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Thorn Crown Broadheads Review | King of the Broadhead Hill?

Talk about a crazy, wicked looking, innovative broadhead!

I first saw the Thorn Crown broadheads at the Archery Trade Association (ATA) show and talking with the original designer.

When I finally got my hands on them, I couldn’t wait to put them to the test to see if they were the real deal.

It kind of looks like a mace, a medieval weapon.

thorn crown broadhead closeup
Here, you get a close-up look at the Thorn Crown. I mean this is one crazy-looking broadhead. I love innovation from Thorn. This is 125-grain model. It’s an 8-blade broadhead. And you can see all 8 blades are aligned helically and make a star pattern.

Typically, I like broadheads to have a really wide cutting diameter, rather than a concentrated cut. However, I’ve never killed anything with an 8-blade broadhead, and I’m imagining that it would make a hole that is pretty difficult to close up.

Each of the blades are stainless steel and are 0.040 inch thick. So, they are really thick blades. They are arranged with the smallest diameter first, 5/8 of an inch, then 6/8 of an inch, 7/8 of an inch, and 1-inch. So, that’s where you get the total of 3.25 inches of cut.

That’s a lot of cut!

thorn crown broadhead blades
The blades are in a helix pattern and separated by a small stainless steel ball bearing. It’s kind of a cool design. They are replaceable and the heads come with replacement blades. The ferrule is 7075 aluminum, so it’s a really stout, durable and heavy aluminum. And it has a hardened tip as well.
thorn crown broadhead tip
The Thorn Crown has a hardened tip.

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Thorn Crown Broadheads Testing

I tested the Thorn Crown broadheads for flight, edge sharpness and edge retention, for penetration and for durability.

Let’s see how the Thorn Crown performed.

Flight test

I was able to pop a balloon at 70 yards with the Thorn Crown.


Sharpness test of the Thorn Crown

I tested the Thorn Crown for out-of-the-box sharpness. It was able to still cut paper after 5 strokes of a carbon arrow shaft.

thorn crown sharpness test
The Thorn cut paper after five strokes of the arrow.

Penetration Test

I tested the Thorn Crown for penetration by shooting it into ballistic gel, fronted by 2/3-inch foam matting and 1/2-inch MDF.

thorn crown in ballistic gel
The Thorn Crown penetrated 6 and 3/4 inches. I know it doesn’t look like that in this photo, but from over the top, I measured it cleanly. It’s 6 and 3/4 inches.
thorn crown wound channel
Check out the wound channel of this Thorn Crown. It’s the one directly to the right of it there, that big giant swath. And it’s really cool because as you move around the gel, you can see that it’s that way from every side. It’s not wide on one side like if you had a 2-blade head or something, but it really is that cut in 360 degrees. That’s pretty cool.

Durability Test

I shot the Thorn Crown into 1/2-inch MDF five times. Below is the result.

Thorn Crown broadhead after being shot through MDF
Here’s the Crown after being shot into the MDF five times. And as you can see, it looks virtually brand new. The blades, the ferrule, the tip, everything is just in pristine shape. And look at those holes. It makes really cool holes. Notice the eight cuts!

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Final Thoughts on the Thorn Crown Broadhead

So what do you think of the Thorn Crown?

Like I said, I’ve been wanting to test it because it’s just so unique.

A wicked cut

Cut is one of the many factors to consider when selecting a broadhead.

I typically want a wider cut out of my broadheads, because wider cuts tend to produce a better blood trail.

There’s more likelihood that you’re going to reach that extra artery and the holes are typically harder to close up.

But, I’ve never shot an 8-blade head before now. And, I’ve got to tell you, when it went into the target, or went into the gel and I pulled it out, man, it just ripped them apart.

So this is a wicked wound channel that honestly, I want to shoot into an animal just to see what happens.

Great flight and durability

I was really impressed with its excellent flight. It was very accurate.

I chose ahead of time to test this for the durability compared to a mechanical. And the reason I did that is that it has eight blades. Each of those four individual 2-blade heads would be hitting the steel plate that I typically use for fixed-blade broadheads.

I thought, “There’s no way that’s going to hold up to the steel plate.” But given it’s such a big cut size, let’s test it as I would a mechanical. And as you saw, it did extremely well for the mechanical test.

Now, I was curious and I want to see what would happen through a steel plate so I shot it into the steel plate as well and it punched a really nice 8-blade hole through the 22-gauge steel plate. But as expected, the head itself just did not hold up to the steel plate.

thorn crown broadhead scorecard
The scorecard for the Thorn Crown Broadhead.

But honestly, that wouldn’t hold me back from using it in a hunting situation given its flight and given just the wicked wound channel and the way it held up to the MDF.

