Types of Crossbow Broadheads
If you are a serious hunter, you will need these broadheads to take down big game. There are
two main types of
Fixed–Blade Broadheads – Fixed-blade points are the foundation of the broadhead
market with more models offered in this style than any other—and more hunters
using them. It usually consists of 2 to 4 sided broadhead with fixed blades. Used until dull. They are the most common among hunters, and you may have seen them used in medieval themed movies.
Replaceable-Blade Broadheads – The blades on these broadheads are removable and can be changed out once they become dull. These broadheads look and work like fixed blade broadheads.
Mechanicals Broadheads – Tipped with a solid, power-transferring point, mechanical blades remain closed until striking the target, at which point they deploy to create a wide wound channel. They utilize a design that pushes and opens blades from the rear of the broadhead
this ensures blades are open upon initial penetration.
Hybrid Fixed Blade Broadheads - Combination of fixed-blade and
mechanical-blade. For example, Ramcat Broadheads.
How To Choose The Crossbow Broadheads
All broadheads are suitable for hunting, but choosing the right type depends on which crossbow you have and your intended target. There is no “rule of thumb” when it comes to choosing the right
crossbow broadheads, and you will get different opinions from hunters. However, there are some obvious reasons to why a certain broadhead will work be better than another in certain instances and for different targets. Fixed broadheads, for example, a can be used for large and small game but you would used different grains. You should use 100 to 125 grain broadheads for dear but for moose and other large game you use 300 grain broadheads. Mechanical broadheads,
as stated earlier, fly better but have less penetration when reaching and hitting
their intended target as they use some of the kinetic energy in the arrow to deploy
Choosing the correct broadhead is not as easy as it seems. However, knowing some technical aspects of your equipment can definitely help you reach your hunting goals. Your crossbow’s brand and draw weight should be your first consideration then your intended target. Of course, the experience of your fellow hunters will also be helpful in choosing the right
crossbow broadheads, so don’t be afraid to ask!