All About Crossbow Broadheads And Targets

Accuracy of your crossbow shot can be affected seriously by using the wrong broadhead.

Therefore, choosing the proper broadhead for your crossbow is paramount to your success. There are two basic designs of broadheads: fixed blade and mechanical/expandable.

A fixed-blade designed broadhead is defined as a broadhead whose blades are permanently fixed in the open position. They generally cut upon impact and use less energy to open the wound channel. This design is extremely durable with no moving parts and blades that can be resharpened or replaced.

Accuracy can often times be an issue with fixed-blade designed broadheads when used in conjunction with heavy-poundage, high-speed crossbows. Due to the broadhead’s greater surface area, field point-like accuracy is more difficult to achieve. Shorter, smaller diameter fixed-blade broadheads generally fly better from crossbows than larger models.

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Many crossbow hunters like mechanical broadheads that open on impact and often shoot like field points. Pictured is the Rage 100 Grain Crossbow X Broadhead.

Mechanical/expandable broadheads are defined as a broadhead whose blades are hidden inside the ferrule of the broadhead during flight and expand upon impact with the target. Mechanical/expandable broadheads generally fly closer to field point-like accuracy, have larger cutting diameters and are more accurate out of high speed crossbows.

Crossbow hunters must use crossbow-specific mechanical/expandable broadheads. Crossbow specific-broadheads are designed for the higher-poundage draw weights of crossbows, unlike some of their mechanical/expandable vertical broadhead counterparts.

Once a specific type of broadhead is chosen, it should be spin-tested on the hunting shaft for alignment. If alignment appears good and no wobble is detected with any of the broadheads, the next step is to shoot them for accuracy. Whatever broadhead you decide to use should be shot from your crossbow extensively to determine its accuracy.

Often times you’ll get field point-like accuracy right from the start. Other times you may have to adjust your sights to match your broadhead grouping. The important thing is to know where your broadheads are hitting before you ever attempt a shot at an animal.

Always make sure that your broadhead blades are sharp, rust free and not damaged. Once the hunting season begins, set an arrow/broadhead combination aside to practice with. Select a good product, manufactured by a reliable company, and then stick with what works best out of your crossbow.

Use The Right Target
Crossbow-specific broadhead and field point targets are also a necessity for crossbow shooters. Your shooting sessions will be much more enjoyable if arrow stoppage and extraction remains effortless.

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Block-style targets are effective at stopping broadheads. Pictured is the Delta® McKenzie® Crossbow Traveler ShotBlocker®.

There are many different target styles available including bag, block and fiber-filled targets. It is recommended that different targets be used when alternating between field point and broadhead shooting sessions.

Bag and fiber-filled targets work best for field point retention and arrow removal. Block style targets are much more effective at stopping cutting-type broadheads and will hold up better over time.

The most important aspect of becoming a successful crossbow hunter is to start with the proper foundation. Starting with a crossbow and accessory package that complements your shooting abilities will expedite the process saving you both time and money.

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(Article courtesy of Crossbow Magazine,

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