16 Best Broadheads To Buy In 2020 – Tested And Reviewed [Introductory & Buyer’s Guide]

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There are a lot of opinions and ongoing discussions on the subject of broadheads. Like, which broadhead type is the best, whether the cutting diameter of a broadhead is an important factor in how well a broadhead penetrates, what the best brands are, and what the best broadheads for crossbows are.

Also, brands continuously push the industry of broadhead development forward with new groundbreaking technologies every year. All of this can make it confusing these days to pick the best broadheads, especially for newcomers to archery and hunting.

In this introductory, I will tackle all relevant broadhead related questions and explain to you step-by-step how to pick the best broadheads for your particular hunting situation. For the buyer’s guide, the ForgottenHunter team handpicked sixteen broadheads that we tested extensively and had the best hunting experiences with this year.

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Best broadheads to buy in 2020

Broadhead:Weight(s) in grains:Cutting Diameter:Blade Material
Rage NC X-Treme

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100-grain2.3"Stainless steel
Rage Crossbow X

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100-grain
125-grain
2"Stainless steel
Rage Hypodermic NC P

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100-grain
125-grain
1-3/4"Stainless steel
NAP Killzone

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100-grain
125-grain
2″Stainless steel
Swhacker Levi Morgan Model 261

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100-grain 2"Stainless steel
Rage 3-blade chisel tip SC

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100-grain1.6"Stainless steel
G5 Outdoors Montec M3

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100-grain 1.0625″Stainless steel
G5 Outdoors Montec

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85-grain
100-grain
125-grain
(85gr) 1”
(100gr) 1-1/16”
(125gr) 1 1/8”
Stainless steel
Muzzy One

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85-grain
100-grain
125-grain
(85gr) 1".
(100gr) 1 1/8",
(125gr) 1 1/4"
Stainless steel
Muzzy MX-3 Trocar

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100-grain1-3/16"Stainless steel
Ramcat Diamondback

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100-grain
125-grain
1-1/16"Stainless steel
Muzzy MX-3

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75-grain
100-grain
125-grain
1-1/4"Stainless steel
NAP DK4

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100-grain1-1/8"Aluminum
Ramcat Diamondback Hybrid

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100-grain2'Stainless steel
Spitfire Gobbler Getter

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100-grain
125-grain
1-3/4'Stainless steel
Sinbadteck Hunting Broadheads

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100-grain1.035" Stainless steel

What is a broadhead?

So let’s start with the most basic question some of you that read this beginner’s guide might have. What actually is a broadhead? A broadhead is an arrow point with two or more blades that can be attached to the shaft of an arrow or bolt, replacing its field tip. The purpose of a broadhead is to create the necessary blood loss needed to hunt bigger game animals like for example; an Elk, Buffalo, or bears.

Materials used for broadheads

The best broadheads are made from durable materials like stainless steel. You also have carbon steel, aluminum, and titanium broadheads. Carbon steel is softer and rusts easier than stainless steel, but it gets sharper and stays sharper longer. Titanium is much stronger than stainless steel but also way more expensive. Aluminum is best used where weight is a greater issue. Personally, I always tend to mostly go for stainless steel broadheads.

Two blades, three blades, four blades

Broadheads can sport two blades, three blades, and even four blades. The more blades a broadhead holds, the more of a cutting surface it provides, creating a larger wound channel upon entry of an animal for more blood loss and a better blood trail to follow as a result. A larger cut requires more kinetic energy to penetrate effectively. That’s why broadheads with two blades are the most suitable for low poundage bow users and for light-to medium-weight arrows or bolts.

The three-blade and four-blade broadheads are more suited for heavyweight arrows or bolts and when you want to inflict larger wound channels for that increase in blood loss, which is important, especially if you want to hunt bigger game animals.

Swhacker-Levi-Morgan-Series broadhead
Two-blade broadhead
An example of a three-blade broadhead
Three-blade broadhead
An example of a four-blade broadhead
Four-blade broadhead

Tip

There are two main types of broadhead tip design. These main types are broadheads with a chisel tip and broadheads with a cut-on-contact tip. You also have hybrid variants of these main types. Which type you want or need is really up to personal preference but mechanical broadheads typically have cut-on-contact tips, and fixed-blade broadheads typically sport a chisel tip.

