If you are new to the world of bowhunting, you are most likely a bit overwhelmed by the number of choices you have to make to get started. One of these problematic selections is deciding which of the many available arrowheads are best for hunting. If you plan on only going after small game, pretty much any head will suffice. However, if you want to go after anything bigger, a tiny bullet point arrowhead won’t do the job.
That’s when you’ll want to have some arrows with broadheads. These are much larger and cut through tougher objects with ease. Unfortunately, this isn’t the end of your search—it’s only the beginning. There is a lot to know about these types of arrowheads, which is why we’ve created a buyer’s guide: what to consider when choosing broadheads for your arrows. We go in-depth, so prepare for all the info we’re about to throw at you.
The Four Types of Broadheads
Just like how there are multiple types of arrowheads, there are also a few different types of broadheads with various purposes, which we will cover in this section.
When you think of broadheads, these are typically the ones that come to mind. You can sharpen their blades if they become dull, but you can’t easily replace them since they are all fixed onto the arrowhead. Luckily, they are durable and require little maintenance due to their simplicity. However, their rigid design makes them not fly through the air as smoothly as other heads. Luckily, some practice can help you account for this.
These broadheads are pretty much the same as their fixed counterparts, but you can remove their blades for easier upkeep and possible replacement. This means that you won’t have to buy a new head if the damage it takes is too much to fix. While this means they’re a little more complex, that’s a fair trade-off for having more customization options.
Now it’s time for the most interesting blade: the mechanical one. They remove the issue of unpredictable flight patterns from the fixed variation by waiting until contact with their target to deploy their blades. They can either come out of the front or the back. Front deploying blades usually don’t release until they are deeper inside their target, whereas the rear ones let loose right away.
While they can deploy early or not at all, their consistency in the air makes them a go-to choice for hunters who prefer a precise shot rather than a damaging one. Although, they offer a large cutting diameter when they work correctly. These also require a lot more maintenance to ensure that they are in proper working order.
Luckily, if you have trouble deciding which one to get, you can buy a hybrid blade broadhead that gives you the best of both worlds. However, that means it contains most of their downsides, too. The most significant is their strange flight pattern. It’s difficult to get a handle on them, and there’s no way to train with them without a practice range, where you will need specialized targets.
Which Type of Bow They’re Used For
While the difference is negligible and primarily for marketing purposes, there is a slight difference in broadheads made for standard bows and ones for crossbows. The key difference is their weight. Crossbows need arrows that are a certain weight to work correctly. Since their bolts are shorter, that means they need heavier heads; hence the need to label them differently even though they work the same way.
The Finer Details of What They Have To Offer
The list of aspects that you need to consider doesn’t end with choosing a type, unfortunately. There are more minor details that you’ll need to consider when picking out a broadhead.
How They Cut
We’ve already briefly mentioned the cutting diameter of the blades and how the width affects how effective the shot is, but that’s not the only part of the cut that matters. The total cut achieved by the arrow also matters when determining the shot’s success. This gets determined by combining the length of the sides on the leading edge and all the included blades.
The Leading Edge
This is another name for the tip of the broadhead. Some hunters overlook this part, but it’s vital since it will determine how deep the arrow goes through the target. If you plan on hunting small game, a blunter leading edge is a good choice so that you don’t ruin as much meat when it penetrates the animal.
Number of Blades
The more blades you have, the higher your total cut is, which means you are more likely to get the kill. However, this also means there is more air resistance, which will slow your arrow down as it cuts through the air. Even though these blades will do a lot of cutting, they will also slow down your arrow while inside the target, leading to less penetration. It’s a bit of a balancing act, but each broadhead type can have anywhere from two to four blades on them.
How Much They Weigh
A heavier weight does more than make your broadhead usable in a crossbow. It also increases the kinetic energy the arrow will have as it hits your target. This equates to a higher level of penetration, but it will also make your arrow drop faster while flying through the air. You’ll have to weigh the pros and cons of this trade-off.
Where You Can Buy Them
Now that you’ve read through our buyer’s guide on what to consider when choosing broadheads, we’re sure you’re curious where you can buy some. Lucky for you, you’re in the right place. We have all types of broadheads for sale in our online store. Whichever type sounded like the best fit for you in our guide is in our selection for you to find and purchase. When it comes to these arrowheads, we’ve got you covered.