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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.

Flight

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.

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.

magnus stinger buzzcut vs black hornet

Magnus Broadheads Review | (Buzzcut and Black Hornet battle)

In this broadheads review, I tested the Magnus Stinger Buzzcut and the Magnus Black Hornet… and I tested them head-to-head!

Needless to say, I was really excited about this broadheads battle.

I wondered if I should call it, “The battle of the Magnuses…. or maybe “The battle of the Magni!”

I tested both the Magnus Stinger Buzzcut and the Magnus Black Hornet Ser Razor in 125 grains.

Both of these heads have the serrated edge. A serrated edge is more efficient than a straight edge. While a straight edge is better at chopping motion, the serrated edge is better for a slicing motion, and it holds its edge better. So, I like that Magnus has integrated that design into their heads.

john lusk holding magnus buzzcut and black hornet ser razor broadheads
I tested the Magnus Stinger Buzzcut broadheads previously, but wanted to put them through more testing.

Why the (Re)-test of the Magnus Broadheads?

Before we get to the results, let me explain why I did this test.

In my earlier days of doing broadhead testing, I was a bit harsh on some of the heads that didn’t utilize the premium steels that some other companies utilize. And, one of those that I was a bit harsh on was the Magnus.

The fact is, these broadheads have taken a ton of animals all over the world. They also come in at a really good price point. They have a lifetime warranty and they have a very loyal following.

And so, in recent times, I thought, “You know what? Let me rethink the way I critiqued them in the past and put them through some more testing.”

So, I purchased two packs of these and put them through the test. Let’s see how they did…

Broadhead Testing Format

I retested the Magnus heads with the same format that I have recently been testing with, so that all my tests have a consistent format. This way, you can look at all the different broadhead reviews and see how they measure up to one another.

  1. Long Range Flight: In this test, I shoot the heads on a range to see how well they fly at longer distance.
  2. Penetration: For the penetration test, I use a multifaceted medium consisting of ½” layer of MDF, surrounded by 1/3” layers of rubber foam matting, followed by clear ballistic gel. Because the gel is clear, I can measure it precisely to see how well each of the heads penetrated through that medium. I use MDF rather than plywood, because plywood grain can be very inconsistent. And, while MDF is not perfect, it’s much more consistent than plywood.
  3. Edge Retention: I shoot the heads through a 22-gauge steel plate for a maximum of five times. During the test, if the edges of the blades begin to get really mangled, then I stop. I give two points for each time the head was able to be shot through the steel plate without significant damage. The maximum a broadhead can get in this test is 10 points.

In this review, I’m using my Bowtech SR6 with a 27-inch draw at 72 pounds. I’m shooting a 460-grain Bishop FOC King Arrow. I’m using FOBs and I’ve got a Nockturnal lighted nock on the end of the arrow shaft.

So let’s learn a little bit more about these heads and then see how they performed!

Stinger Buzzcut and Black Hornet Ser Razor overview

magnus stinger buzzcut and black hornet broadheads
Here, you can see the two heads. The Stinger Buzzcut is on the left, and the Black Hornet Ser Razor on the right. You can see the total length difference… the Black Hornet Ser Razor is significantly shorter and has a wider cut. The Black Hornet has a 1-1/4-inch cut, the Stinger has 1-1/8-inch cut.
magnus stinger buzzcut and black hornet broadheads bleeder blades
The Stinger Buzzcut and the Black Hornet have different bleeder blades as well. In the 125-grain version of these heads, the Stinger has 6/8-inch of cut in the bleeders and the Black Hornet has a 7/8-inch cut in the bleeders.

Long-range flight test results

I shot bot the Buzzcut and the Black Hornet from 70 yards and was able to pop a balloon. The black hornet flew very closely to a field point at this distance as well.

Stinger vs. Black Hornet in Penetration Test

First, I shot the Stinger Buzzcut and then the Black Hornet. Below you can see the penetration results.

penetration of the magnus stinger buzzcut and the magnus black hornet into ballistic gel
Here you can see the penetration into the gel… They penetrated very well. This is some of the best penetration that I’ve seen. The Black Hornet on the bottom penetrated a full 9 inches and the Stinger on the top penetrated 9-1/14 inches.

Edge retention test results

I shot both of the Magnus Stinger and then the Black Hornet into a 22-gauge steel plate.

buzzcut and black hornet in steel plate
Here’s the hole size that you can see the difference in and that’s just the same as the cutting diameter. You can see that the Black Hornet, a bit wider on the right. And the Stinger on the left, not quite as wide.
magnus stinger buzzcut and black hornet shot into steel plate 5 times each
I shot both heads 5 times each into the 22-gauge steel plate.
tips of magnus buzzcut and black hornet broadheads after being shot 5 times into steel plate
Here you can see the damage to the heads (or the lack thereof). On the right, the Black Hornet held up very well through five shots into the steel plate. The tip got a little bit folded over. You can see that it just slightly folded over to the left. The Stinger held up remarkably well also. You can see the very tip got a little bit rolled over as well. But, they both held up extremely well for five shots through the steel plate.

Magnus Stinger and Black Hornets Post-Review

So, what do you think of the Magnus broadhead battle? I guess it’s not really a battle, because they are both Magnus heads and they are both great. Each head performed very well. Honestly, they both did better than I expected.

The flight was very good, out to long range.

The penetration was very impressive; 9 inches and 9-1/4 inches. The Stinger penetrated just slightly better than did the Black Hornet.

And then through steel, both of them held up extremely well through the steel plate and kept their edge through five shots.

Final Thoughts and Score Cards on Stinger Buzzcut and Black Hornet

So, I would just say that overall, both of these broadheads are winners. If you’re going to choose one or the other, I would say if you have a lighter setup, where you’re shooting less kinetic energy and less momentum, then maybe you want to go with the Stinger. It has a smaller cut. It’s going to be prone to penetrate a little bit more deeply.

If you have a heavier setup and you’re looking for that extra cut, you’re getting an extra 1/8-inch cut in both directions with the bleeders and the main blades in the Black Hornet. They are also much thicker blades. So, they should be less prone to bend if they hit a heavy bone.

These are both great heads for my purposes. But, if I’m taking one out in the deer woods, it’s going to be the Black Hornet.

magnus stinger buzzcut scorecard
Magnus Stinger Buzzcut Final Scorecard.
magnus black hornet scorecard
Magnus Black Hornet Buzzcut Final Scorecard.
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Crimson Talon Broadheads | The Inside Information

In this review, I tested three models of the Crimson Talon broadheads.

Crimson Talon makes the G2, the G2 Hyper Speed and the Outlaw.

The G2 Broadhead Specs

john lusk holding crimson talon broadheads on arrows
I was really excited to test these heads. And, I got some surprising results…

First we have the G2. It has a camouflage ferrule that they refer to as “ferruleflage.”

What initially stands out about the G2 is that it has six total blades – three main blades and three bleeders.

The main blade’s diameter is 1.25 inches, which is a big cutting diameter for a 3-blade head.

The cutting diameter of the smaller bleeder blades is 1/2 an inch. So, although they are shorter, they help with the cut.

The total cut of this head is 2.6 inches!

The bleeders are also offset at a 60-degree angle, so that allows them to create an even better wound channel and do damage that is difficult to close up.

crimson talon broadheads
The Crimson Talon lineup features the G2, the G2 Hyperspeed and the Outlaw.
crimson talon g2 broadhead blades
The G2 broadhead has curved blades as well as a camo ferrule they call “ferruleflage.”

But the biggest differentiating factor on the G2 broadhead is that the main blades are curved. This apparently creates two advantages…

The other advantage of the curved blades is that once they hit the animal, they continue to rotate, causing a spiral wound channel. Combine that with the 1.25 inches of cutting diameter and 2.6 inches of blade cutting, and that creates a wound channel that is very difficult to close up.

The tip is made out of A2 tool steel, so a really tough, beefy chisel tip of a very high quality steel. The ferrule is 7075 aluminum, which is a very stout, durable aluminum, stronger than some steels.

The blades of the G2 broadhead are 420 G2 stainless steel. The main blades were 0.028 inches thick, which is relatively thick compared to some other blades. But, with so much blade cutting action going on, that probably isn’t going to be an issue.

Crimson Talon calls this curved blade feature their “spintite” airfoil technology. As the arrow flies, the curved blades function as vanes or fletchings would, creating quick rotation of the shaft, which results in more accurate flight. This is supposed to prevent arrow planing.

We’ll see how it does in the durability test below.

One of the cool things about all of the Crimson Talon broadheads is that they have 100% lifetime warranty for any breakage, for any reason, with no expiration and no limitations. So, if any of these heads break, you just send them in and you get a replacement. That’s pretty nice especially at the price point that they are sold at.

G2 Hyper Speed Specs

The next broadhead I tested was the G2 Hyperspeed. It’s the same head as the G2, but without the airfoil design. So, the blades are all straight.

Now, the bleeders are still offset at a 60-degree angle, but everything is just a straight blade. Some people that don’t want the airfoil designs will like this head.

I remember when I lived in Colorado, the Crimson Talons were illegal (at least at that time) because the blades had to exist in a continual single plane. They couldn’t be curved.

hyperspeed broadhead blades
The Hyperspeed broadhead is like the G2, but without the curved blades.

The Outlaw Specs

The last Crimson Talon head I tested was The Outlaw.

The Outlaw is it’s really basic in some ways and unique in others. It’s basic in the sense that it’s a 3-blade head with a 1-1/8 inch cut. It’s a little bit different in that all three blades are offset. The 0.040 inch thick, stainless steel blades are an offset design, to create a better wound channel.

The tip is hard stainless steel and the ferrule is solid titanium. It also has a 3-blade locking system, keeping the blades in three different places, which is supposed to make these heads very durable and have really good blade retention.

offset blades of outlaw broadheads
The Outlaw broadhead has offset blades and a 1-1/8″ cut.

Crimson Talon Broadhead Testing

I was eager to put all of these heads to the test.

I tested them for flight, edge retention, sharpness, penetration and durability.

Let’s see how this Crimson Talon lineup performed.

Crimson Talon Flight

All three of the Crimson Talon heads were able to pop a balloon at 70 yards.

Edge retention results (out-of-the-box sharpness)

For the Crimson Talon G2, I just tested the sharpness and edge retention of the straight blades (Hyperspeed), because it’s too difficult to get it all lined up with the curved blades and they are the same blades anyway.

stroking arrow on g2 broadheads shaft
The Crimson Talon G2 Hyperspeed cut paper after 5 strokes of the arrow.
stroking an arrow shaft on outlaw broadhead
The Outlaw cut paper after five strokes of the arrow.

Penetration results (ballistic gel)

penetration of crimson talong broadheads in ballistic gel
The penetration of these heads was pretty much as expected. The Outlaw penetrated the most at 8 and a half inches, followed by the Hyperspeed at 7 and a quarter inches. And then the G2 with the curved blades penetrated 6 and 3 quarter inches.
g2 broadheads into ballistic gel
Down at the bottom there in the middle, you can see the wound channel of the G2 and you can see that rotation. The blades actually rotated from initial impact with the rubber foam mat to their final resting place. They rotated 90 degrees. So that’s pretty cool. That’s like a single bevel, 2-blade head in terms of rotation. And, that’s a wicked-looking wound channel as well.
crimson talon broadhead holes in steel plate
Here are all three heads after going through the 22-inch steel plate five times each. I was definitely impressed with the durability. I really didn’t expect any of them to make it through all five times. I expected them to lose blades on maybe the second or third shot. But, none of them did. All of them held their blades together really well and stayed intact.

Penetration (steel plate)

If you look at the holes that the heads made in the steel plate, it’s really interesting. You can see that the Hyperspeed (top right) made the most impressive holes. It made really big, triangular holes with extra wide cuts in the tips.

g2 broadhead damaged blades
Notice the G2 with the curved blades. I’m really surprised that it held together like it did. The blades did not straighten out when going through the steel plate five times. They really stayed curved together, which is really impressive. Also, the holes are still really big. You can see the curls in the ends. It didn’t make as big of a triangular hole as the Hyperspeed for some reason, but it still made a really impressive wound channel with those “S-cuts.”
outlaw after going through steel plate
The Outlaw held together as well. And you can see the holes are a bit smaller there, that at a 1 1/8 inch cut.

Edge Retention (steel plate)

Now, in terms of the edge retention and the durability of the blades themselves after going through the steel plate; again, all of them stayed intact. None of them bent out of shape. But, all of them did get really nicked up.

The one that probably got the most nicked up was the G2. Because of those curved blades, the head hits the steel in a new place each time as it curves around. And so, those edges would have had to be replaced after probably the third or fourth shot. But they still held intact. You can imagine there might be some damage when coming in contact with a rib, shoulder or other bones of a deer.

The Outlaw has the thickest blade, so they took a big brunt of the impact on the steel and they got next most nicked up (although the tip held together perfectly and the A2 tip on the G2 and on the Hyperspeed look brand new).

The Hyperspeed got the least amount of damage on the blades. It made it through four times before it would have had to be replaced. So, it stayed in relatively good shape. Some of the blades were still perfectly intact and some were nicked up.

So overall, really impressed and surprised with the durability of these heads.

Crimson Talon broadheads: Final thoughts

So what do you think of the Crimson Talons? I’ve got to say, I was really impressed.

After reviewing these heads, if I had to pick a winner between them, it would definitely be between the G2 and the G2 Hyperspeed. And which one would be the winner would be based on my setup and on what animal I’m pursuing.

When I first saw the price point looked at the heads, I thought, “Man, these things are going to fall apart.” I just thought they were kind of cheap. But man, I was wrong! They really did perform in each one of the tests that I did on them. I was pleasantly surprised. So, you can check out the score sheets below and see how they rank compared to each other and compared to other heads.

g2 broadhead score card
hyperspeed broadhead score card
outlaw broadhead score card

If I’m going after a really big animal or I have a lighter setup where I need to maximize penetration, then I’m going with the Hyperspeed.

If I’m using a setup that has a little bit more momentum, and I’m going after an animal like a whitetail sized animal, I’m going with the G2 because that is one wicked-looking wound channel!

But these two heads are fantastic heads. If I decide to pick one for my setup then it would be the G2. But, I’d be a 100% confident using both of them on an animal.

Great job, Crimson Talon. Give these a look. 

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