A broadhead with a chisel tip punctures directly through an animal’s tough skin.

The advantages of a broadhead with a chisel tip are that they instantly penetrate the animal at the desired angle and they tend to do better on bone. They are also often more durable than broadheads with cut-on-contact tips.

Cut-on-contact tips cut an animal’s skin instead of puncturing it.

You also have broadheads with Trocar tips, they also puncture instead of cut upon impact, they are much stronger than your typical chisel tip and known to blast through bone easier. Muzzy was one of the first manufacturers that implemented the Trocar tip on their broadheads.

Fun fact: The Trocar tip was designed by a doctor to split human bone!

If you sharpen a trocar tip on a flat stone then it essentially becomes a cut-on-contact tip. There are also broadheads with a hybrid tip like the Hybrid Hypodermic Tip from the Rage Hypodermic NC P.

Some broadheads have a blunted tip, they are specifically designed for knocking down birds.

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Cut-on-contact tip
Swhacker-Levi-Morgan-Series broadhead
Chisel tip
An example of a broadhead with a Trocar tip
Trocar tip
An example of a three-blade broadhead
Blunted tip

Broadhead types

Fixed blade broadheads

Fixed blade broadheads have been used throughout the ages and it is one of those technologies that are still very popular today. These broadheads are the best broadheads if you value durability and re-usability. This is because they are forged from a single piece of material, this of course makes them very tough and durable. The best fixed-blade broadheads out there are practically almost indestructible, within reasonable circumstances.

Fixed blade heads typically have two or three blades with a limited cutting diameter of 1/6″, leaving a decent wound channel but nearly not as large a wound channel that a mechanical broadhead would inflict. However, they are the best broadheads for deep penetration, increasing your chances of that drop-in-sight shot.

Fixed blade broadheads are less predictable and less consistent with wind resistance and less accurate for longer distances compared to the more aerodynamically designed mechanical broadheads, this is why a lot of high-velocity crossbow users like to use mechanicals.
If you are a beginner and you have no experience with hunting with broadheads then I always recommend practicing and hunting with the fixed blade broadheads first, then if you have gained some experience, try out a mechanical broadhead.

The Montec M3 is stil one of the best broadheads
  • More chance of a drop in sight hit
  • Easier to maintain and sharpen
  • Easy to practice with
  • Durable and reliable
  • Less accurate than a mechanical on long distances
  • Smaller wound channel due to their limited cutting diameter, so less blood loss, and a poorer blood trail
  • More susceptible to wind deflection

Mechanical broadheads with expandable blades

Mechanical blade broadheads were introduced in the late 1980s. They are also called expandable blade broadheads of broadheads with expandable blades if you will. Because these broadheads are designed to extend their blades only upon the impact of the surface tissue of an animal or inside its cavity to inflict organ damage. The blades cutting diameter is typically up to 2/3 inches and they inflict larger wound channels than your typical fixed broadhead would, this of course results in more bleeding, leading to better blood trails.

Mechanical heads fly better than most fixed blade broadheads because of their aerodynamic design. In fact, the best mechanical broadheads fly kinda like field tips in their closed position. A downside, many mechanical broadheads out there have, is that some do not open correctly. The answer to this problem was to use shock collars or O’rings and the best mechanical broadheads these days have integrated systems for proper blade retention, which is especially necessary for high-velocity crossbows. Most of the mechanical broadheads I picked for the buyer’s guide section of this post have these implemented technologies.

Mechanical broadheads also deflect easier than fixed blade broadheads upon entry into the target or when hitting bone. You’ll have to be more precise with your shots with a mechanical if you want to hit that elk in the vitals. Unless you’re experienced at shooting big game with mechanical heads. I always recommend beginners to start hunting with the fixed blade broadheads first to hone your skills and try out a mechanical broadhead once you’ve gained more experienced shooting.

