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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.

Step 1

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.

Product Tip: The new B.M.P. (Ballistic Match Point) that comes with each pack of G5 Outdoors’ Deadmeat broadheads does match the performance of its ready-to-leave-a-blood-trail broadhead brothers. I did the testing, and the B.M.P. (out to the tested distance of 80 yards) matched the exact flight of three separate Deadmeat heads.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

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