Week 9: Sight-In with Broadheads

Last week, we provided information on choosing the right broadhead for your setup. Now, it’s time to sight in your bow for the heads you will hunt with this season. The goal is for your arrows to hit in the exact spot as your field point.

Before we fire any broadhead-tipped arrows downrange, let’s be sure the hardware we are working with is up to snuff.

Spin test your arrows and broadheads

It doesn’t matter what arrow weight, vane type, broadhead or other arrow accessories you are using. If your arrow isn’t perfectly straight, it won’t fly worth a darn. Your arrow setup should be tested to make sure they spin true.

Install your broadhead and other arrow components you will be hunting with. Spin test each arrow using a flat surface that allows both the broadhead and fletching to overhang or use an arrow spinner like this one from Pine Ridge.

Roll the arrow along the surface and watch for any wobbling. If the arrow seems to be wobbling where the broadhead meets the shaft, remove the broadhead, heat the insert to soften the glue and thread on the broadhead again to re-align the insert. If it continues to wobble, it’s likely the shaft is bent, the broadhead is bent or the insert is glued in crooked. If it’s your broadhead, it’s probably not one from Wasp Archery. We spin test our heads before they leave the factory and you can read the testaments of straightness and accuracy of our broadheads on archery forums.

Compare Field Point and Broadhead Accuracy

Once your arrows are spinning without any wobble, it’s time to shoot. Take two arrows to the range – one with a field point, and one with a broadhead. Don’t worry about dulling the blades of your broadhead. Most of our fixed-blade broadheads come with two free sets of replacement blades, and our mechanical heads can be rigged to stay closed during practice sessions.

From 20 yards – or wherever your closest pin is set – shoot the field tipped arrow (be sure it’s the same weight in grains as your broadhead). Since we sighted in with field points two weeks ago, you should be right on target. Leave the arrow in the target for reference. Now, aim aim in the exact same spot as you did on the previous shot and shoot again, but this time with a broadhead tipped arrow. How close is it to the field point arrow?

If you hit the same spot, move back to the distance of your next pin and repeat. If you are off the mark, some tuning adjustments may need to be made. The most likely cause is an out-of-kilter rest.

Follow these broadhead tuning instructions here to remedy the issue.

Keep the broadhead you used threaded onto your arrow, as we will be using it later in the summer during other accuracy lessons. Once the season starts, you can replace the blades with new ones and be ready to hunt.