If you are an avid crossbow hunter, at some point, you’re going to need to upgrade your gear. If that means finding the best crossbow broadheads, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s what you need to know before you invest in one.
The Rage Bowhunting CrossbowX Mechanical Broadhead is loaded with technology, such as the enhanced Shock Collar Technology, that ensures your blades stay put even under the harshest punishment. It also features Ferrule Alignment Technology (FAT) that improves in-flight aerodynamics, as well as a respectable two-inch cutting diameter and razor-sharp blades.
Further, this broadhead comes with a free practice head too, so you can get used to the new setup before you venture out for a hunt—a definite plus if you need a little more time to settle into changes in your gear.
This particular broadhead is well known in the industry for its precision, and it’s got a reputation for large wound channels and quick kills. They are reusable, and they fly true and accurately, even from a distance.
While most users who use this broadhead report that it does the job superlatively, there are some who find that the broadhead opens too early (sometimes while loading the bow), while others have reported that they failed to open at all. These issues are almost always a result of user inexperience with the product but can be frustrating at the moment.
There is also some difference in the flight of the practice tip versus the real deal, so you will have to recalibrate your shots when you make the switch.
If you’re in the market for a crossbow broadhead that looks the part, the Muzzy Trocar HBX Hybrid 4 Blade certainly does that! The all hardened steel tip looks like it means business, and the impressive list of features backs up the appearance.
All that steel is hardened, so it not only pierces soft tissue, it will also do some serious damage to bone and cartilage.
The four-blade tip has a one-inch cutting diameter, but the two rear expandable blades increase the wound size to do maximum damage. The larger ferrule and aerodynamic design round out a broadhead that is solid, dependable and well designed.
The Muzzy Trocar HBX Hybrid 4 Blade—that opens most of the time—is a reliable choice. They fly true and accurately and hit their target even at mid to long distance.
Some people may consider this a con, but since it speaks to overall sharpness and efficacy, we’ll list it here: these broadheads are prone to pass through kills. While that may mean you can’t recover the arrow, it also proves the sharpness and killing power behind this product.
Like all broadheads, there are times when this one will not open. Since it is so sharp and made from hardened steel, that doesn’t mean it won’t get the job done. It’s also a big ask for any broadhead, and so far, there aren’t many that can claim to open 100% of the time.
This product does not come with any practice units, so you will have to use the “real deal” while you are getting used to it. If you’re a first-time user of this product, that may mean sacrificing your first tip while you get used to it.
The Grim Reaper X-Bow Mech Broadhead RT 1 is a triple-bladed, razor tip, 100-grain broadhead that is made for performance under tough conditions.
The cut diameter of this broadhead might not be the biggest, at just 1.5 inches, but since it’s tested at over 400 FPS, it certainly packs a lot of power behind that cut. It also comes with a practice head, so if you’re a first time or returning user, you can get used to the flight and piercing power of this head before you use the real thing in the field.
These broadheads are widely known for their accuracy and killing power, which, let’s face it, are two of the most important things when it comes to any bow hunting gear!
The combination of accuracy, the blade configuration and the power they can pack into a shot does mean that they can pass right through the animal you’re hunting, but not without doing significant damage. They do close as they decelerate too, so they’ll still get the job done.
Finally, because of the build quality of these broadheads, they are well suited to multiple uses, which is a big plus.
The quality of the practice tips with this broadhead is not as good as the real deal, which means you won’t get as many shots to warm up with them. However, they are practice tips, and they are free, so that’s not necessarily unexpected.
In some cases, the latch on the case can be a little tricky, but with a little care, they’ll stay where you want them to.
All three of these broadheads are great in their own way, and all of them have both their devoted fans and those who swear never to use them again. That’s the same way with any piece of hunting equipment though, so when making a choice, it’s usually the best all-rounder that wins the day. Weight, manufacturing, material, features and more all go into making a great broadhead.
In this case, we’ll have to give it to the Grim Reaper. This good-quality product combines impressive cutting power with the ability to stand up to a lot of force, and the addition of a practice tip. This last piece is key, particularly if you are shopping for a broadhead for the first time, or looking for a new tip to try, as you’ll need to get yourself used to the difference in flight and operation.
Whichever of the three you do end up using though, you can be sure you’re getting a well-made, accurate and reusable broadhead tip, that will serve you well for hunting most mid-sized deer.
Jen loves the outdoors and enjoys exploring a wide-range of activities. A mother of 3 whose seen far too many friends suffer from cancer, she believes Pink Crossbow reflects a sport for LIFE. It's a reminder that archery belongs to everyone regardless of age, size, or gender...and real enthusiasts aren't afraid to wear pink!