Broadhead Tuning Tips

October 30, 2013 by  
Filed under "ULTIMATE BOWHUNTER", Bow Tuning

We often asked questions about how to effectively tune your Broadhead.  Here are some tips for you to consider for this upcoming season when it comes to tuning your fixed blade broadheads. First, think about the dynamics of a broadhead.  A broadhead that has greater blade surface area, the greater the steering ability that broadhead will have.  Thus, fixed blade broadheads with a large cutting diameter can be a bit more challenging to tune.  Even though a mechanical broadheads typically have fewer tuning issues than fixed blade heads, they still need to be properly aligned and their point of impact needs to be verified prior to hunting.

Step 1: Bow Tuning
In order to achieve good accuracy with broadheads, it is imperative that your bow be properly tuned. You can reference some of the information we have on our site such as Arrow Basics or go to your local pro shop and have an expert look at your set up to ensure your bow is tuned right.  Additionally, there are a number of new products on the market that will help your bow shoot more accurately and allow you to improve your bows performance without having to buy a new bow.  Some of these would be fall away arrow rest such as NAP Apache Micro, QAD HD, Ripcord and new Trophy Ridge Revolution Arrow Rest.  Other products would be string silencers and stops, X-Factor Stabilizer, and new Carbon Arrows such as Carbon Express Maxima or Mayhem Arrows.

 

Step 2: Broadhead Alignment
When a broadhead is installed into an arrow shaft, it is common for the broadhead to seat incorrectly on the insert. This will cause misalignment of the broadhead in relation to the arrow and will cause the broadhead to wobble when spun. In order to achieve good accuracy, the broadhead must be centered on the insert in order to spin true on the shaft.
To do this, follow the steps below:
  • Using an arrow spinner¬† place the point of the broadhead against a cardboard box. As you spin the arrow, the point will make a circle if it is not properly aligned. If the broadhead is properly aligned it will not appear to move and no additional steps are needed.
  • If the point does make a circle, rotate the point to its uppermost point of movement and mark the box with a felt pen at that point.
  • Rotate the arrow 180 degrees from that point and simply apply pressure to the point of the head on a hard surface. The goal of this is to push the broadhead into alignment with the insert.
  • Put the arrow back on the spinner and check the head again for alignment. With a little trial and error you will soon become proficient and will be able to align a broadhead to the insert in under a minute. Keep in mind that shooting an arrow can cause misalignment, so it is a good idea to spin your broadhead tipped arrows repeatedly, particularly after shooting them.

 

Step 3: Fletching
After bow tuning and broadhead alignment, you are now ready to test your arrows for accuracy. If at this point you are experiencing poor accuracy with a well tuned bow set up and properly aligned broadheads.  It may be that you are not giving the arrow enough guidance and should consider increasing the amount of fletching either by using longer vanes, or more vanes (4-fletch instead of 3-fletch). Be mindful that  too much fletching can have other negative effects such as excessive drag than can also hamper performance. The key is finding a happy medium. This may take some trial and error depending on your setup. The best rule of thumb is to use the smallest amount of fletching possible while still being able to achieve field point accuracy with your broadheads.  One of the things that I have found to be helpful when using fixed blade broadheads is using the NAP Quick Fletch Wraps.  What I do is line up the vanes with the blades on the broadhead.  This helps to provide least amount of drag on the broadhead to fly as straight as possible.  The Quick Fletches come in a variety of vanes to chose from to best fit your set up.

 

As you can see there is no one silver bullet when it comes to tuning your broadheads.¬† It takes a little work but it will pay off if you take the time to get right.¬† This is why many bowhunters have gone to mechanical broadheads to eliminate the need to go through these steps.¬† It is true that many of today’s mechanicals such as Swhacker, G5 T3, and NAP Blood Runners fly like field points.¬† Some bowhunters just want to know they are going to cut that animal no matter what with a fixed blade broadhead.

Originally posted 2011-08-04 15:42:47. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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