Rage Hypodermic NC P Mechanical broadhead
Rage Hypodermic NC P Blades Not Expanded
  • Aerodynamic design can make a good mechanical broadhead fly like a field point
  • More accurate on longer distances with faster bows and high-velocity crossbows
  • The bigger cutting diameter of a mechanical broadhead leaves larger wound channels, resulting in more blood loss and better blood trails
  • Penetration and performance can suffer on deflections
  • Must be careful of early deployment with high-speed crossbows
  • Requires more kinetic energy for proper penetration
  • More difficult to maintain and sharpen
  • Less durable

Hybrid broadheads

The so-called hybrid broadheads take the best qualities of both the traditional fixed blade broadhead and the modern mechanical blade broadhead. Hybrids always characteristically build with four-blades, they are aerodynamically designed like mechanical broadheads and feature expandable blades for that larger wound channel but they also sport two small fixed cutting edges. A good hybrid design combines the best of two worlds efficiently, offering deep penetration and inflicting very large wound channels. Hybrids are becoming more and more popular these days.

An example of a hybrid broadhead and one of the best hybrid broadheads of 2020
  • Combines the best qualities of fixed blade broadheads and mechanical broadheads
  • Penetrates not as deep as a good fixed-blade broadhead
  • Flies less true than a good mechanical broadhead

Broadheads with replaceable blades

Some broadheads come with replaceable blades. The big advantage of these broadheads is of course that you can replace the damaged blades with new ones if you don’t want to sharpen them or if they are irreparable. This makes broadheads with replaceable blades last longer than fixed blade broadheads or mechanical broadheads without replaceable blades.

Broadheads with replaceable blades are usually more expensive than fixed-blade broadheads, but they don’t penetrate quite as well and they are less durable in my experience. In most cases the downsides of replaceable blade broadheads outweigh the benefits, there are some exceptions, of course, I included some of the best broadheads with replaceable blades in the buyer’s guide section of this post.

Rage-Crossbow-X Mechanical Broadhead
Rage crossbow X
Replacement blades for the Rage Crossbow X Broadhead
Replacement blades for the Rage Crossbow X
  • Re-usability
  • More expensive
  • Blades are often less durable

So what is the best broadhead type?

There is an ongoing debate going in in the hunting world on what broadhead type is actually “the best”. If you ask 10 random hunters what broadhead type is the best you will probably get 10 different answers. This debate will probably go on for a long time. In my own experience, there is no “best broadhead type”, they all have their own characteristics that are good(or not good) for particular hunting scenarios. It really comes down to personal preference and style, once you’ve tried out some different types of broadheads you’ll find your own preferences and you can join the never-ending discussion yourself!

Best broadheads for crossbows

The main difference between “normal broadheads” if you will and crossbow broadheads are the way manufacturers market them. You will often see a certain “normal” broadhead having a completely similar model marketed as a “crossbow broadhead”.

In most cases, the only difference between them is their weight in grains. Crossbow broadheads typically weigh 125-150 grain, this is mainly because most crossbows have a higher velocity. The heavier weight helps the arrow to fly straight, which maintains greater accuracy.

Due to the higher velocity of the crossbow, there is a slight risk of mechanical blades opening in mid-air. Manufactures solved this problem by using blade retention springs with slightly more tension on them, so the blades are less likely to open until impact when they are shot by a high-velocity crossbow.

If you are looking for mechanical broadheads for a crossbow, then I suggest that you search for mechanical broadheads designed specifically for crossbows.

Want to pair your crossbow broadheads with the best crossbow bolts and arrows? In this article, you will find a buyer’s guide where we selected 12 crossbow bolts and arrows, all tested and fully reviewed.

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3 essential factors to consider before buying broadheads

There are many factors to consider before buying a broadhead but the essential ones are; what type of animal you plan to hunt, the weight of the arrow equipped with the broadhead, what your bow’s draw weight and pull length is and whether it is properly tuned for optimal broadhead flight. There are also some other things to consider but first, we’ll go through the most essential factors.

