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Broadheads 101: 3 signs your broadhead isn’t making the cut

Dec 6, 2018

When you’re out on a bowhunt, confidence in your equipment is just as important as confidence in your shooting ability – and can have an affect on it, as well. If you’re not confident your archery broadheads will land accurately and penetrate effectively, it is going to impact the way you shoot and cause you to miss out on what could have been some memorable kills. You need equipment you can count on to make you perform well when the adrenaline is pumping. Here are three of the most common signs you’re shooting a broadhead that just isn’t making the cut.

The arrow doesn’t fly straight

One of the most unforgivable shortcomings of a faulty archery broadhead is lopsided blades that have a negative impact on your shot from the moment it leaves the bow. Lopsided blades cause untrue flight as your broadhead cuts through the air. Shot placement is everything and if your broadhead is affecting your shot and robbing you of pinpoint accuracy then you shouldn’t be shooting it. An arrow that doesn’t fly straight is also dangerous to you and anyone you’re hunting with. It creates an element of unpredictability, which is always something to avoid on a bowhunt.

Weak blades bend or break inside the animal

A thick, noticeable blood trail is a key component to completing a kill. Weak broadhead blades that bend or break inside the animal don’t draw enough blood to track and create a difficult, lengthy, and unnecessary search for the hunter, resulting in more work than should be needed with even a perfect shot. You need a piercing broadhead you can count on to get a passthrough that will leave a good enough blood trail that leads you right to the downed animal. Don’t leave anything to chance. Always go with a broadhead you can trust to get it done.

Your mechanical broadheads aren’t opening (or opening before impact)

Mechanical versus fixed blade broadheads is a popular debate these days. Mechanicals often fly truer due to the larger surface of the fixed blade, resulting in many hunters siding with them in hopes of achieving a lethal combination of field-point accuracy and deep penetration. Mechanical broadheads are specifically designed to open on impact to create a wider wound, deeper penetration, and a larger, more obvious blood trail. When they don’t open, however, they don’t do enough damage to leave a blood trail or to keep the animal from fleeing before you can track them. A poor mechanical broadhead may also open early, impacting the flight of the arrow and resulting in a missed shot. High-speed crossbows feature a tremendous amount of initial thrust that also often causes mechanical broadheads to open prematurely. You should only shoot a mechanical you know will work on time every time and that will work with your equipment to equip you with pinpoint precision.

The proven performance of Wasp broadheads

There’s one thing that’s always true about those “big one that got away” stories: the hunter wasn’t shooting Wasp. There’s a reason our broadheads have been trusted by hunters and feared by animals for over 45 years. We give you unsurpassed accuracy, strength, and penetration so you can experience the best blood trails of your life. Stop blaming your broadhead and start shooting Wasp. Shop our products today.

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