Crossbow shooting or rather hunting, in particular, is not as commonly done as rifle hunting, but it is still one of the most thrilling and fun ways you could go about hunting. Whether you are hunting large White tail-sized deer or smaller game, you will need to have the right broadhead for your crossbow.
With so many choices now available for hunters, it could be overwhelming to make the right decision on the ideal broadhead. We gave it a go and set out to try and find the best crossbow broadhead money can buy and show you how beneficial these broadheads will be to your next hunting outing.
But, before we dive into the top ten crossbow broadheads, there are a few features that you will need to consider to ensure that you do get the best accuracy and also the most durability out of the broadhead. Many of the cheaper broadheads might lack in terms of durability and this could eventually end up costing you way more than a more durable one in the first place.
Table of Contents
- 1 Key features you should consider before buying a crossbow broadhead:
- 2 Top ten crossbow broadheads of 2017:
- 2.1 Muzzy MX-3 Broadheads
- 2.2 Rage Crossbow X 2-Blade Broadhead
- 2.3 Excalibur Boltcutter 150gr SS 3Blade
- 2.4 Swhacker Set of 3-100 Grain 2 Inch Cut Broadheads (Budget choice)
- 2.5 G5 Outdoors T3 Crossbow Broadhead
- 2.6 G5 MONTEC CROSSBOW BROADHEADS (Best practice/ target option)
- 2.7 Muzzy Mx4 100 Grain Broadhead Blade
- 2.8 Allen Spider Mechanical 3-Blade Broadhead (Best target option)
- 2.9 Spitfire Maxx 100-Grain Cut on Contact 3-Blade Broadhead (best hunting option)
- 2.10 Carbon Express XT Dual Blade Serrated Crossbow Broadhead
- 3 Our picks:
- 4 Frequently asked questions about broadheads:
- 5 Final Thoughts:
Key features you should consider before buying a crossbow broadhead:
In our search for the best crossbow broadheads, we actually came across many different choices and this made it a little harder in pinpointing the best ten. We decided to compile this list of features that we believe are the most important and will certainly help you in your endeavor at choosing the ideal broadhead.
Let’s take a look at these top features:
In our search for the best crossbow broadheads, we actually came across many different choices and this made it a little harder in pinpointing the best ten. We decided to compile this list of features that we believe are the most important and will certainly help you in your endeavor at choosing the ideal broadhead. Let’s take a look at these top features:
Since not all broadheads are the same, they have also been categorized into certain types and these types are great to look up if you are looking for a specific broadhead for a specific task. There are three main types of broadheads that you will need to understand when you plan on purchasing:
- Fixed blade broadheads: The fixed blade broadheads are the more traditional style head and these are particularly common amongst traditional bowhunters who use compound bows. These broadheads are typically designed to be screwed onto the shaft of the arrow, but there are also a few that screw-in type ferrules, which makes them a little more durable. These broadheads are also unmovable and very rigid.
- Removable blade broadheads: These broadheads are extremely functional and they can also save you a few bucks when the blade is damaged. These types of broadheads will allow you to replace the blade when it is damaged, instead of throwing out the entire head.
- Mechanical broadheads: These are some of the more expensive broadheads you will find and they usually cause a big blood trail for you to follow. The mechanical or expandable head will retract before it is shot and it will expand on contact. This expansion does cause more damage and will also result in a much faster death. The mechanical broadheads also fly much better because of the smaller initial tip and you will also get a lot of durability out of them.
All three of these broadhead types are ideal for hunting and will certainly result in the death of the game, but you should note that the mechanical broadhead is best used by crossbows weighing 50lbs or more. The mechanical tip does need a little more kinetic energy to deploy and it is also recommended for more advanced crossbow hunters.
The weight on crossbow broadheads does significantly impact the distance that you will get from a shot. It will also have a huge impact on the hole and when it makes contact with the game. A lighter weight head might give you more distance, but it will also be smaller and this means less damage, a smaller hole and less blood to follow.
