Things to Know When Purchasing Arrows and Broadheads

It can be overwhelming for an aspiring hunter to purchase arrows and broadheads especially that there is a multitude to select from. If you are unsure as to what hunting accessory you should purchase then it is important that you conduct thorough research. As you conduct your research, you would often encounter the word “broadhead” and “arrow” as separate topics. Though they seemingly have the same purpose and basically are projectiles used in conjunction with bows, each has its own sub-category and unique function.

An example would be broadheads. Broadhead arrows were used in war a long time back and are still being used when it comes to hunting game. Medieval broadheads are made out of steel and occasionally have hardened scales. These kinds of arrows usually have two to four sharp blades that cause massive bleeding to the victim. They are meant to kill quickly by delivering hits that heavily damage major blood vessels and that can cause further trauma upon removal.

Types of Archery Broadheads

As far as broadheads, or “points,” it’s important that their weight be proportional, also, to the stiffness of the arrow shaft. Remember, there are different arrow weights for a reason. If you’re pursuing deer, chances are you’ll only be shooting out to 20 yards to make an effective kill. Medium-weight arrows fill that requirement nicely.

In relation to archery, there are three major kinds of broadheads: cut-on-contact broadheads, chisel-point broadheads, and expandable broadheads.

Cut on Contact Broadheads

These kinds of broadheads do as their name implies: cut through game on contact. These broadheads are extremely sharp and can easily slice through hair, skin, and other tissue. Most hunters utilize this because it does what is expected of it with a low chance of failing and is great when it comes to slicing through the thick hides of some animals.

Different kinds of cut-on-contact broadheads

G5 Outdoor Montec CS Fixed blade

It is a one piece contact broadhead that is made out of pure carbon steel. It is 25% sharper than competing broadheads and can be sharpened after repeated uses. It also provides a 1 1/16-in cutting diameter that leaves large entrance and exit wounds. This broadhead is also extremely durable and holds up well even when it comes to bone contact.

G5 Outdoor Montec CS Fixed blade

Steel Force Sabertooth HP Fixed blade

This features positive-tooth serrated edges which refer to its raised position of serration of the main cutting edge. This leaves a large entrance and exit hole from game and provides a slim penetrating end with a saw-like end. It has four cutting edges than the usual three. The blades are also good when it comes to going through hair, skin and bone.

Steel Force Sabertooth HP Fixed blade

RedHead Blackout: This is one of the best broadheads out there for the reason that it has the characteristic of a cut-on-contact blade and also allows for replacement of its blade. This saves the hunter the trouble of sharpening their arrows.

Chisel-Point Broadheads

These kind of broadhead provide the power to split-bones due to its chisel-point design as compared to cut-on-contact broadheads. Unlike other broadheads that can be slowed down by bone, chisel-point broadbands have cutting blades behind the bone-crushing tip and also have the capability to cut through game.

Different Kinds of Chisel-Point Broadheads

Muzzy MX-4

In addition to being affordable, this particular product is reliable when it comes to its performance. The MX-4’s hardened steel TroCar tip not only penetrates through skin and bone but it also has enhanced flight capability and once the blades have dulled, the blades can be replaced. The razor-sharp thickened blades offers great impact on the flesh and bone of game.

Muzzy MX-4 Broadhead

New Archery Thunderhead Edge

This particular chisel-point broadhead feature offset serrated blades that potentially deal maximum damage. It does the job well when it comes to breaking and cutting bones as well as penetrating hide and the blades can be replaced as well.

Expandable Broadheads

These broadheads are the latest technology in the hunting industry. The blades expand and deliver large wound channels once it hits its target and causes more blood loss that leads to faster death of the prey and faster recovery. However be advised that there are rare occasions wherein the blade may fail to deploy or break once they are inside the animal.

Kinds of Expandable Blades

Rage Two Blade Expandables

This deploys from the rear as the broadhead enters the body of the animal. Because it deploys from the rear, the lost in power is reduced while the cutting surface is increased. Deploying it in full will show the blades measuring 2 inches in cutting diameter. It is effectively a three-bladed weapon.

