It seems no
matter where you go to ask advice on broadheads there seems to be some debacle. Everyone has their
favorite and every company has claimed theirs is the best. Wish you
could just get a comparison that is unbiased and fair? Today is your
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are unbiased comparisons of all types of broadheads. These tests were
completed out of pocket or with donated heads, giving the tester
complete autonomy and freedom to tell you how these heads really stack
tested in the following pages were tested in the same fashion time and
again. Though these tests in no way replicate the effects on game
animals, it is a fair and consistent test that only shows how these
broadheads stacked up side by side in materials that would show
toughness, durability and penetration. So scroll down and see how your
favorite head measured up. Maybe even find a new head waiting to be
tried on the game animal of your choice.
Please note as more
test information becomes available, it will be updated and posted. Make
sure you check back periodically to see if the head you're
curious about shows up on the measuring tape. If you’re interested in
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Tests: Plywood: 5 points for going all the way through without damage
4: points for going all the way through, but with damage.
3: points for going most of the way through, no damage.
2: points for going most of the way through, but with damage.
1: point for going most of the way through, but head destroyed
0: points for bouncing off.
Steel drum: 6 points for going through both sides, no damage
5: points for going through both sides, but with damage
4: points for going through one side tip sticking in far side, no
3: points for going through one side tip sticking in far side but
2: points for going through one side, no damage
1: point for going through one side, with damage
0 points for bouncing off.
Tire: 4 points for going through one side without damage.
3 points for going through one side with damage
2 points for sticking in tire, no damage
1: point for sticking in tire, with damage.
Orange: 5 points for opening on the front.
4 points for partial opening on front
3 points for opening on back side
2 points for partial opening on the back, side
1 point for not opening
Cutting diameter: 5 points for heads 2 inches or larger
4 points for
heads under 2 inches over 1 3/16 inches
3 points for heads 1 3/16 inches to 1 1/8 inch
2 points for heads under 1 1/8 to 1 inch
1 point for heads under an inch
Accuracy: 5 points for flying like field points under all conditions
4 points for grouping with field points.
3 points for grouping well, but in different place than field points
2 points for not grouping well, but with stable flight.
1 points for erratic flight and grouping.
1 point is given to each
blade the head has
2 points for a head not being mechanical
1 point for rearward opening blades on mechanical heads
Blade sharpness ratings:
A: heads will shave hair very easy, it almost jumps off.
B: head will shave hair, but it does take some effort.
C: head will not shave hair
I will also give a, (+) for a head that I feel should have scored
better, and a (-) for heads that I feel should not have done as well.
This is the best scoring system that I could come up with, it is not
perfect, and does not indicate how a head will perform on game, but is
only a comparison of heads and how they do in the test materials. All
heads are shot on 430grain carbon arrows at roughly 265 fps. The plywood
used is ¾ inch, and the steel drum is heavy gauge. I use the Muzzy 3
blade 100grain head as the standard in witch to judge all the test
materials. When switching to a different drum, plywood or tire, I test
shoot the muzzy head into the new material so as to make sure it
performs the same as it did in the old materials. This way the tests are
kept as consistent as possible. I try to be as fair and unbiased as I
can, and only report what happens in the materials use for the tests. I
will give an opinion and summery of the tests after I list the score and
blade sharpness ratings. I do not use the blade sharpness as part of the
total score as this is a very subjective test, and I do not feel it
would be fair to use it as part of the total. I do feel that it is a
very important part of a broad head test though, and should bear some
weight on my overall opinion of a head.