Full disclosure: When I initially brainstormed this article topic, I planned on highlighting three packs of broadheads priced at under $30. But I soon discovered it’s almost impossible to purchase broadheads — at least good ones — for that price anymore.

Sure, you can spend a lot more than this for a three pack of broadheads, but I hope to convince you it’s not mandatory. My hunting partners and I have had outstanding success with the heads listed here. I consider each one to be a “best buy”. In order by SRP, check them out below.

fixed-blade broadheadsLeading the pack in terms of big-performing broadheads for little money is the Muzzy 3 Blade Screw-In Broadhead. For $39.95 (SRP) you get a six pack. This is Muzzy’s most popular and best-selling head. It has 1-inch cutting diameter on the 75-grain model, and 1 3/16-inch cutting diameter on 100- and 125-grain heads. All models feature Trocar tips, .020-inch-thick SS blades and aluminum anodized ferrule. This proven compact design results in deep penetration on game. As a bonus, it generally flies great from almost any bow. And again, you get a six pack of heads for $39.95 SRP; it’s a killer value for a killer broadhead. Check out the video below for more on the Muzzy 3 Blade.

fixed-blade broadheadsThe Drone (left) from Wasp Archery comes in a three pack and includes two sets of replacement blades, all for $29.99. But don’t make the mistake of thinking you’re giving up performance for price. The solid-steel ferrule of this fixed-blade broadhead allows for a reduced surface area, which delivers outstanding accuracy, strength and penetration. I also like Wasp’s exclusive Stainless Smart Tip (SST) and legendary razor-sharp blades. The pressed-on tip is always aligned with the blades, and it creates a straight-cutting path for the blades to follow. The head has a cutting diameter of 1 1/8 inches, and most shooters say that the Drone flies as well as their field points. It is available in 100 or 125 grains.fixed-blade broadheads

The Slick Trick Standard Broadhead (right) carries an SRP of $42.99, but you get a four pack instead of a three pack, so the cost-per-head is similar to that of the Wasp Drone. Unlike the Drone or the Muzzy 3 Blade mentioned previously, the Slick Trick Standard has four blades. You’ll notice the perfect symmetry with this broadhead, which I believe results in outstanding flight and extreme penetration. It cuts a four-blade hole measuring 1 inch across, and Slick Trick claims that this four-blade design results in 18 percent more cutting area than a seemingly larger three-blade head with 1 1/8-inch cutting diameter. For what it’s worth, the blood trails I’ve experienced after placing a Slick Trick Standard through the chest cavity of a deer have been short and easy to follow. It is available in 85, 100 or 125 grains.

fixed-blade broadheadsLast but certainly not least is the broadhead I used last season in South Dakota to arrow a decent-sized 4×4 over a doe decoy. The 4-Blade Magnus Stinger Buzzcut (left) is priced at $39.99 for a three pack. Cutting diameter varies depending on weight; the 85-grain head is 7/8-inch wide, the 100-grain is 1 1/16 inches, and the 125- and 150-grain 4-Blade Stinger Buzzcuts are 1 1/8-inch wide. At first glance it’s easy to see what sets the Buzzcut apart from other heads on the market: It features a chisel-cut serrated main blade, which results in superior penetration and massive tissue damage. For me, after a well-placed shot it’s really been “follow the red-brick road” to find my deer. Two final comments: This head comes with a lifetime replacement guarantee (that is not a misprint), and in extensive testing with compounds and crossbows, I’ve rarely found fixed-blade broadheads that fly better than Magnus Stinger Buzzcuts.

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The author used a 125-grain Magnus Stinger Buzzcut to drop this rutting South Dakota whitetail as the buck circled a doe decoy.

Honorable Mentionsfixed-blade broadheads

Even though the SRPs for these two heads from G5 Outdoors takes them out of the category defined in this article’s title, I want to mention them in case you find a few extra dollars in the cushions of your couch. The three-blade, one-piece G5 Montec ($41.95 for a three pack; left) is legendary when it comes to its toughness; there are no components to assemble or replace. fixed-blade broadheadsAnd you can re-sharpen it, too. It’s available in 85, 100 and 125 grains.

For only a buck more ($42.99 for a three pack; right), G5 offers its premium replaceable-blade Striker in either 100 or 125 grains. It has a cutting diameter of 1 1/8 inches, three super-sharp Lutz blades and the accuracy is outstanding.