The heavier broadheads will require more kinetic energy and your range will be limited, but since they are a little larger, the damage will be more and the blood trail will also be more, which makes it easier for you to pick up on the trail and find the game.
- Wound channel:
The wound channel directly refers to the amount of damage the broadhead will inflict. This could sometimes help to have a faster kill and limit the deer from running too far before eventually collapsing. The wound channel is obviously much better on the mechanical broadheads and they also have a higher kill rate with bad or missed shots.
- Target vs. Hunting:
The same broadheads used for hunting can also be used for shooting targets, but this could potentially cause you to sharpen the heads more often because of the damage and punishment it will take. There are a few snubbed nosed heads available on the market and these are also a little cheaper, but they will reduce the damage on your hunting heads and if you do not have a specific broadhead sharpener, they will definitely save you a few bucks as well.
Top ten crossbow broadheads of 2017:
Now that you have a better understanding of what features are critical on the top crossbow broadheads, you should be able to get into our selection of the top ten with a better understanding. We used these features are our criterion when it came to judging these 10 broadheads and these reviews should break them down even further for you to get a better understanding of the ideal crossbow broadhead for your next hunting adventure.
With that being said, let’s look at the top ten crossbow broadheads of 2017:
Muzzy MX-3 Broadheads
Weight: 100 grain
Diameter: 1 ¼ inch
The Muzzy Company has been well-known for their collaboration with some of the top crossbow brands and this has significantly improved the quality of their products. The Muzzy MX-3 is a shorter 3 blade broadhead with a wider cut. This wider cut will definitely help with the blood trail and the damage, which makes it one of the top hunting arrowheads you could choose.
If accuracy and speed have been one of your issues, you will certainly find this design to be more accurate, while also flying faster through the air. The bone-splitting trocar tip has been included for more durability and you will definitely have that penetrating kill shot more often than not.
In terms of pricing, we have found that this broadhead is not as expensive as one would think. You will receive three tips to be at your disposal and since the brand has been known to collaborate with top brands, the tip will be perfect when used with most crossbows.
We highly recommend this crossbow broadhead for beginners to crossbow hunting and we believe that you will certainly have great success with this fixed tip.
- 100 grain, 3-blade
- .025" blades
- 1 1/4" Diameter
Rage Crossbow X 2-Blade Broadhead
Weight: 125 grain
Diameter: 2 inch
The Rage crossbow X 2-blade broadhead is designed for a bigger wound channel and to ensure that you either have a better kill rate or a larger blood trail to follow. This mechanical tip has been designed in the mechanical for and will expand once they make contact with your target.
This broadhead might be a little heavier and will also require more kinetic energy for you to get that ideal distance, but with the added ferrule alignment technology, the in-air flight has been substantially improved and with the right crossbow, you will certainly be connecting targets much better.
One of the added benefits you will have with these hunting broadheads is that you will be receiving one practice head. Starting off with new heads can sometimes be daunting and shooting targets will make the blade blunt, but with the practice head, you will be able to figure out the fundamentals of the head before heading out to hunt.
Finally, we found the added shock collar will be great for proper blade retention and to activate the expandable feature on time. In terms of pricing, this head is priced right in the middle of the pack. This blade will be ideal for beginners and more advanced hunters and the added practice head will be great to get you use to the head.
- Made of highest quality material
- Manufacturer: Rage
- Rage crossbow 2-blade broadhead 100gr 2in cut 3PK 53000
Excalibur Boltcutter 150gr SS 3Blade
Weight: 150 grain
Diameter: 1 1/16 inch
As we move up to some of the more advanced crossbow broadheads, we have the Excalibur Boltcutter 150grain SS 3 blade broadhead. This head certainly features a heavy tip, but the smaller design has resulted in better accuracy as well as a faster flight time to the target. One of the main selling points of this head is the durability and the strength of the stainless steel that has been used in the design.
People have found the head to be significantly fast during the flight, but this has resulted in the head simply passing through the target and leaving a smaller wound channel that will leave a smaller blood trail for you to follow.
