CrossbowExpert.com reviews their top picks for best broadheads for crossbows and crossbow hunting.
Choosing the best broadheads for crossbows is a lot like choosing the best truck. Everyone has their personal favorite and most people will defend their choice like it was their first born. There are a lot of opinions out there on what is the best broadhead. Many of these opinions are based on a limited amount of personal experience.
When we put this list together we look at four main factors; accuracy, penetration, wound channel, and blood trail. Accuracy is simply how close to field point accuracy are the broadheads. Pentration is how easily the broadhead will pass through the animal. Wound channel is how much damage the broadhead does to the vitals. Blood trail is how much blood will a broadhead wound leave on the ground for the hunter to track his game.
One of our favorite crossbow broadheads is the NAP Spitfire Broadhead. It is available in both 125 grain and 100 grain. The 125 grain will get you more penetration and downrange accuracy. The 100 grain broadhead will tend to get you more speed right out of the crossbow. NAP uses a mechanical retention system to keep the broadheads from opening in flight. We have done numerous tests on NAP broadheads and have yet to see them open prematurely. This is huge when considering the increased torque of a crossbow. NAP also has the sharpest blades in the crossbow market and they are field point accurate. The three blade design creates huge wound channels and does maximum internal damage. Because of the large opening, this broadhead also tends to leave very good blood trails. Spitfires are perfect for turkey hunting and deer sized animals.
The two blade NAP Crossbow Killzone is another great choice that also comes in 125 and 100 grain. The 2” cut does a lot of internal damage and most importantly, this broadhead will leave the biggest blood trail of the broadheads we are recommending. The 2” cut is nice but the shape of the cut causes the hide of an animal to open more as they run which puts down more blood and makes tracking easier. The Killzone also offers field point accuracy and slightly better penetration than the Spitfire. The Killzone is our #1 choice for best broadhead for deer hunting.
The two previously listed broadheads are mechanicals. If you can’t or don’t want to hunt with mechanicals, here are a few choices for fixed blade broadheads. The Excalibur Bolt Cutter is a 150 grain three blade broadhead that delivers the most penetration of the broadheads we’ve listed. It is also the most accurate fixed blade broadhead we’ve tested. It’s not as accurate as the mechanical broadheads but it is as close to field point accuracy as any fixed blade we’ve ever fired out of a crossbow. The accuracy is due to the weight of the broadhead and the design. The broadhead has very little surface area which helps it stay on course and the increased F.O.C. of a 150 grain broadhead literally steers the arrow to its intended target. At 1 – 1/16” the Bolt Cutter isn’t going to give you the wound channel and blood trail of the NAP mechanical heads but it will more than do the job. I like this broadhead for hog hunters, elk, moose, and deer hunters who can’t use mechanicals.
Muzzy has built a great reputation in the broadhead industry and they have built some excellent broadheads for crossbows. Muzzy Trocar crossbow broadheads have a snub nosed design to give it a low profile and keep the broadhead on target. At 100 and 125 grains, they’re not going to provide the penetration of the Excalibur Bolt Cutter but you are getting a slightly wider cut for improved wound channels and blood trails.
There will be plenty of people out there that disagree with this list and that is fine. We’ve put these recommendations together based on a lot of research. However, perhaps the most important factor in broadhead choice is confidence. If you’re confident in what you’re shooting, you will have a much greater chance for success. Good luck on your next hunt!