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What broadhead are you using for Elk
What broadhead are you useing for Elk.
Iron Will Kill
Iron Will Kill
These ones worked well last year. No reason to change.
Just magnus or Sliks for me
Those iron wills look nice though, hopefully I win some!
Haven't decided. I'm about out of the original Magnus heads that aren't made any more. Probably Zwickey as I have a bunch. Really like the looks of the Cutthroats. Might have to swing by there on my way to the High Country Shoot this afternoon.
I am shooting G5 Montec, Slick Trick Razor Tricks and Magnus Stingers now. Trying to decide.
I'd use a Slicktrick 125gr ViperTrick.... hard to beat their accuracy, sharpness and strength ...
Magnus Buzz Cut,,,,,,,, worked great on pigs so far
G5 Stryker 100 gr. Performed great on multiple bulls.
Iron Will V100's. The way they fly, and the devastation I've seen them cause over a number of deer, elk, bear, and turkey's the last year has been amazing.
Slick trick standard 100gr
Wac'em G5 Montec Slick Trick VPA
Muzzy 125s for the past 33 years. Before that it was a hodgepodge. Now I'm using Iron Will 125.
3 blade muzzy or Magnus stingers. If they are sharp they both work. Lots of great Broadheads.
Slick Trick Standard 100 grain.
Wac 'Ems. 100 gr, 3 blade, deep six. The only deep six broadhead I'll shoot. Unfortunately, I think they stopped making that variant. Can still find them online.
Zwickey Eskimo 125 gr. 2 blade
Been using Shuttle T's for a while, but getting ready to tweak the setup a little bit and will probably end up going with the 175gr Blood Eagles from Valkyrie
Grim Reaper Hades Pro Micro 4 blade. I'm really liking this head.
I have only killed 3 & my son 1. All with 3 blade Rocky Mountains. I've been using some model 3 blade Rocky 40+ years now. Killed 100+ assorted biggame with them..
125 grain Striker mags cuts a big hole
Magnus Stingers, and/or Steel Force this Season.
125gn Nap Killzones or 125gn all steel Vortex if Steve has them ready by September.
magnus black hornet 125gr
I’m with Treeline on using the Cutthroats with trad bows. To me that’s an easy decision, but deciding which bow to take on my first elk hunt is a different story...
100 grain viper tricks for me
Iron Will 100gr Deep Six!!
Wasp Jak Hammers or Jak Knife. 100 gr
INTERESTING FOR SURE. Just last year the VAP BH was the rave. Not even mentioned so far. I will be using the 125 gr vented VAP from the compound bow
Can’t believe how many folks are springing for iron wills! The price tag on them is crazy!
I made the switch to 125 exodus heads last year and was very happy.
Slick Trick 125 Mags. I like that the blades don't rust.
Grim Reaper Fatal Steel 1.5".
I shot 150 gr cutthroats last year. Did an incredible job. Will drop down to 125 gr cutthroats this year. Also shooting with a 50 gr brass insert all on my compound.
Slick Trick Standard 100gr has dropped my three archery elk with ease.
Shot my new broadheads on my new arrows last weekend. 5 for 5 on POI hitting with FP’s. Usually I might have to rotate a nick to get one dialed in.
Slick Trick Viper Tricks 125
Hope to bury a Ramcat into the chest of a big Wyoming bull!
145gr Steelforce Phathead
I shot a bull last year with 125gr. G5 Stryker, and got complete passthrough, blood trail was amazing, I was very impressed. I also shot 2 deer with them with the same results. I've been hunting with traditional archery gear since I was a kid in the 80s. Last 2 years, I just picked up a compound for the first time. Its interesting, what seems to be a sudden resurgence of 2 blade broadheads in the compound world.
Wasp Jak-Hammer select-a-cut 1.5 inch 3 blade on 465 grain Axis 300 camo arrow at 305 fps.
Zwickey Eskimo 125 grain, 4 blade.
Is there twenty dollars difference between the Iron Will vs Magnus vs Steel Force vs VAP vs Cutthroat. I don’t think so and I go through far to many Broadheads to be throwing $40 dollars down range. I remember when I balked at $30 for a three pack.
A good shot with any broad head will do the job. A bad shot with the "best" broad head is still just a bad shot. Use what you please. You can't buy enough range time.
I have one bow set up with Ironwills and the other with 100 grain solids
Magnus Snuffer SS or Stingers
100 gr g5s. I’ve got enough to get me through next 20 years.
