Cheap Vs Expensive Broadheads?

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  1. CaptainHaddock

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    Hi.

    Archery is a hobby of mine, over here in the UK. Hunting with a bow is illegal.

    But I had a question regarding Broadheads.

    I was looking at the G5 Montec Broadheads from the USA.

    And the cheap Chinese Montec Broadheads

    Whats the difference?

    [Presumably its something to do with the steel and heat treat?
    And not just the fact stuff is far cheaper to produce in China?]

    Thanks.
     
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    Depends. Most bh’s sold in the USA are made in China. Knock offs could good,bad or indifferent. Rage bh’s are made in China, assembled here. There are knock offs made in the same plant for about 2 bucks apiece with shipping. Branded heads are about 15.00 each.
     
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    Really?! Surely those cheap ones cannot be as good as the originals?!!!!

    Surely someone on here must have tried both side by side, and come to some conclusions?

    I assumed the ananlogy would be like buying cheap damascus steel from pakistan, compared to damasteel made in sweden?

    You know, apples and oranges!

    No?
     
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    It took me a long time to learn this but I will pass it along just so others might benefit from my tinkering and wasting of money. Here goes:
    • Broadheads ARE NOT knives
    • Edge RETENTION is NOT important
    • Easy to sharpen IS important
    • I repeat - Broadheads ARE NOT knives
    I have spent a good bit of money and time trying to figure out what broadhead is the best for a given situation. And, I've come to realize that it simply doesn't matter. A broadhead has to be shaving sharp ONE TIME - it really doesn't matter if that edge gets boogered up or jacked up after that, so long as that ONE TIME that it hits flesh that it is sharp enough to penetrate and cut. So, for a hunting broadhead, you can use nearly anything that you can get sharp, just like our forefathers have done for centuries. Anything from a sharpened pointy rock to shards of iron to flattened spoons to precision CNC cut surgical steel to high carbon magic metal - doesn't matter as long as it's hella sharp ONE TIME.

    Now, if your collecting, that might be a different story, one I can't speak to much about. But, for hunting, just use what you can get the sharpest for that one big moment and call it good.
     
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    Thanks for the reply sidmand.
     
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    \ok, looks good but what the hell is 'space age polymer?'
     
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    Plastic. ;)
     
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    I used a $2 cheap Chinese single blade broadhead to kill a doe a 45yds this year. Barnett Ghost 375, one shot is all that was needed. The broadhead wasn’t the sharpest or the toughest I’ve used, and it cannot be reused since it is now bent. It did pass through the shoulder bone and the complete deer, 30 yds to recovery. Accurate and deadly. 10 more to go.
     
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    And me just ordering some G5 Strikers today :rolleyes:
    They were recommended though. And I'm big on following suit... like a lemming :D
     
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    I’ve been using broadheads that cost $4 each. They work well. I don’t see the need to spend much on something that is designed to be used once. As long as the cheap ones are accurate and drop the game I’m hunting, I’ll stick with the cheap ones.
     
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    I've been using the same heads for many many years. Bears, Zwickeys, and Snuffers may cost more up front, but if you don't lose them you will never wear them out. Pull them out of the ground, sharpen them up, wash off the blood and go again.
     
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    I have used blood runners 2 from nap they are really easy to sharpen.
    Prov 27 : 17
     
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    Always used the old bear razor heads and the Magnus stingers.
    Tough as tanks , I practice with Em too. Still have some of my dads
    With his Kodiak magnum bow and microflite arrows
     
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    I cant afford to be shooting expensive heads, but I darn sure ain't gonna be buying cheap chinese heads either. A good middle of the road head like a Zwickey Delta, Ace Standard or Grizzly Bruin will sharpen easily with a file and hold together if it hits bone is what I will shoot. They are about 35-40 dollars for 6. That's pretty darn reasonable. Buy decent stuff. Don't be fooled by a high price tag and stay away from cheap Chinese junk.
     
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    If a guy does his research, he will see that a lot of the big name broadheads like rage, are made in China also. They start off in the U.S , then find a much higher profit is to be had by using China. So the knock offs might not be as repulsive . Go by performance . Most archers hunt only till gun season comes in. The deticated bow hunters who hunt all season with the bow mite shoot 6 broadheads give or take a few, every year. Do your research.
     

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