Animal type

The first thing that you need to do is determine what type of animal you are going to be hunting. The harvesting of game means the taking of a life and that must be done swiftly and as humanely as possible. The shot must be accurate, properly placed, and ethically taken. Most broadheads are bought and used for hunting big game animals so most of them are designed to do so.

A deer shot with a broadhead

Whether your set-up is capable of penetrating a particularly big game animal with that broadhead is a different story, that I will discuss in the penetration section. Although broadheads are mainly designed for hunting big game animals these days, however, you can also hunt smaller game with broadheads like a turkey or goose or that annoying squirrel. If you decide to hunt smaller game animals you’ll also extend your hunting season beyond the rut of the deer season.

What you want is a broadhead that does not tear up your small game animal too much like most broadheads would do, leaving as much usable meat as possible to harvest. I included a suitable broadhead for hunting smaller animals in the buyer’s guide section of this post.

Penetration

How well a broadhead penetrates is of course the most important factor if you want to achieve a successful, clean, and ethical kill. The most important factors that go into how well a broadhead penetrates an animal are; the total weight of the arrow(including the broadhead), the momentum of an arrow(this depends on the arrow’s weight and the velocity of your bow/crossbow), and whether your set-up is well-tuned for true broadhead flight.

Weight

These days broadhead weights typically range from 75 grains up to 300 grains. but most hunters nowadays don’t use heavier heads than 125-grain. This is due to the fact that arrows have become so lightweight over the years, most of them having shafts made from carbon and aluminum instead of wood. Here’s an article you can read on crossbow bolts, it includes a buyer’s guide with the 12 best crossbow bolts and arrows of 2020, in the article, I’ll also explain the difference between a crossbow bolt and an arrow.

The best broadheads for crossbow users typically weigh in the range of 125-150 grain heads these days. For compound bow users, I usually recommend 100-gr. broadheads for carbon and lightweight aluminum shafts, and for heavy aluminum shafts, 125-gr. heads. The easiest way to pick a good broadhead for your arrow is to simply base the weight of the broadhead on the weight of the field point of your arrow.

What about friction and cutting diameter?

There is a lot of discussion going on still whether friction plays a big part in penetration regarding the cutting diameter of an arrowhead/broadhead. In theory, you would think a small cutting diameter head should penetrate deeper than a larger cutting diameter head but this isn’t necessarily always true in practice. This is because of the fact that there are so many variables that play a role in penetration, as an arrowhead needs to deal with hair, skin, wet muscle tissue, bones, and wet organ tissues. In practice, you will see that the cutting diameter of a broadhead doesn’t play a big role in how well a broadhead penetrates.

Well tuned set up for true broadhead flight

Making sure I have a well tuned set up for true broadhead flight

The last thing you can do to optimize broadhead accuracy is making sure your arrows equipped with the broadheads are straight and your bow well-tuned for true broadhead flight. To test whether your arrows are straight, spin them equipped with the broadheads to check if there is a proper head alignment, if there is no wobbling in the shaft or the head you are good.

The second thing to do would be making sure your bow is well-tuned for true broadhead flight. There are a couple of different methods out there to tune a bow like paper tuning and walk-back tuning. If you have straight arrows and a well-tuned bow your broadhead accuracy will improve dramatically.

16 best broadheads to buy in 2020 – Reviews

Best mechanical broadheads

Rage NC X-Treme COC – Best mechanical broadhead of 2020

RAGE-NC-X-Treme-COC-Yellow-100-Grain

The NC X-Treme is the newest member of Rage’s NC(no collar) line. It is a 2-blade mechanical with a cut-on-contact tip. As its name implies, this mechanical broadhead features a no-collar design, the head holds the blades in flight without the need of a shock collar, dental band, or O-ring.

The mechanical broadhead comes with Rage’s exclusive Slip Cam technology for reliable blade deployment, the blades will only open upon full-impact. The two razor-sharp expandable blades are forged from high-quality stainless steel have a swept-back blade angle with a total cutting diameter of 2.3″ inches for huge wound channels and a good blood trail to follow.

