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Best broadheads 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]Last Updated January 1, 2020
Best broadheads of 2018
Below you can find 3 reviews of the best broadheads to buy in 2018, which I have picked after the deep market research. Whether you’re looking to upgrade your comfort, style, or accessibility, we have picks to fit a variety of needs and budgets. After carefully examining the reviews and ratings of the people who have used them earlier this listicle has been made. However, after giving you the TOP list, I will also give you some of the benefits you stand to gains for using it.
Test Results and Ratings
Why did this broadheads win the first place?
The product is very strong. Its material is stable and doesn’t crack. I really enjoy the design. It is compact, comfortable and reliable. And it looks amazing! I was completely satisfied with the price. Its counterparts in this price range are way worse. I don’t know anything about other models from this brand, but I am fully satisfied with this product.
Why did this broadheads come in second place?
Seems that the material is good. It has a very beautiful color but I don’t really like the texture. I recommend you to consider buying this model, it definitely worth its money. This is a pretty decent product that perfectly fitted the interior of our office. I really liked it. It is amazing in every aspect. It did even exceed my expectations for a bit, considering the affordable price.
Why did this broadheads take third place?
I hope that the good reputation of the manufacturer will guarantee a long-term work. I liked the design. We’ve been using it for 2 months and it still looks like brand new. This price is appropriate since the product is very well built. It doesn’t squeaks nor bents. Looks great in my apartment.
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These are used by traditional-style bowhunters and those who shoot bows that have lower draw weights. They are glued directly to the arrow shaft or have a screw-in ensign that would fit many types of ferrules. It can also be used with adapters of your arrow shafts.
These are designed to replace the blades on the ferrule. You won’t need to throw away the whole broadhead if ever the blades are the only part that’s damaged. Take note that ferrules are the center part of a broadhead where you attach the blades. These are ideal for those who want something they can reuse easily.
Mechanical or Expandable Blades
These begin slicing into your target as soon as they hit it. This results in deeper penetration, which is ideal for those who have less energy on their gear.
These are a staple in archery gear and are similar to the fixed blade designs. They are more popular for hunting elk, as they are reusable and can hit tough bones without breaking quickly. It cuts through the hide first before the blades, helping the arrow maintain the course without it deflecting.
As I mentioned, the most important thing an arrow head can do is damage to your target. One of the best ways to ensure maximum lethality is with a large cutting diameter.
The wider your head, the less aerodynamic it will be, but you will create a bigger hole, which usually means a lot more blood for tracking.
The best way to improve accuracy is to practice as much as possible. However, your broadhead may also affect how accurate you are when shooting, due to the size, shape, and spin of the head.
Ideally, you will want to practice with a broadhead before you go out in the field, so make sure to get a model that is either cheap enough to replace, or comes with a practice head so you can master your shot.
Even though each blade type has its own benefits, some hunters prefer either a fixed blade or mechanical blade, regardless of the pros or cons of each.
Next on our list is the G Outdoors Striker. When comparing the Striker to the Montec, there are virtually no differences concerning weight and cutting ability.
However, the biggest distinction between the two models is the fact that the Striker has a bit wider head and larger cutting diameter, meaning that it can do a little more damage than the Montec.
Fortunately, the broader head doesn’t add any weight, so the Striker is still as formidable and versatile as the Montec. Ultimately, if you are deciding between the two, it will just come down to personal preference.
Much like G 5, Muzzy has made a name for itself as one of the top brands for archers.
Stinger Buzzcut Blade Arrow Broadhead
The last fixed broadhead on our list is the Stinger Buzzcut. What differentiates this head from the others is the fact that it only has two blades (plus a small barb), and it’s serrated.
The design of the blades themselves is such that it will cut through flesh much easier, similar to how a bread knife cuts through a dinner roll.
Rage Hypodermic Standard Broadhead
With a long chiseled tip and three barbed blades, this broadhead will do some incredible damage to your target.
Swhacker 100 Grain Pack Cut + Practice Head & Dvd
If you want a durable, efficient, and damaging broadhead, the Swhacker is for you.
One of the best things about this model is that it comes with an instructional DVD, which is helpful for those who have never shot a mechanical blade before. A practice head also helps you master your shot.
Moving along, we come to the X-Bow Mechanical Broadhead, which is also made by Grim Reaper. When comparing this model to the Razor-Cut SS Whitetail, the biggest distinction is that the X-Bow looks a lot more menacing.
A thick chisel tip and three barb-style blades look like they will tear through any target with ease, and go looking for more trouble when finished.
The X-Bow model also has a slightly smaller cutting diameter but don’t let that fool you into thinking it’s somehow less effective.
