2012 Broadhead Gear Review

Content Provided By: Brian Stephens, StickemArchery.com Pro Staff

Below is a review of many of the new Archery Hunting Broadheads for 2012. These are some awesome broadheads for this year. They have good cutting diameters, great Looks, and fly well.   We will carry many of the these broadheads  and others in our Online Archery Shop.  In our opinon your broadhead is such a critical part of your hunting set up.  Once you find a broadhead you like it is important to shoot it at your targets to know who it will perform with your bow set up.  All this will translate into confidence when you need to shoot at your animal.  The last thing you want to worry about is what is your broadhead going to do with this shot.  Another question we get often is whether to use a fixed blade broadhead or mechnical broadheads.  In most cases it boils down to personal preference.  I have had issues with fixed bladed broadheads in the past with the exception of the Thunderhead/Thunderhead Edge.  They are the best fixed blade broadheads on the market from a flight and sharpness standpoint.  There are also mechanicals that have failed to impress us.  I have used the Swhacker over the past year and love it!  Not the most popular broadhead by any means but have seen the testing done and used it myself with excellent results.  I like the tip and wide cutting diameter.  It also flies really well.  Do not get fouled by the marketing of many of the broadheads on the market.  Most whitetail and turkey hunting can be done effectively with either fixed blade or mechanical broadhead.  I will say if I am going out west to shoot an Elk or other large species I would be using a fixed blade.  Just my preference nothing else….

Swhacker    Now with a massive 2″ cut and Two separate cutting edges.  High-carbon steel tip and wing blades.  Main blades remain unopened on initial penetration.The all-new 100-gr. Swhacker broadhead will leave you with better blood trails, reduced search time and easier harvest recovery. It has two separate cutting edges. The high-carbon steel tip enters the animal well before the blades impact, eliminating deflections as the blades penetrate. Wing blades efficiently cut through the hide and ribs. Main blades remain unopened on initial penetration, keeping the edge intact for cutting internal organs. .032″ stainless steel blades.  I have used the Swhacker for the past year on both whitetail deer and turkeys.  It has surpassed my expectations with the way that it cuts and flies.  I have seen a number tests done with the Swhacker compared to other broadheads.  Due to the ability to penetrate the animal or object it is impacting prior to the blades deploying ensures you get the most effective cutting scenarios. GRADE A  
  Rage Two Blade Chisel
Rear-deploying Rage SlipCam broadheads are fully deployed upon entry, resulting in huge entry holes and wound channels, exceptional blood trails and quick, humane kills. High-speed footage shows the broadheads are fully deployed, even hyper-extended, at impact, while traditional over-the-top expandables open as they enter. Tests show these broadheads out-penetrate the competition as well. Rage broadheads are streamlined, have a 3/4″ in-flight diameter and will fly like a field point. Rage’s rear-deploying blades will not deflect like the blades on an over-the-top expandable can on angled hits. Rage’s-exclusive Shock Lock System employs an O-ring to act as a shock absorber when the head hits bone. All Rage broadheads feature oversized cut-on-contact tips, HexFlat design for exceptionally stable flight and feature a body manufactured from aircraft-quality aluminum. The blades are stainless steel.  The Rage Chisel has a chisel tip for cutting through hide and breaking through bone. The two-blade model delivers a 2″ cut. I do think this is a big improvement of the Rage Broadhead.  I would not ever use the original Rage after loosing animals.  If hit perfectly it is effective but that is not always real world.  I like this improvement of the Rage. GRADE B
Available: 100 gr., 125 gr.
Rage Two Blade Extreme
Rear-deploying Rage SlipCam broadheads are fully deployed upon entry, resulting in huge entry holes and wound channels, exceptional blood trails and quick, humane kills. High-speed footage shows the broadheads are fully deployed, even hyperextended, at impact, while traditional over-the-top expandables open as they enter. Tests show these broadheads out-penetrate the competition as well. Rage broadheads are streamlined, have a 3/4″ in-flight diameter and will fly like a field point. Rage’s rear-deploying blades will not deflect like the blades on an over-the-top expandable can on angled hits. Rage’s-exclusive Shock Lock System employs an O-ring to act as a shock absorber when the head hits bone. All Rage broadheads feature over sized cut-on-contact tips, HexFlat design for exceptionally stable flight and feature a body manufactured from aircraft-quality aluminum. The blades are stainless steel. The Rage X-Treme broadheads are Rage’s biggest, baddest ever. Designed for draw weights of more than 55 lbs., they deliver a devastating 2.3″ cut for cavernous wound channels. Only issue with the tip of this broadhead.  If you hit any bone I am not confident in it’s ability to penetrate.  Wide cutting is great but not always real world to have perfect pass through broadside shot.  Not a fan…GRADE C-
Weight: 100 gr.
 
