July 29, 2013
By Jon E. Silks
No bowhunter wants to hit a game animal squarely in the shoulder blade, but sometimes things don't go exactly as planned. And when your shot placement is less than ideal, you want to know that your broadhead is capable of not only passing through bone but doing the deadly cutting job it was designed to do when it reaches the other side.
With that in mind, our 2013 broadhead test included the hard-impact test, designed to simulate a broadhead's performance after it encounters a hard object such as bone. We shot each head into .03-inch sheet metal from a distance of 25 yards. Approximately 18 inches beyond the sheet metal, we placed a single layer of dense foam to catch the heads after impact with the metal.
We recorded the results of each shot using high-speed video equipment so you can watch each broadhead in action. As you will see, the broadheads' ability to absorb punishment from the hard impact varied greatly from model to model. For the best-performing heads in the hard-impact test, the sheet metal was barely a bump in the road. For others, it was a significant challenge. And for a few, it was a virtually insurmountable obstacle. We'll let you watch the footage for yourself and draw your own conclusions.
Check out more of our 2013 broadhead tests in the September issue of Bowhunting Magazine.