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How To Choose The Right Crossbow Broadheads

Many states now allow crossbows to be used for hunting. More and more outdoor enthusiasts are now switching to crossbows. Most are for the crossbows sheer power and the pinpoint accuracy of a bow.

When choosing a crossbow, make sure you get the right accessories for it. If will be hunting, you will also need broadheads. Broadheads are essentially razors made to screw into the tip of an arrow to kill, take down, an animal when hunting and come in a few different styles. They usually have two to four sharp blades that cause massive bleeding in the victim. Their function is to deliver a wide cutting edge so as to kill as quickly as possible by cleanly cutting major blood vessels, and cause further trauma on removal. They are expensive, damage most targets, and are usually not used for practice. Thus broadheads, as you can imagine, are very sharp! Broadheads were used for war and are still used for hunting. Medieval broadheads could be made from steel, sometimes with hardened edges.

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 crossbow broadheads:

  • 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—ensures blades are open upon initial penetration.
  • How To Choose The Best 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 f0r dear but for moose and other large game you use 300 grain broadheads. Mechanical broadheads, as stated earlier, flies better but has less penetration when reaching and hitting its intended target as it uses some of the kinetic energy in the arrow to deploy its blades.

    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!