Not sure yet. Might be Slick Trick 125 Standards or Vipertricks or 125 Exodus full blade
Interesting timing on this post. I actually went out and shot three broadheads over the weekend to make my final decision. I shot SOLIDs, viper tricks and Magnus Stinger four blade all 100 grains. I was very surprised by my results.. I shot s field tip, then broadhead, for each head at 30-50-60-70 yards. The SOLID is what I have used in years past and it flew as it normally does for me usually 2-3 inches off from my field point even at longer distances, 60 & 70 yards.. the viper trick flew good at 30 & 50 but at 60 I got this weird 'curve ball' effect right before it hit the target, it would be flying like a dart, the right before impact, the arrow would do this crazy drop to the left. Never seen anything like it, but it happened every time beyond 50 yards.. my surprise of the day was the stingers, these flew exactly like my field points every time, when I say exactly, here's what I mean, I would shoot a field point, then shoot the stinger, leaving the field point in the target for reference, at both 30 and 50 yards, I sliced off vanes on my field point arrow.. I was certainly expecting more planing from the stingers because of their length and design, but even at 60 and 70 yards, they were like darts..
CO hunter, I had similar results with the stinger. They flat out fly. And they are deadly. I killed a bull 2 years ago with one. The arrow just kept flying into oblivion.
Since you asked: Iron Will uses A2 steel blades that are cryogenically treated and triple tempered to achieve a high hardness of 60 HRC along with a high impact strength. The high hardness allows us to get an extremely sharp edge that will stay sharp all the way through hide, bone, and tissue for better bleeding, quicker kills, and more penetration, since the force it takes to cut through stays low. We also use higher strength ferrule materials and have a lifetime guarantee. There are many stories of guys shooting multiple animals with one broadhead with no touch up required. Is this worth an extra $20? That is a personal choice, but with all the money, time, and effort put into an elk hunt, it seems like a small price to pay to get the highest performance out of the piece of gear that matters the most when that bull comes into range. A broadhead that costs $10-$13 retail will typically be made of very low cost materials like 420SS blades at 50HRC. There is a world of difference in sharpness and edge retention between this and A2 steel at 60HRC. -Iron Will Lead Engineer
I've shot elk with (in order if memory serves me right starting in 1975) a 6-blade Wasp (junk design...worked to perfection) for my first elk. Continued on to Bear Razorheads, MA3-L's with 1/2 an injector razor blade Pliobonded to each blade, Zwickey 2-blade Delta modded to accept a Bear Razorhead bleeder, and later a heavier gage bleeder from Bighorn, stock 4-blade Zwickey Deltas, and stock 4-blade Zwickey Eskimos.
Also 3-blade NAP Thunderhead 125's, 3-blade Rocky Mt Titanium 100's and Iron Head 125's. Last elk was a Roosevelt shot with an Ulmer Edge 100 gr expandable. Any elk hunting I'd do going forward (Tule) is likely to be with an NAP Spitfire 100.
My point to listing all these heads is they all worked fine on over 35 elk. Don't get hung up about your heads, they will all work....just ensure you use quality heads, they are razor sharp, mounted straight to the shaft, your arrow flight is perfect with your broadheads and you have shot them to ensure you are sighted in with broadheads. Good luck...go kill some elk!
i'm with Treeline 250 grain Cutthroat
Magnus Buzzcut as always.
Don’t get hung up on broadheads. Even a crappy one will work if it’s sharp and you put it in the right spot!
German Kinetics Silver Flame 125 XLs (1 7/8” cutting diameter). Sharp as a scalpel out of the box, tough as a hammer, and they fly awesome.....
I also have used many brands over the years and most if put in the right spot will blow through an elk with ease. Currently using left over Razor and Viper trick 100’s with some Iron Will’s on order.
Bill V, Thanks for the explanation!
I've been using Magnus Snuffers and I have killed several elk with them, nothing wrong with them but I think this year I'm going to hunt with Wac em 125 grain .
Killed a few with the old Wasp 3 blades, then used muzzy for quite a while, last one I used a Rage hypo, they all worked great. Not sure what I’ll use this year.
Funny how it changes over time!! I will shoot a VPA solid like I have for the last 7 or 8 years. I don't think I own one that has not been used on targets or animals. I'll just sharpen em up and go.
Valkyrie for longbow; Magnus Stinger and VPAs for recurve.
I've been looking at Bishop. They look amazing from what research that I have done. Very expensive... Any reviews?
Iron Will all the time now :)
VPA 100 Gr. 3-blade Put many elk in the freezer with these bad boys and don't see any reason to change. Nothing stronger than solid steel...…...No matter the marketing gimmic!
Magnus house here, Stingers or Buzzcuts.
Obsidian at my wallow and close range. Otherwise VPA 160 grain 3-blade glue-on.
I settled on one of the toughest broadheads I've seen. What this head has with stood is amazing and still sharpens up razor sharp. I'm shooting the 125 grain Van Diemans now, and like this head a lot. Flies amazing and is tough!! The Australia's know how to make a great solid broadhead.
125 gr. G5 Strikers. They have worked well for me in the past.
125 grain innerloc's and thunderheads. Don't try to fix what isn't broken
100 grain G5 Strikers. Have been great.