Bison, moose, big bears, elk, big wild boars and large African plains game, like eland and hartebeest. These are animals with the thickest hide, sturdiest bone structure and most extensive anatomy. They place a premium on penetration over all other factors.
A conventional mechanical broadhead has blades swinging from a forward position (in flight) and 180 degrees to the engaged position, stopping or locking into a fairly streamlined attack angle while cutting. Blades are held in position in flight by an O-ring, rubber band or blade clips. Examples: Rage 2- or 3-blade, NAP Spitfire and BloodRunner KE.
While “aggressive” may remain somewhat subjective, you can normally glance at a mechanical design and make an educated guess as to how it will or won’t penetrate. Here we’re looking at blades that chop instead of slice after full engagement from a forward, in-flight position, and extra-wide cutting diameters. Examples: Rocket Hammerhead, NAP Spitfire MAXX, NAP KillZone MAXX and Mar-Den Vortex Pro Extreme.
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The nock is made from either plastic or aluminum in most cases, and it is attached to the back of the shaft. The purpose of a nock is to keep the bolt in place as you line up for the shot.
There are two primary types of nocks to be found on crossbow bolts: the half-moon (top image on the left), and the flat nock (bottom image). The half-moon nock has a groove that you will need to align with your string before you can fire the bolt.
While bag targets are great for repetitive practice shots, you only want to use field points with them. Broadhead tips often become stuck, and can rip the outer material ruining the target. The porous material is also not designed for extended use outdoors, and its heavy weight makes it awkward to carry which is why most experts recommend using bag targets indoors. You do have the advantage of being able to use almost any type of bow setup, as long as the bolts have field points.
Foam Block Targets
Most experts recommend placing the block so the foam layers are lying vertically which will help guide your arrow between, instead of across the layers. Foam target blocks are also ideal for use outdoors due to its lightweight and portable design. You can set up foam block targets in seconds outdoors or inside, though it is important to always consider draw weight and any potential issues that might cause difficulties when you are trying to remove the arrows.
You will appreciate its lightweight 2pound construction that makes it easy to carry to and from the practice field. The foam can withstand outdoor conditions and it is also designed to keep its strength and shape so you can work on making accurate shots. The top located rope makes it easy to hang the target from a tree limb and there are also strategically placed holes for convenient mounting at different heights.
The sided foam block can be used to improve your skill in three ways. There are two 3D sides which clearly shown the internal organs on a deer, so you can work on improving your killing shot for next season. The larger markings on the block will help you improve your aim, and there are also small targets that are ideal for working on arrow placement. With a total of 40 targets clearly marked, this foam block will help you improve your skills with a compound bow.
Field Logic Block Black B 20
Measuring 20 x 20 x 1inches, this foam block target is perfect for beginners and experienced archers who just want to practice and improve their aim. The block presents four sides with clearly marked targets that will help you improve aim and accuracy, and the white on black design ensures that it can be clearly seen from a distance.
Since the field tips easily slide out of the target there is less of a chance for you to develop arm fatigue, which often results in longer practice sessions. Its large size makes it a perfect target for backyard shooting with friends and family, and its lightweight construction makes this block target extremely easy and convenient to transport to and from the practice field.
Field Logic Glendal Pre Rut Buck 3D
Hunters are always looking for ways to improve their skills with their bow setups before the next season, and this 3D target will help archers hone their aim and accuracy. It features a durable construction and realistic design that can be easily used by beginners as well as experienced archers.
The sturdy construction can withstand repeated hits with field tips, and it is also designed to withstand most weather conditions. The lifelike buck measures 3inches at the shoulders so you can also use this 3D target to practice the accuracy of your stance and aim. Styled after a 250 pound buck, you can easily get a sense of where you should be aiming your shoots.
Apparently knock-off products aren’t exclusive to over-priced jewelry and handbags. One Illinois hunter learned this the hard way, and his story makes you wonder how many hunters have been duped and didn’t know it.
Let’s face it: good hunting products can be pricey, and there are certainly some great deals to be had. You just need to consider who is offering the special because a good deal is one thing. Too good of a deal, however, can be plagued with consequence.
Casey Morgan of northern Illinois discovered this after shooting a doe using a broadhead he believed was from the reputable and widely-used brand, Rage. After all, that’s what the product description stated when he purchased a three-pack from a large, online generalist store. Imagine his surprise when he shot a deer with the broadhead and discovered it was a cheap knockoff of the original.
Morgan learned an important lesson from his negative experience.
Target points, sometimes called field points, are used for when you are practicing with a target. The points are not meant for piercing through the flesh of an animal, so there is nothing sharp on the target points. The tips on target points is rounded just enough to penetrate a target with ease. If you want the best bolts for your crossbow, you’ll want to get the bolts that allow you to screw in the target points rather than buying the bolts that have cheap points glued to the top end of the arrow.
