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Jul-18-12, 
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"Broadhead Comparison Review"

After reading Founders comparison. I thought I would post the broadhead comparison we completed a few months ago.
We did NOT get any of the stuff free, we bought it all, and are not influenced by any company.

Here ya go:

Broadhead comparison Review: Shuttle T, Wac’em, G5 Montec, Slick Trick, Muzzy 4 blade
Editor: Mike

Basic Description of comparison:
We decided to compare some of the most popular hunting broadheads available on the market. We spent our time comparing 2 different aspects:
1: Broadhead accuracy, and 2: Penetration.
We did not spend time reviewing durability, we have long felt that any broadhead shot accurately, having good penetration, would be durable enough to harvest big game.

Equipment Used:
-2 shooters each using Hoyt Rampage XT bows
-Arrows 7595 Gold Tip arrows
-Broadheads were all 125 grains
-Target, new spot chosen on each shot. Morrell Yellow Jacket broadhead target.

The Story
2 shooters chose the exact same set up, and I mean exact same. Same bow, same draw length, same arrows and arrow weight, same broadheads.

We started by shooting at 20 yards with field points. We wanted to establish 2 things:
1: The average distance from center when shooting a fieled point.
2: The average penetration with a field point.
We will then compare all broadheads to this, finding the variance in distance from center, and distance in penetration compared to field points

We measured the distance of miss from the center of a spot the size of a 50 cent peice.
I am happy to say that the average miss was: 1/4 of an inch. This was the average miss, over 20 shots.
So, we felt our bows were tuned well, and shooting field points very well.

We then put the broadheads on the same arrows we had been shooting and laid them randomly on the table. We had someone choose the arrows we would shoot. The shooters did not know what broadhead would come next.

We then shot, until each broadhead had been shot 10 times at 20 yards. After each shot we took 2 measurements:
-Distance from center
-Penetration
We then compared the distance from center, and the penetration to the Field Points.
I have listed the results below, keep in mind this is the variance from field points.

Wac’em Broadhead:
-Average distance from Field Point accuracy: .25 inches.
-Average penetration compared to Field point: 0 inches
Summary: slightly less accurate than field point , less penetration than field point.

Shuttle T:
-Average distance from Field Point accuracy: .31 inches.
-Average penetration compared to Field point: -2.5 inches
Summary: slightly less accurate than field point , less penetration than field point.

G5 Montec:
-Average distance from Field Point accuracy: 1 inch
-Average penetration compared to Field point: 0 inches
Summary: Less accurate than field point , same penetration as field point.

Slick Trick:
-Average distance from Field Point accuracy: .0 inches.
-Average penetration compared to Field point: 0 inches
Summary: Same accuracy as field point , same penetration as field point.

Muzzy 4 Blade:
-Average distance from Field Point accuracy: 1.25 inches.
-Average penetration compared to Field point: -2.3 inches
Summary: Less accurate than field point , less penetration than field point.

Overall Summary:
Most accurate Broadhead in our test: Slick Trick
Best Penetrating Broadhead in our test: G5 Montec, Slick Trick, and Wa’cem

We felt that all broadheads performed quite well. I would not hesitate shooting any of them on any hunt.
Broadheads can be shot very accurately if you have a well tuned bow, and good mechanics.
Some broadheads can mask a bad bow set up, and poor form however.
The overall star of the show was the Slick Trick Broadhead, but the margins were very slim.

Suggestions:
Get a good head you are comfortable with, compare prices, how they work in your quiver, etc.
Get your bow tuned well, pay attention to your mechanics, then SHOOT SHOOT SHOOT.
Most broadheads will perform just fine. If they do not, most likely it is you that is doing something wrong.

Hope that all helps.

Mike
iReviewGear.com

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1. "RE: Broadhead Comparison Review"

Nice effort to be fair and very informative review. However, I would have expected the field point to be equal or in most cases outperform the broad head in a penetration test based on the fact the field point would have less overall surface area and thus less resistance as it penetrates the target where as not the case with the broad head.
IMO, if you are trying to test or compare the lethalness/penetration of broad heads you should test force required to penetrate. I saw a hunting video in the mid 90's where a guy did this by using an elk hide that was attached to a force reading scale similar concept to a fish weighing scale. Force reading scale was mounted above his head and elk hide was attached to scale with cables. He had an arrow mounted in a vice pointing straight up and would pull the elk hide over the different broad heads he was testing and all were sharpened to hair/paper cutting edges. So set up was the same with each...same scale,same elk hide, same arrow and all broad heads razor sharp.
As force was applied (downward force of man pulling elk hide over broad head) the force reading scale would push a bar until broad head penetrated thru the elk hide and immediatley man would stop downward pull force and force meter would go back to zero. He then could look at where the force reading bar stopped to know psf it took each broad head to penetrate thru the elk hide.
The hands down winner was the Zwickey broad head which if my memory serves me right only took approx. 1/2 lb of force to penetrate thru the elk hide and 2nd best broad head was something like 2-3 lbs. of force. It was a very interesting way to quantify lethalness of the broad heads on the market at that time and believe the same outcome would carry over directly to aspect of penetration. Thanks again for the informative review.

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