Here’s the primary pros and cons breakdown between mechanical and fix-blade broadheads that you find in user feedback.
Choosing a broadhead can be a challenge. Bow hunters want to create wounds that create massive blood loss in their prey as efficiently as possible. They aim for heart and lung and desire a complete pass-through of the arrow. This makes for quick and humane death of the animal and a quick and efficient recovery.
This is where choosing the broadhead becomes so important. The broadhead is the business end of the arrow and its performance will make or break the success record of the bowhunter. Recovering your prey is the best measure of success.
Your favorite hunting celebrity is promoting a specific broadhead in magazines and on commercials sponsoring hunting shows. Your college roommate just took a 140'' class buck with the same broadhead and tells you that its the best broadhead money can buy. But your brother-in-law and your hunting buddy had a bad experience with the same product. How do you choose? What should you do?
Hunters across the country debate pros and cons of each broadhead on website after websitel, and it’s confusing. Hunting whitetail deer brings an infinite number of situations, and different broadheads will perform differently in each of those scenarios.
Mechanical or fixed is the main question bowhunters face when choosing a broadhead. We all know and are inundated with the ads for the various new and improved broadheads. They all claim to be the best product for bowhunters. They use terms like “devastating wounds,” and they have guarantees on their performance.
As good consumers, we need to research and read about successes and failures of specific brands. When searching online you’ll see the tremendous volume of feedback from bowhunters on the subject.
Here’s the primary pros and cons breakdown between mechanical and fix-blade broadheads that you find in user feedback:
Pros: Flight like a field tip, goes far with accuracy, very large entry and exit wounds.
Cons: Can open during flight, opens at inopportune times and poor performance through bone. Plus, one use and you’re done.
Pros: Extremely tough, use over and over, replaceable blades and can be sharpened easily.
Cons: Flight isn’t considered as reliable or true as compared to mechanical.
No matter which broadhead you choose, it’s critical that your bow and rest be perfectly tuned for broadhead performance. It’s critical that your broadheads are razor sharp.
Paul Heidbreder is publisher of The Daily Telegram in Michigan. He can be reached at 517-265-5111 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.