The 18-is a uniquely shaped archery target, named for its 1shootable faces. It is a highly rated bow hunting target that has become well known for its durable, self-healing foam. At 15” long on all sides, it is not a large target, but the faceted body makes it portable, and provides a variety of looks in your target practice. There is an integral rope handle that allows you to toss the target down field, leaving you with varying size and angle shots.
The main complaint with this target is the amount of force it can take to remove arrows, especially in colder weather. This is understandable seeing how it is made of high density foam. If you buy this target and have some difficulty, you can always get an arrow puller to aid in removal. On the bright side, users have reported getting over years of heavy use out of each target.
Block Vault Foam Target
The Vault is good for shooting a compound at close range, such as in a garage or basement for practice and tuning. Even though only of the sides can be shot at, it is durable enough to withstand thousands of arrows. More than a few reviewers reported getting multiple years of use out of one target.
Morrell Outdoor Range Bag Target
The stuffing is a finely shredded material that is packed together to form a dense core. It is heavy enough (50 lbs), and large enough (29”x31”14”) to handle any compound bow, as well as most crossbows.
This is a field point target only, and can withstand thousands of shots before needing a new cover. If you like to hang the bag from a frame, like at a range, you’ll have to either build one, or buy one separately.
Morrell MLT Super Duper Target
The MLT Super Duper Target is a lower cost alternative to the Outdoor Range target, even though it’s built from with the same multi-layered density design. I like the bright green visibility on the Super Duper targets. It makes it easy to see in all light conditions, and from distance.
The target uses the Morrell internal frame system, which is a fancy way of saying you can shoot nearly anywhere on the bag without issue.
I like the designs on the bag. One side has target circle, while the other has deer vital organs drawn inside a large target ring. Those are really useful layouts for deer hunters.
Rinehart Woodland Buck
The Woodland Buck is a scaled down whitetail deer 3D target that is approximately the size of a 100 pound deer. The buck is not the largest 3D target out there, but it is big enough to provide a realistic shooting experience, and gets high marks for quality.
You can shoot the Woodland Buck from either side, and features a really nice sized vital area core. The core is made from the famous Rinehart self-healing foam found on their block targets. If you shoot a lot of arrows, you can always buy a replacement core (although can be hard to find sometimes).
One common complaint about the Woodland Buck is the length of rebar protruding from the feet. They leave you about 2” of rod to spike into the ground, which doesn’t provide the greatest holding strength for taking arrows and bolts from powerful compounds or crossbows.
Rinehart Woodland Turkey
The Tom Turkey is the best 3D turkey target I have seen, and a must have for bow hunters looking for realistic target practice prior to your turkey hunts. The Tom Turkey measures a full 30 inches from tip to tail, making it a full size replica of a wild turkey.
The features on this turkey target look great, and the base is wide enough to create a stable shooting platform. There are no highlighted “kill shot” zones, but it does have a replaceable vital organ insert. One trick you can use to add highlights is to take a bright yellow marker and outline the vital zone insert.
GlenDel 3D Buck Targets
GlenDel Targets offers a very popular series of 3D whitetail deer targets. They range from 200-300lb scale replicas, and standing over feet tall. The Rinehart Woodland Buck in comparison is just too small for some bow hunters, and the best place to turn is the GlenDel series. I really like how these targets assemble together and are positionable to create realistic shooting scenarios.
The number of blades a broadhead has will impact on the size of the blood trail. The more blades on the broadhead, the wider the blood trail. The difficulty for broadhead manufacturers is to maximize the blades while trying to keep the weight down and also not adversely affecting arrow flight.
In the information below. It is important to consider the anatomy of the shot. Where to settle that pin is important, but angle, elevation, body position, and environmental factors can all effect the outcome of recovery. The “Anatomy of the shot” series from Gwill help you imagine why these factors determine the outcome of the hunt after the shot. These are what need to be considered to determine exactly where to settle that pin.
There is also an opportunity available to take once in a lifetime game animals such as caribou and elk, to a more plentiful game like whitetail deer and turkeys. With so much opportunity to hunt new game animals and terrain at our fingertips, it makes sense to want to take advantage of what we have in our metaphorical backyard.
Where to Shoot an Elk
Bow hunting elk is typically a spot and stalk game covering varying distances and terrain in high elevations. : Elk have dense muscles and a thicker hide than their smaller deer relatives so consider choosing a broadhead that allows for better penetration and accuracy. In this instance, the best broadhead for elk would be cut on contact mechanical broadhead.
