Broadhead Selection and Recommendations
These are general recommendations. Every setup is different so please test for yourself and discover what works best for you. Reach out to us if you require specific help.
- If you are on the fence about which Annihilator to shoot, the vast majority of Annihilator customers shoot our standard size 100 grain broadhead which means the vast majority of reviews you may have read or photos you have seen regarding our heads are most likely from experience with our standard size heads.
- Standard size Annihilators should not require much if any broadhead tuning and can be shot with smaller lower profile vanes. On average they will penetrate only slightly deeper into ballistic than the XLs.
- Annihilator XLs will be slightly more forgiving with shot placements due to the larger cut diameter. They do produce larger holes in animals than the standard size Annihilators. For those wanting field point accuracy out to 50 plus yards, you may experience some drop if your arrow speeds are less than 285 ft/s depending on your vane configurations. The slower the arrow speed the more this is compounded. To fix the drop, you can move your vanes back towards the nock a bit to adjust the center of pressure on the arrow. You can also try lighter-weight vanes in a 3 fletch with longer or taller vanes to generate more lift in the back to match the lift generated in the front by the larger surface area of that broadhead. Adding hard a helical may increase drop at longer distances given helical is meant to speed up the twist rate of the arrow faster off the bow but also slows down the arrow faster than a non-helical at distance.
Tuning and Set Up
- Every archer should walk back / french tune their rest before shooting broadheads. Paper tuning is only a start. Bare shaft tuning is an excellent next step (start at 10 yards then go to 20) but walk back tuning is the final step to fine tuning your bow and preparing for shooting broadheads. If you are unfamiliar with walk back tuning, there are tons of videos and articles available online which can be found with a quick Google or Youtube search. It takes ~15 minutes to do and will ensure your arrows cast off your rest properly. No matter which broadheads you shoot, you'll be able to tell the difference between broadheads that truly fly left and right like field tips vs those that don't. It also helps with left and right long range accuracy.
- For every shooter, we recommend a total point weight of 150 grains or higher or 13% FOC or higher including the point and insert/outsert. This will help cause your arrow to fly closer to a true ballistic trajectory so it has an increased penetration efficiency as it enters an animal and more stability in flight. This is our recommendation no matter which broadhead you shoot.
- Crossbow and traditional bow shooters should consider higher FOC options like 125 grain heads or heavier or add more point weight with heavier inserts.