During my bowhunting tenure, I’ve shot throngs of different mechanical broadheads. This is what I’ve found to be true: Many mechanical heads produce close-to-field-point accuracy at distances from 20 to 40 yards. Beyond 40, there is often a noticeable difference.
To build shooting confidence and create that “no doubt” feeling, I suggest single-arrow, broadhead tuning.
Take a single arrow that is field-point proven to a distance of 80 yards. Replace the field point with the mechanical broadhead of your choice. If you’re shooting a manufacturer’s broadhead that provides a practice point, be sure the practice point matches the flight of the actual point you’ll use in the field before relying fully on it.
Now that you’ve got a single broadhead-tipped projectile, shoot that arrow from 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70 and 80 yards. Of course, if necessary, make rest and sight adjustments. When you’re hitting single-arrow 10-rings from these distances, put a fresh ready-to-hunt broadhead on your arrow and put it in your quiver. That arrow is now ready for the fall.
Repeat this process with as many arrows as you see fit.
Single-arrow-tuning serves two critical purposes
- First, because you’re shooting only a single arrow at a time, there is no chance of arrow damage. Shooting groups with broadheads (or broadhead practice points) is never a good idea when it comes to arrow longevity.
- Second, shooting one arrow at time simulates a hunting situation and creates heightened focus. You aren’t simply putting in reps, you’re laser-focused on executing a perfect shot each and every time.