In terms of target practice, this broadhead will also be ideal and the harder stainless steel allowed us to shoot a few wooden targets without the head really being damaged. The price on this head is a little expensive, but when you take the durability and the quality of the design into account, you will find the price to be worth it and provide you with a longer lifetime.
In terms of recommendation, this head will be ideal for more advanced crossbow hunters. The faster flight speed and heavier grain will combine with the smaller size and go right through your target. This will require you to be a little more accurate.
Swhacker Set of 3-100 Grain 2 Inch Cut Broadheads (Budget choice)
Weight: 100 grain
Diameter: 2 inches
The Swhacker set of three 100 grain broadheads are not the ideal weight when you think of mechanical broadheads and they certainly will not hit as hard as some of the other heads. This head has been constructed from carbon steel to help reduce the weight and the anodized aircraft aluminum used for the ferrule, certainly makes this one of the more durable heads you could pick up.
The wider cut size will make perfect wound channels and when you combine the mechanical/ expandable features, this broadhead will create the ideal blood trail for you to follow and even be more likely to hit vital organ that should lead to a faster death. Each set comes with three heads included and the screw-in ferrule will, unfortunately, limit your arrow type.
We highly recommend this mechanical head as a budget buys for beginners and intermediate crossbow hunters. These tips will also be ideal for target practice and the main tip will take all of the damage when it comes to the impact. This will preserve the two main blades and you will spend more time shooting and less time trying to keep the blades sharp. This is definitely a great budget buy.
- Each set includes 3 broadheads
- 100 Grain Expandable 2-Blade Broadhead
- Blade: .032" thick, stainless steel, honed razor sharp
G5 Outdoors T3 Crossbow Broadhead
Weight: 100 grain
Diameter: 1 ½ inch
Not many broadheads are complete constructed from steel and still maintain a lighter weight, but the G5 outdoors T3 crossbow broadhead has been designed to give you better flight, while still maintaining the damage level. This head is one of the lightest at 100 grains and it will be great for people looking to shoot mechanical heads without as much kinetic energy.
In terms of customization, these heads can be individually adjusted with the spider clips. For the bigger game, this will come in handy and you will be able to set the deployment or expansion of the secondary blades to a faster time, or even before contact. Doing this will significantly increase the wound channel and certainly give you a bigger chance to hit the vital organs from a bad shot.
Mesh netting is also commonly used when hunting in the wild. This mesh netting does make ideal camouflage and many people choose to shoot out of these netting; but unfortunately, some of the bigger heads does not make this possible. With the smaller design, you should be able to shoot through mesh and stay concealed.
The head is also very stylish and it is one of the more expensive investments you will make, but we highly recommend this three pack broadhead for all crossbow hunters. The durability will ensure that you save a lot of money with the lifetime these heads will give you.
- G5 crossbow Broad head
- Expandable blades for maximum cutting area
- All steel construction
G5 MONTEC CROSSBOW BROADHEADS (Best practice/ target option)
Weight: 100 grain
Diameter: 1 1/16 inch
The G5 Montec crossbow broadhead shows us that it is not the best decision to underestimate the power of a fixed tip head. This is once again a very lightweight head, but the cut offers enough wind resistance to give you a true and accurate flight. This head has also been excessively tested to ensure the spin is balanced and the weight is ideal for a true flight pattern. At longer distances, the arrow might start to travel o course as the speed slows down.
This broadhead also features diamond cut blades and these sharp blades will definitely go right through the game if shot perfectly. This head type will also force you to work a little more on accuracy to ensure that you can cleanly hit the target in a vital area and draw out a bigger blood trail.
When purchasing these heads, you will also be able to find a few practice blades and these practice blades are a little more snub-nosed. Using these practice blades on targets will certainly allow you preserve the hunting tips and also give you a better feel of the head before heading out for your hunting adventure.
With all of the testing and included technology, it could come as no surprise that these blades are a little expensive, but they will definitely allow you to save money when it comes to having them sharpened or fixing them. These tips are highly are highly regarded as some of the best you could find.
