Best Mechanical Broadheads For Deer Hunting
Also the best electronic broadheads are not much for a deer hunter if they don’t make a great shot on a deer. To get great blood trails, you must combine shape, feature, and ultimate shot placement.
(Updated March 13
If I’m hunting with a crossbow or compound bow, it doesn’t matter, I’m shooting the best mechanical broadheads I can find almost exclusively while hunting deer. It took me nearly 20 years of stubborn old-school ways to make the move, but those hole-happy broadheads certainly worth waiting.
Before further discussion on broadheads, I will be 100% up front and let you all know that all these companies listed here are doing business with Deer & Deer Hunting. However, I will be completely frank in assessing any product listed in this article. I won’t talk highly of any product I don’t believe in. It’s not like rolling. What’s more, I’ll tell anyone asking me to be a hodgepodge deer hunter. I might wear Realtree pants and a Mossy Oak jacket any day in the woods. Check my quiver, my ammunition bag etc at any time of the year and you’ll see I use a wide range of items when I go hunting deer. If D&DH fans know something about me, they know I’m putting down deer (and lots of them) as easily and humanly as possible. I’ll use what works. Period. Period. Okay, that’s enough. Here’s a peek at the best mechanical broadheads I’ve fired with my compound bows and crossbows deer these past three deer seasons.
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Again, this is just my one-man opinion on the mechanical broadheads I shot these past three deer seasons. I know many people are impressive out there. Many D&DH readers approached and shared these experiences. I’d like you to hear! Click this LINK to go to Facebook and share your comments and pictures!
What Is Your Favorite Broadhead?
All right! Chat mechanical broadheads. Over the past decade or two, they have become wildly famous, and are a great match for new bow hunters and their veteran predecessors. In the post below, we’ll quickly list our favorites, discuss our picks for the best mechanical broadhead, and then, if you’re new to broadheads, we’ll include a mechanics clinic: the various variants you’ll find, features you’ll find when choosing one, and the strengths of each form. If you’re new to bowhunting (or you’re a veteran and need a brush-up!), we recommend reading it.
The Best Mechanical Broadhead: Our Top Picks
In this segment, we will learn much more about our favorite mechanical broadheads. There’s a lot of choices out there, but we’ve only chosen models that are proven to work well, and then divided them into each model’s unique value, so you can find what you’re looking for.
The Best Mechanical Broadhead: Our Top Favorites
How To Select Broadheads: Features To Keep In Mind
Fixed blade broadheads are fairly simple: they are essentially stationary razor blades at the end of your arrow, and although easy to pick, they can be hard to use. On the other hand, mechanical blade broadheads are much easier to use, but they can be a little difficult with a lot of moving parts, a variety of different choices you can choose from, and how they operate is not always apparent. They can seem complex, and that’s kind of a shame, as they’re always a better choice for new and beginner bowhunters. We’ll de-mystify mechanical broadheads in this segment. We’ll explain how they function, we’ll go through each of the different features that you’ll see on different models, and then discuss when each feature is useful (or not). Ultimately, we should be able to decide what kind of mechanical suits your hunt.
How A Mechanical Broadhead Works
We’re going to keep that short, and if you know how broadheads operate, you should skip to “Cutting Diameter.” There are two main types of broadheads: fixed blade and mechanical. A fixed blade broadhead is only fixed. The scale of the broadhead is the same as when it reaches the animals. A mechanical broadhead changes size and shape when fired, and it has blades that extend when reaching an animal. It’s an extremely clever model, really: as it flies through the air, the blade surface is thin, which gives the bow hunter a bit more precision and confidence when shooting, but when it hits the animal, the blades extend to provide as much cutting power as possible. That cutting power takes us to our first feature, which excites many bow hunters:
Your Bow’S Draw Weight
We should mention: it is widely accepted that you would need a draw weight of at least 55 pounds to use mechanical broadheads. It takes a lot of force to get a mechanical broadhead to pierce and move through an animal, and in most situations, if you don’t use a bow with a draw weight of at least 55 pounds, you won’t fire arrows with enough force to easily and ethically bring the animal down. If your draw weight is less than 55 pounds, you can use a fixed blade broadhead and we have a summary of our favorite fixed blade broadheads here. The advantage of using a mechanical broadhead is that they generate large wound channels and are superior in flight. They typically make larger inlets and outlets, cause more internal harm, and take little or no tuning. But the disadvantages are that they can open up in your quiver or flight, or may not deploy in an animal.
