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100 grain fixed blade Broadheads for Elk
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Contributors to this thread:
casper 16-Jun-23
Scrappy 16-Jun-23
luckydraw 16-Jun-23
Scoot 16-Jun-23
standswittaknife 16-Jun-23
Smtn10PT 16-Jun-23
Vonfoust 16-Jun-23
BoggsBowhunts 16-Jun-23
wyobullshooter 16-Jun-23
LTG 11 16-Jun-23
welka 16-Jun-23
RonS 16-Jun-23
Bowboy 16-Jun-23
butcherboy 16-Jun-23
carcus 16-Jun-23
Who Cares 16-Jun-23
Corax_latrans 16-Jun-23
DanaC 16-Jun-23
sticksender 16-Jun-23
Cheesehead Mike 16-Jun-23
Groundhunter 16-Jun-23
Brotsky 16-Jun-23
jl223 16-Jun-23
Cheesehead Mike 16-Jun-23
wildwilderness 16-Jun-23
Groundhunter 16-Jun-23
Carnivore 16-Jun-23
Groundhunter 16-Jun-23
RJ Hunt 16-Jun-23
Dale06 16-Jun-23
'Ike' (Phone) 16-Jun-23
Billyvanness 16-Jun-23
elkmtngear 16-Jun-23
cnelk 16-Jun-23
casper 17-Jun-23
Cheesehead Mike 18-Jun-23
Ambush 18-Jun-23
Grey Ghost 18-Jun-23
carcus 18-Jun-23
HDE 18-Jun-23
welka 19-Jun-23
Grey Ghost 19-Jun-23
ElkNut1 19-Jun-23
welka 19-Jun-23
Potro 20-Jun-23
Jaquomo 20-Jun-23
casper 20-Jun-23
Cheesehead Mike 21-Jun-23
rattling_junkie 21-Jun-23
Willieboat 21-Jun-23
Cheesehead Mike 21-Jun-23
APauls 21-Jun-23
MikeSohm/Magnus 23-Jun-23
Buglemaster 23-Jun-23
butcherboy 23-Jun-23
fisherick 25-Jun-23
Lost Arra 27-Jun-23
Tejas 27-Jun-23
East/West Coast 27-Jun-23
HDE 27-Jun-23
SteveB 27-Jun-23
fisherick 28-Jun-23
Michael 28-Jun-23
Wackjob 28-Jun-23
NorCalVineyards 05-Jul-23
From: casper
16-Jun-23
What are your top 3 picks for 100 grain fixed blade Broadheads for Elk? My arrows are Easton Hex and weigh 478 with a 100 grain field point and are shooting great. I have had mixed results in the past with blades falling out, tips breaking off , main Broadhead shafts breaking. Most likely only getting one arrow in the Bull Elk so it's got to be tough. What would use be using If you had a limited bull Elk tag?

From: Scrappy
16-Jun-23
100g Magnus stinger buzzcuts. They just flat out get the job done. I don't have a top three, sorry.

From: luckydraw
16-Jun-23
My 2 Mugnus Stingers (not sure if same Scrappy?) and Iron Will

From: Scoot
16-Jun-23
G5 Strikers, Ironwill, VPA SS

16-Jun-23
Had great luck with exodus, vipertricks (USA made), and stingers (4 blade)

From: Smtn10PT
16-Jun-23
Ive killed elk with SlickTrick Mag and Vipertrick, recently switched to QAD Exodus. Check out Lusk Archery on youtube for some extensive broadhead testing. He's done the best tests I've seen. I particularly like the actual measure of sharpness and edge retention testing.

From: Vonfoust
16-Jun-23
VPA 3 blade is what I settled on. But I've never actually shot an elk, only at elk.

16-Jun-23
I’ve only shot 1, so completely anecdotal evidence here, but my G5 Montec in front of a Black Eagle X Impact blew completely through the elk so far I couldn’t find it (and I looked HARD) and the elk was dead within 30-40 yards. Was it a lucky shot that just missed every rib? Maybe. Would I still be 100% confident shooting the exact same setup at an elk again? Absolutely.

16-Jun-23
I’ll vouch for Slick Trick Vipertrick’s and VPA’s. I’m trying Ironwill’s this year and can’t imagine being disappointed.