Muzzy Mx4 100 Grain Broadhead Blade
Weight: 100 grain
Diameter: 1 1/8 inch
We have already mentioned how the Muzzy Company combined and integrates the input of the top crossbow designers to help them design their broadheads and this certainly helps their reputation and ensures that the Muzzy broadheads are perfectly compatible with most crossbows.
Designed from high-quality steel, the Muzzy Mx4 100 grain broadhead is another shorter profile, lightweight and fixed tip head. This shorter profile improves the flight of the and really increases the distance you get from shots. Instead of the standard three blades, this head comes with 4 and the extra blade might not seem like much, but it will definitely ensure for a larger wound channel and more blood for you to follow.
Since the main tip of the head is really sharp, you will also find that this broadhead does need to be sharpened as often. Once the main tips make the hole, the rest of the blades will simply slide through and sometimes even penetrate completely through your target. To help you get a better understanding of the head, you will be able to separate purchase a few practice heads and preserve the hunting heads.
Unfortunately, the head is light and if you are not accurate and hit a vital area, it might not leave a big enough blood trail. We do certainly recommend this head for the more advanced crossbow hunters, but the price does make is a good buy for beginners as well.
Allen Spider Mechanical 3-Blade Broadhead (Best target option)
Weight: 100 grain
Diameter: 1 ½ inch
Looking at the Allen spider mechanical 3-blade broadhead, you will immediately notice that the secondary expandable blades are not as sharp as you would think. The steel tip is definitely going to do the main damage to the target and since it features a saber tooth design, it should easily penetrate, but we do have some concerns in terms of durability with the thin design.
The recommended range for accuracy is 40 yards and after multiple shots and tests, this head is only off by one inch from time to time at this distance and is does have a very true flight pattern. The expandable blades will activate upon contact and this will be great for getting a larger wound channel and a larger blood trail to follow.
This is one of the cheapest broadheads you will find and they would be ideal for beginners to start out with. After some research, many of the more advanced hunters will also use these for target practice and save their more expensive tips for hunting. We definitely recommend these blades for target practice and for beginners hunting smaller game.
- 1-1/2" cutting diameter
- Durable stainless steel blades
- Sabertooth hardened steel tip
Spitfire Maxx 100-Grain Cut on Contact 3-Blade Broadhead (best hunting option)
Weight: 100 grain
Diameter: 1 ¾ inch
The Spitfire Maxx 100 grain 3-blade broadhead is another popular choice for hunters. The sizes of these heads are significantly larger, but they still maintain a very lightweight design. The added size will be great for creating a larger wound channel, which will also help to create more of a blood trail for you to follow.
These heads have been preferred by hunters for more than ten years, but they are not the best choice when it comes to distance and accuracy. 40 to 50 yards will, unfortunately, be the limit in terms of direct accuracy and then you should start compensating for the wind. Since the tip is larger, the wind will have an impact.
These broadheads also feature a micro-grooved ferrule that will significantly improve the stability of the head on the arrow as well. With its popularity, these broadheads are surprisingly cheap to buy and thus, these are definitely recommended as some of the best hunting broadheads on the markets for hunters of all skill levels.
- 100 grain, 3 pack
- 1 3/4 inch cutting diameter
- Makes Large Entrance & exit holed for massive blood trails
Carbon Express XT Dual Blade Serrated Crossbow Broadhead
Weight: 100/125 grain
Diameter: 1 3/16 inch
The Carbon Express XT dual blade serrated crossbow broadhead features a very uniquely designed blade. These 6 cutting blades have been tested for their ability to improve the wound damage by up to 250% when compared to the more traditional blades.
The blades have also been spaced out perfectly, with the main blade shaping or curving over all the other blades. This definitely makes the head more aerodynamic and you should get more distance from the arrow. The head is also available in both the 100 and 125-grain sizes and we believe that the added weight from the 125-grain head will help improve your penetration on the target.
