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Hunting & Archery

Best Arrows

Arrows and crossbow bolts are quite similar but crossbow bolts are usually shorter and are fletched differently than arrows. Regardless of whether you are using arrows or bolts the shafts are mostly likely made from some form of carbon composite because of their combination of lightweight and superior strength compared with other materials. Fixed blade broadheads are arrowheads with a straightforward and effective design for hunting game. The mechanical broadheads have prongs that deploy on impact to increase penetrating power. Both types of arrowheads have pros and cons and usually hunters will develop a preference for one after experimenting with them.

Carbon Express Crossbolts

The wrapped carbon construction of the Carbon Express Crossbolts give you excellent strength and stability. Not only will they hold up to heavy use, but they will stay in a useable condition so you can make consistent shots. The spines are weighted for consistent performance, whether you are target shooting or hunting. You can choose from 20" or 22" bolts depending on your particular circumstances. These crossbow bolts are great for reliability and accuracy, so you can make the most of your shots.

Barnett Outdoors Carbon Crossbow 20-Inch Arrows with Field Points

Barnett's Carbon Crossbow Arrows are each fitted with field points for better performance. These points offer better penetrating power than many similar arrows. The extra penetrating power means you can use these arrows to hunt larger game. Both the 20" and 22" arrows feature moon nocks. They are constructed with carbon composites for strength and durability so they will remain in good condition after several uses.

Victory X-Bolt Crossbow Bolt

Victory's X-Bolt crossbow bolts are highly polished to make removal from targets easier. This means they are less likely to be damaged, so you can reuse them. The highly polished carbon shafts provide maximum strength and dependability. However, accuracy is the bottom line and the 4" vanes and the half moon nock help stabilize the bolts and improve their flight characteristics. This will improve your accuracy whether you are hunting or on the target range.

PSE TAC Carbon Crossbow Bolt

Although the PSE TAC crossbow bolts are designed to be used with PSE TAC crossbows, they are compatible with other crossbows as well. The 26-1/4" bolts are longer than many of the standard bolts. The extra length gives you more stable flight characteristics to help you improve accuracy. These are a good choice when you want a little extra range and power.

Carbon Express CX Crossbow Bolt

The carbon construction of the Carbon Express CX crossbow bolts makes them lightweight and durable. They will stay in good condition with multiple uses on the target range or the hunt. The fletching has 4" vanes for extra stability in flight to help improve accuracy. The set includes both flat back and half moon nocks. This is a good all around bolt that you can rely on for consistent performance.

Muzzy 3-Blade Fixed Blade Broadhead

Muzzy 3-Blade Fixed Blade Broadhead

When it is penetrating power you want, the Muzzy's 3-Blade Fixed Broadhead is a good choice. This 125 grain arrowhead is made from hardened stainless steel. The TroCar tips penetrate deep and can do a lot of damage to bone and other structures. You can easily switch out a practice blade for a hunting blade, so you will always be ready to take a shot.

NAP Thunderhead Broadhead

The 125 grain high carbon steel tips on these Thunderhead broadheads give you durability and penetrating power. These blades feature a Diamize Edge that is extra sharp and maintains its edge. The patented scooped out Slimline ferrule improves flight characteristics for consistent accuracy. These arrowheads offer a good mix of accuracy and penetrating power.

RedHead Blackout Fixed-Blade Broadhead

RedHead Blackout Fixed-Blade Broadhead

Redhead's Blackout fixed blades are sharp and durable arrowheads. They achieve this with a strong stainless steel ferrule you can rely on. The patented Monoflow technology improves strength and performance for better accuracy. They feature cut on contact tips to give you increased penetration.

Muzzy MX-3 Fixed Blade Broadheads

Muzzy MX-3 Fixed Blade Broadheads

The MX-3 Broadhead from Muzzy Is designed to create significant wounds to game. This means there likely to be a prominent blood trail for you to track. The MX-3 accomplishes this with several features such as the hardened steel hollow ground TroCar tip. It also has interlocking blades in an aluminum ferrule for better stability.

