Muzzy Broadheads have earned a legendary reputation for superior strength and extreme accuracy. They combine high-grade aircraft-aluminum ferrules with scalpel-sharp blades for complete integrity in even the heaviest game. Their hollow-ground Trocar tip has become the standard in the industry for dependable bone-splitting performance. Muzzy has been pumping out quality heads for years and I was anxious to put the MX3 broadheads to the test.
The MX-3 head features three fixed interlocking blades that are .025” thick, producing a 1 ¼”cutting diameter. As with all Muzzy fixed blade heads, the MX-3 also has the Trocar tip that has set the standard in the industry for many years. The MX3 heads are in a glossy black finish with the words Muzzy MX3 imprinted on one side of the ferrule.
The packaging is clearly labeled containing three un-assembled 100 grain broadheads. In addition there are three practice blades, a broadhead wrench, precise instructions on assembly as well as a Muzzy decal. The blades (9 total) are packaged in a separate plastic container so the sharp edges are protected. The blades are razor sharp and easily shave the hairs on your arm. Fit and finish are of the highest standard. The Trocar tips secured the blades tightly when seated against the ferrule. There were no visible defects in workmanship and all of the components fit together tightly.
Assembly of each broadhead is relatively easy after reviewing the instructions. The three individual blades seat into channels cut into and along the aluminum ferrule. Each blade interlocks within the ferrule and are secured in place with the Trocar tip as it is tightened with the supplied broadhead wrench. This design creates “a solid column of metal” for added strength.
Prior to field evaluation, I weighed each MX-3 head to verify accurate weight. I found zero variance in the specified weight. To begin testing the MX-3, I screwed each of them into my Victory VAP 350 arrows with Goat-Tuff Opti-Vanes™ providing the steering. The total weight of each arrow with the 100-grain MX-3 was 368 grains. The bow I used for the evaluation was a Bear “Truth 2” with 70# draw weight and 29” draw length…using a Trophy Ridge DropZone rest. A quick spin test using my Pine Ridge Arrow Inspector showed all heads to be properly aligned with the arrow. This was followed by a paper test to assure proper tuning. Always tune your arrows and heads…un-tuned arrows may actually hit the same general area but improper flight will certainly translate into decreased penetration and perhaps a wounded animal.
The next phase of my evaluation included testing the MX-3 for shot accuracy and the need for sight adjustment from field tip to MX-3 broadhead.
Test 1: I launched 60 arrows into a Block target at 20 yards. Making sure to use arrows with the exact same weight with field tips and the MX-3 broadheads, I shot 30 arrows at 300 fps using my 100-grain field tips, and 30 arrows at 300 fps using the MX-3 broadheads. The results using the MX-3 100-grain heads were satisfactory, but slightly lower than my field tip groupings. I typically shoot less than 2-inch groups at 20 yards, and other than an occasional miss caused by shooter’s error, and the arrows equipped with MX-3 grouped as well as my arrows equipped with field tips, while using the same equipment and same total arrow weight for both trials. My groupings averaged 2” diameter at 20 yards. I did have to adjust my sights for the MX-3 heads to compensate for the lower groupings, but this is not unusual with fixed blade broadheads.
Test 2: I then launched 60 arrows from a 20-foot high treestand into a 3-D whitetail target with an orange dot at 30 yards. Once again, I shot 30 arrows using my 100-grain field tips, and 30 arrows using the MX-3 broadheads. The results shooting the MX-3 from the treestand were equally satisfactory when compared to the first test performed from the same level as the target. My groupings did expand slightly to an average of 3” at 30 yards, but the results were similar using both the field tips and the MX-3. Again, I had to adjust my sights to compensate for the difference in elevation with the MX-3s, but the groupings were consistent.
The MX-3 broadheads held up very well during the testing, and none of the heads loosened or showed excessive signs of wear after repeated trials.
Specifications as Tested:
• Overall blade length: 2 5/32 inch
• Weight: 100 grain
• Cutting Diameter: 1 1/4 inches
• Materials: .025” thick stainless steel blades
• Retail Price: $24.95 per three
The Muzzy MX-3 heads performed very well, and I have personally killed animals with Muzzy 3-blade heads in the past…so I have confidence in the brand and their ability to produce a quality head at an affordable price.
Pros: quality, accuracy, price
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