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Wac’Em Crossbow Broadheads

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Wac'Em has established itself as a quality American made broadhead company and now they've added two new outstanding crossbow broadheads to their lineup.

The first of the new Wac’Em crossbow broadheads is their fixed 3 blade model which utilizes rugged materials and a dependable design to provide consistently tight groupings. The second is a new expandable crossbow broadhead which can withstand the torque of the fastest crossbows on the market and unleash a devastating 2 inch cut on impact. Which of these you choose comes down to personal preference and which of the characteristics listed below that you prefer.

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Xecutioner Broadheads

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The Xecutioner mechanical broadhead features precision machining combined with an ultra sharp set of blades and other unique innovations to set it apart from the competition.

Xecutioner Broadheads

Xecutioner broadheads use a ferrule design that is extremely flexible as it features multiple grooves to accommodate the draw weight of your crossbow. This allows you to achieve maximum cutting performance as soon as the broadhead engages the target. It also significantly reduces the risk of early deployment.

When testing the blades with a crossbow (dialed in at 385 FPS through a chronograph), we experienced flawless in-flight performance. The broadhead design is extremely aerodynamic and well balanced. Allowing you took tighten up your grouping, especially on those longer shots.

Executioner Broadheads

In addition we found that unlike other mechanicals on the market this blade opens on impact and begins cutting with its 2.5 inch blade immediately. This ensures two massive wounds with a pass through and a viscous blood trail that will be as short as it is long. In addition the ferrules are tipped with a blade that helps the Xecutioner achieve greater penetration. When tested against other broadheads with a comparable cutting diameter the Xecutioners dug deeper every time.

Broadhead Xecutioner

On top of improved performance, these broadheads also come in a variety of colors. Utilizing a colored ferrule that will stick out of your hunting terrain makes it that much easier to find. Finally, as an added bonus Xecutioners come in packages of 4. This lets you utilize the extra broadhead for target practice without worrying about dulling your 3 quivered hunting heads.

So if you’re looking for quality mechanical broadhead with a devastating cut give the Xecutioners should be on your shopping list.

BROADHEAD BREAKDOWN:    Xecutioner
BLADE TYPE  :    Mechanical
# BLADES  :    2
CUT DIAMETER  :    2.5″
TOTAL CUT (Surface Area)  :    2.5″
Number Blades    2

 

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Broadhead Buyers Guide

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Choosing the right broadhead for your crossbow hunt is almost as important as the crossbow itself.

Broadhead Buyers Guide

Our broadhead buyers guide was but together to help you find the perfect broadhead for your crossbow hunt
Here are the most important factors you should consider before choosing a crossbow broadhead.

Style

Crossbow broadheads come in three distinct styles, fixed blade, mechanical blade, and hybrid broadheads. Each has their own strength and weakness which can also vary greatly depending on variation. Here is a breakdown of each of the main styles:

Fixed Blade Broadhead

Fixed Crossbow Broadhead

Fixed blade broadheads are designed either as a  solid one-piece blade or as a ferrule which utilizes separate, replaceable blades. One piece broadheads are machined from a single piece of material and are extremely durable. They do however require blade sharpening after heavy usage. Replaceable fixed blade designs can also be sharpened but offer you the convenient option of simply using new blades instead. These can also be extremely robust and come in two-blade, three-blade and four-blade configurations.

Pros:
  • Durable design can often be reused for a long period
  • Low maintenance as there are no moving parts
  • Broadheads can be shot and tested in compatible targets without risk damage
  • Smaller blades will result in better penetration
Cons:
  • Limited Cutting diameter, fixed blades will plane in flight therefore fixed blade broadheads don’t normally exceed a 1.5” cut diameter
  • Open blades affect flight, luckily you can test them to determine how they fly in comparison to field points
  • Some designs are formed from a solid piece of metal, if a blade is damaged here the entire broadhead must be discarded
 Bottom Line:

Fixed blade broadheads are tried and true style that’s been around since the beginning. They will never match the cutting diameter and accuracy of a mechanical but the design lends itself to repeatable flight characteristics that can be tested on broadhead compatible targets. In addition they have excellent penetration, are durable and can be reused over a long period of time with minimal maintenance.

Mechanical (Expandable) Broadhead

Mechanical Crossbow Broadhead

Mechanical broadheads are designed to fly like a field point by using a system where their blades are folded up during flight and only open on impact, when a mechanical system triggers them to do so. For the most part, modern mechanical broadheads are available in two styles: over-the-top (front deploying) and rear deploying.

Over-the-top broadheads have blades that are hinged at the rear of the ferrule, and pivot out from the front upon contact. The blades typically open up after they are inside the animal, which ensures the blades are razor-sharp when cutting through vitals. The entrance holes from over-the-top broadheads are smaller than rear-deploying broadheads.

Rear-deploying broadheads have front-pivoting blades that deploy outward from the rear of the broadhead, resulting in full-size entrance and exit holes. This style maximizes blood trails and guarantees the blades are deployed before reaching an animal’s vitals.

The mechanisms used to hold and then deploy the blades vary but generally use either a rubber o-rings, or a steel clip system. Both can be effective but it’s important to keep a close eye on both deployments mechanisms. If the o-ring or clips become damaged in any way it could cause premature deployment of your broadheads blades.

