Best Crossbow Broadheads

Choosing the best broadhead for a crossbow comes down to many factors, including arrow speed, arrow weight, broadhead quality and the type of game you are pursuing. One factor your don’t have to consider when choosing a Wasp crossbow broadhead is tuning issues.

Crossbow hunters may choose a mechanical broadhead versus a fixed-blade broadhead because they think it will fly better. Maybe it will when it’s pitted against other company’s fixed broadheads, but Wasp heads have been known for their great flight since 1971. Both our fixed-blade broadheads and mechanical broadheads fly like darts.

Yes, there are some cases where a mechanical broadhead is the best choice for crossbow hunting, but it should not be the first questions considered when you are choosing the best broadhead for your crossbow setup.

To help you choose the ideal broadhead for your setup, below are six popular crossbows and broadhead recommendations based on arrow weight (we are assuming you are using the arrows that came with the crossbow or the weight recommended by the manufacturer), arrow speed and game pursued. If you don’t see your particular crossbow listed, look at one on the list with similar specs, or hit us up on Facebook with your specs and we can make a recommendation.

1. Barnett Jackal

The Barnett Jackal is Amazon’s best-selling crossbow. At an economical price, it has a many reviews and an average rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars.

  • Arrow Weight (not including point): 315 grains
  • Advertised Velocity: 315 feet-per-second (fps)
  • Tested Velocity (with 125 gr. manufactured supplied field point): 305 fps  

Best Broadhead for Deer, Black Bear, Antelope, Small Hogs, Etc.

Jak-X

At 100 grains, the Jak-X mechanical crossbow broadhead will increase arrow speed to 310 fps when shot from a Barnett Jackal using the 20-inch arrows that came with the crossbow. This results in a flatter shooting arrow. There is also plenty of power to push the 3-blades through a deer. The Jak-X has a 1-3/4” cutting diameter and has a reputation for breaking the thin ribs and blowing through the shoulder of a whitetail and other similarly sized game.

Best Broadhead for Turkey

Dueler

The Dueler Best Crossbow Broadhead

Using the Dueler set at a 2” cutting diameter is the perfect broadhead for hunting turkeys with a crossbow. The blades span 2-inches upon impact and increases the chance of hitting a longbeard’s small vitals.

Best Broadhead for Elk, Moose, Large Bears, Etc.

SledgeHammer

Weighing in at 150 grains, the SledgeHammer features 100% solid steel. When choosing the best crossbow broadhead for hunting big-boned game, strength is going to be key. As the 465-grain arrow zips through the animal, it will hold together should it encounter bone. Also, the additional weight increases the arrow’s front of center (FOC) and keeps it from energy on longer shots.

2. Ten Point Stealth FX4

At the upper-end of the price spectrum, many say that the Stealth FX4 is in a class of it’s own.

  • Arrow Weight (not including point): 325 grains
  • Advertised Velocity: 350 feet-per-second (fps)
  • Tested Velocity (with 100 gr. manufactured supplied field point): 348 fps

Best Broadhead for Deer, Black Bear, Antelope, Small Hogs, Etc.

Jak-X

This crossbow has plenty of speed and power to handle the aggressive 1-3/4” cutting Jak-X. However, be sure to use the extra O-rings that come in a pack to double band the blades to ensure pre-deployment does not occur.

Best Broadhead for Turkey

Dueler

With this kind of speed, which translates into a flat-flying arrow, the FX4 is more than capable of reaching out to 50 yards to kill a turkey. You still want to hedge that bet with a wide-cutting broadhead like the Wasp Dueler. Again, use two O-rings to secure the blades during flight.

Best Broadhead for Elk, Moose, Large Bears, Etc.

Crossbow BossMeasuring the Best Crossbow Broadhead with the Boss

The arrows that come with a FX4 is fitted with are fitted with a 68-grain brass insert, so the FOC is high enough that you do not need to shoot a heavier broadhead. The bone-smashing tip and integral construction of the Wasp Crossbow Boss matches the superior power and accuracy this crossbow is known for.  