Slick Trick Fixed-Blade Broadheads

Slick Trick Fixed-Blade Broadheads

The four blade design of Slick Trick's fixed blade broadhead helps improve your accuracy. A compact, one-piece Rhinosteel ferrule gives you strength and stability. The patented Alcatraz Blade lock system increases penetrating power to maximize your chances of a successful hunt. This blade offers strength and stability in a unique compact design.

NAP Spitfire Edge Broadhead

The Spitfire Edge broadheads from NAP deploy consistently to give you extra penetrating power. They feature Diamize blades that are specifically designed to cut through soft flesh as well as bone. The offset blades give you a 1-3/4" cutting diameter for larger exit wounds and prominent blood trails.

G5 T3 Mechanical Broadhead 100 Grain Stainless Steel

G5's T3 mechanical broadhead features a stainless steel ferrule for strength and durability. Spider clips replace rubber bands and O-rings on the T3. These clips allow you to adjust blade tension on each broadhead. The newer clip technology lets you shoot faster than the older technologies.

Rage Chisel 3 Blade 100 Grain 1.5 Inch

The Chisel 3 from Rage offers very good penetrating power with a 3" cutting diameter. This broadhead cuts through bone with its chisel point. When the tip penetrates the hide the rear-deploying SlipCam extends the blades for maximum damage. The ShockLock blade-retention system uses an O-ring as a shock absorber for the blades for added durability.

Redhead Blackout Mechanical Broadheads

Redhead Blackout Mechanical Broadheads

The micro-grooved SlimLine ferrule gives Redhead's Blackout increased accuracy. With 2 expandable Diamize stainless steel blades you get a 2" cutting diameter. The hardened Trophy Tips are designed to penetrate hide and bone. These blades give you a good chance of putting your target down.

NAP Blood Runner 2 Blade Expandable Broadhead

NAP Blood Runner 2 Blade Expandable Broadhead

NAP's Blood Runner has a low-profile design offers good flight characteristics for better accuracy. This broadhead is designed to be deadly whether it is open or closed. However, when it is open it provides a 2-1/16" cutting diameter for good stopping power. This broadheadcombines accuracy with power for all-around performance.

Carbon Express PileDriver Hunter Arrows

The PileDriver from Carbon Express is the heaviest arrow they offer. With the weight forward technology you get an arrow that is as accurate as it is powerful. It is designed for hunting big game and the power of this arrow will help you put your target down. The PileDriver is a heavy-duty arrow that will stand up to heavy use.

Cabela's Outfitter Arrows

Cabela's Outfitter Arrows

Although Cabela's Outfitter Arrows have a smaller diameter, they boast an increased kinetic energy density. This means you get a lighter arrow that still packs a punch. The N-fused carbon technology combines increased accuracy and strength. High performance inserts improve arrow alignment further improve the accuracy.

Berman ICS Bowhunter Carbon Arrows

Berman ICS Bowhunter Carbon Arrows

Berman uses the C2 carbon composite to construct strong arrows with improved energy retention. The energy retention means you will get very good penetrating power. These arrows are fletched with three 5" TrueFlight turkey feathers that deliver speed and stability. The Direct-fit Super Nock fitted to each arrow makes loading and firing quicker and easier.

Easton Carbon Ion Arrows w/2" Blazer Vanes

Easton Carbon Ion Arrows w/2" Blazer Vanes

Designed for short draw shooters, Easton's Carbon Ion arrows have low profile shafts that reduce wind drifting. These arrows do not compromise performance for archers who use lighter poundages. The arrows are constructed to your specifications with either 2" Blazer vanes or Tiger Stripe Vanes. These arrows are stable in flight and provide consistent accuracy.

Cabela's Stalker Extreme Carbon Arrows with Blazer Vanes

Cabela's Stalker Extreme Carbon Arrows offer plenty of features to make this a good all around arrow. A microsmooth surface keeps these arrows quiet when drawn. The straightness factor has been improved so you can expect consistent performance. The 6 grain, 2" Blazer vanes give the arrows good stability in flight so the result is increased accuracy.

Michael Phelps
I have written numerous fitness and sports related articles for sites like eHow.com and Livestrong.com. I have participated in a wide range of sports competitions including marathons, triathlons and powerlifting meets. As a certified hunter I have gained experience with a number of firearms and other equipment used for hunting.
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