Five fixed-mechanical combo broadheads tested and ranked
than ever are shooting hybrid broadheads, and for good reason. They combine the “it will always cut” reliability of a fixed-blade with the massive cutting diameter of a mechanical. In putting these five hybrids to the test, some of which are brand-new, we found a suite of broadheads that fly great and cut huge holes in stuff—but with enough differences among them to make things interesting.
1.BLOODSPORT GRAVEDIGGER $40 for 3 bloodsportarchery.com
The Gravedigger flew well and the blades were sharp. Consistency between each head was excellent. The fixed blades have a 1-inch diameter, and the mechanical blades open to 2 inches. The retention system was mildly concerning. Instead of relying on O-rings or bands, users “tune” deployment by adjusting a tiny hex screw.
2.MUZZY HB-TI $50 for 3 feradyne.com/muzzy-broadheads
This head is crazy stout, with beefy, easy-to-replace blades. There are no O-rings or retention collars to mess with. Arrow flight and durability were excellent. The fixed blades are a single-bevel design, which I like, but serrations make them difficult to resharpen. The mechanical blades are strong, though not as sharp as they should be for the price.
3.RAGE X-TREME 4 BLADE $30 for 2 feradyne.com/rage-broadheads
The X-treme has an obscene cutting surface (3-plus inches), making it the biggest cutter in the test, even though the fixed blades are only 7∕8 inch wide. That cutting surface comes at a cost, both financially and structurally. It was the only head that failed the tire test: One blade snapped as it passed through the first layer. Plus, replacing the blades is anything but simple.
4.SWHACKER HYBRID $50 for 3 swhacker.com
This head features thick, stout blades that were plenty sharp. But the heatshrink-style ring that keeps the blades folded in flight is also strong—so strong, in fact, that I wondered if the mechanical blades will deploy when they hit a deer’s soft vitals. To test this, I shot into the center of a much-used layered target with each broadhead. All but the Swhacker deployed.
5.GRIM REAPER HYBRID $40 for 3 grimreaperbroadheads.com
These strong, durable heads combine a 1 3∕16-inch fixed-blade cut with a 1 1∕2-inch cut from the mechanicals. The deployment system is outstanding, using an internal spring system rather than O-rings or bands. This does make blade replacement a bit challenging, however. They also exhibited some planing issues—not surprising given the fixed-blade width.