Crossbow broadheads

Utah400Elk

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I have always gotten a bit of inconstant flight from my broadheads out of my Sub. 1XR. I get amazing groups but had to work between different bolts and different broadheads to get great groups. I read that insufficient FOC can cause issues. I went from a 100 grain to 125 grain broadhead and it has been shocking.

I have always shot Slick Trick 100 standards. This year I switched to the 125 SEVR titanium. My bolts are custom made from South Shore Archery. Jerry really knows his stuff and his bolts and arrows are amazing.

I am shooting match weights and spine bolts and can hold a 2 inch group a 80 yards from a bench.

I recently shot a buck at 40 yards and had a complete pass through. Not that surprising with a crossbow. However the bolt buried into a tree that was 10 yards behind the buck. The entire head was in 3 inches into a oak tree. I was able to cut the head out and it is in perfect shape. No broken blade be bent feral. It was in perfect shape. I replaced the blades and shot my best whitetail with the same head. The buck tried to duck the shot. It ended up being a total spins shot. The head blew through the vertebrae and was a pass though through one side of the lungs. I could have put a grapefruit through the exit hole.



If I could do it over. I would have built my bolts with a 90 grain insert and gone with the 150 grain SEVR ROBUSTO but have been extremely impressed with the 2.0 titanium in 125.

I would like to have tried 125 standard Slick Trick but can’t find them anywhere. I also figure my crossbow has plenty of KE for mechanical heads. I am shooting a 475 grain bolt @ 360FPS.

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Joe2Kool

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I shoot Muzzys. Killed a few WT with them. They group well, but way different from field points. I haven't been able to find practice blades.
 

12pointer

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I too get my arrows from South Shore Archery. I use a 92- grain brass insert and use a 150- grain slick trick Crossbow broadhead. I like a lot of weight up front. Tried an expandable but didn't like the penetration thru bone. The deer in Iowa can get pretty big and a lot of weight up front on the arrow has really helped.

Many people have good luck with expandable broadheads but I didn't.

My friends who live in southern Miss. shoot lightweight Rage which work good on those smaller deer, have lost several shoulder hit deer here in Iowa thru lack penetration.
 

Dryfly

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I always say this, mostly because I spent a lot of time, and a bit of money, testing arrows and broad-heads. But in my opinion a VPA broad-head can't be beat. I like the 150 grain, 3 blade, non-vented version myself. Super easy to resharpen, and milled from a single piece of steel, everyone is perfect.

You can keep them on your arrows for practice year round, resharpen them and go hunting without changing anything They are the only broad-head I have used to kill more than one animal with. They are also the only head, of very many that I tried, that could make it through a cinder block.

The last deer I shot, my arrow went straight through a rib on the way in, and out through the humerus bone, didn't even slow it down and I never did find that arrow. The deer went less than 25 yards before falling over dead.

I have started playing with a crossbow, don't like it at all, but someday in the not too distant future that will be my only choice. They shoot far better than I can with a crossbow. I always thought a cross bow was cheating..until I got one. Big and awkward to carry, slow to load and shoot, and just a plain old all around pain in the butt. I now consider my bow to be a far better choice. Light and easy to carry, fast shots can be had, and you can even get a second shot if you need to. Not happening with a cross bow, not even close.
Best of luck.
 

MrShane

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I always say this, mostly because I spent a lot of time, and a bit of money, testing arrows and broad-heads. But in my opinion a VPA broad-head can't be beat. I like the 150 grain, 3 blade, non-vented version myself. Super easy to resharpen, and milled from a single piece of steel, everyone is perfect.

You can keep them on your arrows for practice year round, resharpen them and go hunting without changing anything They are the only broad-head I have used to kill more than one animal with. They are also the only head, of very many that I tried, that could make it through a cinder block.

The last deer I shot, my arrow went straight through a rib on the way in, and out through the humerus bone, didn't even slow it down and I never did find that arrow. The deer went less than 25 yards before falling over dead.

I have started playing with a crossbow, don't like it at all, but someday in the not too distant future that will be my only choice. They shoot far better than I can with a crossbow. I always thought a cross bow was cheating..until I got one. Big and awkward to carry, slow to load and shoot, and just a plain old all around pain in the butt. I now consider my bow to be a far better choice. Light and easy to carry, fast shots can be had, and you can even get a second shot if you need to. Not happening with a cross bow, not even close.
Best of luck.
I also hunt with a xbow here in Utah.
I couldn’t agree more about them being a pain.
Heavy, bulky, prod grabs every weed/branch possible, queer quiver, noisy, have to discharge every night, etc, etc, etc.
 

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