UNJ 2009 Broadhead Test Results

 

  We at the Up North Journal are not scientists or engineers (even though Kevin might think he is) we are hunters that just want to see how things tick, you know when you were a kid and tore things apart, well we never outgrew that. We have families and hold down jobs just like you. We don't "do" lunch at work, we bring ours. Most tests that the manufactures conduct show the positives of their product, we want to have the broadheads go through the same tests and have you judge them for yourself. We didnít tune any broadhead to anything, we took it out of the package, weighted and micrometered it and shot it, just like some hunters do. We are fortunate to have an indoor archery range, a paper tuner and use of a Hooter Shooter to perform these tests as controlled as we can without our brains hurting. We wanted to perform a test from an everyday hunter perspective and information you can understand and use. We want to thank all the companies that volunteered their product to test.  Click on the company's logo to see how they faired in our blue collar broadhead torture test. We tested all the broadheads with the same arrow. We hope this can help you out as much as we enjoyed doing this for you. If you would like more information about the broadhead manufacture just click on the logo in the review form page, it will take you to their website.

Test Equipment Used In The 2009 UNJ Broadhead Test

  • Bow Holder: Hooter Shooter by Spot Hogg

  • Bow: Hoyt Katera Compound bow: 65 lbs at 28 inch draw

  • Arrow used: Carbon Express Aramid KV 250
              Length: 29" /308.6 grains
              Inch of vanes or feathers: 2" blazers

  •  Scale: Franklin Arsenal powder digital scale

  •  Coffee Maker: Mr. Coffee 12 cup

  •  Coffee: Folgers

  •  Donuts: Tim Horton's Maple glaze and Boston Cream

  •  Soda: Dr. Pepper (Regular and diet)

  •  Chips: Doritos 
     

Broadhead Quartering  Away Test (Expandables Only)

This test is to see if expandables will deploy at a 1/4ing away shot. A lot of hunters have a fear or worry that an expandable broadhead doesn't deploy if a hunter is presented with a quartering away shot. We want to see if this is true or not. The test was conducted with a piece of cardboard being shot at with an expandable broadhead at 15 yards away into cardboard then into paper at a 45 degree angle. The cardboard and paper will be separated by the width of a standard 2X4. We want to see if and when the expandable is deployed. Click the logo to see how they faired.

For a glossary of terms used in this test click here.

 
 
Broadhead Manufacturer Advertised Weight Actual Weight (Avg.) Penetration Depth Accuracy Ballistics Gel and Bone Mechanical or Fixed Removable Blades Diameter of Cut
Sonic American Broadhead 100 Grains 99.6 Grains 14 7/8 inches See Data  Sheet n/a Fixed Yes 7/8 inch
Sonic American Broadhead 85 Grains n/a n/a See Data  Sheet n/a Fixed Yes 1 inch
Super Sonic American Broadhead 125 Grains 127.5 Grains 16 1/2 inches See Data  Sheet Pass Thru Fixed Yes 1 1/8 inch
Sabre Maxx CoreMaxx 100 Grains 100.3 Grains 14 3/8 inches See Data  Sheet Pass Thru Fixed n/a n/a
Striker Magnum G5 125 Grains 122.9 Grains 17 1/2 inches See Data  Sheet Pass Thru Fixed Yes 1 1/2 inche
Striker G5 100 Grains 102.4 Grains 15 1/4 inches See Data  Sheet Pass Thru Fixed Yes 1 1/8 inch
Montec CS G5 100 Grains 98.1 Grains 14 1/8 inches See Data  Sheet Pass Thru Fixed No 1 1/16 inch
Tekan G5 100 Grains 100.7 Grains 16 3/4 inches See Data  Sheet Pass Thru Mechanical Yes 1 1/2 inch
Montec   G5 100 Grains 102.7 Grains 14 inches See Data  Sheet Pass Thru Fixed No 1 1/16 inch
Razortip Grim Reaper 100 Grains 103.9 Grains 14 1/4 inches See Data  Sheet n/a Mechanical   Yes 1 3/8 inch
MX 3 Muzzy 100 Grains 98.7 Grains 14 1/4 inches See Data  Sheet Pass Thru Fixed Yes 1 1/4 inch
Phantom MX Muzzy 100 Grains 100.8 Grains 15 1/4 inches See Data  Sheet Pass Thru Fixed Yes 1 1/8 inch
RAGE 2 Blade Rage 100 Grains 100.8 Grains 16 3/4 inches See Data  Sheet Pass Thru Mechanical Yes 2 inch
RAGE 3 Blade Rage 100 Grains 103.8 Grains 17 5/8 inches See Data  Sheet n/a Mechanical Yes 2 inch
RAGE 40KE Rage 100 Grains 100.3 Grains n/a See Data  Sheet No Pass Thru Mechanical Yes 1 1/2 inch
100 Standard Slick Trick 100 Grains 98.0 Grains 16 1/4 inches See Data  Sheet n/a Fixed Yes 1 inch
125 Standard Slick Trick 125 Grains 126.2 Grains 16 inches See Data  Sheet n/a Fixed Yes 1 inch
Ramcat Smoke Broadheads 100 Grains 100.9 Grains 15 1/4 inches See Data  Sheet Pass Thru Mechanical Yes n/a
Shuttle T Lock Trophy Taker 125 Grains 127.0 Grains 14 1/2 inches See Data  Sheet Pass Thru Fixed Yes 1 3/16 inch
Shuttle T Lock Trophy Taker 100 Grains 102.1 Grains 14 3/4 inches See Data  Sheet n/a Fixed Yes 1 1/8 inch
 

 

    
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