With all the tests it has gone through and the perfected spin these broadheads provide, we definitely recommend these heads as the ideal choice for beginners to advanced hunters. Beginners will find that they might be a little expensive, but they will certainly provide great longevity and save you a few bucks.
- Maximum Damage - Six cutting edges which create up to a 250% greater wound opening than traditional broadheads
- Field Point accuracy - aerodynamic profile and 100% spin testing enhance precision and ensure greater devastation
- Pro grade design with 1 1/8" cutting diameter, aircraft grade aluminum ferrule, and stainless steel blades
With all of this information, it might still be a daunting task to choose a broadhead, but we have selected what we feel is the best hunting, mechanical and fixed blade broadhead on the market today and now you will see why we have made our choice:
Best fixed blade broadhead:
The Excalibur Boltcutter 150gr SS 3-Blade broadhead is our number one choice and we believe that this broadhead stands out because of the durability it offers. You will also have the opportunity to pick up a few practice heads and this should allow you to save the main heads for hunting and still get some practice to get the feel for them.
The pricing might be quite high and we have recommended them for more advanced crossbow hunters, but beginners looking to up their game and skill at a better rate should also consider investing in these better quality broadheads. – Buy It
Best Mechanical broadhead:
The G5 Outdoors T3 Crossbow Broadhead might not be as well known by all hunters and it is one of the more stylish heads you could find, but we have chosen this broadhead for the durability it provides. This head has been constructed from steel all round and they have still kept the weight to 100 grains.
This head is not recommended for a specific class of crossbow hunter, but we do believe that every crossbow hunter should try and invest in at least one pack of these heads. The heads are really durable and they have certainly proved themselves when it comes to a larger wound channel and more blood for you to follow. – Buy It
Best hunting broadhead:
While should be kind of obvious that we would be choosing a mechanical broadhead, you might still have wondered which one. But, the Spitfire Maxx 100-Grain Cut on Contact 3-Blade Broadhead has been in the game for a very long time and it has certainly proved its worth over time. With more than 10 years of hunting expertise and tweaks to rely on, you cannot choose another type of broadhead for a successful hunting endeavor.
With its popularity and high recommendations, this broadhead is also significantly cheaper than many of the other newer or so called “best” broadheads, which certainly keeps this as our number one hunting choice for 2017. – Buy It
Frequently asked questions about broadheads:
Any of you will still have a few questions and we have singled out a couple of questions that people have when it comes to crossbow broadheads. If we have not answered yours, please feel free to let us know what your questions are in the comment sections and we will be sure to answer them.
- Should I choose a 4-blade or 3-blade broadhead:
This is one of the more common questions we have found from newcomers, but it actually comes down to personal preference. During our tests, we have found that the 4-blade broadhead does have better balance and this will allow it to have a very true flight trajectory. The 3-blade broadhead does spin a little better and this has significantly increased our distance, but it will ultimately come down to personal preference and the size of the blades.
The larger blades will create a larger entry and exit hole, but the 4-blade broadhead will do more damage on the inside of the target and this could give you a bigger blood trail. We recommend that you try out both and take the one you are most comfortable with.
- Which broadhead should I use for angled shots:
Depending on the angle you are shooting from, we do still recommend that you use the mechanical head. The fixed head is ideal for angled shots, but since you will not have total control on what you are going to hit inside the animal, the mechanical broadhead will give you a bigger wound channel and blood trail to follow and finish of the animal.
The mechanical broadheads are also ideal for shooting through mesh netting and the only expand upon impact of if otherwise customized.
We would like to thank you for reading this article and we do hope that you now have a better understanding of crossbow broadheads. We also hope that you have managed to find the best one for your needs and we would also like to once again recommend the mechanical broadhead as the best option for hunting, especially bigger game.
Finally, we would also like to encourage you to leave your thoughts on our selection and let us know if you think we might have missed any of your favorite crossbow broadheads. Please also let us know why you have chosen them and if they are for hunting or target practice.