Fixed Blade Broadhead that Fly Like Field Tips for Crossbows

Fixed Blade Broadhead Comparison for Crossbows

To determine what the best fixed blade broadheads are for Crossbows we shot over the course of a week on 14 different crossbows from 9 different manufactures. The goal was to find which broadheads flew consistently like field tips without performing any tuning or adjustments on behalf of the hunter. We tested 6 different broadheads on each of the 14 crossbows and found 3 fixed blade broadheads that stood out above the rest.

We tested 14 different crossbows from 9 different manufacturers

The crossbows we tested varied in speeds from 300 FPS to 440 FPS to get an overview of what the broadheads would do at different speeds.

We tested 6 different broadheads and our goal was to see which fixed blade broadheads performed the most consistent without any tuning or adjustment. Our process was taking the broadhead out of the packaging and screwing it on the bolt without doing any tuning or special alignment. We found 3 fixed blade broadhead that performed consistently like field tips out-of-the-box.

The 3 best performing

  • Muzzy Trocar HBX 100 grain, performed like a field tip on 13 of the 14 crossbows. While not a true fixed blade this is a hybrid with 2 fixed blades and 2 expandable blades.
  • Muzzy Trocar performed like a field tip on 12 of the 14 crossbows. This is a true fixed blade broadhead with 3 fixed blades with a 1 1/2″ cutting diameter.
  • Shuttle T-LOC tied with the Muzzy Trocar by flying like a field tip on 12 of 14 crossbows and is also a true fixed blade broadhead.

The crossbow used in the video is a TenPoint FX4 and the bolts used are Borkholder’s Match Grade Custom Bolts. The target in the video is 60 yards downrange and the target diameter is 1/2″.

Crossbow Turkey Hunting at 50 Yards

Crossbow Turkey Hunting at 50 Yards

Here’s a special bolt and broadhead combo for Crossbow Turkey Hunting at 50 yards. The only caveat is a crossbow that shoots at 350 FPS or faster. The broadhead is a 2.5″ Guillotine and the bolt is a 24″ Gold Tip Ballistic, with 4″ vanes. The bolt is 515 grain and runs 17% front-of-center. With this combination of bolt and broadhead you can take down the turkey at 50 yards with either a head/neck shot or even a body shot. The crossbow used in the video is a Stryker Solution LS that shoots 390 FPS but as long as your crossbow shoots 350 FPS or faster you should be fine.

Bolt & Broadhead Combo for Crossbow Turkey Hunting

Best Entry Level Crossbows

Best Entry Level Crossbow

Many new hunters are getting into crossbow hunting but don’t want to spend $1000. Here’s a review and comparison of 4 entry level crossbows that don’t break the bank. The price range is $350 – $450. Each of these crossbows includes a scope, quiver, and bolts.

Nolan’s choice is clearly the Crosman Sniper 370 because of the adjustable stock and adjustable forearm grip. The Crosman has the best optics from the group and with the 370 FPS has the punch to take down a whitetail at 70 yards.

Crosman Sniper 370

  • Adjustable Stock: when adjusted all the way in it’s similar in size to the Parker Challenger but when fully extended nicely fits an adult.
  • Adjustable forearm of about 5″
  • Velocity: 370 FPS
  • Harvest Range: 65-70 yards for Whitetail
  • The best scope of the group with lighted reticle markers out to 60 yards.
  • Includes scope, quiver, bolts, cocking device
  • $349.99 Buy Crosman Sniper 370

Parker Challenger

  • The stock size limits this to a youth or smaller person
  • Velocity: 300 FPS
  • Harvest Range: 40 Yards for Whitetail
  • Fixed reticle scope with markers to 50 yards (adjustable zoom)
  • Includes scope, quiver, bolts
  • $449.99 Buy Parker Challenger

PSE Fang

  • Adjustable forearm grip of about 2″
  • Velocity: 350 FPS
  • Harvest Range: 60 Yards for Whitetail
  • Worst scope of the group with reticle markers out to 40 yards
  • Includes scope, quiver, bolts
  • $349.99 Buy PSE Fang

Killer Instinct 350

  • Balanced well and light
  • Adjustable forearm of about 3″
  • Velocity: 350 FPS
  • Harvest Range: 60 Yards for Whitetail
  • The scope has lighted reticles with markers out to 60 yards
  • Includes scope, quiver, bolts
  • $349.99 Buy Killer Instinct 350

Additional Entry Level Crossbow Videos

 

Mathews Halon 6 Broadhead Comparison

Mathews Halon 6 Broadhead Comparison

This is a fixed blade broadhead comparison with the 2016 Mathews Halon 6 (30″ draw, 60 pound pull). The arrow used is a Gold Tip Velocity XT 400 and the 5 fixed blade broadheads are pulled out of the box without doing any tuning.

This test was done without any tuning of the broadheads, to see what’s the most accurate out-of-the-box broadhead for the Mathews Halon 6.