This broadhead is not a gimmick. This is something that really could do some serious damage.

So great job, Thorn! Love the innovation. Keep it up. Great job.

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Muzzy Trocar Broadheads Review | The Inside Information

In this review, I took an in-depth look at the Muzzy Trocar broadheads.

I know, the Muzzy Trocar head is not new. It has been around for a long time, and I’ve used it in some of my other tests, but I’ve never done a comprehensive test on it alone. So, that’s what I did.

Muzzy Trocar design specs

The Muzzy Trocar and it’s a pretty cool-looking head. And as you can see, it has a short overall profile, which is going to aid in flight.

muzzy trocar short profile
The Muzzy Trocar is all steel and has a short overall profile.
muzzy trocar offset blades
The Trocar has offset blades in a right helical pattern, which helps aid in rotation, making them more accurate.

It also has offset blades. In the above picture, you can see that the blades are arranged in a right helical offset pattern, which helps with rotation and aids in flight, keeping them more accurate, due to a spinning effect. This feature makes it different than many other 3-blade broadheads.

And, then within the animal or any medium it hits, the blades will continue to rotate. It’s going to create a decent wound channel inside the deer or other animal as well.

The ferrule of the Trocar is one-piece construction of steel, with a really nice, small, but stout tip.

muzzy trocar 1-piece ferrule
The Muzzy Trocar has an all-steel, 1-piece ferrule.

The blades are all steel as well and they’re 0.035 inches thick, with a cutting diameter of 1-3/16 inches.

So, it provides a pretty decent size cut, just one 1/16 of an inch bigger than the standard 1-1/8 inch cut. This head is 100 grains.

Now, another thing about them is they have a 3-point blade retention system. The blades are held in place at three different points just to make sure that you don’t lose a blade, even on hard impacts.

They have a nylon washer at the bottom just to help secure them snuggly to your arrow.


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Performance tests

I was eager to put these to the test. I tested them for long range flight, edge sharpness, edge retention, for penetration, and durability.

As always, in these tests, I used my Bowtech SR6 set at 72 pounds. I used Bishop Archery FOC King Arrows in 460 grains.

All right. Let’s see how the Muzzy Trocar performs.

Long-range flight

the Muzzy Trocars flew great at 70 yards. I was able to pop a balloon with no problem.

Out of the box sharpness test

In the out-of the box sharpness test, the Trocar was able to cut paper after five strokes of an arrow shaft. And, I will add that by the way they cut the paper, they are some of the sharpest blades that I’ve ever tested.

out of the box sharpness test on muzzy trocar
In the out of the box sharpenss test, the Muzzy Trocar sharpness was quite impressive. It was about to still cut paper after 5 strokes of the arrow shaft and were some of the sharpest blades I’ve tested to this point.
stroking an arrow shaft on muzzy trocar
I use a carbon arrow shaft in my sharpness test to dull the blade, in order to see how many strokes of the arrow a broadhead can take and still cut paper. I use a maximum of 5 strokes, which the Trocar was able to handle and still cut the paper.

Ballistic Gel Penetration Test

I shot the Muzzy Trocar through ballistic gel to test penetration. The Trocar penetrated 9 inches, which is pretty impressive penetration. See picture below.

muzzy trocar penetrating ballistic gel
Muzzy Trocar penetration in ballistic gel… 9 inches.

Steel plate test

In the steel plate test, I shot the Muzzy Trocar through .22 gauge steel plate five times.

As for the holes themselves, you can see below that it really does make three “slits” rather than three big triangles.

You get a little bit of an extra curl because of the offset blades, but it’s not the most impressive wound channel compared to some others like the Exodus broadheads. (That one opens up much more of a triangular hole than it does three slits). But, in terms of durability, the Trocar did very well.

muzzy trocar after steel plate test
Here’s the Trocar after going through the steel plate five times. And, as you can see, it held up really well. Two of the blades did remarkably well, but this third one got pretty dinged up. But again, that’s after several shots. And the tip was in great shape. Of course the ferrule is in great shape. It still spins true.

Muzzy Trocar broadheads review | Final Thoughts

So what do you think of the Muzzy Trocar?

I’ve got to say, it’s a performer.

I know this head has been around for awhile, and it can easily be overlooked by many, with all of the new heads that are coming out. But, this head definitely has a lot going for it.

This is a pretty stout head.

It flew fantastic. It penetrated really well, made a nice wound channel, and held up pretty well.

So, check out the scorecard below and see how it compares to other similar heads like this and see if it’s the right head for you on your next deer hunt.

muzzy trocar scorecard
This is the final scorecard for the Muzzy Trocar.

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G5 Deadmeat Broadheads Review | The Inside Information

In this review, I tested a mechanical called the G5 DeadMeat broadheads.

Right off the bat, I was very impressed by the design. First of all, it’s a 3-blade head and it has a cutting diameter (when blades are fully depoloyed) of 1 and 1/2 inches, which is nice.

That cutting diameter is perfect for whitetail deer, turkey, smaller hogs, and so forth.

I’m typically a fixed blade guy, but I’m constantly looking at the latest and greatest broadheads, and always willing to try some new mechanicals.

The G5 Deadmeat broadhead at first glance

g5 deadmeat broadhead in closed position

I like the configuration of the blades on this head. As you can see, it’s really stout. It has a super short profile, and when the blades are in the closed position, it’s very small.

g5 deadmeat in deployed position

This is the G5 DeadMeat in the deployed position.


These heads fly incredibly well. They come with a ballistic match point which looks just like the regular head’s shape that’s basically a practice head. It flies just like the regular head would fly.

They are also  extremely forgiving. Now, I realize that a lot of heads fly very well. My bow is really well-tuned. I can pop balloons with fixed blades out to a 100 yards, but this is on the extra forgiving side for sure. So, I love that.

Head Construction

On the downside, I don’t like that it’s just a metal injection molding. I’m not a huge fan of that. It’s still good, and it’s better than a lot of aluminum heads, but it’s not as good as machined heads (of course, it would cost a lot more if it were a machined).

However, it is still a solid steel and it has a two-piece ferrule. It is a few different composite pieces of steel, but it is, in essence, 100% steel.

g5 deadmeat broadhead components

The DeadMeat also has a cool retaining clip that is replaceable, which allows the blades to lock in place. When they lock in place, they make a little snap sound. I like this much more than a rubber band. I also like it more than the retaining clip that Rage uses, where you’re hoping it’s really in there, but it doesn’t have that little dimple to lock it in place. This blade should not come apart when they’re bumped and they shouldn’t come apart in flight at all. I also like that it’s also a solid steel construction. That’s a big plus. Everything is steel.


In the first test, I shot the DeadMeat through a 3/8” piece of plywood. This is my favorite thing to do with mechanical broadheads, so that I can see how well they deploy upon entrance. It also helps me see how well they penetrate and hold up to the plywood. In many ways, it’s similar in consistency to bone.

If they don’t hold up to plywood then I’m not going to be hunting with them for sure.

So let’s see what happened with the DeadMeat in the 3/8-inch plywood.

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In the testing, I used a footed Hexx 330 arrow with a total weight of 500 grains and I shot it out of a Hoyt Carbon Spyder 30 at 73 lbs.

Plywood penetration test

After shooting into the plywood, the blades were not near as sharp. So, they dulled significantly such as metal injection molded blades will often do.

blade deployment of deadmeat in plywood

The blades fully deployed on impact. However, while two of them deployed all the way, one did not have deployed quite as much. That’s interesting. Maybe because it was going with the grain of the plywood.

back of plywood after deadmeat penetration

On the other side of the plywood, you can see it certainly made a nice hole. Penetration was very good.

deadmeat bent blade

Although the blades dulled after the plywood test, they did, however, hold up remarkably well. The only problems was that one of the blades had a little bit of a bend to it.

Something to watch for

I have known someone who had one of the three heads in his pack that had blades that would not deploy at all. Upon further inspection, he found that there is a groove that the blades slide up and down in.

This groove can contain small burrs, which is what was preventing his blades from opening. He talked to G5 about it, and of course, they replaced them. But, that would be something to test before you shoot them to be sure the blades are sliding and opening effectively. 

G5 Deadmeat Broadheads | Final Thoughts

These heads have good durability. I’m impressed with that. They have a really good cutting diameter size for a 3-blade and it will really make a nice hole.  

In addition, flight is extremely good. You should always have a well-tuned bow. But, this head would be extremely forgiving, even with a bow that is not optimally tuned.

deadmeat blade angle

The only thing that is a little concerning is the blade angle. You can see here that it is really steep when the blades are fully deployed; it’s almost horizontal. Because of that, it won’t get as good of penetration as if the blade angle were more streamlined. Although that is somewhat of a concern, I don’t believe it would be a problem at all with deer, smaller hogs, or turkeys. So, if that’s what you are hunting, I think this could be a winner of a broadhead.

While this head would not be my first choice on an elk (those bones can be really tough, and I would want to be sure to use a fixed blade head on an animal like that), I’m sure it would take an elk if you hit it in the right place.

But, it would be great for hunting whitetail deer, turkey and small hogs.

Overall, I give this head a thumbs-up.