January 11, 2023
By Jace Bauserman
I’ve seen bowhunters go through broadheads as caffeine addicts go through coffee blends. My advice has always been to stick with the broadhead that gives you confidence and fills your freezer regularly. However, if you’re looking to change things up or are a newcomer to the bowhunting woods, the options to come won’t let you down. Those who do sling proven heads need to look at this list as well, as many original models have been given facelifts for 2023.
Rage NC Technology
Improving on perfection is hard, but that hasn’t stopped Feradyne’s relentless drive to produce a lineup of broadheads renowned for their field-point-like accuracy, penetration, durability, and uncanny ability to put big-game animals down quickly. For 2023, Rage adds its proven N.C. (No Collar) Technology to a trio of Rage classics. The original blood-trail master Rage 2-Blade, 2-Blade Chisel-Tip, and Crossbow X broadheads now sport N.C. Technology, which means no more clips. N.C. Technology keeps blades secure in the ferrule until the rearward-deploying blades are ready to expand.
Swhacker #282 Hank Parker Signature Series
Swhacker’s original #202 is firmly rooted in broadhead lore and has been a popular quiver-filler during its tenure. The new-for-2023 #282 takes the features of the tried-and-true #202 and gives bowhunters even more reasons to thread this 125-grain head into their shafts. Named after legendary outdoorsman Hank Parker, Swhacker’s #282 features Blade-Lock Technology, allowing users to practice with the same broadhead they plan to hunt with. When set in practice mode, the blades will not deploy, but once the Blade-Lock set screw is removed and the Hunt-Ready Plug is added, this mechanical broadhead is field ready. When open, the #282 expands to a whopping 2.25 inches.
Easton Match Grade Field Points
No, they aren’t broadheads, but we promise they are worth mentioning. Easton’s Match Grade Field Points showcase an elongated tangent ogive shape that mimics that of a bullet. It’s no secret hardcore rifle shooters pay close attention to a bullet’s ballistic coefficient; the better a bullet’s B.C., the better its ability to overcome air resistance in flight and find its mark. The same holds in archery. Bowhunting is a game of inches, and the point’s build ensures maximum accuracy at ranges long and short, and the Match Grade comes in 8-32 threads in five popular diameters to ensure a perfect point-to-insert-to-shaft bond. Points are available in 100- and 125-grain models, and the 11/32-diameter point also comes in a 150-grain model.
Wasp SharpShooter 200
The newest fixed-blade member to Wasp’s fine lineup of big-game wreckers, the SharpShooter 200 is a meat-and-potatoes 200-grain broadhead designed to create more F.O.C. and give your arrow a little more oomph on impact. The SharpShooter 200 is a single (right-hand) bevel head that promises increased kinetic energy and maximum penetration.
$53.99 3/pack; wasparchery.com
Ramcat Hemoshock & Hemoshock DP
Air Foil Technology from Ramcat is nothing new, but why go away from a good thing? If it’s not broken, don’t fix it; make it better. For 2023, Air Foil remains, but Ramcat has added Firenock Aero Concentric Technology (F.A.C.T.) to its Hemoshcok & Hemoshock DP broadheads. The two technologies boost accuracy and allow the heads to hit like a tank on impact due to the air mass they create. Add in the 2-3/4-inch expandable cutting surface, and you will have the most prominent, accurate, and largest cutting Ramcat ever made. The Hemoshock DP gives bowhunters increased penetration regardless of their draw weight or produced energy. The D.P. will be available in May of 2023.
$44.99 3 pack; ramcatbroadheads.com
Trophy Taker Shuttle T-LOK Maverick
Trophy Taker’s original T-LOK is a winner, and many in the fixed-blade broadhead camp shoot or have shot this uber-tough, uber-accurate head. The Maverick is the T-LOK on steroids. Trophy Taker has added a fourth blade to give the broadhead an increased cutting surface. The fourth blade hushes this already quiet head even more and provides a 1 3/16-inch cutting diameter and an overall cutting surface of over 3 inches.
$44.99 3 pack; trophytaker.com
Slick Trick Torch
Fitted with a titanium Silver Tip and engineered around the concepts of accuracy, durability, and lethality, Slick Trick’s single-bevel blade Torch is sure to paint the forest floor red. A double-faceted internal Deadbolt Deployment mechanism locks the Torch’s rear-deploying blades, so there is no need for collars or O-rings. The slim ferrule marries with the Silver Tip to create excellent flight, and on impact, the blades swing open to create a 2-inch wound channel.
$49.99 3 pack; slicktrick.net
Iron Will Single Bevel Broadheads
Fixed-blade broadhead lovers cling to Iron Will like a bee to a hive. Why wouldn’t they? After only a few years, this fixed-blade kingpin has created a monster, and its tough-as-nails heads have proven ultra-sharp, accurate, and effective in the field. Engineered to help arrows maintain rotational spin throughout impact, Iron Will’s Single Bevel Broadheads are fitted with single bevel bleeder blades. The cut is designed to be rectangular because a rectangular-shaped cut won’t close. Iron Will’s Single Bevel Broadheads are covered under Iron Will’s lifetime warranty when shot in a hunting situation.
This fixed-blade broadhead was crafted to ensure right-now stopping power in an innovative design. A razor-sharp ring has been added to the back of the broadhead to create a 1-inch hole through the animal. As for accuracy, Fire In The Hole notes the ring acts like a stabilizer and disrupts airfoil.
$39.97 3 pack; firenthehole.com