5 Broadheads

The Muzzy Trocar HBX and Trocar 100 were the best performing broadheads for the Mathews Halon 6. They both shot extremely similar to the field point. The Shuttle T 100 was decent at about 2 1/2″ off the mark and would require a little tuning to get it to fly like the field point. The QAD Exodus 100 was off the mark by 3 1/2″ and require tuning and the ugly duckling of the test was the Ramcat 100. The Ramcat 100 would require a significant amount of tuning to get it to fly well.

Hoyt Carbon Defiant 34 Broadhead Comparison

Hoyt Carbon Defiant 34 Broadhead Comparison

This is a fixed blade broadhead comparison with the Hoyt Defiant 34 Bow (30″ draw, 68 pound pull, 300 FPS). The arrow used is a Gold Tip Pierce 340 and the 5 fixed blade broadheads are pulled out of the box without doing any tuning.

This test was done without any tuning of the broadheads, to see what’s the most accurate out-of-the-box broadhead for the Carbon Defiant 34.

5 Broadheads

The Muzzy Trocar HBX and Trocar 100 performed the best, the QAD Exodus 100 performed well, the Shuttle T 100 performed well enough considering there was no tuning, and the Ramcat 100 would require significant tuning before you want to use it for hunting.

Bolt Comparison • Bear Fisix FFL Crossbow

Bear Fisix FFL Crossbow Bolt Comparison

In this video Nolan completes a field comparison with the Bear Fisix FFL Crossbow by comparing the factory bolts that come with the Fisix to Borkholder’s Match Grade Custom Bolts. Accuracy (or grouping) and bolt penetration are the 2 comparison points. The target is 60 yards away and for max consistency between shots Nolan is using a Caldwell Lead Sled Shooting Bench. The Bear Fisix FFL is a high end, reverse-limb crossbow with 135 pound pull and speed up to 370 feet per seconds. The factory bolts included with the Fisix are 20″, 10.7 grains per inch, 12-13% front of center. The Match Grade Custom Bolts are 20″ Gold Tip Swift 396, 110 grain brass inserts, 24% front of center.

 

2016 Hoyt Carbon Defiant Series Compound Bows

Nolan Sausaman goes through the different Defiant Series Bows from Hoyt. There’s 6 2016 models in all: Carbon Defiant 30, Carbon Defiant Turbo, Carbon Defiant 34, Defiant 30, Defiant Turbo, Defiant 34.

Carbon Defiant 30

The Carbon Defiant 30 is a 30″ Axle to Axle compound bow with a 7″ brace height. It shoots at 330 feet per second. There are 3 cam options to allow draw length adjustment from 24″ to 30″.

Carbon Defiant Turbo

The Carbon Defiant Turbo is a 33″ Axle to Axle compound bow with 6″ brace height. It shoots faster than either the “Defiant 30” or “Defiant 34″ at 350 feet per second. The draw length options are same as the Defiant 30 allowing adjustable draw length from 24″ to 30”.

Carbon Defiant 34

The Carbon Defiant 34 is a 34″ Axle to Axle compound bow with 7″ brace height. It shoots at 325 feet per second and has 3 cam options to allow draw length adjustment from 25″ to 31″.

“Carbon Defiant Bows are very strong and very quiet.”

Pricing for the Carbon Defiant series bows are $1299.99 but Hoyt also makes an aluminum version of the Defiant that includes the same great features, specs, and performance with a lower price tag. The aluminum Defiant Bows are $899.99.

The Defiant Bows come in a large variety of camo patterns and colors.

 

2016 Bear Torrix FFL Crossbow Review

2016 Bear Torrix FFL Crossbow Review

The Bear Torrix FFL Crossbow is a mid level crossbow with a 125 pound pull and velocity of 355 FPS. It’s slightly heavier than comparable crossbows but well balanced and easy to handle. It comes with adjustable stock, adjustable forearm grip and adjustable trigger pull. The package includes scope, quiver, bolts, and cocking sled. But when you buy from Borkholder you get the option for a free pod, see link below.

The Bear Torrix FFL Crossbow Package is $800 with choice of 3 free pods and of course free shipping.

2016 PSE Fang Crossbow Introduction • Entry Level Crossbow

2016 PSE Fang Crossbow Introduction

The PSE Fang 350 is no longer available but the 2017 PSE Fang LT Crossbow is very similar

Our Review of the PSE Fang

The PSE Fang Crossbow is an entry level crossbow with a great package (scope, quiver, bolts) at a great price ($349.99). The PSE Fang has a draw weight of 155 pounds and shoots at a velocity of 340 FPS. The PSE Fang is light even with the scope, quiver and bolts at a total of 6.8 pounds. The scope is a fixed reticle scope with markers out to 50 yards which is the affective harvest range. String Stops are included helping with the noise level. The adjustable forearm grip slides on a pick rail with about 3″ of movement and helps fit the shooter’s size. A quiver and 3 bolts are included with the PSE Fang package.