The quartering away position is another position favored by bow hunters for vital organ shot placement. For this shot, aim through and for the arrow to exit the off front leg shoulder. By aiming for your arrow to pass through this cavity of the deer, you will hit the deer’s vital organs such as lungs and the heart if low enough.
Where to Shoot a Bear
Bow hunting bears, and more specifically black bears takes some careful planning and precision. Bears are much tougher to put down than other North American game species and knowing where their vital shot placement should be is critical.
Bears have thick bones and skin and can usually survive to run a long ways if both lungs aren’t pierced. Absolute destruction is preferred on a bear to make the recovery an absolute certainty. Giant cutting diameter on a mechanical broadhead is usually best for the quickest harvest and recovery.
Where to Shoot a Moose
The great thing about bow hunting moose is that the vital organs and more specifically the lungs are much larger than other deer relatives. Just like other North American game animals, the heart and the lungs are the best targets to take down these big animals with a bow.
Throwing a stick (arrow) through a moose is no easy task. For this a broadhead offering superior penetration that is extremely durable is key. A sharp, durable, and dependable fixed blade broadhead such as the Montec should be a bow hunter’s first choice.
Where to Shoot a Turkey
Usually thought of as being hunted by shotgun, turkeys are quickly becoming (and have been in some regions) popular game animals to target among bow hunters. Turkeys are a challenging target for bow hunters with razor sharp eyesight and smaller vital organs for shot placement. Although their vitals are small in size compared to larger North American game, turkeys have multiple angles in which their vitals can be reached.
Bow Hunting Shot Placement Preparation accurately portray quartering shots will better prepare you for real life hunting scenarios.
If getting to a 3D course or springing for a life size target is out of your reach, you can still practice vital shot placement with paper targets or 2D targets. There are multiple styles of targets that show the vital shot placement available online and in most hunting good stores around the country. This makes it possible to quickly switch from practicing your shot on large game such as elk or bear to smaller game animals like deer or turkeys. Since the vital shot placement can alter from animal to animal, being able to change out these targets and even check your grouping on paper targets allows you to fine tune your shot placement and make adjustments as necessary.
This is also a great time to practice from an elevated position if you plan on hunting out of a tree stand or box blind, most commonly used for deer and bear hunting. Most of the time the vital shot placement changes when elevated, so it is important to practice not only from a seated or standing position but from different elevations as well. When you only have seconds to mentally adjust your vital shot placement when that buck of a lifetime appears in front of you, your adrenaline will be pumping and remembering to compensate for elevation isn’t something you want to forget at that moment.
The disadvantage of this blade is that you need to re-sharpened them. Another downside is that fixed blades tend to hinder arrow flight with faster shots.
The blade is tucked away to increase the aerodynamics of the broadhead when in flight. This blade offers a inches diameter. When they hit the target, they expand for penetration. Once the entry wound is made, the blades increase flight and lower drag.
As of every blade, this blade also has some disadvantages. Their expandable design is a disadvantage itself. They have the chances of not working increase with moving parts.
Well, it totally depends on the preferences and needs of your requirements. So understand which type suits your need most and then go for it.
No matter whatever you want to purchase you will surely want to get the best one. In the case of choosing a broadhead, the issue is no different. You obviously want to purchase the best broadhead for elk and you should do it because you won’t get the exact service you want if you don’t choose the best broadhead.
Another most important fact that you must consider making sure that your broadhead will provide you great service is the cutting diameter. Cutting diameter ensures the amount of damage that a broadhead does to the elk’s body. The large cutting diameter ensures more damage. You will need a perfect sized diameter to get the maximum damage to your target.
After the cutting diameter you have to look at the blade sharpness. Basically, it is not any less important factor than the durability and the cutting diameter. Blade sharpness ensures how far the broadhead will be able to penetrate. You may get enough durability and larger cutting diameter, but they are not sufficient to dig deep into the vascular tissue of the elk. You must need to have super sharpness in your broadhead to get the job done and take the elk down.
After choosing the head style, you need to control the weight feature. It is recommended that you should use a carbon head of 100gr, with a heavy aluminum shaft head of 125gr, and the lightweight aluminum shaft head of 100gr.
Walkback tuning and paper tuning are common methods to tune the bow for shooting targets. They are easy ways to group the field points together and help you correctly spine arrow and tune your bow.
The tuning includes different ranges, but the greater planning effect the farther the distance. One of the most popular distances is around 25-30yds. The fixed-blade tuning can exaggerate the wrong setup rather than the mechanical style.
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your broadheads wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of broadheads
- №1 — OTW Hunting Broadheads
- №2 — SUNSET 6psc Archery Official Slip Cam Broadheads 2 Blade Broadhead
- №3 — Swhacker Set of 3-100 Grain 2 Inch Cut Broadheads