With all the Broadhead choices on the market, it’s easy to get caught up in all the “latest and greatest” technologies, advancements and applications. The thing to remember is that EVERY broadhead on the market will kill given the right tuning and setup. The challenge is making certain that you are matching your broadhead with the capabilities of your bows setup. My goal here is not to beat a dead horse, or even to offer my own personal preferences. We see far too many people coming in with stories of poor penetration or performance. My hope is that by pointing the reader in the right direction, perhaps we can minimize the disappointments and maximize our results.
Steeply angled fixed blade broadheads (eg. Muzzy Phantom, Steel Force, etc.) will offer very little resistance as they penetrate, making them ideal for lower poundage (40# K.E. and under). There are a couple of expandable broadheads on the market designed for lower kinetic energy bows as well. The Grim Reaper Whitetail Special and Fatal Steel, will perform well at lower poundages. The new Rage SS is another that is specifically designed for shorter draw length, lower kinetic energy bows. A good guideline is 40# minimum draw weight for large game. Can it be done with less? Yes. In most cases, these are young, new shooters. I want the experience to be one that sticks out in their minds for years to come. I’d personally rather see that be due to an efficient, quick kill rather than an injured animal and questionable recovery.
Stepping into your higher poundage bows opens up infinite possibilities. The decisions here are really based on the game you’re after and the ability to tune your setup into optimal performance for that broadhead. The personal preferences are going to vary greatly here. We all have a favorite. If it fly’s well, you like the results and it’s reliable…shoot it!!