From: LTG 11
16-Jun-23
Magnus stingers

From: welka
16-Jun-23
QAD Exodus, QAD Exodus, Viper Trick

From: RonS
16-Jun-23
I've had good luck with Slick Trick 100 Standard's.

From: Bowboy
16-Jun-23
Magnus Stinger Buzzcuts

From: butcherboy
16-Jun-23
I’m using Simmons Mako. 100 grain. Either with an Easton Hexx arrow and 50 grain brass insert or Easton fmj with a 50 grain brass insert. Last elk I killed was with a Hexx arrow, 50 grain insert, 150 cutthroat. I think the 150 cutthroat was a little heavy and they are really pricey now for this poor butcher.

From: carcus
16-Jun-23
QAD exodus swept, I've killed 6 moose and around 10 elk with them, they fly awesome, they are sharp like crazy, one of the toughest BH's available, and not expensive. That said, there are many great 100gr fixed heads that will do the job just fine

From: Who Cares
16-Jun-23
G5 Striker

16-Jun-23
Just curious… If your all-up weight is 478…

That’s about what my arrows weigh at about 28”. With 200 grains up front.

So just a thought, but if you want a nice, burly setup for big, strong animals, why not invest more mass in the business end of your arrow?

Because if you’re concerned about the strength of your main blade, maybe you just want more steel there….

Altitude Sickness has done more actual (destructive) testing than anyone else I could point you to, so maybe he’ll weigh in; but to my way of thinking, adding weight for the sake of weight doesn’t make any sense until you have an arrow which your bow is incapable of destroying. Up to that point (ideally), every grain should go to strengthening the weakest link in the system.

So long, heavy brass inserts (for example) seem like a bad investment; if a 50-grain isn’t going to get bent or rupture your shaft on a hit that trashes the broadhead… then rather than a 75 grain insert, why not put the 25-grain difference into the blade?

From: DanaC
16-Jun-23

DanaC's Link
""Check out Lusk Archery on youtube for some extensive broadhead testing. ""

https://www.youtube.com/@LuskArcheryAdventures/videos

From: sticksender
16-Jun-23
VPA Terminator stainless vented. I don't have a 2nd and 3rd pick, since I only need one brand of head, but have shot Magnus Snuffer SS and G5 Montec in the past, and they are fine too.

16-Jun-23
I've had great success and killed several elk and deer with G5 Strikers. I shoot them out to 100 yards and they fly and group very well. Second choice would be Slick Trick Standards but I get more consistent flight and better penetration from the Strikers.

From: Groundhunter
16-Jun-23
G5 Srikers or Wasp SST . I really like Wasp heads. Never a ST fan.

From: Brotsky
16-Jun-23

Brotsky's Link
Exact Archery....going to run one through a Wyoming bull in September.

From: jl223
16-Jun-23
Magnus Snuffer SS, Vipertrick SS, and VPA vented

16-Jun-23
I've killed a lot of elk and deer with Wasp SST and Boss SST. They're good heads too and fly very well. I think the G5 Strikers are more durable though.

16-Jun-23
Iron Will is the best though expensive.

QAD Exodus, swept is a great head, replaceable blades

Any well constructed head that flies well, that hits in the right spot will be alright

From: Groundhunter
16-Jun-23
I agree Mike. I have recommended them for years at bear camps.

From: Carnivore
16-Jun-23
G5 Montec. One-piece construction, tough, easy to touch-up/sharpen on a stone, and they make a practice head for it.

From: Groundhunter
16-Jun-23
Not as sharp as Strykers but they work.

From: RJ Hunt
16-Jun-23
Magnus stinger buzcutts and slick trick viper tricks have both been money on elk for me.

From: Dale06
16-Jun-23
Iron Will or Magnus stingers.

16-Jun-23
All I've shot, even Moose...G5 Striker 100's...

16-Jun-23

Billyvanness 's embedded Photo
22’ moose heart
Billyvanness 's embedded Photo
22’ moose heart
I’ve bounced around over the years and there’s so many great heads. Iron Will, VPA G5, all really great. 90 pct of my elk and last year’s Colorado moose taken with Slick Trick mags.

From: elkmtngear
16-Jun-23
Stingers, or German Jaegers.