3. Excalibur Matrix 355

The Excalibur Matrix 355 crossbow, with Compact Recurve Technology, gives you exceptional speed and plenty of innovation.

  • Arrow Weight (not including point): 200 grains
  • Advertised Velocity: 355 feet-per-second (fps)
  • Tested Velocity (with 150 gr. manufactured supplied field point: 355 fps)

Best Broadhead for all Game Animals

SledgeHammer

The best crossbow broadhead for the Matrix 355 is the Wasp SledgeHammer when hunting any game animal on the planet with the recommended and oft included 18” carbon arrows that weigh in at 200 grains.

4. Wicked Ridge Invader G3

Winner of the 2015 Outdoor Life Great Buy and Petersen’s Hunting Best Value awards, the Invader G3 is an affordable, safe, light, and fast crossbow.

  • Arrow Weight (not including point): 300 grains
  • Advertised Velocity: 315 feet-per-second (fps)
  • Tested Velocity (with 100 gr. manufactured supplied field point): 316 fps

Best Broadhead for Deer, Black Bear, Antelope, Small Hogs, Etc.

Jak-X

Fitted with a Jak-X the Wicked Ridge Invader G3 will put out 88 ft/lbs. of kinetic energy. That’s plenty for creating two holes in deer-sized game while causing massive damage, thanks to its 1-3/4” cutting diameter, at the same time.

Best Broadhead for Turkey

Dueler

The Dueler, with aggressive blade angle would certainly be the best turkey broadhead for this crossbow setup.

Best Broadhead for Elk, Moose, Large Bears, Etc.

Drone 125

Already fitted with a an 87-grain brass insert a good way to increase kinetic energy without adding too much foc to the arrow is to shoot a 125 grain broadhead. None can fit the bill better for crossbows than the Wasp Drone. Its compact steel body proves to fly excellent at high speeds and hold together as the trocar-tip paves the way though anything that gets in it’s way.

5. Mission Sniper-Lite

The Sniper-Lite is a pretty economical choice for bowhunters, and we know a few guys who plan to pick one up to use in addition to their compound bows.

  • Arrow Weight (not including point): 300 grains
  • Advertised Velocity: 310 fps
  • Tested Velocity (with 100 gr. field point): 310 fps

Best Broadhead for Deer, Black Bear, Antelope, Small Hogs, Etc.

Jak-X

You can take advantage of this crossbow’s speed and power by using a large-cutting diameter broadhead, like the Jak-X, on deer-sized game.

Best Broadhead for Turkey

Dueler

Because many hunters use this crossbow in addition to a compound bow, the Dueler is a great broadhead choice. You can set the cutting diameter to 2” when hunting with the crossbow and then dial it back to 1.5” when hunting with a vertical bow.

Here is what it did to a big-bodied Illinois whitetail last season: 

Best Broadhead for Elk, Moose, Large Bears, Etc.

Drone 125

100% steel. American made. Comes in a 3-pack that includes two sets of extra blades for $29.99. What more can you ask for? Get it here

6. Barnett Recruit Youth 100

  • Arrow Weight (not including point): 300 grains
  • Advertised Velocity: 256 fps
  • Tested Velocity (with 100 gr. field point): 260 fps

Best Broadhead for Deer, Black Bear, Antelope, Small Hogs, Etc.

Crossbow Boss

A compact fixed-blade would be the best broadhead choice for this youth crossbow setup. The Crossbow Boss features a short, aerodynamic ferrule and vented blades with the most durable trocar tip on the market in the SST to create a super reliable crossbow head.

Best Broadhead for Turkey

Dueler

The wide-cutting Dueler is perfect for increasing the chances of hitting a turkey’s vital area.

Best Broadhead for Elk, Moose, Large Bears, Etc.

Wasp Sledgehammer

While hunting big game with a youth bow may not be an option, it might be possible if you increase the arrow weight to 500 grains with the Wasp Sledgehammer and a 50-grain insert and only take close shots that result in lethal hits.