The Rage NC X-Treme is in all respects superior to the other mechanical broadheads I have tried this year. There are two broadheads in the package. Replaceable blades are sold separately. There’s no practice head included in the package.

Pros
  • Flies like a field point
  • Outstanding penetration
  • Excellent blade retention system
  • No O-rings
  • High-quality replaceable stainless steel blades
  • Made in the USA
Cons
  • Expensive

Rage Crossbow X – These are the most reliable broadheads for crossbows over 400 fps

Rage-Crossbow-X Mechanical Broadhead

The Rage Crossbow X is one of the best broadheads that is optimized for high-velocity crossbow usage. The broadhead features a shock collar with a rear slip cam design for consistent blade retention, which is important when you are shooting with a 400+ velocity crossbow. The blade retention system of this broadhead is perfect. I’ve never had one open prematurely.

Rage boasted that the Rage Crossbow X flies more like a field point, and I have to give it to them, it really does. The mechanical broadhead is very easy to control. The Rage Crossbow X broadheads also have outstanding penetration, they pierce through the toughest hides, densest muscle tissues, and bones leaving a very large wound channel.

We found it to the most reliable and most effective mechanical broadhead for high-speed crossbows in 2020. There are two broadheads in the package. Replaceable blades are sold separately. There’s no practice head included in the package.

Pros
  • Flies like a field point
  • Outstanding penetration
  • High-quality replaceable stainless steel blades
  • Blade retention system is optimized for high-speed crossbows
  • Made in the USA
Cons

RAGE Hypodermic NC P – These broadheads fly like field points!

Rage Hypodermic NC P Mechanical broadhead

The Rage Hypodermic NC P is one of the most accurate mechanical broadheads in 2020. It sports two expandable blades with a 2-inch cutting diameter and a hybrid Hypodermic Tip. This tip design promotes aerodynamic flight and gives you the pinpoint accuracy of a leading-edge design that is built around a machined stainless steel ferrule.

Just like the Rage NC X-Treme, the Hypodermic features a no-collar blade retention system, to ensure that the blades will not deploy pre-maturely during flight, making this another reliable broadhead for high-velocity bows and crossbows.

I found the Rage Hypodermic to be the second-best mechanical broadhead to hunt with this year. The head flies like a field point, offers bone smashing deep penetration, leaving massive wound channels for sufficient blood loss. It is one of the best broadheads for hunting big game animals. There are two broadheads in the package. Replaceable blades are sold separately. There’s no practice head included in the package.

Pros
  • Deep penetration
  • Flies like a field point
  • Excellent blade retention system
  • No O-rings
  • High-quality replaceable stainless steel blades
  • Made in the USA
Cons
  • Expensive

NAP Killzone – A very accurate broadhead for crossbows

NAP Killzone Broadheads

The NAP Killzone is a 2-blade mechanical broadhead that provides a devastating 2″ cutting diameter and is designed to be shot from today’s fastest crossbows. The broadhead is accurate like a field point and the blades are incredibly sharp and sturdy but they dull fast.

The Killzone uses NAP’s unique spring-clip design which ensures your blades won’t open in flight. It is a solid system I’ve never had one open prematurely. There are no o-rings or rubber bands to worry about.

These broadheads are not of the highest build quality but they do function well There are three broadheads in the package. There are three broadheads in the package. Replaceable blades are sold separately. There’s no practice head included in the package.

Pros
  • Flies like a field point
  • Highly accurate
  • No 0-rings
  • Sharp replaceable blades
  • Affordable
Cons
  • Poor customer support
  • Blades dull fast
  • Made in China

Swhacker Levi Morgan Model 261 – Fine mechanical broadheads for beginners

 Swhacker-Levi-Morgan-Series broadhead

The Schwacker Levi Morgan series is a mechanical broadhead with a very unique blade design. The two blades of the head provide you with two separate cutting edges. The first edge, the smaller wing blades, cut through the hide and the first set of ribs of the animal and they take less energy to penetrate than an “open on impact” head.