Probly Iron Will, if I could afford them. :^(

From: cnelk
16-Jun-23
I’ll stick with SlickTrick ViperTricks. Pun intended

From: casper
17-Jun-23
Thanks for all the great recommendation"s, I am going to order up some QAD Exodus Swept. and try those. Are they considered barbed in any states? mainly Utah is where i'm elk hunting.

18-Jun-23
I'll probably get crucified for this comment, but I know a guy who has killed at least 3 elk with Iron Wills and he has not been happy with the blood trails. Last year he said it was the last elk he would shoot with an Iron Will.

From: Ambush
18-Jun-23
When guys ask about "best broadheads...." they should specify if it's for compound or trad.

From: Grey Ghost
18-Jun-23
My 100 grain G5 Montecs have never failed me in 20-plus years. If I do my job, they do theirs.

Matt

From: carcus
18-Jun-23
Blood trails are so variable, comes down to size of cut and sharpness. Almost impossible to judge, take 2 bhs, both 2 blade, both 1" cut and both identical sharpness, on identical shots they should give similar blood trails

From: HDE
18-Jun-23
Wac 'em. Montec. VPA.

From: welka
19-Jun-23

welka's embedded Photo
welka's embedded Photo
Agree blood trails can be variable and this will probably start a firestorm also, but think about mechanicals also. And yes, I know many camps still don't allow mechanicals for elk - BUT, they have come a long way on durability and reliability (not opening on flight even at high speeds of today). With the assumption that your head will be sharp, hard to argue that large cut diameter helps on marginal shots and definitely more blood, more often - see size of hole from Hypodermic on pick!

From: Grey Ghost
19-Jun-23
Welka, do you have a pic of the Hypodermic after that shot?

Matt

From: ElkNut1
19-Jun-23
Personally, they're never too sharp! I don't like the idea of a not sharp enough head. I want it cutting everything it contacts & not push anything aside. At present I'm slinging the 100 grain Buzzcuts with an arrow weight of 460 grains.

ElkNut

From: welka
19-Jun-23
I do not have pic of Hypodermic, but it was fully intact and maybe one blade slightly bent. Obviously, all depends on what it hits on the way in and through, but I usually get to reuse blades on whitetails (I just resharpen the blades) but have to replace then on hogs and elk. Easy and cheap to change replacement blades (which are also sharp).

From: Potro
20-Jun-23
The "oldies" still work great Muzzy, Thunderhead, G5

From: Jaquomo
20-Jun-23
I've killed elk with 13 different broadheads, fixed and replaceable blade, from longbows, recurves, and compounds. No need to overthink it with so many good heads available now. IMO, the most important variables are arrow tune and blade sharpness.

These days I'm shooting Iron Will 125s.

From: casper
20-Jun-23
Hey guys sorry i started this thread and it's a compound bow,i use 478 grain arrows with a 100 grain head . they have a 50 grain brass insert up front so i have 150 grains on the front end. they fly at 280 fps. I am only going fixed blade for this hunt as the last two Arizona bulls i bow killed were with mechanicals with exact set up as above. One with a sever original 2 blade they came out with . 35 yard shot and penetrated around 12 inches. the other one was with levi Morgan shwacker and i got about the same penetration. Both broadside behind the shoulder. Big bulls are just tough to kill it takes horsepower and penetration.

21-Jun-23
Good discussion, no reason to apologize. Your setup should penetrate much better than that on a broadside shot. I'm guessing the poor penetration is due to the mechanical broadheads. I shoot a similar weight and speed arrow with a fixed blade head and have had numerous pass throughs on elk and have also completely buried the arrow or had very good penetration on frontal shots. Last year my friend's son shooting a G5 Montec @ 50lbs shot a bull quartering to him and hit him tight behind the shoulder and the arrow passed completely through exciting near the last rib. Proof that 50lbs with a fixed blade is adequate for a diagonal pass through on a bull elk.

21-Jun-23
I'm elk hunting this fall. Most likely have Exodus, Rocket Steelheads and Grim Reaper Pro Series in my quiver. 70 lbs and a 425 gr arrow.

From: Willieboat
21-Jun-23
I’m kinda like Jaq have used 16 different heads with success over the years.

