Choosing the best crossbow broadheads can make the difference between a successful hunting expedition and a miserable one. We want to help you reach your crossbow hunting goals.
With most broadheads, hunters are forced to choose between range, accuracy, and deadliness. Read on to see how the best broadhead for crossbow in this roundup delivers all three.
We have reviewed the seven top crossbow broadheads. Before we get to the detailed reviews, here is a brief description of the products.
- 1 Review Of The Best Crossbow Broadheads For Hunting
- 2 Excalibur Boltcutter 6670 150 Grain 3-Blade Broadhead
- 3 Swhacker 100 Grain Expandable Broadhead
- 4 Carbon Express Nativ 100 Grain Broadhead
- 5 Grim Reaper Razorcut SS Whitetail Expandable Broadhead 100 grain
- 6 Rage Crossbow X
- 7 G5 Outdoors Montec 100 Grain
- 8 Spitfire Broadheads
- 9 What are Crossbow Broadhead For?
- 10 Conclusion
Review Of The Best Crossbow Broadheads For Hunting
|Blade Type||No. of Blades||Cut Size||Weight (grain)|
|2||1.75" or 2" deployed blades||100|
|Expandable/Mechanical||3||2" deployed blades||100|
|Expandable/Mechanical||3||2" deployed blades||100/125|
The best replaceable-blade broadhead we reviewed is the Excalibur Boltcutter Model 6670 and 6673. At 150 grains, this is also the heaviest broadhead in this roundup.
The Excalibur Boltcutter provides an excellent balance between durability, velocity, and accuracy.
This thread-mounted broadhead is made of high-strength stainless steel. Though the blades are replaceable, they are tough enough that they can be reused after a kill.
The Boltcutter is designed to be used with Excalibur crossbows. Yet, its heft and ease of mounting enable you to use the Boltcutter to great effect with just about any crossbow and just about any arrow.
The 150-grain size also gives you greater “front of center” mass. This improves downrange accuracy at high velocities.
Model 6673 allows the three blades of the Boltcutter to be tuned for even greater accuracy, using Excalibur’s Blade Alignment Technology.
If you want a broadhead that will bring down even a distant target quickly and leave a short but clear blood trail for you to follow, the Boltcutter just might be the broadhead for you.
Reviewers agree, if you want meat in your freezer, the Excalibur Boltcutter will help you put it there.
The Swhacker outshines the mechanical/expandable broadhead in our collection of the best crossbow broadheads out there. If you are looking for a broadhead that flies like a field point, the Swhacker is well worth a look.
The anodized aluminum ferrule makes for a very secure and consistent connection between this broadhead and the shaft.
Words like devastating and bone crushing seem to come along with stories about using Swhackers. With its streamlined flight, the Swhacker has tremendous range.
The name fits with the sound it makes on impact “Swhack.”
The 1” blades that are exposed during flight cut through the hide, the rib cage, or even the shoulder. Then, the 2” blades deploy and continue to cut through the insides of the target.
Deep and wide penetration makes for a clear blood trail. An animal hit with a Swackher will be easy to follow and quick to expire.
The Carbon Express Nativ is the top fixed-blade broadhead in our review of the best crossbow broadheads. The Nativ is a 2-blade broadhead that can work with most crossbows on the market.
As a fixed-blade broadhead, the Nativ works every time. There is no risk of mechanical blades failing to deploy. There is no risk of blades being poorly secured.
Available for less than $5 per broadhead, the Nativ is considerably less expensive than either the top mechanical-blade (Swhacker) or the top replaceable-blade (Boltcutter) broadhead. If you are hunting on a budget, but still want to hunt successfully, you would do well to check out the Carbon Express Nativ.
The 1.125” blade cut is wide enough to bring down the largest of game.
Reviewers report these broadheads to be deadly and accurate with a price that is right.
The Grim Reaper Razorcut SS is a highly accurate and durable Mechanical broadhead made of 440 Stainless Steel. This broadhead is designed for crossbows with speeds in excess of 400 fps.
