytaker.com)

Grim Reaper Hybrid

This option combines a two-blade fixed head with a 1 ³⁄₁₆-inch cutting diameter and two mechanical blades that deploy to 1.5 inches on impact. The back edge of the main blades are sharpened to create an even more devastating wound channel. All blades on the Hybrid are built with .035-inch-thick blades. ($40/3-pack; grim reaperbroadheads.com)