Currently using Ironwill 100 and Rage Trypans

21-Jun-23
5 different heads for me.

From: APauls
21-Jun-23
I've been drawn 5 times and killed 4 elk and hit one the other time I got drawn. So nowhere near a killer of many elk. But I killed every elk with a different head lol, and they all died fast. They ran 40,85,20, and 50 yards after being hit. None had a large cutting diameter. Not to say a large cutting diameter is bad. Suffice to say there's a lot of things that can kill em dead. Many good options out there, but most important is that at the moment of truth you put that head where it needs to go.

23-Jun-23

MikeSohm/Magnus's embedded Photo
MikeSohm/Magnus's embedded Photo
Our Magnus Stinger and Stinger Buzzcut broadheads have went thru alot of elk over the years with great success, american made with a no hassle, no ra needed + you dont have to send them in Lifetime Replacement Guarantee if you damage one- just email a clear picture with your name and address and we replace. Thank you. Here is a picture of success going thru heavy bone on a elk.

From: Buglemaster
23-Jun-23
Wac’em Triton 100 gr 3 blade as of lately. Also have had great success with Slick Tricks standard in 85 & 100 grain. A lot of awesome broadheads to choose from these days.

From: butcherboy
23-Jun-23
My top 2 broadheads right now are the Simmons Mako and the Magnus Buzzcut. It’s a tie for me between these two heads.

From: fisherick
25-Jun-23
Good old NAP 3 blade Thunderheads are a proven performer and killer. So are Muzzy's.

From: Lost Arra
27-Jun-23
Would a 100 grain broadhead have less structural integrity than a 125 grain broadhead from the same company, same head? Where do they cut the weight? Maybe 25 grain difference isn't a good example but maybe 50? After I've determined how much insert/broadhead weight I need I usually go with a heavier head since it is doing the cutting although I still use some 100 grain heads.

From: Tejas
27-Jun-23
Lots of good Broadheads out there. Shoot a few and see what works with your set up. I’ve only killed one elk…was with a ST standard. QAD Exodus looks like a good head to me as well….good luck!

27-Jun-23

East/West Coast's embedded Photo
My 2021 Bull Elk - Colorado OTC Tag
East/West Coast's embedded Photo
My 2021 Bull Elk - Colorado OTC Tag
I harvested a 6x6 Bull in 21 and a Cow in 22 with a VAP 350 ss w/50 grain inserts and a 100 grain Montec G5 (3 blade fixed broad head). The bull the arrow went in up to the fletching and when we recovered him, the arrow was still in him. The cow went through the left shoulder and out the back gut/quarter area and found it whole when we got to the cow 25 mins later (both expired in under an 1 - 1.5 hrs) See pics attached

From: HDE
27-Jun-23
"Would a 100 grain broadhead have less structural integrity than a 125 grain broadhead from the same company, same head?"

Not enough to matter when shooting an animal. The weight is taken off from the ferrule mostly.

From: SteveB
27-Jun-23
QAD exodus swept and G5 Striker

From: fisherick
28-Jun-23

fisherick's embedded Photo
fisherick's embedded Photo
My 2003 bull was shot with an old school Darton Excell compound bow ,70# @ 29" draw, finger release, with an aluminum 2315 arrow, and a NAP Thunderhead 125 gr broadhead. The shot was at 51 yards, heart-lung hit that stopped at opposite shoulder. The bull ran less than 75 yards and fell over dead. I also have killed several bucks with this combo and none made it more than 60 yards.

Thunderheads are made in 100 & 125 three blade heads, are inexpensive and rugged.

From: Michael
28-Jun-23
“Would a 100 grain broadhead have less structural integrity than a 125 grain broadhead from the same company, same head? Where do they cut the weight?“

I can not speak for other companies. The 100 grain VPA vented broad head is the same as the 125 grain non vented VPA head. So the weight difference was in the venting or not venting of the blades.

I shoot the 125 grain vented. It’s the same head as the 150 grain non vented.

From: Wackjob
28-Jun-23
G5 Montec have gone through 5 elk for me. Tried Rage, no pass through like so many others have experienced.

05-Jul-23
Vipertricks, pass through on 2 elk one in the opposite shoulder. Great penetration.

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