The Best Broadheads for Crossbow Hunting

Any broadhead you shoot effectively from your compound bow will work fine in a crossbow. If you're a mechanical guy for whitetails, then shoot mechanicals in your horizontal bow. Same with fixed-blades.

The delivery of energy and cutting ability doesn't differ remarkably from a modern compound to a modern crossbow. What matters greatly is how your tip balances with the rest of the crossbow arrow. In general, you want to shoot a heavier broadhead from a crossbow than you do from a compound.

Crossbow arrows are short, 20 inches from nock to insert. Because of that truncated length (consider that my compound arrow stretches just past 29 inches), crossbow arrows aren't as aerodynamic as longer shafts. That means balance has a huge influence on flight, and it means you will get the most consistent flight by moving your balance point forward.

Weight-forward balance gives a crossbow arrow's vanes more distance along the shaft to exert their influence. And the front-heavy shaft flies straighter and hits with more authority than lighter, more balanced arrows.

So how do you move your weight forward? First, shoot heavier broadheads. I shoot 100-grain heads out of my compound, but go with 125-grain heads in my crossbow. Plus, I use heavier brass inserts in my crossbow. My standard recipe is to use either a 100- or a 110-grain insert plus a 125-grain broadhead, and I get remarkable accuracy and penetration with my arrows all the way out to 50 yards.

Experiment with different balance points and weights, but I'm betting you'll find you shoot better with heavier points, no matter what style of broadhead you prefer.