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How To Choose The Right Broadhead

How To Choose The Right Broadhead
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Written by Shawn

Choose The Right Broadhead

Broadheads can either make or break you. In case you haven’t figured it out yet, broadheads are the tip of the arrow.

Types of boradheads

There are 3 types of broadheads.

  • Mechanical or Expandable blades – These are the up and coming broadheads in the archery world and for good reason. The blade is retracted all the way back until the shot is made, where the blade opens upon impact. I would only use these with a draw weight of 50 pounds or more because of the power needed for it to upon on impact. => Have a look at my Best Mechanical or Expendable Blades page!
  • Removable Blades – This is a great broadhead for hunting. If the blades are damaged they can be easily replaced instead of having to replace the whole thing. => Have a look at my Best Removable Blades page!
  • Fixed Blades – These are considered the traditional broadhead of archery. => Have a look at my Best Fixed Blades page!

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Variety of weights and sizes

Broadheads come in a variety of weights and sizes. A general rule of thumb is 100gr broadheads for light weight aluminum and carbon arrows. Make the bump up to 125 for heavy aluminum arrows.

You must keep in mind that your arrow is going to shoot different with your practice tips compared to your actual hunting broadheads.

I recommend setting aside 3 arrows with the same broadhead you plan on using come hunting day. Sight your bow in with these three arrows, that way the other broadheads don’t get worn down for target shooting.


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About the author

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I have been archery hunting and target practicing for nearly 40 years now. I think it is fair to say that I know my stuff. I have compiled all my knowledge to share with others and have made a database of compound bow reviews and other archery accessories reviews.

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