The second set of edges or the main blades do not open upon impact. They feature so-called “virgin” edges. The virgin edges allow them to remain razor-sharp for the internal organs. A really nice feature of these broadheads is their blade lock technology, which allows the expandable blades to be locked in the closed position for practice shooting. The head is 1-inch in flight and 2-inches after penetration. There are three broadheads in the package.

Pros
  • Good penetration
  • Highly accurate
  • Good blade retention
  • Blade lock technology allows the expandable blades to be locked in the closed position for some practice shooting
  • The package contains a practice head
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Made in China

Rage Chisel Tip SC – Best broadheads with a chisel tip

Rage Chisel Tip SC 100-grain broadhead

Another fine reliable broadhead from Rage, the SC features 3 razor-sharp blades and a bone-busting chisel tip. This broadhead has outstanding penetration. The broadhead has an initial slap-cut potential of 2.125 inches, and the beefy .035-inch-thick stainless steel blades cam into their 1.6-inch final cutting diameter with sweptback blade angles for increased penetration.

The broadhead has an anodized aluminum ferrule and the broadhead utilizes a black polymer shock collar that provides good blade retention and consistently reliable blade deployment. It is another reliable broadhead from Rage that is accurate, penetrates really well, and comes for an affordable price.

This is one of the best broadheads for hunting Elk. There are three broadheads in the package and replacement blades are available for this broadhead. There is no practice broadhead included in the package.

Pros
  • Outstanding penetration
  • Flies like a field point
  • Good blade retention
  • Made in the USA
Cons
  • Expensive
  • No practice broadhead included in the package

Best fixed-blade broadheads

G5 Outdoors Montec M3 – Best fixed blade broadhead for the money

G5 Outdoors Montec M3

The Montec M3 is still one of the best and most reliable broadheads from G5 Outdoors. It’s their sharpest and most accurate broadhead. The three-blade broadhead has a 1 1/8″ cutting diameter and a cut-on-contact tip.

The broadhead is forged using Montec’s successful patented metal injection molding process from a solid piece of 420 high-grade stainless steel, which is stronger than its predecessors and it allows for much sharper edges. The M3 has a no vent design for a quieter arrow flight.

The blades of the broadhead are diamond-sharp and offer excellent penetration, the head pierces through the toughest skins, muscle tissues, and bones giving you more of a chance of shooting that drop in sight shot. With these broadheads, I shot some beautiful whitetail bucks and even an Elk this year, highly recommend them. They are still one of the best broadheads that you can buy in 2020. There are three broadheads in the package.

Pros
  • Optimized for crossbows
  • Accurate
  • Outstanding penetration
  • Extremely durable
  • Re-usability
  • Easy to sharpen and tune and holds an edge well
  • Made in the USA
Cons
  • Expensive

G5 Outdoors Montec – Solid G5 Outdoors broadheads

G5 Outdoors Montec

The Montec is another high quality fixed three-blade broadhead from G5 Outdoors. These heads are durable and highly accurate. The broadhead is also forged using Montec’s successful patented metal injection molding process and features a cut-on-contact tip.

They are easy to sharpen and they hold an edge really well. These heads aren’t expensive and well worth the money. High-Speed Crossbow Model is available in 100 and 125 Grains. They come in a pack of three.

The only small issue that I have with these heads is that I can hear them hissing through the air at times. The best broadheads for both beginners and also reliable for seasoned hunters. There are three broadheads in the package.

Pros
  • Very accurate
  • Sharp
  • Good penetration
  • Affordable
  • Easy to sharpen and tune and holds an edge well
  • Made in the USA
Cons
  • Make more noise than the more expansive fixed broadheads on this list

Muzzy One – This broadhead makes no noise during flight

Muzzy-One-broadhead

The Muzzy One is a fixed three-bladed broadhead machined from a single piece of premium stainless steel. This fixed head features a hybrid chisel/cut-on-contact tip that offers deep penetration and the three blades are designed with precision positioned vents to ensure the broadhead flies true and with no noise.

The Muzzy One is easy to sharpen on a flat stone. It is one of the most reliable broadheads on the market and a fine head for hunting the deer, or maybe that beautiful big whitetail buck.

