When it comes to hunting effectiveness broadheads are probably the most important feature of your hunting kit after the crossbow and arrows of course, and they can be even more important in some cases. There are a lot of factors that influence which type of broadhead you’ll want to choose, such as the grain weight your chosen arrows can handle, what sort of game you intend to hunt, budget, and of course personal preference. In this guide we will cover these points as well as a few others so that you can be more confident in selecting one for yourself.
Types of Broadheads
First of all you will need to know about the three types of broadheads, there are advantages and disadvantages to each of these types but each can be used in variety of situations. We would recommend that if you have never used broadheads before that you give each type a try to determine which fits you the best.
Fixed Blade Broadheads – The most basic type of broadhead is the fixed blade variety, these broadheads usually consist of 2-4 blades fused into one unit. This is probably the most accessible type of broadhead for beginners as there are no additional steps after screwing it onto your chosen bolt, the downside is that if any part of the broadhead is damaged you will have to replace the entire thing.
Removable Blade Broadheads – The most economic of the three types of broadheads, the main draw to this kind of broadhead is that as it’s name suggests it features a number of removable blades that can be replaced as they become damaged or dull, this saves you from having to purchase whole new broadheads each time one gets damaged.
Expandable Blade Broadheads – This broadhead variety delivers the greatest performance out of all types as a result of the expandable blades which do not deploy until the bolt makes contact with a target this gives it a more aerodynamic profile during flight resulting in less drag and overall faster speed. These broadheads tend to be more expensive than the other two types and can be dangerous so beginners will probably want to wait a while before picking up a pack of these broadheads.
Broadhead purchasing guidelines
Once you have decided on the type of broadhead you want to buy you’ll have to go about selecting one of the correct weight to match your crossbow and bolts, this is a VERY important step as selecting an incorrectly weighted broadhead can result in decreased performance, damage to your crossbow, and potentially injury to yourself or others.
With that said, the easiest way to figure out the correct weight (measured in grains) for your broadheads is to look up the weight of the field points that came with your crossbow and if none came with it you can likely find the weight on the manufacturer’s website, you should make sure to buy broadheads that exactly match this weight. Alternatively, and assuming you own a sensitive enough scale you can find the weight yourself by multiplying the weight of the stock arrowheads by 15.43 to obtain the grain weight which is also the weight of the broadheads you will need.
-If you are going to invest in broadheads there is no reason not to pick up a broadhead wrench, it is a small investment that makes the process of attaching broadheads to your bolts significantly faster and safer.
– It is recommended that you do not buy generically produced broadheads unless you know for an absolute fact that they are of decent quality, it is worth spending a little more money if it means that you can be sure that the broadheads will perform adequately and will not damage your crossbow.
-Do not under any circumstances use a broadhead that is to light for your crossbow, this can very easily result in damage to your crossbow or yourself, using a heavier head is technically okay but you will experience a performance drop.
We hope that this guide will help you in for your hunting endeavors, and feel free to leave any questions you may have in the comment section below.