Looking to add weight to your crossbow arrows?
There are a few ways to do it but the easiest way by far to add weight to your bolts is to choose heavier Broadheads. For me, I shot 100 grain Broadheads for about 30 some years with my compound bow. I decided to bump up to 125 grain broadheads about 8 years ago. 3 years with a compound bow and 5 years when I switched to a crossbow. I also chose Victory Xbolt arrows with a brass insert putting my total weight in at around 470 grains. The added weight gave my arrow a bit more stability, less wind drift, slightly better accuracy down range, plus a heavier arrow will pack a better punch down range. Another benefit is it quiets down your bow a slight amount as it uses more of the bow's energy. Thus less vibration equals less noise. Some may also argue that it can increase the longevity of your equipment. These differences are slight, but hey sometimes the slightest bit can be the difference between harvest or no meat in the freezer. There is a downside to adding weight. It slows down your arrow, and a slower arrow will have more arc. This can be a big tradeoff. After all, a flatter shooting faster arrow offers less chance of missing high or low. However the sound of hitting a sapling is about the same either way! We've all been there, done that! The other portion of the decision is availability. 100 grain broadheads are pretty much the standard and all broadheads are available in this weight. 125 grain Broadheads are now getting to the point where nearly all manufactures have them in almost every configuration. When we get into the 150 grain broadheads the field really begins to thin out.
Top Picks for 150 Grain Broadheads
My top picks for 150 grain Broadheads are: The Excalibur 150 Grain Trailblazer Expandable rated up to 500 fps. Then we have the Grim Reaper Crossbow Broadheads. These come in 2 or 3 Blade 150 Grain Expandable. The Excalibur Boltcutter 150 Grain Fixed 3 Blade. These have the B.A.T. (Blade Alignment Technology) allowing you to align the blades with the vanes. And The Slick Trick XBow 150 Grain Fixed 4 Blade. So how do you select a weight if you are not sure? Well..... Way before season starts(like July or earlier) purchase field points in 100 grain, 125 grain, and 150 grain. What diameter field point do you need? The most common crossbow field point diameter is 11/32. If you are not sure contact us or your arrow manufacturer. Now you can test each weight to see which you like best. Keep in mind that adding 150 grains or more may not work with your current scope set up. The extra weight may slow down the arrow enough that the reticles at 30 yards and further out may not hit the mark. If you have a scope that is speed adjustable you should have no worries. This is why it is important to test with field points first.
What about heavier arrows? This is a question I get fairly often. Yes you can get a heavier arrow but there are setbacks. Availability and nock selection are your 2 biggest factors. A great Choice would be the Easton Bolts with the optional 100 or 120 grain brass inserts bringing the weight up to around 500 grains(with 100 grain field points) right off the bat. The Carbon express Pile Drivers are at about 440 grains. But if you shoot with lighted nocks be sure you use the Carbon Express Lighted Nocks. Why? The Pile Drivers have less carbon in them and some lighted nocks will not work. So again check with us or the Manufacturer. Another choice in heavier arrows would be the Gold Tip Nitro Series. These will bump up your weight to 500 grains with a standard 100 grain point and available in .001 or .003 straightness. Another bonus to the Gold Tips is the price starting at about $60.00 per six pack. But again the drawback is availability and Lighted Nock selection. These have a smaller inner diameter so Lighted Nock selection is limited.
What about adding weight with brass inserts? This is also a great choice. It does however take more time and a little know how removing and replacing the inserts. To start you will need to find out what weight insert you have now and the inner and outer diameter of your arrow. From there you will need to find inserts that match the inner and outer diameter of your arrows. Then find the weight to fit your needs. Easton Arrows has one of the biggest selections of inserts. For example the FMJ insert fits arrows with inside diameter of .297 and weighs in at 120 grains. They also have a more standard .300 insert with an inside diameter that weighs in at 100 grains. You can also check with us or your arrow manufacturer to see if any other insert options are available.
Looking at all these options you can see that trying different field point weights is the perfect starting point. In fact most will be perfectly happy right there. If you choose to take it to the next level you can use one, two, or even all three options to get the custom set up you want.