Earlier this year, I purchased a new bow and have been shooting a lot to get comfortable with how it handles. Once I had everything in spec, I paper tuned and walk-back tuned the bow. Up to this point everything was going very well and I was pumped about my new rig. It was in the next step – broadhead tuning – when things fell apart.
Expandable Broadheads Should Expand.
I built my own arrow target a while back, and I love it. It’s huge (36″ x 36″) and after more than a thousand shots it’s still looking good. The only problem with my homemade target is that I can only shoot field tipped arrows into it. For broadheads, I use a Block Classic target. It works great at stopping broadheads and can take a lot of abuse over it’s lifetime.
My first arrow of the broadhead tuning session whipped through the air and buried into the target right where it was supposed to. The second and third broadhead tipped arrows performed equally as well. I set my bow down and began walking the 30 yards towards the target to assess any problems. I knelt down to look and was very pleased with how the arrows flew.
Last year, I used one of these same broadheads to take a nice doe at the end of archery season. I had broadhead tuned my last bow with them, and knew these to fly true with field tips. This year looked like it would be no different with all three arrows within the white dots of the target. For accuracy, they passed the test with an A+. It was what happened on the back side of the target that put a big fat “F” on them.
When I flipped the target over to unscrew the broadheads and pull my arrows, only 1 of the 3 had expanded. A 66% failure rate on expansion. If my foam target doesn’t provide enough friction to expand the head, I am not confident about shooting them at an animal! No way.
I was done. They found their way into a nearby trashcan and the hunt for a new broadhead for 2013 began that night.
What was I going to choose? I had plenty of time to do my homework and research my options. I started searching and pulling up articles and videos I had watched coming out of the ATA show back in January. I’m addicted to that kind of stuff. The ATA show is a place where all the archery industry gathers to reveal new products, technologies, offerings, partnerships, etc. It’s awesome, and I gorge myself.
It’s sort of like the county baking fair, and I’m the fat kid with his stretchy pants on during those 3 days every year
To say the least, I already had a short list in mind.
The 2013 Broadhead Short List.
#1 – The Rage Hypodermic – Just released for 2013. In the past, I always had mixed emotions about Rage broadheads. I watched a video of Jarred from Whitetail Adrenaline miss a monster buck because a blade on his Rage popped out of place right before a shot. I’d also heard some guys saying they had penetration problems, yada yada. It looks like for 2013 the guys behind Rage listened to their customers and have perfected the design. I was very pleased with the idea behind this one, and wanted to try it out.
#2 – Trophy Taker Ulmer Edge – Randy Ulmer designed it huh? Sold! That’s about all it would take for me. Honestly, I probably think a little too highly of Randy Ulmer. But, if you spend a few minutes looking through picture after picture of his hunts you’ll understand. The guy is a master archer, an accomplished hunter, and I take his advice seriously. If he designed this head, then it must be worth a look. Add to Ulmer the fact that he teamed up with Trophy Taker and you have a guaranteed winner.
#3 – The Muzzy Trocar – The simple, effective, trusted Muzzy 3 blade got a facelift for 2013. It looked like muzzy had taken their popular MX-3 broadhead (which I have used to kill a few different animals) and upgraded it with a solid steel ferrule and offset blades. Fixed blade broadheads are known for requiring specific tuning due to wind drift. The exposed head cuts into the air, effecting the vanes’ ability to control the arrow. With their new offset, Muzzy seems to have solved the fixed blade drift problem.
After looking at my three top pics, I decided to go with the Muzzy. Maybe it’s because the Muzzy 3 blade was the first broadhead I ever used and I’m sentimental. It might be because the Muzzy company is headquartered just 30 miles from my house and I like to support the local economy. It might just be because the muzzy’s were in stock. For whatever reason, I laid the credit card down and brought home a pack of the new Muzzy Trocar Broadheads.
Pros: Things I Like About the New Muzzy Trocar.
Accuracy. It really does fly well. I had some Muzzy 3 blades a few years back that would drift on me. The new offset blade design on these Trocars seem to have eliminated that problem. I was able to shoot 50 yards with the same performance as a field point without any extra tuning. That’s saying a lot for a fixed blade broadhead. The .035 helical spin on the blades makes a big difference. Two thumbs up to Muzzy on true field point accuracy!
Strength. The solid steel ferrule is beefy. When you spin one of these onto the end of your arrow, you instantly feel a little more like Rambo than you did a few seconds prior. I suspect these will hold up to multiple seasons worth of abuse if properly cleaned.
Thick Blades. These are seriously thick blades. They are a big improvement over the standard Muzzy 3 blade version. After more than a dozen shots into my block target, and one into some dirt, the blades still look great and are holding an edge. Thicker and with a 1 & 3/16″ cutting diameter, the new blades are a win!
Quality. Anyone who picks up one of these new Trocar Broadheads is going to feel the quality immediately. The fit and finish on the machining and construction is top notch. There is no denying the quality Muzzy is putting into these, and as a customer I appreciate it.
Cartersville, GA. I can’t help but love that Muzzy is located just a short 30 minute drive from my house. It always feels good to support the local economy, especially with other bowhunters. There are several good products coming out of Georgia nowdays. I might be shooting an all-Georgia rig before I know it.
Cons: Where the Trocar is Lacking.
Set Screw. I have a lot of allen wrenches. A lot. Too many, really. I even have a precision set of tiny ones. And even I, with all my allen wrenched wealth, do not have an allen wrench small enough to remove the set screw for the blades on the Muzzy Trocars. A small one included in the packaging would be a nice touch. After I buried the head into the dirt, and was trying to clean it, this tiny screw became a problem.
Blades. Although the Trocar appears to have replaceable blades, I’m not sure it does. I do not see replacement blades listed anywhere on the internet, nor on Muzzy’s site. The set screw is tiny and perhaps they do not provide a wrench because they do not intend for it to be removed. Replaceable blades is a trademark of the Muzzy design and I can’t imagine they would waver from that now. Hopefully as more of these are sold, the replacement blades will be more readily available.
Conclusion: The Muzzy Trocar is a Winner!
I am pleased with the new Trocar broadheads from Muzzy. They have upped their game this year and I’m excited to see what else they have coming down the pipe. Stay tuned to RusticMan during deer season and look for updates on how the new Trocar preforms!
Do you have any questions about the Trocar that I didn’t answer? Post it in the comments below and I will do my best to help!
What broadhead are you using this year?