It’s Not All About Shot Placement

 

Double lunging a deer will ensure it dies a quick, humane death. But first, the arrow has to get there. Broadhead accuracy varies with each individual shooter because there are a lot of factors that play into an accurate shot: the tuning of a bow, the arrow selected, fletching, etc. Broadhead choice is also one of those factors. There are thousands to choose from on the market. Most of them are good. Ours are better.

We hear from customers that our fixed-blade broadheads are the best-flying they have ever used. While the anecdotal evidence is music to our ears, a scientific test is always better for confirmation. We think the broadhead test conducted by Petersen’s Bowhunting a few years ago was the closest thing to truly test how a broadhead flies.

The test used a Velocitip, which is a machine that calculates in-flight arrow performance, to measure the drag a broadhead creates when shot from 50 yards. Keep in mind, aerodynamics includes the motion of air, particularly when it interacts with a solid object, such as the blades of a broadhead. Increase in a broadhead’s drag creates unstable flight characteristics.

Drag is measured in milli-g, or G-force. For example, a broadhead with drag result of 1,123 would be expressed as 1,123 milli-g, or 1.123 Gs. The less drag a broadhead has, the more aerodynamic it is. The fieldpoint the test used as the control produced 966 milli-g. The Wasp Hammer was the most aerodynamic broadhead tested with 1,023 milli-g. It was more aerodynamic than 12 other broadheads, including the G5 Montec, Muzzy MX-3, Fulton Ramcat, QAD Exodus and Slicktrick Magnum.

The Wasp Hammer, which we’ve sold for 20 years, is still the favorite of many bowhunters today, and is the blueprint we follow for all our broadheads. The SST Tip cuts through the air and is always in line with the blades, which allows for more consistent and stable flight. And when you combine that design with the reduced surface area of the 100 percent steel-ferruled Drone, you get an accurate broadhead that requires little to no tuning. Simply take it out the box, screw it on an arrow and see for yourself.

When the Right Broadhead Matters

Perfect shot placement is the goal of every bowhunter. In no way should you ever take a low-percentage shot, but things happen. Your arrow deflects off a branch. The animal turns just before the shot. The bowstring hits your arm. Killing the animal when the shot is poor is the other job of a broadhead.

It needs to penetrate deeply, remain intact and hopefully put a big hole in vital tissue that will lead to hemorrhaging, blood loss and ultimately death. This is where the broadhead’s sharpness comes into play. Razor sharp blades slice and open anything in its way, rather than pushing it to the side like a dull blade does. Have you ever cut yourself with a sharp knife? How long did it bleed compared to the time you were cut with a dull instrument?

Again, our broadheads have a reputation for shaving hair right out of the pack. You don’t have to only take our word for it. The same head-to-head broadhead test mentioned above from Petersen's Bowhunting also tested blade sharpness. The testers used a Razor Edge Sharpness Test (REST) machine that measures the force, in Newtons, required to cut through a rubber test medium. When the blade contacts the rubber, the pressure increases until the surface is cut. The less force needed to cut, the sharper the blade. As a reference, the testers used a sharp Buck knife, a utility knife blade and a fairly sharp SOG knife.

The Wasp Hammer blades proved to be sharper than all of the other broadheads in the test. In fact, the only thing sharper was the utility knife blade by .02 Newtons. The news is no surprise to us. We harden them to a point where we can get a razor-sharp edge while still being flexible and not brittle. This allows them to bend and not break if they have to crash through bone.

Good shot placement is still priority number one for a bowhunter. And in no way are we are advocating taking irresponsible or bad shots. As bowhunters, it’s our duty to strive for perfect shots every time we release an arrow. But things happen, even to the best of shooters. That’s when you want a broadhead capable of busting bone or penetrating deeper than others.