Rage 2-Blade SC

Bloodrunner Two Blade

It has a cutting diameter of 2 1/16 inches and as soon as there is contact with an animal it is pushed down while pushing the blades out for full deployment at the same time. In addition, the blades are fixed and strong and also come in a three-blade version.

Bloodrunner 2 Blade – Deep Six

Arrows

In the history of the bow, which evidence shows going back to probably at least 9,000 BC, there has never been a more useful accessory than the arrows that it was designed to use as a projectile. After all, a bow without an arrow is probably nothing more than something that could be used to club an enemy over the head with, and not much else.

In point of actual fact, it’s truly the arrow that gives a bow, or a longbow, or any of a hundred different variations of the crossbow – ranging all the way up to the giant ballista siege engine of war – its deadly effectiveness. Knowing what makes for a good projectile can make appreciating bow hunting arrow uses and types all that more satisfying.

A good question to ask about a bow hunting arrow is what exactly makes for a good one? We know that the finest archers throughout history demanded that the arrow’s shaft be straight. That much goes without saying. So, let’s take a minute to examine the arrow and what it can, and can’t, do in the hands of a good archer who’s equipped with a nice bow of whatever type he or she prefers.

There are a number of arrows available for the aspiring hunter and each arrow is designed based on what kind of game the hunter is trying to hunt.

Shaft Material

Something to keep in mind is that an arrow shaft needs to be as stiff as necessary, given pull, or draw, weight and how long the length of the shaft is. It’s a simple matter of physics that an arrow shaft will be more springy or flexible the longer it is, when compared to the same arrow of shorter length but the same thickness. Arrows generally are classed by weight, with so-called “featherweights” being substantially lighter than their more solid and thick brethren. Remember that the proper shaft for the correct bow is a must.

Carbon

This is the most common choice of most hunters these days because of its strength, speed, durability, and its ability to knock down game. A good example is the Gold Tip XT Hunter Carbon Arrows which are straight and extremely durable.

Carbon Hybrid

The Easton Full Metal Jacket is a good example of a carbon hybrid that features a compact, small diameter carbon core that is incorporated into a full metal jacket shell. Because of this combination, carbon hybrid arrows hit harder and stronger. It penetrates better because of its small diameter and though this kind of arrow can be expensive, they are worth it.

Easton Full Metal Jacket

Aluminum Arrows: These kinds of arrows are heavier than the common carbon arrow, a lot of professional archers still have high regards to these. They are very straight, strong and more affordable as the XX75 gamegetter arrows from Easton. Though slower than carbon arrows, they can still get the job done.

Wood Arrows:

These kinds of arrows have been the first models of today’s arrows and in fact, they are still utilized by traditional archers and hunters who use recurve and longbows. The problem with using these arrows is that they might not have the strength to withstand the output from most modern bows.

Here are some small game tips

Archery is not limited to big and or dangerous game but it can also focus on smaller game for fun and though these kinds of tips are not common, there are a number of products that are available in stores such as the WAC’EM Shocker Small Game Head. This is good when it comes to hunting rabbits, birds and the like. Furthermore, the spring arms easily grab onto grass or other brush which makes it easier to look for it.

WAC'EM Shocker Small Game Head

Final Thoughts

If you want to make sure you’re using the right type of arrow for the bow you own, follow the advice of most archery experts, who advise that you multiply 6 grams of arrow shaft weight for each pound of your bow’s draw weight. If you have a 40-pound draw weight bow, then your arrow should be approximately 240 grams in weight. This helps to ensure that the arrow will be finely weighted and fully effective while also helping to prevent damage to the bow itself.

You should consider an arrow to be an integral part of the bow, and that both together make up the weapon system that a bow and arrow set is. Pick your arrows out with that in mind, because a poorly-chosen arrow will only lead to frustration and an eventual desire to quit the sport of bow hunting.

Overall, it is important that you conduct thorough research before you make any purchases of bowhunting supplies or archery supplies. One of my hunting buddies, Bryan Taylor, already published a great article about the Best Arrows to Hunt Deer and Elk on his website Forgotten Hunter, check it out!

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