  NAP Killlzone- Be confident in the reliability of your rear-deploying broadhead. The KillZone’s patented spring clips eliminate the need for O-rings, ensuring your blades stay closed until the broadhead impacts the target. The two-blade design slices up to a 2″-dia. wound channel for game-dropping performance. Trophy Tip provides the bone-crunching toughness many bowhunters demand. I like the idea of this broadhead.  Although, I think they have copied the Swhacker concept/design.  I think it will be an effective broadhead based on the tip, sharp blades and should fly well.  GRADE B+
Weight: 100 gr.
Steelforce Phathead

  • Swing-out blades give a 1-1/2″ cutting diameter
  • Guaranteed not to open in flight
  • Open reliably on both thick- and thin-skinned game
The Phat Head SOB has a .017″-thick main blade and two .040″, 3/4″W bleeder swing blades that open for a massive 1-1/2″ cutting diameter. Guaranteed not to open in flight. Opens on thick or thin skin. Self-aligning swing blades have a single-bevel grind. I have not used this broadhead but have sold several of them in our Online Archery Store.  Looks to be well designed and built.  I like the additional blades for more cutting diameter.  GRADE B
Cutting diameter: 1-1/2″.
Weight: 100 gr.
 
  G5 T3

Spider Clip system eliminates blade pre-deployment.  1-1/2″-wide cutting diameter
100% stainless steel construction.

For reliable pass-through and a wide cutting diameter, you can’t go wrong with the new three-blade T3. Spider Clip™ blade-retention system lets the user find-tune blade tension for matching deployment pressure to high-speed bows and crossbows. This system eliminates blade pre-deployment, making the most out of the T3′s deadly combination of file-tip accuracy and 1-1/2″-wide cutting diameter. Plus, the 100% stainless steel construction is 320% stronger than competitor’s aluminum. This is a very popular broadhead.  I do like the design and how it flies.  The tip is designed to cut and penetrate bone.  Overall, a good mechanical broadhead that should leave good blood trails…GRADE B+
Weight: 100 grain.
Cutting diameter: 1-1/2″.
Slayer Flatline

  • Cut in open or closed postition
  • .032″-thick stainless steel blades
  • Field-point accuracy
A hybrid-style head that will cleanly harvest game in the open or closed position. Its 7⁄8″ profile in the closed position offers field-point accuracy and minimal loss of kinetic energy on deployment. On contact, the blades deploy to a full 1-1/2″ cutting diameter for maximum tissue damage and easy-to-follow blood trails. Hardened-steel trocar-style tip easily penetrates heavy tissue and bone. Blades are .032″ thick for optimal durability. Three extra O-rings included. This is a new broadhead for 2012.  I like the tip and am confident this broadhead will fly well based on its low profile design.  Time will tell on this one but is worth testing and using to see if it performs like it looks like it should.  Grade B
Available: 100 gr.
 
  Slayer Psycho Series

  • 2″ cutting diameter
  • Hardened-steel trocar-style tip
  • 7/8″ profile in the closed position

A hybrid-style head that will cleanly harvest game in the open or closed position. Its 7/8″ profile in the closed position offers field-point accuracy and minimal loss of kinetic energy on deployment. On contact, the blades deploy to a full 2″ cutting diameter for maximum tissue damage and easy-to-follow blood trails. Hardened-steel trocar-style tip easily penetrates heavy tissue and bone. Blades are .032″ thick for optimal durability. Suggested for setups producing 50 ft.-lbs of kinetic energy or more. Three extra O-rings included. 100 gr. only. This is a new broadhead for 2012.  I like the tip and am confident this broadhead will fly well based on its low profile design.  The Psycho has large cut than its brother the Flatline at 2 inches.  Time will tell on this one but is worth testing and using to see if it performs like it looks like it should.  Grade B

Ulmer Edge

Innovative blade-retention system is not only strong, but allows the blades to pivot independently of each other when contacting bone. Rear-deploying blades ensure massive entrance holes. Its low profile delivers field-point accuracy. Stainless steel tip offers bone-crushing performance up front and 1-1/2″ cutting diameter provides excessive blood trails. Reliable blade-retention system prevents accidental blade deployment in your quiver or during flight. It can also be locked into practice mode and shot into standard targets without damaging the blades. 100 gr. only. This is another new broadhead for 2012.  I again like the tip and am confident this broadhead will fly well based on its low profile design.  I think these new mechanicals are learning from the Rage on how to build a broadhead with an proper tip.  The Ulmer has large cut at 1-1/2″.  Time will tell on this one but is worth testing and using to see if it performs like it looks like it should.  Grade B
 
  Shuttle T-Lock

New scary-sharp edges and black finish are the perfect additions to one of the toughest and most accurate heads on the market. Everything about this broadhead is rugged – from its stout blade-locking system to its one-piece stainless steel ferrule. The tapered, nonvented deadly curved blade design makes it field-point accurate and silent in flight. Shuttle-blade design provides the slicing surface to inflict high-volume hemorrhaging. Blades slide into the ferrule on T-Lock bases. These heads maintain integrity through the heaviest impacts and stay assembled off the arrow. A razor-sharp chisel-style tip initiates penetration, and the .041″-thick stainless blades finish the job. I have not question this fixed blade shuttle broadhead will do some cutting!  It is a tough design and well built.  The tip is built for destruction!  GRADE B.
Available:

  • 100-100 gr., 1-1/8″ cutting dia.
  • 125-125 gr., 13/16″ cutting dia.
G5 Montec

  • Delivers target-point accuracy
  • Cut-on-impact nose ensures deep penetration
  • Ultrasharp, multitapered blades
  • Available in 85, 100 and 125 grain
Crafted using solid, one-piece MonoFlow™ technology, the three-blade Montec™ not only offers incredible bone-splitting strength, but also delivers exceptionally consistent, target-point-like accuracy as well. A cut-on-impact tip ensures deep penetration in even the heaviest game animals. The ultrasharp, multitapered blades leave a devastating wound channel, and they’re easily resharpened. They are made of strong stainless steel.
Sizes:

  • 85 grain – 1″ cutting diameter.
  • 100 grain – 1-1/16″ cutting diameter.
  • 125 grain – 1-1/8″ cutting diameter.
I have used the Montec and killed some animals with it.  I like its design and flew pretty well.  I do not like the fact I have to sharpen the blades but that is just personal preference.  I like to replace with new sharp blade.  Overall, killing fixed blade broadhead that does require you to re-sharpen if you are willing to do that.  GRADE A-
 
  Slick Trick Viper Trick – Exceptional penetration of a traditional-style head with the rugged durability and field-point flight Slick Trick is known for. Its solid-steel ferrule is precision machined for ideal balance and accuracy. Four replaceable Lutz, knife-grade blades are sharpened to 20° for optimum sharpness. Alcatraz Bladelock™ system securely interlocks the blades inside the ferrule. I have not used this fixed blade broadhead.  I do not love the design based on two of the blades being smaller.  I am sure flies well and will cut well with the tip design.  No question it will kill animals.  Need to test this one….  GRADE B
Available:

  • 100 gr., 1-1/16″ x 7/8″ cutting dia.
  • 125 gr., 1-1/16″ x 7/8″ cutting dia
NAP Thunderhead Razor

Super-strong, .030″ stainless steel Diamize® blades are offset and work with microgrooved pro ferrules to enhance both accuracy and bloodletting on exit. The patented Trophy Tip® chisels through bone with ease. The Thunderhead series of fixed blade broadheads are the best on the market in my opinion.  I have not affiliation with this company.  Not a fan of the company but think they do make a great fixed blade broadhead in the Thunderhead.  I have killed a number of animals.  The tip, blade sharpness and flight are all exceptional.  The new Razor is brother of the Edge.  This would be my fixed blade broadhead of choice!  Grade A.
Cutting diameter: 1-1/8″.
Available: 100 grain.
 
  Exodus

  • Ultrashort, three-blade design sweeps back over shaft
  • Field-point dimensions for zero wind planing
  • .040″-thick, replaceable blades for superior strength
  • 1-1/4″ cutting diameter

This revolutionary fixed-blade broadhead gives the serious hunter everything needed – true field-point accuracy, remarkable penetration and a large cutting diameter. Unique Blade Over Shaft (B.O.S.) technology delivers an ultrashort and compact head for unmatched accuracy and penetration. Its hardened, Rock-Buster tempered stainless steel tip has field-point dimensions for zero wind planing. Replaceable .040″-thick stainless steel blades feature a steep cutting angle and 1-1/4″ cutting diameter for increased penetration and bone-crushing strength. Ultratight machining tolerance ensures perfect balance and head-to-head consistency. Very cool design and looks like it will do some CUTTING!  Tip is awesome and seems to be well built and tough.  Question is will it fly?? Need to test.  GRADE B.

Made in USA.
Cutting diameter: 1-1/4″.
Weight:
100 gr.

Muzzy MX-4

  • A lethal four-blade, short profile
  • Enhanced penetrating power
  • Patented manufacture process ensures true flight
  • Bone-splitting Trocar tip
  • Razor-sharp stainless steel blades
  • Interlocking blade design forms a stout column of steel within the ferrule
  • High-grade, aircraft-aluminum ferrule
This newest offering in the legendary Muzzy line of broadheads is a lethal four-blade, short-profile, 100-grain, fixed-blade design that adds the penetrating power of blades that are .005″ thicker than those on other Muzzy broadheads (.025″ vs. .020″). The patented process used to make the MX-4 ensures true flight and potent penetration where others may fail, and the cutting diameter of 1.125″ means well-hit game won’t go far. Least favorite broadhead along with the Rage.  I have used the Muzzy so many times when I was first bowhunting and never had luck getting to fly well.  I am sure I could work hard to get tuned better today but what is the point.  Most bowhunters today do NOT want to worry about messing with broadhead.  There are too many fixed blade broadheads that cut as good or better but fly hands down better.  The reality is the Muzzy Broadheads have killed a lot of animals.  Can not take that away but just not a fan with all the other designs on the market today.  GRADE C.
 

Originally posted 2012-07-09 12:11:47. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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