Many reviewers report seeing deer drop within 30 to 50 yards after being hit by this broadhead, which was designed for large game.
The expandable blade of the Rage Crossbow X Blade deploys to create a 2.3″ entry hole in your target. This broadhead was designed to work with a crossbow.
The Ferrule Alignment Technology (F.A.T.) is designed to taper smoothly from the diameter of the shaft to the tip of the broadhead with no sudden indentations. Such an alignment aims to improve the aerodynamic properties of the Crossbow X.
When it comes to cutting through animal hide and shattering bone, the Crossbow X may very well make a bigger hole in your target than any of the other crossbow broadheads we have reviewed.
Reviewers report that the accuracy of the Crossbow X compares favorably to a scoped rifle out to 40 yards. However, a few reviewers complain that the blades do not always deploy.
The G5 Outdoors Montec 100 grain is a steel fixed-blade broadhead.
With a low price and the possibility of hand resharpening it, this broadhead can be very economical to use and re-use.
Reviews were mixed enough to give us pause about recommending this one. Some reviewers swear by them for accuracy and durability. However, others complain the blades tend to be dull or report they had difficulty resharpening them after use.
Initial reviews indicate the CS (carbon steel) version of this broadhead is very sharp and easily resharpened. Nonetheless, there are too few reviews to be sure that the change in materials has fixed the sharpness issue.
The Spitfire Broadhead by New Archery Products is a strong entry in the mechanical blade category of crossbow broadheads.
The snap-locking blade system prevents premature deployment of the blades without requiring anything like a rubber band to hold it in place. The tips are high carbon steel.
The Spitfire has micro grooves in the ferrule to improves range and accuracy.
Crossbow broadheads are hunting tips. The best crossbow broadheads provide a good balance of qualities in answering four questions:
- How accurately can I hit the game I’m hunting with this broadhead?
- Out to what range can I rely upon it to bring down game?
- How easily can I find the game once I hit it? A broadhead that kills quickly and that leaves a clear blood trail is the best here.
- What is the long-term cost of using this broadhead?
What Types of Crossbow Broadheads are Out There?
There are three basic types of crossbow broadheads: Fixed-Blade, Replaceable-Blade, and Expandable-Blade.
Fixed-Blade Broadheads have rigid and permanent blades. The broad blades on these tips often lead to a significantly shorter range than that generated by flight tips.
When a good fixed-blade broadhead hits, the resulting wound is often deep and wide, leading to a clean kill. These tips are often glued to the bolt.
Their behavior on impact is highly consistent. If any part of the broadhead is damaged it may be necessary to replace the entire bolt and head.
Replaceable Blade Broadheads
Replaceable-Blade broadheads can be economical because they can be reused even if a blade is damaged. These tips generally screw on with a ferrule.
These broadheads can share some of the advantages of the fixed-blade tips (wide and deep penetration) but may not be as tough overall.
Expandable or Mechanical Blade Broadheads
Mechanical Broadheads are more streamlined than the other types. The blades expand during impact with the hunting target.
Having the blades retracted during flight allows these broadheads to have accuracy and range more similar to those enjoyed with flight tips. The depth of penetration generated by mechanical broadheads can be less than that with other broadheads because some of the flight energy is expended in deploying the blades. However, with draw weights over 100 pounds, the typical crossbow should propel these bolts fast enough that the drop-off in penetration will not be noticeable.
Choose the Right Size of Broadhead
Broadheads are sold by weight. Check your manual to find out the minimum weight bolt (shaft, nock, and fletching plus broadhead) your crossbow is designed to handle.
If you fire your crossbow with too light a broadhead, you may break a string or bend your axles. You also may be injured.
Secure Your Broadhead Correctly
Many broadheads are screwed into the shaft. A broadhead wrench is an inexpensive tool that makes mounting broadheads safe and efficient.
In a crowded field, with many excellent choices, the Swhacker stands out as the best of the best crossbow broadheads of all. With the Swhacker, we found a broadhead that is strong across the board: accurate and effective out to longer ranges than its competition while consistently delivering a devastating blow when it hits.