My only point of critique is that the heads were not sharp enough, or as sharp as I would like them to be when they arrived. However, considering how easy it is to sharpen them it wasn’t too big an issue for me. There are three broadheads in the package.

Pros
  • Durable
  • Accurate
  • Good penetration
  • Noise-free
  • Easy to sharpen and tune
  • Made in the USA
Cons
  • Was not delivered sharp enough
  • Doesn’t hold an edge long

Muzzy MX-3 Trocar – Good broadheads with a bone smashing Trocar tip

Muzzy Trocar Fixed Blade Broadhead

The Trocar Broadheads from Muzzy are still one of the best broadheads in the fixed blade category. They feature a solid 1-piece SS ferrule and a right offset blade design for exceptional broadhead flight and consistency with the right offset, right helical, or straight fletching resulting in increased accuracy at longer range.

The Trocar tip is known for bone-breaking penetration, and the super short compact design for accurate flight, and excellent entry and exit holes for increased blood loss and greater blood trails. You will find three broadheads in the package.

Pros
  • Durable
  • Accurate
  • Outstanding penetration
  • Silent in flight
  • Trocar tip
  • Easy to sharpen and tune
  • Made in the USA
Cons

Ramcat Diamondback – These broadheads fly in complete silence

Ramcat Diamondback

The Diamondback is Ramcat’s first entirely fixed blade featuring a 1-1/16-inch cut diameter, Firenock Aero Concentric Technology, and Back-Cut Technology. The broadhead was marketed using the slogan “hits like a ram, cuts like a cat! The Diamondback is a three-blade fixed broadhead based on Ramcat’s patented Airfoil System found on the ferrule.

This concave design reduces wind planning, leading to Ramcat’s renowned field point accuracy and market-leading penetration. The rear-sharpened, Stainless steel blades are completely silent in flight. This broadhead flies straight and is accurate over long distances. It is one of the best broadheads for bows and crossbows with a higher velocity. There are three broadheads in the package.

Pros
  • Accurate
  • Good penetration
  • Durable
  • Silent in flight
  • Easy to sharpen and tune
Cons

Muzzy MX-3 – Best three-blade broadhead

Muzzy MX-3 Fixed-Blade Broadhead

The Muzzy MX-3 is a great 3-blade broadhead with an ultra-short profile, wider cut, and thicker blades than the standard 3-blade Muzzy. It features a 1 1/4″ cutting diameter, .025″ thick blades, and a bone-crushing Trocar Tip. These broadheads are some of the best broadheads for deer hunting and practice shooting.

The shorter, more compact design increases accuracy and consistency for today’s faster bows, has an increased cutting diameter for larger entry and exit holes. There are three broadheads in the package and it includes a set of practice blades. Replaceable practice and hunting blades are available.

Pros
  • Simple design, solid construction
  • Accurate
  • Good penetration
  • Affordable
  • Replaceable practice and hunting blades are available
  • Includes a set of practice blades
  • Made in the USA
Cons
  • Not as durable compared to other fixed-blade broadheads on this list

Best Hybrid Broadheads

NAP DK4 – Best aluminum broadhead

NAP DK4

This hybrid mechanical 4-blade broadhead has massive cutting potential. Build with a pivoting main blade and two expandable bleeder blades that inflict massive wound channels and outstanding penetration. This broadhead is meant for the biggest game you are allowed to hunt.

The head also has good blade retention thanks to its Spitfire spring clip technology which holds the expandable blades in during launch. The blades are open upon impact. Also, no rubber bands, collars, or 0-rings that you have to replace after shooting. This broadhead is very durable, reliable, and very effective. It is one of the best broadheads with aluminum blades. There are three broadheads in the package.

Pros
  • Almost flies like a field point
  • Accurate
  • Good penetration
  • No O-rings
  • Affordable
Cons
  • Made in China
  • Not durable

Ramcat Diamondback Hybrid – Best four-blade broadhead

Ramcat Diamondback Hybrid broadhead

The new Ramcat Diamondback Hybrid is the perfect combination of a dependable fixed blade delivering a guaranteed 7/8″ cut and a pair of mechanical blades creating a devastating 2+” wound channel. This combination creates unmatched blood loss and a short walk to your animal. Voted one of the best broadheads in 2020 by Hunting Retailer Magazine. There are three broadheads in the package.

