3 Best Broadheads for Whitetails

Having trouble deciding on a broadhead for whitetail deer? Ten experienced bowhunters told us their go-to broadheads, and we compiled the results.

By Adam Heggenstaller

August 28, 2014

Today it seems there are nearly as many broadhead designs as bullet types, and manufacturers introduce dozens of new ones each year. And just like bullets, every hunter has a favorite. With that in mind, I asked 10 bowhunters with an average of 19 years of experience to pick their go-to broadheads for whitetail deer. Surprisingly, there was considerable overlap in the choices. Those three broadheads made the cut below (plus two more based on their record of success in the field). It’s hard to argue with proven performance, but I’m sure you’ll have fun trying.

  1. New Archery Products Thunderhead 100

The three-blade, 100-grain Thunderhead was on the list of five of the hunters I polled, making it the most popular in my less-than-scientific survey. New Archery Products (NAP) says the micro-grooved ferrule increases accuracy, and several hunters who listed the Thunderhead among their favorites confirmed its accurate in-flight performance. Couple accuracy with super-sharp blades that result in a 1 3/16-inch cutting diameter, and you have the recipe for short, heavy bloodtrails. MSRP: $39.99 per 5

thunderhead_best_broadheads_12. Muzzy 100-Grain 3-Blade

 

Muzzy’s well-known “Bad to the Bone” reputation largely comes from the three-sided, hardened-steel Trocar tip the company puts on its broadheads. It’s designed to blast through bone for deep penetration (important for quartering shots on even lightly built game like whitetails) and mechanically locks the .020-inch-thick blades to the aluminum ferrule. The 100-grain, 3-blade version has a 1 3/16-inch cutting diameter and has been my top broadhead for almost two decades. With a properly-tuned bow, I’ve always found it flies true. Three other hunters in the poll had it on their lists, too, for the same reasons. MSRP: $39.95 per 6

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  1. Rage 2-Blade

Some bowhunters are reluctant to try mechanical broadheads, but those who settle on Rage rarely go back to fixed-blade designs. Such was the case with two of the hunters I polled, who trust the company’s SlipCam blade-deployment system and love the broadhead’s field-point-like accuracy. On top of that, the 100-grain, two-blade version offers a wide cutting diameter of more than 2 inches when fully deployed on impact. The only downside seems to be cost. MSRP: $44.99 per 3

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Honorable Mention: New Archery Products KillZone 100-Grain

Two-blade mechanical with spring-clip design that doesn’t require O-rings or rubber bands for blade retention in flight. Two-inch cutting diameter; available with a cut-on-contact tip or a pyramid-shaped Trophy Tip. MSRP: $39.99 per 3

Honorable Mention: G5 Outdoors Striker 100-Grain

Three fixed, .030-inch-thick blades offer a 1 1/8-inch cutting diameter and lock inside a solid-steel ferrule for toughness. Edges of triangular-shaped tip align with blades to provide performance similar to cut-on-contact broadheads. MSRP: $42.99 per 3

Source: 3 Best Broadheads for Whitetails – American Hunter.

Rage Crossbow X Broadheads 100gr.

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Have you been looking for a deep cutting broadhead for your crossbow that will make sure your kill does not go far? The Rage Crossbow X broadhead does just that. It rips a deer open and the blood trails are amazing.

I have never really been a fan of mechanical broadheads. Especially on a crossbow, but I thought I would at least give the Rage broadheads a chance this year and put out the $40 dollars for a three pack of them. I had been hearing a lot about them from buddies and other hunters that had used them in the past and they all told me that the blood trails were crazy. I am certainly glad I did as these broadheads did exactly as I had heard.

The only two flaws I found with these broadheads were the price and the durability of the blades. Lets start with the durability of the blades because it really coincides with the price. I found that the durability of the blades themselves were not as good as some other broadheads. They were very sharp and did the job but I have never had a blade that wasn’t ruined after shooting a deer with it. They generally get nicked up and dull after one shot into an animal. This is where the price factor comes in to play. The blades are not cheap and you will have to replace the blades after every kill or an unfortunate miss. The blades themselves are somewhere around $39.99 for a set of three broadheads with blades. The actual shaft of the broadhead was sturdy and I had no problems out of it.

These broadheads may not be for everyone, but I will say that they are truly some of the best broadheads I have shot as far as the massive blood trails go. I think they are worth a shot for any deer hunter out there at least to give them a review for yourself.

If you are interested in purchasing these broadheads follow this link : Rage CrossX Broadheads

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