Dead Ringer Digs Deep:
Our Three Deadliest Broadheads of 2020
By: Dead Ringer
The phrase, “dead deer tell no tales,” is not entirely true. Often, dead deer (and other species of big-game animals, for that matter) do have one story they’re able to tell very clearly – that of how they died, especially if the wounds that led to their demise were inflicted by one of a hunter’s many tools of choice.
The mechanical broadheads topping off your archery setup should open on impact and penetrate deeply, creating wide wound channels that spill ample amounts of blood and leave a large, obvious blood trail behind. Your fixed broadheads should smash through shoulder blades and penetrate deeply through tough shoulders of big game species. And as the one letting the arrow fly, you should be confident your broadheads are making the cut – not only flying and landing accurately, but also penetrating and cutting as they should.
With that, here are three deadly broadheads you should consider for this upcoming bow season.
If gaping wound channels and heavy blood trails are what you’re after, then your quest for the ideal addition to your existing archery setup ends here, with our adjustable two-blade Super Freak mechanical broadhead.
The perfect match for many big game species you’re pursuing, our 100-grain Super Freak broadheads boast two adjustable hand-sharpened stainless-steel blades that let you pick your preferred cutting diameter between 1-3/4” to 2-1/4”. Add those no-fail slicers to the T-6 aluminum ferrules and bone-shattering chisel tips, and you’ve got a real game changer on your hands – one that packs a serious enough punch to leave massive blood trails in its wake.
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Mechanical broadheads are not for everyone. In fact, some would argue that fewer moving parts equals a smaller chance for error. Ultimately, however, when the goal is to shoot the shoot the blade that works best with your archery setup, the fixed versus mechanical debate matters very little – you use whatever you find delivers the best results, period.
The Surgeon is designed to do just that – deliver deadly blows that bring big-game animals down quickly. Plus, its rock-solid one-piece carbon steel construction ensures it can withstand the abuse that comes with tougher big game animals. Incredibly durable and insanely sharp, its 0.06” blade thickness combined with 100-grain weight and 1-1/16” cutting diameter culminates in the perfect fixed-blade package. It is smooth-cutting, hard-hitting, and delivers serious damage, making the follow up to any shot accurate and efficient.
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Fixed or mechanical, mechanical or fixed? Still can’t decide? Well, thanks to our one-of-a-kind Switchback™ technology, the Freak Nasty is a hybrid that’s as unique as broadheads come. This versatile broadhead, built on our patented SBT blade retention system, features interchangeable collars that let you choose between setting it up as a 1″ fixed blade broadhead or 2″ mechanical broadhead, without ever having to swap out parts and pieces – delivering the best of both worlds.
Freak Nasty’s three 0.32” hardened stainless steel blades are fitted in a T-6 aluminum ferrule and paired with a stainless steel Trocar tip, making the impact devastating and unstoppable, no matter where your shot lands.
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Regardless of which broadhead that you find to be most compatible with your archery equipment – whether two-bladed or three-bladed, fixed, mechanical, or a hybrid blend of the two – the most important thing is that you have confidence in their ability to get the job done. That confidence in the reliability of your gear is what matters most.
Still not quite sure which direction you lean in the great broadhead debate? Don’t sweat it. Plenty of archery hunters spend years swapping fixed blades for mechanical ones and vice versa, never settling on a true preference, but rather choosing the product that performs best and delivers the results they desire afield. Fixed blades may work better for tougher big game animals (e.g., moose, elk, bear, etc.) for maximum penetration, while lighter mechanical blades create bigger wound channels for medium to smaller big game animals (e.g., antelope, deer). If you’re still on the fence, do some experimenting with a few different options until you find what works best for you.