Best Crossbow Broadheads

Important Note: please remember that the weight of your arrows can have a significant impact on accuracy and sighting-in. To get a better understanding of how this will impact your crossbow shooting experience, see our article: arrow drop – charted test results.

Choosing the best crossbow broadheads is easy if you know the manufacturer’s recommended arrow head weight. In the majority of cases, the best crossbows are designed for broadheads that weigh 125 grains. If you aren’t sure what you should get for your model, there are three ways to find out:

  1. Check the weight of the field points that come with your crossbow. If they weigh 125 grains, then you want to get broadheads of exactly the same weight.
  2. Contact the manufacturer by phone or e-mail and ask them.
  3. Weigh the arrow heads that came with your crossbow yourself. You will need a very accurate scale to do that (accuracy up to the gram). Multiply the weight in grams by 15.43 and you’ll get the weight of the head in grains.

Once you know the weight, it’s time to choose the exact broadheads you’ll be getting. Below are our recommendations.

Best Broadheads For Your Crossbow

There are three main types of hunting broadheads: fixed-blade, removable-blade, and expandable-blade broadheads. We go over each of them in detail in our crossbow arrows guide – you should give it a quick read if you are unfamiliar with these three types.

#1: Barnett Outdoors X Expandable-blade Broadheads

Check pricing and user ratings here. The Barnett expandable-blade broadheads come in both 100 and 125 grain versions, and should be used with arrows that are 20″ to 22″ in length. They come in a pack of three and a five year warranty from Barnett.  The opening and collapse of the blades in these broadheads is very dependable and we’ve never experienced (nor heard of) an instance of them failing during a hunt; they do not expand mid-flight and always expand on impact. The wound they create is very large, leaving a blood trail that is very easy to track. The blades come razor-sharp out of the box and you should be careful not to cut yourself while screwing them in; we recommend using a Broadhead Wrench (amazon link) – not just for these, but for all broadheads.

#2: Allen Company Grizzly Three-Fixed-Blade Broadheads

Check pricing and user ratings here. These fixed-blade broadheads are available in 125-grain weight and come in packs of three. Very sharp and very well-balanced despite the low price. This design has been used since the early 1980’s and it has proven to be more than dependable. They’ll go right through any game if you hit it properly. If you’re looking for a “no-brainer” type of purchase, these broadheads fit the bill perfectly.

#3: Muzzy® Broadheads

Check pricing and user ratings here. These removable-blade broadheads are legendary for their design quality, balanced weight, razor-sharp blades and perfect penetration. They come in packs of 6, and you should avoid using them for target practice as they will tear up your target apart pretty quickly – only for hunting! Come in 125 grain weight and each broadhead has 3 blades. The pack includes instructions on blade attaching and detaching.

Things To Keep in Mind

  • Never use broadheads that weigh less than what is recommended by your crossbow manufacturer, as it will result in severe damage to your weapon and possibly serious injury; I once had the entire limbs on my crossbow crack for exactly this reason.
  • Get a broadhead wrench; it’ll make screwing-in the broadheads much easier and will make it almost impossible for you to cut yourself in the process.
  • It’s best not to buy broadheads from an unknown brand just to save a few dollars; arrow heads made by established manufacturers (Barnett, Muzzy, Allen Company) come with warranties and have proven their reliability time and time again.

Happy harvesting!


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  1. I am thinking about buying a Mission 400 crossbow by Mathews. Does anybody have any suggestions on what broadhead I should shoot out of this bow?

    1. 100 gr. Spitfire will put venison on your table. Not cheap to buy, but worth every penny. They open up to 1 1/2 inch hole and leave a good blood trail

  2. i have a bowtech stryker solution I’m using gold tip bolts that came with the bow and 125gr field points its shooting 343fps i would like to use mechanical broad heads but im not sure which ones to buy any help wod be appreciated

  3. Hello, I use a mission 360 crossbow…and use it to hunt whitetail deer. I was wondering which broadhead you’d recommend to use with it. I have been using slick trick broadheads but have read that Mission does not recommend using a 4 blade broadhead. I’d appreciate any suggestions you might have.

  4. I have a excaluber axiom they come with 150 grain field tips the only broads I can find that are 150 bonecolectors do I have to use them thank you.

  5. I purchased a Barnett Brotherhood crossbow. It shoots at 350 fps. I will be hunting whitetail deer in TN. What grain would you recommend using a mechanical boadhead? Thank you for the assistance.

    1. Hi Ron, just to make sure: are you asking about the weight of the broadheads alone? If so, then I would go with 100-125 grain, nothing below. The brotherhood comes with carbon arrow shafts if I remember correctly – if so then 125 grain broadheads will be perfect.

  6. I’m shooting a Barnett Quad 400 in Louisiana for deer and hogs, carbon arrows,100 grain what mechanical broadhead do u recommend

  7. hey guys just got a new brotherhood crossbow to hunt black bears in Georgia .my bolts are 20 inch.please give me advice for a broadhead to use and and what gr in 100 or 125.also fixed or mechanical just want a good blood trail.thanks Rodney

    1. Hi Ed,

      Please keep in mind that the crossbows are not ranked in any particular order. The first crossbow on our “Top 10 list” is no better or worse than the last one on that list. It is up to everyone to read the review and then decide for themselves which of our top recommendations suit them best. Hope this answers your question.

      1. I have read all the reviews and i purchased the Arrow precision wildfire II! Seems to be among the best bang for the buck! I am new to the crossbow hunting family and have great expectations regarding this crossbow!

    1. I have the Barnett recruit and I could not hit the broad side of a barn with then
      100gr switched to rage chisel points after a recommendation and will slit arrows if I
      shoot at the same spot hope this helps

  8. Just got a wickedridge warriorHL and I love it had to adjust the scope but it only took me bout 20-30 min and at 20yds and 30yds its shooting a 1in group and for my first crossbow I’m very pleased hope this helps anyone looking for their first x-bow.

  9. Personally it totally depends on what your shooting. For crossbows I go with a heavier grain because I know it can handle it.

  10. Love the site. I bought Barnett Jackel after finding your site. I bought the Barnett Game crusher expandable broad heads for it. I took a doe whitetail last year and took one this weekend. I don’t remember the first doe but was not happy with broad head this weekend. After looking at the broad head only one blade opened. I thought that maybe that it just reclosed after going through but after opening the two blades no blood was on the part of the blade that recesses into the broad head. Also on entrance hole you could see that the one blade opened and others did not. Just ordered some Muzzy Mx4 as never had issues with Muzzy with my compound bow. Just thought you would like to know

  11. I recently bought a camx bow made in USA and love it , they have the best arrows .900.00 bt comes with everything youll need and lifetime guarantee

  12. I just got a new fury crossbow and I am going to be using it to hunt whitetail.
    I am wondering what kind of broadheads I need to get for it from the bolts that came with it. Can any one help me please.

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