It is also important to purchase the crossbow version of a mechanical broadhead. While companies often sell what appears to be an identical broadhead for vertical bows, the deployment mechanism maybe different. Mechanical broadheads designed for crossbow have been adjusted to account for the additional torque of a crossbow to ensure they don’t deploy early.

Pros:
  • Larger cutting diameter makes for quicker/easier game recovery
  • Customization is possible, as some mechanical allows you to adjust them to your preference
  • Consistent flight performance, embed blades reduce variations while in flight
  • Fly similar to field points allowing you to practice with fields points
Cons:
  • Risk of premature deployment is always a factor with mechanical broadheads
  • Large cutting diameter can reduce penetration
  • Mechanical failure may occur on impact and reduce effectiveness
  • Maintenance required before the shot to ensure performance and after if you choose to reuse the broadhead
Bottom Line:

Mechanical broadheads are popular because of their accuracy and devastating cutting diameters. However, they aren’t nearly as durable as a fixed blade and will require extra care to ensure they perform as intended. Also, don’t forget to make sure they designed for or compatible with crossbows that match the speed rating of yours. This will reduce the risk of a deployment failure.

Hybrid Broadhead

Hybrid Crossbow Broadhead

Hybird broadheads are the newest design on the market and have come about in order to appeal to shooters that are undecided between mechanical or fixed blade broadheads. They are basically two broadheads in one. With that they benefits from both sets of advantages but also suffer for some additional disadvantages.

Pros:
  • Maximum cutting damage caused by multiple sets of blades
  • Fixed blades offsets risk associated with mechanical blade failure
  • Best of both worlds, fixed blade for initial penetration and mechanical for tissue cutting
  • May allow for multiple configurations and blade customization
Cons:
  • Combination of Fixed and Mechanical blades can cause inconsistent flight patterns
  • Premature mechanical deployment is still a risk
  • Larger total cut can reduce ability to attain a pass through
  • Hybrids require most maintenance
  • Difficult to test how they fly without using actual broadheads on targets.
Bottom Line:

Hybrid broadheads can yield some truly devastating results when they impact. Their combination of fixed blade penetration and mechanical blade cutting will result in a quick harvest of your game. However, their combination of both fixed and mechanical blade make them difficult to practice with and can cause erratic flight patterns. They also require the most maintenance to ensure both sets of blades perform. That being said if you want to put the effort into dialing them in they are a great option for someone looking for the best of both worlds.

Cut

Broadheads cutting is measured in two distinct ways.

  1. Cutting Diameter: The width of the cut the broadhead deliver.
  2. Total Cut: The combined length of the surface area of the blades on the broadhead.

For Example: If you have fixed blade broadhead with four .5 inch blades it’s total cut would be 2 inches because that would be the result of all four blades added up. However, the cutting diameter would only be 1 inch because the total width of the cut it deliver would only account for 2 blades.

While mechanical broadheads almost always have a much larger cutting diameter than fixed blade broadheads their total cut is often comparable.

# of Blades

The number of blades on a broadhead does two things, it:

  1. Increases your total cut (not diameter) and therefore your odds of slicing through a vital go up.
  2. It creates friction both while flying through the air which creates problems with flight and while passing through the animal which make it hard for your bolt to attain a pass through.

If a mechanical broadhead used a system where each blade deployed independently it would also increase the risk on a mechanical failure.

Leading Edge

The tip of your broadhead is often the last thing people look at but it should be a consideration, especially if you’re planning on hunt small game. If the objective is to attain maximum penetration and score a pass through a chisel or razor tip is what you want. If however your hunt small game and don’t want a complete pass through a blunt tip broadhead maybe a better option as it will attain the same result without wasting meat.

Weight

The ideal weight of your crossbow broadhead will depend on a few key factors:

  • Bolt – The length and weight distribution of your crossbow bolt will affect how heavy you want your broadhead to be. Lighter broadheads fly faster but their minimal weight  may not result in an optimal arrow Front of Center which will  hurt your accuracy.
  • Use – if you’re hunting very big game then maximum penetration is key. Therefore a heavier broadhead is recommended as it will deliver the most kinetic energy to your target. However if game isn’t excessively larger (bigger than a whitetail) then a pass through can be attained with lighter broadheads .
  • Your Crossbow – You need to make sure the broadhead and bolt combination meet or exceed with minimum requirements for your model. If they don’t your crossbow may not be able to handle the additional stresses and could result in similar results as a dry fire.

Cost

Most Fixed blade broadheads are reasonably priced and while quality can vary, a good set can get you through a lot of seasons with minimal added cost. On the other hand any crossbow broadheads with mechanical blades will usually be more expensive up front and by nature require tuning, parts and blade replacements.

Final Thought

Most crossbow broadheads will get the job done so this decision is going to come down to compatibility with your crossbow, the game your hunting and personal preference. Just make sure you put the time into dialing in whatever you choose and keep those grouping tights because at the end of the day it’s all going to come down to accuracy..

