Choosing the Right Broadhead For You and Your Crossbow

A broadhead that flies great out of someone’s compound bow at 280 fps might not fly well at all out of a crossbow shooting 400 fps.

One of the most common questions we get at CrossbowExpert.com is “what is the best broadhead?” That’s a tough question to answer and it’s almost as tough as “what is the best crossbow?” It really depends on what the hunter’s needs are. Are you looking for a broadhead that will work on just about anything? Are you only hunting deer? Will you hunt turkeys with this broadhead? What crossbow are you shooting this broadhead out of?


The above questions are always the next questions we ask. A broadhead that is perfect for Bob might be terrible for Joe. People always ask us if it’s OK if they shoot a certain broadhead because they already have “a bunch of them”. Oftentimes the answer is “that should work fine but it’s not the optimal broadhead for what you’re doing.” A broadhead that flies great out of someone’s compound bow at 280 fps might not fly well at all out of a crossbow shooting 400 fps. A broadhead that is great on deer might not be the best for wild hogs.


There is still a huge debate between those who believe in fixed blade broadheads and those who favor mechanical broadheads. I personally shoot mechanicals on all of my arrows but if I were hunting hogs, you can bet I would have a fixed blade head on my arrow. Penetration is probably the most important aspect of effectively killing hogs and fixed blade heads will deliver penetration. I know a lot of great elk hunters that use mechanicals but I could be talked into a fixed blade on elk too.

But when I’m deer hunting, I want maximum blood trails and in my opinion a two blade mechanical will give you the best blood trail you can get. For turkey hunting, the size of the wound channel is probably the most important aspect of killing a turkey with an arrow. I don’t think you can go wrong with a three blade mechanical.

The main thing is to be accurate with your broadheads. Practice with them. Know where they are going to hit. In the end, a well place shot will dictate how well the broadhead does it’s job.

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