My Needs in a Broadhead

By: Luke Clayton

In Texas, hunting season never closes. Summer is prime time for hunting exotic game animals and one of my favorite times to hunt hogs. If your plan is to arrow a big buck or fat doe this October, now is not a minute too soon to hone your skills. I shoot my bows year around for relaxation and fun but also to keep my skills sharp for hunting. I am especially happy with my Mathews Helium. Having been on the Mathews Pro Staff for a long time, I’ve shot them all. Year after year, I find myself wondering what can be done to improve upon the current model and year after year, I keep getting pleasantly surprised!

Innerloc’s BAT (Blade alignment technology) makes aligning the broad head’s blades with the arrow’s vanes as easy as a quick turn of an Allen wrench. Photo by Luke Clayton

I am often asked about broad heads, what my favorite style and brand is. I’ve done things differently in my bow hunting career. Most older bow hunters began shooting fixed broad heads and then tried mechanicals. I did things just the opposite. I began shooting a big, two blade mechanical that opens on impact to a huge 2.75 inch diameter. I like the mechanicals because they flew exactly like my field points. I stayed with these for many years until I discovered a quality 3 blade mechanical broad head that performed better for me, both in flight and harvesting game.

Innerloc (www.innerloc.com) has a complete line of broad heads, both fixed and mechanical and after experimenting with them the past year, I am impressed. The company is owned by the Sullivan family who has a long and positive career in designing and manufacturing broad heads and other archery gear. The Sullivans don’t just product broad heads, they are shooters and hunters. Their products have to prove their merit before they hit the market.

One reason I shunned fixed broad heads is the fact that I could never get them to shoot to the same point of impact as my practice field points and trust me, I have spent many frustrating hours trying! I would have to adjust the sights on my bow for shooting the fixed broad heads and then re-adjust when practicing with field points. Enter the 3 blade Carbon Tuner 100 grain broad head with BAT (Blade Alignment Technology). With a quick turn of an Allen wrench, the blades can be indexed to match the vanes on the arrow. No gimmicks or bells or whistles, just a simple mechanical fact that is basic in design and highly effective in practice. Indexing the broad head’s blades with the arrow’s vanes makes a huge difference in the flight of the arrow.

I was happily surprised when I began shooting these fixed broad heads. They flew exactly like my practice points from the first shot. I have great confidence in the Innerloc mechanical, which is called the Innerloc XP. There are no O rings to break, the blades are held in place with a built in clip. I’ve taken several hogs and one deer with these innovative mechanicals and had excellent success with them. This fall, I plan to load my quiver with both the Innerloc mechanicals and fixed broad heads. Finally, I have found a fixed blade that meets my needs: It’s well constructed and flies exactly like my field points! Its blades come razor sharp and the broad head is connected from the tip to threads with a bolt of steel.

There is no ‘built in’ weakness because of a hollow tube between the tip and the back of the broad head. This fact alone is enough to make bow hunters stand up and take notice. My new broad heads are made by the Sullivan family who stake their long standing stellar reputation on their products. After much testing, I am 100% sold and will have no other broad heads in my quiver. My search has ended!

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2 Responses to "My Needs in a Broadhead"

  1. Rudolph Ferdinand   2012/07/29 at 10:08 pm

    The Innerloc broadheads with BAT, they shoot great, but G5 Montec broadhead will do the same, both are great broadheads for a fix head for hunting.

  2. D.Grant   2012/07/30 at 11:44 am

    Very cool, I’m going with the NAP Killzones this year but might give these a try for next season on my Elk hunt.