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I'm new to crossbows, is there really a difference in broad heads for crossbows, or is it just a marketing thing?
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There are lots of different brands and styles of broadheads in fixed and mechanical. Some will fly like field point providing they are the same weight as the field point. A person is better to sight in with what they plan to shoot with.

Some packages may be labelled for crossbow while others are not. I have broad heads from the 1980's that were shot with a vertical compound bow that work good with a crossbow.

Here are a few I would stay away from and my reasons why:
1)Allen Gunnison: these have a steel point that screws into an aluminum body. The point threads can cause the aluminum body to distort and the whole broadhead can come apart. I had good luck target shooting until one went through the broad head target with the point jamming into a piece of plywood I had for an addition backstop. Another broad head, one blade came out and is still in a Rinehart Rhino XL block target. The collar to tighten the blade is aluminum. I have found these in Wal Mart and Canadiantire.

2)Cold Steel Cheap Shot. These are a two blade, one piece. Hitting something hard (frozen ground) the blade teeth shear off and the threaded section can easily break, leaving this part in the insert. These were purchased directly from the company.

3)Sevr 100 grain. One is supposed to be able to close these blades and reset them from the open, locked position with the plastic included tool. No matter how I tried this failed. I had to take the holding screw part way out and re align the blade to close it. When in the locked open position, if a blade hits something hard, it will swing to try and pass the hard object. I have only used these for target practice, testing in the practice mode and in the hunting mode. Some have supplied good feed back on the larger head. With the larger size which has a longer blade, one may have more leverage to unlock and close these blades?? Mine were purchased directly from the company.

All the best.
 

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Some of the broadheads advertised as *crossbow* have larger diameter ferrules to better align with the shaft diameter of a crossbow arrow. Some may have heavier rated springs in them such as some of the Grim Reapers. And some, may be just advertising the fact that they are more speed rated. (roll eyes).

A lot of the non-crossbow rated broadhead do just fine as is.

You could always contact the manufacture and ask them why it's labeled as crossbow rated.

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And some mechanicals have stronger retentions bands or springs on the crossbow model to compensate for the greater surge and velocity of some crossbow. I used the standard Grim Reaper Whitetail Special with fantastica accuracy, and terminal performance in my 320 fps rated bow. The same broadhead opened prematurely resulting in poor accuracy and two wounded deer from my 360 fps rated bow. The Killzone Crossbow and CarniFour, intended for crossbows, do not open prematurely from my bows and are as accurate as field points. Most of the fixed heads are the same, some of the mechanicals are also, but more and more intended for crossbows have stronger retention mechanisms. Much as I like the GR Whitetail Special (shot a big buck with one this yr that went just 40 yards), I band them with 1/4" dental rubber bands just to be sure they stay closed until impact.
 
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