Pros
  • Almost flies like a field point
  • Accurate
  • Good penetration
  • Affordable
  • Made in the USA
Cons
  • Not as durable compared to other fixed-blade broadheads on this list

Honorable mentions

Spitfire Gobbler Getter – Broadheads with a blunted tip

Spitfire Gobbler Getter Broadhead

The Spitfire Gobbler Getter is one of the best broadheads for turkey hunting. The broadhead has a 1-3/4-inch cutting diameter and a blunted “Turkey Tip” for added knockdown power on birds. The Gobbler Getter integrates Micro Grooved Slimline Ferrule technology to allow air to pass over the ferrule with less resistance. This makes the broadhead fly true and the Diamize sharpened blades are sharpened through a rigorous process ensuring exceptionally sharp blades to produce the cleanest cuts for maximum hemorrhaging and quicker kills. There are three broadheads in the package.

Pros
  • Accurate
  • Reliable
  • Good penetration
  • Affordable
  • Classic Spitfire broadheads for hunting turkey
Cons
  • Not suited for high-speed crossbows
  • Not accurate on long distances
  • Made in China

Sinbadtek Hunting broadheads – Broadheads for a tight budget

12 Sinbadtech Broadheads that weigh a 100 grain each

I was really skeptical when a couple of friends recommended me these Sinbadtek hunting broadheads. But, when I tried them out for myself, I was positively surprised by their accuracy and penetration. They do not fly as accurately as the more expansive broadheads but still accurate enough. The 3-Blade fixed blade head was designed for field practice and small game hunting. They are forged using anodized aluminum and they have a Stainless steel tip.

The broadhead’s tightening grips on the bottom of the Broadheads, that allow easy install & removal w/o tools. Now keep in mind these are cheap heads, that won’t perform as good as the more expansive broadheads. They are absolutely not meant for hunting big game animals but you can do some nice practice shooting with them and hone your skills or hunt smaller game animals with them and they come cheap. These are the best broadheads if you have a very tight budget to spend or when you weren’t planning to hunt big game animals anyway. There are twelve broadheads in the package.

Pros
  • Very sharp
  • Accurate
  • Solid construction and reasonably durable considering the price
  • Good for field practice or hunting small game
  • Cheap
Cons
  • Not suited for high-speed crossbows
  • Not accurate on long distances
  • Doesn’t hold an edge long
  • Made in China

Frequently Asked Broadhead Questions

How to attach a broadhead to an arrow shaft

On the non-fletched side of the arrow, you will find a threaded bolt-like insert, you can simply screw the broadhead in the insert. Most broadheads will come with a wrench included in the package for tightening the broadhead to the arrow.

How to store and carry your broadheads

You can buy a broadhead case to properly store and carry your broadheads. The Allen Carbon Fiber Look broadhead case can hold a total of six broadheads. It fits most three- and four-blade broadheads. The Allen broadhead case has foam inserts that protect and secure the broadheads.

Another great broadhead case is the Proven Wild broadhead case. This case can hold a total of 12 broadheads of all shapes and sizes. This case is completely waterproof and it includes a free broadhead wrench!

Legal issues regarding broadheads

Every state has its own regulations regarding the use of hunting broadheads. You can check your state’s regulations here.

Which brand makes the best broadheads?

Here are some of the brands that have proven themselves over the years to deliver the best broadheads.

  • Rage
  • Muzzy
  • G5 Outdoors
  • Spitfire
  • Swhacker
  • Ramcat
  • Slick Trick
  • Grim Reaper
  • Wasp

How to maintain and sharpen a broadhead

There are multiple ways to sharpen a broadhead. The best broadhead sharpening methods are either using a sharpening stone or you can use a broadhead sharpener.

What are the best targets for broadhead practice shooting?

In this article, you will find the best target for broadhead practice shooting in 2020.

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