Are you frustrated from missing targets because your bulky broadhead tipped arrows have too much aerodynamic drag on them in flight? Then maybe it’s time you give some mechanical broadhead arrows a try. These arrows have very little that sticks out of them during their flight to veer them off course. Upon impact they then scissors open in order to do maximum damage to the game you hit. As these types of expandable broadheads prove more reliable all the time many hunters are making a switch to these more true in flight hunting arrow tips.
In this article we will review some of the best expandable broadhead arrow tips you can buy and also tell you a little bit about what’s important to look for in mechanical broadhead tips when shopping for them.
Summary: Top 5 Best Expandable Broadheads
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Expandable Broadhead Buying Guide
Here are the important characteristics to look at when shopping for mechanical (expandable) broadhead arrow tips:
- Type of bow best used with
Most arrows with broadheads are universal and they can be used in either crossbows or compound bows as long as they are cut to the right length. There are always exceptions to this rule so make sure each broadhead type you are thinking about buying fits onto arrows that can be used in your bow of choice.
Check the expandable broadhead collar size on any mechanical broadheads you are thinking about buying too. Some of these collars are too big to use with certain model bows and crossbows.
- Entry wound size
Without being too gross here you want your mechanical broadhead to hit hard and then expand and do maximum damage to the game it enters. That means the more the blood gushes out of it the better the knock down capability a broadhead has. Thus it becomes important to know what size your mechanical broadhead expands to upon impact. Most hunters prefer an expandable broadhead that makes a 1 ½” inch or bigger entry wound upon impact.
- Bow draw weight required to expand the broadhead properly on contact
Each mechanical broadhead you are thinking about purchasing should say on the package or description what size bow draw weight it takes to make it work properly upon impact. It is very important that the compound bow or crossbow you use meet this requirement or your mechanical broadhead model most likely will not expand and do damage upon impact.
Another factor of any type of mechanical broadhead that you are thinking about buying that you need to be keenly aware of is its dependability. That means what percentage of the time it opens correctly upon impact. This information is sometimes provided by the manufacturer but you may have to look at some customer reviews to determine this too. You certainly don’t want to hunt with a mechanical broadhead that fails to expand on impact a large percentage of the time.
Even though expandable broadhead tipped arrows tend to fly straighter than regular broadhead tipped arrows you are still not going to hit your target every time you shoot. When you miss you don’t want your mechanical broadheads disintegrating on impact every time. Although you will get the occasional broken expandable broadhead tip you should look for a mechanical broadhead tip that has a reputation for not being extremely fragile when impacting solid objects.
Expandable Broadheads Reviews: 5 High-Value Models
These broadheads are said to open so fast you can hear the ‘swhack’ in their name when they hit. That is exactly the type of mechanical broadhead action you need on any of these tips you are looking to buy.
This model expanding broadhead will create a nice 1 ¾” entry wound on impact. That is enough to quickly bleed out a large animal if struck right. The carbon steel point has little effect on your arrow in flight and when it impacts and opens two razor sharp blades quickly pop out.
Even the ferrule on these broadheads is well constructed thanks to being made out of anodized aircraft aluminum. These model tips are affordably priced and have a reputation for being extremely reliable. It’s hard to find anything not to like about them.
- Rapid expanding upon impact
- Hardened carbon steel point
- Anodized aluminum ferrule
- 75” entry wound size
- 100 grain 2 blade broadhead tip
- Razor edged stainless steel expansion blades
- No practice tip version
When your top two products on a best review list are made by the same manufacturer that speaks volumes as to how well their products work. That is exactly the case here as this is another fine expandable broadhead product from Swhacker. It is very similar to item number one except it is specifically designed to be used with a crossbow.
This is another quick deploying mass damage type broadhead. It will rapidly jut out two 1 ¾” stainless steel blades on impact. Since the expanding blades do not come out until impact they have no effect on your arrows flight.
These come nicely packaged in a 3 broadhead tip set.
- Crossbow use only
- Quick deploying on impact
- 75” entry wound size
- Carbon steel point
- Anodized Aluminum ferrule
- 2 stainless steel expansion blades
- Can only be used with crossbows
- No included practice tips
This is a very interesting expandable broadhead design from visionary outdoor products. These broadhead tips actually deploy like normal broadheads do but have an additional part of the razor expanding tip that actually faces forward too.
When these broadheads impact they immediately expand to over 2 inches in length. That often results in the game you hit leaving huge blood trails to follow. They are solidly built and perfect for taking down both large and medium size game animals.
These broadhead tips come in a six pack and are backed up by a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
- Unique rear expanding broadheads
- 100% satisfaction guarantee
- Very dependable
- Designed to create vivid blood trails
- 100 grain broadheads
- Added shock collar technology
- Do not work with wooden arrows
- Rubber O-ring wear these mount to the shaft
Here is a 100 grain mechanical broadhead that slices with the precision of a surgical tool when it expands after impacting the game you shoot with it. Rage has come up with a very nice design with this model expanding broadhead arrow tip.
These mechanical broadhead tips are said by those that use them to be very accurate when shot thanks to the single piece hybrid tip design. They will cause a 2” wound upon impact and the improved shock collar technology in them helps make them very reliable too.
It even comes with a free practice head so you can get a good feel for how these mechanical broadheads fly before taking a more critical shot in the field.
- Includes free practice head
- 2” wound diameter
- Accurate hybrid tip
- Shock collar technology
- Penetrates deep
- Aerodynamic steel ferrule
- Recommend use with a heavy arrow for better penetration
- These tips are smaller than expected
- Bow only use
This is the crossbow only version of the product we just reviewed in item number four on our top review list but it’s every bit as good as the bow version of this mechanical broadhead. It too is known for being both accurate and lethal when striking your intended game.
This is a mechanical broadhead product that hits hard and produces a sizeable blood trail after doing so. The increased leading edge size is what helps open up an entry wound over 2 inches in size. Those who use these mechanical broadheads often note how reliable they are also.
As with most broadhead products from rage this package also includes practice tips so you can hone your skills with them before going out into the field for the game.
- Designed specifically for crossbow use
- Oversized leading edge blade
- Design promotes aerodynamic flight
- Creates a 2” entry wound
- Includes practice heads
- Extremely reliable
- Only for crossbow use
- Does not have shock collar technology like the bow version
Whether you hunt using a bow or crossbow you have many excellent mechanical broadhead tips to choose from on our top review list. It makes it tough for us to recommend one of them over the other. If we had to choose one to highly recommend it would have to be the Swhacker 100 Grain 1.75-Inch Cut Broadhead.
These mechanical broadheads expand rapidly on impact to create a sizeable 1 ¾ inch entry wound. The razor sharp edges on them do maximum damage when entering a game animal and promote rapid blood loss for an easy to follow the blood trail. These arrows are also very accurate due to their aerodynamic carbon steel tip design and the ferrule is made out of high-grade anodized aircraft aluminum.
As was mentioned in the review it really was hard for those that used these mechanical broadheads to find anything they did not like about them. You really should check them out further before making your final expandable broadhead purchase. They really are one of the best expandable broadheads you can buy.