Product ReviewsTechnology

WASP Dueller

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The WASP Dueller 2 blade mechanical broadhead delivers a lethal combination of precision accuracy and versatility which sets it apart from the competition.

WASP Dueler features innovative Select-A-Cut technology, which gives hunters the ability to customize their cutting-diameter at 1.5” or 2+”. This can be done quickly in the field by simply rotating the innovative Select-A-Cut washer which controls the open cutting diameter of the two .036 stainless steel blades. The capability allows you to adjust the broadhead for different situations or game without having to modifying your crossbows setup.

The broadhead also features WASPs Stainless Smart Tip which features tip edges that are aligned with each blade, paving the way through anything that gets in its path. These tip are also built to last, as they’re pressed onto the ferrule to ensure they never come off or out of alignment.

The WASP Dueler mechanical components are smooth and the blade deploys using a high quality O-Ring system. This  system requires the least amount of energy to deploy, ensuring your bolt retains that energy for a pass through. The WASP O-Ring system is also extremely rugged. Made of super tough neoprene, the O-Ring material will never weather, crack or break down, even in freezing temperatures. This broadhead is designed for the crossbow of today and tomorrow. We tested the unit flawlessly at 380 FPS with one O-Ring but with the addition of a second, these broadheads can exceed crossbow speeds well over 400 FPS.

BROADHEAD BREAKDOWN:    WASP Dueler
BLADE TYPE  :    Mechanical
# BLADES  :    2
CUT DIAMETER  :    1.5″ or 2″
TOTAL CUT (Surface Area)  :    2″

Available at 100-grain, the WASP Dueler broadheads are an impressive tool and one every crossbow hunter should have at their disposal.

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WASP Crossbow Boss Broadhead

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The WASP Crossbow Boss broadhead is truly lethal, focusing on precision accuracy, aerodynamics and bone cracking penetration .

The WASP Crossbow Boss broadhead uses a fixed 3 blade design with a 1-1/8” cutting diameter. The vented blades are razor sharp, robust and offer reliable flight characteristics. It also uses a shorter ferrule to create an aerodynamic shape that will translate into tighter target grouping. To tip the unit WASP added the most durable trocar tip on the market. This will greatly improves your ability to penetrate big game and attain a pass through.

While these crossbow blades are tough WASP also offers Crossbow Boss Replacement Blades that will fit your Crossbow Boss Broadheads. Each pack contains 3 sets of replacement blades and are a cost effective solution to get you back in the hunt.

While broadheads with larger blades and fancy mechanical system are appealing, don’t forget that accuracy should be a number one priority. The Crossbow Boss focuses on broadhead fundamentals and excels in every category.

BROADHEAD BREAKDOWN    WASP Crossbow Boss BROADHEAD
BLADE TYPE  :    Fixed
# BLADES  :    3
CUT DIAMETER  :    1-1/8”
TOTAL CUT (Surface Area)  :    1.7″
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Technology

Slash INsetBlade Crossbow Bolts

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Slash INsetBlade crossbow bolts are not just an evolution, but a revolution in broadhead design.

Revolutionary hunting technologies are few and far between, which is why SLASH INsetBlade crossbow bolts are exploding in popularly. They’ve taken the effectiveness and efficiency of a mechanical broadhead and combined it with the dependability of a fixed blade.

While hybrid broadheads aren’t new, previous designs have experienced aerodynamic flaws. SLASH has engineered a system in which they’ve embedded their mechanical blades within the crossbow bolt shaft which results in improved flight performance and tighter groupings. It also allows them to utilize larger blades, which combined with the fixed blade broadhead results in a mind numbing 5.25 inches of total cutting surface area.

Lets explain exactly how this crossbow bolt works.

Before the mechanical blades deploy a 3 blade, 60 grain, 7/8″ cutting diameter broadhead is installed as a traditional crossbow broadhead. This fixed blade will cut first, opening the wound channel, breaking bones and increasing your chance for a pass through. As the fixed broadhead blazes a trail of destruction through the target, the shaft will follow along with the two massive inset mechanical blades held by a high strength o-ring. As the blades enter the target, they will deploy to create a 3 inch cutting diameter. In addition, the mechanical blades are aligned so that new tissue is being cut. Not only does this increase the total cutting capacity of the system but it results in a boring action through your target instead of a slice.

The SLASH INsetBlade bolts are designed for use on high-speed crossbows and have been successfully tested at speeds up to 430 FPS. All bolts use aluminum shafts and come from the factory in three different lengths 20”, 22” and 24 inches. The length of your crossbows rail will ultimately determine the set which is compatible. In addition all bolts come factory tuned and matched to ensure consistent flight performance. The SLASH crossbow set comes with 2 hunting bolts with broadheads, 1 practice bolt and an o-ring set.

Crossbow hunters have never been shy of adopting new technology. Those who choose to unload the SLASH INsetBlade bolts this season will be rewarded with blood trail to their trophy that is as wide as it is long.

BROADHEAD BREAKDOWN    SLASH INsetBlade Bolts
BLADE TYPE  :    Hybrid
# BLADES  :    5
CUT DIAMETER  :    3″
TOTAL CUT (Surface Area)  :    5.25″ *largest in class