There really are a lot of components to a successful whitetail season, but for bowhunters the moment of truth comes when your broadhead of choice makes contact with the trophy of your dreams. So we sweat over cutting diameters, arrow penetration and broadhead flight — all factors largely impacted by the broadhead itself.
For the serious whietailer, there's a lot to consider when choosing a broadhead. We at North American Whitetail have tried to make that process a little easier, handpicking the best broadheads for 2013. So whether you're looking for a mechanical or fixed blade, we've got the right broadhead for your deer season.
G5 Outdoors T3G5 Outdoors
earned a reputation for products that are durable, functional and advanced, and their T3 broadhead is a unique example. It features the Spider Clip Blade Retention System that allows shooters to tune their blade deployment based on their hunting scenario. Each package of broadheads comes with two different tension clips. One clip provides easier deployment for use with lighter draw weights. The second has a stronger tension setting for use with high-speed bows and crossbows. The T3 is available as a 100-grain head and has a 1.5-inch cutting diameter.
Wasp Archery Z-ForceWasp Archery
has been making great fixed blade heads for years. Now they are making an awesome mechanical head called the Z-Force. The Z-Force has a ball-bearing system that ensures proper blade deployment with every shot. The Z-Force has a stainless steel head, a unique blade retainer and a solid steel ferrule. The head has a large 1 5/8-inch cutting diameter and weighs 100 grains.
Vantage Point Terminator
The Vantage Point
Terminator is a one-piece unit machined from tool-grade bar-stock steel. After the head is made, it is heat-treated and Teflon-coated. The Teflon coating combined with the solid construction results in an extremely strong head that penetrates well and can easily be re-sharpened and reused. The Terminator has a 1 1/8-inch cutting diameter and .040-inch-thick blades for bone-crushing power. The Terminator is available in 85- to 300-grain weights for big game animals.
I have several friends who have had great luck with the Tru-Fire
T-1 fixed blade broadhead. What separates this head from others is the spring-loaded blade retention system. Each blade fits down in the ferrule and an internal spring does the rest. The T-1 has a solid machined ferrule and a large cut-on-contact tip. It offers 1 1/8-inch cutting diameter and is available in 100- and 125-grain versions.
Trophy Ridge Ultimate Steel
Ultimate Steel from Trophy Ridge
is a compact fixed blade broadhead built to bring down everything from whitetails to elk. Because of its compact size, the Ultimate Steel works well on crossbow bolts. This head is made of 100-percent steel and comes with a titanium nitride coating for added strength. This head is available in 75-, 100- and 125-grain editions and has a 1-inch cutting diameter.
Slick Trick Nuke Slick Trick
has entered the mechanical broadhead market with the 2-blade Nuke broadhead. The Nuke comes with unique, EZ-open blade deployment system, making deployment problems a thing of the past. If the blades get deployed, they bounce back into the closed position until impact. In flight, the Nuke measures 1.3 inches, but it expands to 1.8 inches after the head hits an animal. The Nuke is available as a 100-grain head.
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Slow and steady growth often wins the race. Ramcat Broadheads
is a prime example of that. Over the last several years, they have become a household name with hardcore bowhunters because they build a broadhead that creates a devastating wound. The broadhead comes with a chisel tip, and the ferrule is made of stainless steel. Each package comes with Firenock Aero inserts, which provide better broadhead alignment. The 100-grain Ramcat has a 1 3/8-inch cut, while the 125-grain model offers a 1.5-inch cutting diameter.
This year, Rage
has a new head called the Hypodermic. The Hypodermic is made with a one-piece stainless steel ferrule that has an extra-sharp tip that blows through game. The Hypodermic has a Shock Collar blade retention system that keeps the blades in place before and during flight, which is an improvement from the original Rage. The Hypodermic features a rear-deploying slip cam system and weighs 100 grains.
QAD Exodus Quality Archery Designs
introduced a 125-grain version of the devastating Exodus broadhead for 2013. The extra-tough blades on the Exodus are .040-inches-thick. The Exodus has B.O.S. (Blade Over Shaft) Technology, which allows the blades on the Exodus to sweep back over the shaft of the arrow. This head comes with a short cut-on-contact tip that blows through bone and flesh. The compact head and swept back blade design result in field tip accuracy even at long ranges. The Exodus has a 1 1/4-inch cutting diameter.
NAP Killzone New Archery Products
created a lot of buzz last year when they introduced the Killzone broadhead. In 2013, they are offering a new Killzone especially for crossbow hunters. The Killzone Crossbow is a 2-blade broadhead that creates a 2-inch hole upon impact. The head has strong .039-inch-thick blades that can cut through bone and meat like butter. The head uses a unique spring-clip design that keeps the blades closed until impact so you don'™t have to worry about the head opening in a quiver or in flight. The Killzone does not use an O-ring of any kind. The Killzone Crossbow was designed for use in crossbows producing speeds up to 400 fps.
Muzzy Trocar Muzzy
introduces a tough new broadhead called the Trocar for 2013. This scary-sharp broadhead has three .035-inch-thick helix blades, and it flies like a dart out of bows and crossbows. The Trocar has a 1 3/16-inch cutting diameter, a solid steel ferrule and a tough trocar tip. The Trocar is available in 100-grain, 100-grain Deep Six-compatible, 100-grain crossbow and 125-grain crossbow versions.
Grim Reaper Mathews Edition Grim Reaper
has teamed up with Mathews to produce a Mathews-exclusive broadhead. The Mathews-edition Grim Reaper has a bright gold ferrule to match the Mathews logo, a cut-on-contact RazorCut tip to increase penetration and a 2-inch cutting diameter. This 3-blade broadhead weighs 100 grains and is designed to blow through meat, bone and anything in its way.
Innerloc Deep Slice Innerloc Broadheads
offers broadheads with some exciting features that allow greater tuning ability. This year they have a bright orange broadhead called the Deep Slice. The Deep Slice was designed for Easton'™s Carbon Injexion arrows and comes with Deep Six inserts. The head has matching tapers on the inside and outside, which provide great fit and alignment on the shaft. The Deep Slice comes with Innerloc'™s unique Blade Alignment Technology, which allows the bowhunter to individually adjust the blades to line up perfectly with the vanes. The Deep Slice is available in 100 grains and has a 1 1/16-inch cutting diameter.
Magnus Snuffer SSMagnus Broadheads
has been in the archery industry for years and they still make great broadheads. One fine example of that is the Snuffer SS. This stainless steel three-blade head is perfect for bowhunters who want a head they can sharpen themselves. This head has low-blade angles for great flight and large entry wounds, even on steep angled shots. The Snuffer SS is Teflon-coated for maximum penetration. It is spin-tested for accuracy at the factory and can fly true out of today'™s high-speed bows. The Snuffer SS is available in 85-, 100- and 125-grain models and has .040-inch-thick blades.