By Harrison Hoegh
All broadhead companies claim to have the most accurate, deepest cutting, most stable broadhead out there. By examining the broadheads that come out each year, it is clear that the debate is far from over. There are fixed, mechanical, two, three, four, and hybrid blades on the shelves.
I have always shot fixed blade broadheads. A fixed blade is more durable than a mechanical. A mechanical broadhead will have a larger cutting diameter, but you better hit where you are aiming, I have watched many videos of bowhunters losing deer because they shot an expandable blade a little off and the broadhead did not withstand impact to bone. In environments with higher winds, such as hunting mule deer out West, I might switch to shooting mechanical. For my test I decided to shoot two, three, and four blade fixed broadheads to determine the most accurate and durable type on the market.
Kudu Point Contour 3 for $40
Two blade broadheads are easier to sharpen, have have less wind drag, and claim deeper penetration. A two blade is less likely to take over the spin from the fletching, which make them more desirable for hunters with a more aggressive fletching angle. Also, two blade broadheads are ideal for lower poundage bows. Max’s red stag earlier this year was shot with a two blade. However, we have had poor blood trails in the past even when making a good shot. The single cut closes easily. A three blade entrance wound can’t collapse on itself and stop the bleeding.
The Trocar is designed with a helical design to “stabilize the arrow in long flights”. A three blade will have more surface area than the two, and the cuts are less likely to close up than a two blade, creating a better blood trail. Furthermore, a shorter broadhead is ideal for a faster bow because they have less effect on flight. All of the deer I have shot have been with three blade fixed broadheads. Stuart and Jared have shot the G5 Montec the last few years and have had great success. The Montec is one piece which makes it slightly more durable than the Trocar. But, it is also longer and would catch more wind. I have buddies that have struggled to tune the Montec, but I have never had any issues.
Stinger 3 for $40
Some four blades, like the stinger are designed to increase cutting area, and others like the slick trick are a balanced set of four blades. Stuart has shot his last four deer with the stinger.
Accuracy/grouping: Excluding shots when wind played a major factor, all the broadheads grouped under three inches out to 40 yards, but none of the tips shot exactly like the fieldpoint. It was a windy day, and the Muzzy seemed to catch wind twice, and the Stinger once during the day, the Kudupoint was never affected by wind gusts.
Penetration and Practice: The KuduPoint and Stinger had considerably better penetration than the Muzzy. I believe the Muzzy’s sharp blade angle and three blade design caused it to lose energy after hitting the target. Also the Muzzy was impossible to pull back out of the target, and harder to push through the back side. The KuduPoint had the best penetration and pulling through a target was possible as well. The Stinger had good penetration, but the smaller side blades broke when Stuart shot his deer last year, and this makes me question the durability.
I did not find a considerable difference in accuracy between broadheads, so I will shoot the broadhead that allows me to practice the most. I felt I could shoot the KuduPoint all day because of it’s toughness and ability to pull out of the target. Do your best to paper tune your bow to the broadhead, and practice at all ranges, and all three broadheads can be lethal this fall.
Update: This blog was written several years ago and since then we have gone to hunting exclusively with the G5 Montec. While what is written above remains true, continued poor blood trails with single-bevel and expandable broadheads turned us away from using them. Additionally, after using expandable broadheads on spot and stalk antelope hunts in Wyoming, we feel they catch on grass too often to offer good reliability in that situation.