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Cheap Chinese Broadheads
I am in the market for some broadheads and was looking online. I couldn't help but notice the heads for a $1.50 or less a piece. How many of you have tried these cheap heads? I know broadheads are not a good area to pinch pennies, but the dirt cheap price has me intrigued. I'm curious if anyone has done any real world testing with these. I'm going to stick with a good solid head with a good reputation.
We are in a trade war with China. Try to buy USA made.
Why would you cheap out on the one thing that does the damage with your bowhunting setup? Most guys have north of a grand in their bow, sights, arrows and quiver. Then go bargain hunt for broadheads.
These have had a fantastic reputation since before most of the Old Guys here were born.
You can pay less, but you’ll get.... Less. Just have to be able to get them sharp on your own.
I will not buy anything Chinese made unless there is no other option on a necessary purchase. And then I do it begrudgingly.
If you know broadheads aren’t a good place to pinch pennies, then why are you trying to pinch pennies on broadheads?
I spend more on a tank of gas in my truck than what I normally use in broadheads during a season... Buy good quality BH's - that would be the last place I'd try to save money... Doesn't mean you have to buy the most expensive options but it's not that much more to get into a good quality head... You can always look at buying heads that you can replace the blades or sharpen to make you money go further...
By American made Magnus broadheads. They have a lifetime replacement warranty. Mess one up and they replace it. They make AWESOME broadheads!!
Try a resharpenable head like the G5 Montec or the NAP Hellrazor. I just started using the G5 and Hellrazor both great heads. I'm going to guess each head will see 10+ deer killed before needing replaced. Now that is pinching pennies the correct way :)
A buddy accidentally bought knick off heads that were destroyed with 2 bone hits on an antelope.
I bought some of the Chinese knockoffs to use for turkeys. Even at about $1.70 per head, they weren't worth the money.
It like going to the hardware store and you see that little section with the $3 tape measure and $4 hammer with a orange handle....would you use any of those tools?
Only for winging out of rabbits, geese and coyotes. For killing something that matters I'm guilty of hitting the other end of the spectrum. Such a tiny tiny portion of the hunt cost equation.
You can get 3 Shwacker Razor 252s (100 gr, fixed blade with 1.5" cut) for $22 and they are an outstanding broadhead
I am all for saving money. I buy good quality products and maintain them. This saves a lot of money.
Had a valid question about my comment above. I've only bought chinese heads once. But they were easy enough to get sharp (fixed blades) and they flew fine. The only concern then is the ferrule, and the blades standing up. On a small thin skinned creature like the ones I referenced I have no concerns hitting them with that head. Hope that clears it up. If you hit a rabbit with a 1 1/8" cut sharp head, I don't care if that head does a 90 degree, that rabbit is gonna be very dead. Same with geese and coyotes. These animals are like 8" wide. No amount of ferrule bending, or deflection is going to cause a problem imo. And when I say animals that "matter" I was referring matter to me. If I miss a goose or a rabbit I'm not heartbroke about it. If I miss a chance at a moose that I can only hunt every 4 years, it matters more.
Thank you guys for some positive feedback on the cheap heads. And, yes, I was hoping to get feedback on how they preformed on small game, predators or any real world situation. As I said in my original post: "I'm curious if anyone has done any real world testing with these. I'm going to stick with a good solid head with a good reputation."
I've probably killed stuff with 30 different broadheads in my life, so I've tried quite a few! Hunt's photo pretty much tells you all you need to know about the quality of the head's from China.
I'm currently shooting Slick Tricks, in fact that's what I killed a mountain goat, black bear and three whitetails with so far this fall and all of the blades show chips or dents and some of the tips are broken or bent.
I like the suggestion about Magnus, I shot them a long time ago and think I might try them again! Thanks
Does anyone think it’s a good idea to buy counterfeit heads from criminals?
Everybody needs a cat arra in the quiver.......
I bought some for Pheasant hunt. Biggame get Rocky Mountain Ironheads from me.
Cheap Chinese Bows GOOD.
Cheap Chinese broadheads BAD.
Get an ATA pass, visit booths and snap pictures....go home and reverse engineer it. I know they do this in pretty much every industry that exists. Its unfortunate to say the least.
If you keep your eyes peeled you can find cheap prices on US "made" broadheads. I know camofire will have stuff from time to time. I think they had Shockwaves for like $10-$12/ pack last year.
Maybe we could put a huge tariff on them OR trade them for a few million bushels of soybeans?
Holleee Pat, there's a difference between cheap heads and counterfeit heads from criminals. Just because it's cheap doesn't make the seller a criminal. There's a lot of cheap product not claiming to be "the real thing."
Exactly, I'm not looking at the counterfeit heads, I was more interested in folks experiences with the obviously foreign heads. Brands like SINBADTECK and JIANZD and similar names that are not claiming to be anything special. Now the $20 Rage Hypodermic for a 3 pack is a different story.
I’m referring to the guys further up the thread who admit to buying the cheap Chinese knock offs.
Of all the gear we use, the business end of the arrow is not a place to go China.
Lots of options out there for a bit more.
Some guys are All China,All the Time!
If your referring to me . I was given 12 knock off heads for free from a buddy . I used them for turkeys one year . The rest I used for my Cat arrow !! I will try most anything once. I Like To learn from my own Mistakes!! Hunt