They’re also less sturdy and have more drag, reducing penetration. Mechanicals are typically the alternative for hunters who want easy-to-follow blood trails and are sure of avoiding a deer’s shoulder. (Themeateatre.com) I like a mechanical with at least 2 inches and a quick deploy device. Two such broadheads are Titanium 2.0 and Spitfire XXX. Titanium 2.0 is a rear-deploying broadhead with 2-inch cut. Its one-piece titanium ferrule makes it more durable than other mechanics, and its lock-and-pivot blades maneuver around bones instead of passing through them. The three-blade Spitfire XXX is a front-deploying, 2-inch-cut broadhead. Its trophy tip is easier to crack through bones than most mechanics, and its three-blade cut created the largest blood trails I’ve ever seen. (Themeateatre.com)
Best Mechanical Broadheads – 2019
Bob Robb Bowhunters under 40 don’t remember the evolution of the mechanical broadhead. For decades, creative archers had experimented with the concept of expandable broadhead designs, including the 1956 Mohawk, 1959 Geronimo, 1972 Pioneer Game Tamer and 1983 Viper, but Greg Johnson and his late 1980s Rocket Aerohead were the first successful commercial design. But to be honest, the first electric broadheads essentially sucked. They had all kinds of structural defects, flimsy, and not always worked as advertised. So many bowhunters were disappointed with them that their future was in doubt. Mechanical broadheads have advanced, of course, to a point where the best are easy to tune, fly like (or almost like) a field point, are heavy, have razor-sharp blades, and can penetrate as deeply as the best replaceable blade types, and their popularity has soared.
There are two basic types of mechanics out there these days, the hybrid model that features both a fixed 2-blade head and additional mechanical blades to withstand impact. These are the ones that keep their blades intact by some kind of friction mechanism (the NAP Spitfire is one example), where the blades are connected to the ferrule near the back of the broadhead, pivoting backward on impact. The second is the slip cam style, where the blades are attached near the broadhead tip and rearwarded on impact “slip,” expanding as they go. A plastic collar or rubber O-ring keeps the blades in place. The Rage broadheads family was this design’s first. There are 2-, 3-, and 4-blade designs. I fired all the designs at both targets and game and killed quite a few big animals and deer-sized animals.
For example, last September I shot a 55 bull elk in Wyoming at 28 yards in the right scapula with a 125-grain SEVR Max Cut and a 70-pound Mathews Triax Victory Archery VAP 350; the head blew right through the bone, and the bull was dead in less than 60 seconds. Admittedly, I had to kick and scream into the mechanical camp, but today I’d bowhunt any big game animal in North America (including Alaskan brown bears) with the best mechanical broadheads out there. What’s the best? My mechanical broadhead requirements are clear. First and foremost, they must fly accurately—and do the best at all distances. Second, with razor-sharp blades. Third, they must stay together after reaching their goal.
Fourth, the wider the cut, the better; I want at least 1 3/4-inch cutting diameter. And fifth, the simpler the design, the less to go wrong, and that’s always healthy. Yeah, the basic design? The best slip cam style for me, but they’re also the most costly. That said, in alphabetical order, here are my picks for today’s 5 best mechanicals.
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What Are Mechanical Broadheads
Sometimes called the best broadheads to hunt a deer, mechanical broadheads hide their blades in the body during flight, unlike conventional fixed broadheads. They appear to open or expand to target effects. If you’re looking for an option to fly just like the field points, you’ll find a mechanical alternative. Hunters will find that bone-crushing capacities don’t work well. The goal is to bleed an animal as quickly as possible. With a very wide cutting diameter, besides intense blood trails, mechanical broadheads have incredible entry and exit wounds.
Sturdy One of the main features and the biggest selling point used by manufacturers when marketing mechanical broadheads is flying much like field points. They demonstrate great ballistic curve stability. Many who moved from fixed to mechanical years ago are proven to hold true claim. Wide selection When using mechanical broadheads, you’ll benefit from a wider cutting diameter, leaving a devastating entry and occasionally exiting wounds. Additionally, this blood trail is the keystone of tracking your hunt.
Precise Since they have aerodynamic properties and the blades are designed to be fully hidden during the flight, mechanical wideheads are least affected by wind. This makes them more reliable than their counterpart. Root Source Mechanical Broadheads Mechanical broadheads are the perfect crossbow broadheads for deer hunting. They have two basic structures and come in the following versions: