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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 that produces more KE, 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.

John Lusk

John Lusk is an avid bowhunter and broadhead fanatic. He has taken well over 100 big game animals with his bow all over the US, as well as Canada and South Africa. He puts his Engineering degree to use in his broadhead testing and has tested over 50 different broadheads. He has written articles in a dozen different archery publications, appeared on several hunting TV shows, and has well over a million views on his YouTube Channel: Lusk Archery Adventures. There you will find more than 70 videos of his hunts and extensive broadhead tests. When he is not shooting his bow, John serves alongside his wife as the Pastor of the Des Moines Church of Christ, in Des Moines, Iowa.

Comments (3)

  • Neil Gagne

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    John,

    I tinkering with the idea of going back to fixed blade broadheads and was wonder between the Magnus Black Hornets Serrated and the Iron Will Wide which is the best putting money aside. I only shoot out to 30 yards max and mostly am looking for a big fixed blade….I used to shoot the G5 Stryker max and even though they didn’t shoot well at longer ranges they worked for me except having a hard time finding a quiver to fit them in.. Unfortunately they have discontinued them and know I am on the search again. Pros/cons and overall opinion would be great!

    Thanks Neil

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    • John Lusk

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      Thank you Neil. Those are both very good heads. While the Black Hornet can certainly get the job done, the Iron Will Wide is in a class all by itself. I especially like the new solid wide. That one weighs 150 gr, but your point of impact at 30 yds will be virtually identical. And that weight will only increase your FOC and overall momentum as well.

      Of course shot placement is the greatest variable to affect bloodletting, but width of that hole is also significant. The IW Wide allows you to get a nice wide hole and still have great penetration and excellent edge retention.

      Here is my personal link to Iron Will for more info.

      https://www.ironwilloutfitters.com/fixed-blade-broadheads?ss_source=ytads&ss_campaign_name=LuskArcheryAdventures

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      • Neil Gagne

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        John,

        Thanks for the information it is greatly appreciated! I’ve really enjoyed your youtube channel!!!!! Currently I am using the Grim Reaper 1.75 cut and have had no issues on any animal that I have shot but I would really like to go back fixed. Thank you!

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