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Fixed blade broadheads bring a sort of awe, even if you are not a hunter. These deadly tools have been around since the Stone Age and people still use them to hunt.
Like many bowhunters, you are probably proud of the broadheads in your arsenal. So let us help you find the most accurate fixed blade broadhead to add to your collection.
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Muzzy 3-Blade Broadhead Review
Muzzy needs little introduction in the world of bowhunting, and the Muzzy 3-blade broadhead gets our vote for the most accurate of all fixed blade broadheads.
There is a good reason some bowhunters describe this Muzzy as bad to the bone. The hardened steel trocar tip truly maximizes penetration power on contact and slices right through bones.
The tip is there to improve flight stability as well. The is one fixed blade broadhead that’s just as accurate as the best mechanical broadheads. With the 3 ultra-sharp stainless steel fixed blades, you can hunt some of the biggest game with the Muzzy.
It is sold in a pack of 6 broadheads and you have a selection of 3 different grains to match your bow and arrows. The 75-grain broadhead has a 1-inch cutting diameter which goes up to 1-3/16” for the larger 100 and 125-grain broadheads.
The Muzzy 100 is perhaps the most popular of the bunch. It is almost as accurate the 75 and as deadly as the 125. You can even equip your arrows with different sizes of Muzzy 3-blade broadheads, this is it if you want to maximize the blow without affecting flight trajectory. Judging by its power, build quality, and accuracy, you are getting excellent value for the money to boot.
All About Broadheads
While the Muzzy is as accurate as you’re going to get in fixed blade broadheads, let’s take a closer look at what makes a great broadhead. We’ll go over broadhead types, features, and maintenance tips in the following sections.
There are five different types of broadhead for various hunting applications. We’re going up to five for educational purchases even though there are only two types (fixed blade and mechanical) as far as the majority of today’s bowhunters are concerned.
These broadheads don’t have any moving parts. As you might imagine, the fixed blades tend to be far more durable than mechanical blades. Design wise, fixed blade broadheads come with cut-on-contact or chisel tips.
The selection depends on personal preference and the type of game. However, chisel-tip broadheads usually deliver more penetrating power.
Pro Tip: Watch out for accidental cuts with these, especially if you hunt on a tree stand.
This type features retractable blades that only deploy on impact. The retractable blades allow mechanical broadheads to be almost as accurate in flight as field points at the cost of penetrating power. Some of the kinetic energy at the point of impact is used to expand the blades, so theoretically mechanical broadheads will always have less penetrating power than fixed blade broadheads.
In addition, they may not be as durable and require some extra maintenance.
Chisel point broadheads are favored by some hunters who track large game. There is a variety of point profiles to choose from. However, they may not make any noticeable change in penetration depth.
Of course, many fixed blade and mechanical broadheads are equipped with chisel points as well. These categories may overlap some.
These broadheads have blades that run all the way to the tip. This allows them to retain optimal speed on impact. As a result, the game has less time to run away, which translates to less tracking for you.
Broadheads come with 2, 3, or 4 blades. For example, 4-blade broadheads cause a much larger wound, but they are heavier and less aerodynamic and may require some extra care.
Two-blade broadheads are easy to sharpen and they are more durable. These broadheads are narrower, plus they often have a thicker cutting surface than 3- and 4-blade broadheads. Needless to say, they are also more aerodynamic as they’re closer to field points, which can make them more accurate.
3-blade broadheads are pretty much the standard nowadays. They offer the best of both worlds, so to speak. They are near impossible for game animals to dislodge.
4-blade broadheads usually feature two large primary blades and two smaller secondary blades. The cutting diameter is maximized but they may not penetrate as deep as 2- and 3-blade broadheads.
Take a close look at the shape of a broadhead as it determines the penetration depth and wound size. The available profiles differ greatly. They go from ancient stone heads all the way to fighter jet-like.
In any event, some general principles apply. A slimmer profile means there’s more mass for the cutting surface. These are excellent for smaller game animals since there’s less tearing. In addition, the slim profile may provide more penetration when you hunt animals that have dense muscles like deer or elk.
A wider profile delivers a larger wound which can be helpful for less-than-perfect hits. However, there’s usually less mass per blade and they’re less durable. These broadheads work great for soft tissue game.
The weight is one of the first things to account for when you go broadhead shopping. At the same time, it can be tricky to zero in. But there are a few common rules that can make the selection easier.
The weight needs to match your arrows. To be exact, flexible arrows are best used with lighter broadheads. Conversely, stiffer arrows can better accommodate heavier broadheads.
Those who hunt with a traditional bow should be fine with heavier broadheads. On the other hand, contemporary compound bows are usually spot-on center shot. So it’s recommended to use the material of the arrow as a guide for the broadhead weight.
For example, thin aluminum and carbon shafts work well with 100-grain broadheads. If you use thick aluminum arrows, 125-grain broadheads may work better. Anything above 125 grains and you’ll need a really powerful bow and exceptionally stiff arrows.
Note: With traditional and off-center shot bows, it would be best to seek professional help as there are even more factors to consider.
It only takes only a few minutes of your time to maintain your broadheads and greatly improve their lifespan and performance. The broadheads need to be sharp, straight, and without any visible damages.
First, inspect for breaks, cracks, and chips. A nicked blade might throw off on impact and is best replaced at the first sign of imperfection. Also check and see if a broadhead wobbles when you try to remove it.
Inspect the mechanism of expandable or mechanical broadheads before use. It should deploy all the way but not before impact. If you use removable blade heads, you might want to have extra sets of blades on hand.
Once you are done inspecting the broadheads, take a closer look at your arrows. As they say, straight as an arrow so they shouldn’t have any deformation or bulges.
You can also remove the broadhead to inspect the threads. It should unscrew and screw easily and sit straight when installed.
Sharpening your broadhead might be challenging if there are a lot of fixed blades. Nevertheless, you should be able to nail the technique with some practice.
Flat diamond stones and whetstones are good options for home use, provided they can reach between the blades. Ceramic and diamond rods are also a viable option. Regardless of the tool, make sure to keep a shallow angle and follow the bevels.
Pocket sharpeners allow you to perform quick touch-ups in the field for razor sharpness. Remember to use a model that’s designed for broadheads, or you might end up with rounded edges.
In addition, avoid pocket sharpeners that sharpen multiple blades at once. They might work but you’ll get the best results by sharpening one blade at a time.
Right on Target
Bowhunting is a demanding discipline and selecting the most accurate broadhead can significantly affect your performance in the field.
You can rely on Muzzy 3-blade broadheads as reviewed above to deliver powerful blows time after time and most of all, you’ll appreciate the superior accuracy. They’re super-sharp and built to last and you get six broadheads in an order. They also come in 3 different grains (two widths) to match your bow and arrows.
Finally, the maintenance is a breeze for these fixed blade broadheads, and they are as durable as they come.