Muzzy Trocar Fixed Blades

Broad heads are some of the most dividing pieces of equipment in the world of bow hunting. Every person has 10 reasons of why theirs is better than the next guy's. There is a saying about fishing lures that can easily be applied to the broad head argument, "Every lure on the shelf in the store will catch a fish, some are just better at catching people."

Rage broad heads kill deer. Muzzy broad heads kill deer. Magnus broad heads kill deer. I could go on for days. Every broad head design has its pros and cons, and here are my Pros and Cons for the Muzzy Trocar.

 Muzzy Trocar 3 blade. 

Muzzy Trocar 3 blade. 

 

THE PROS

I first got interested in these broad heads after reading an article on what makes a good penetrating broad head. The Trocar fit the profile of a good penetration broad head exactly. It has a short design, modest cutting diameter, and a bone splitting Trocar tip. At $29 for a pack of 3, I was more than happy to switch from my usual MX-3 to these. 

I'll start out by saying these broad heads are stout! My first impression upon unpacking them was that these things felt tough. I could not picture these blades breaking on any bone I might hit on a deer. I was happy to see that the blades also held their edge surprisingly well after a little rough shooting into a block target to make sure they lined up with my field points, which they did perfectly! 

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Feeling confident with these broad heads, I was ready to hit the woods on October 15! After a few sits with no luck, I finally got a shot opportunity at some does coming by my stand at about 28 yards. I nailed the lead doe, and she didn't even know she was hit. After standing there for a second, she took off right towards my tree, turned to the left and ran 10 yards, then turned back around and ran back towards my arrow sticking out of the ground! She died two yards from where the arrow hit her. It was a good start to the season! 

 A far forward shot on my second deer of last year. In spite of shot placement, i still got a pass through

A far forward shot on my second deer of last year. In spite of shot placement, i still got a pass through

The second kill with these broad heads was the one that really impressed me. Long story short, I drew too early and ended up having to hold full draw for a full two minutes on a Mathews Monster XLR8. Those of you who have shot those bows know that they are not the most forgiving at full draw! When I was finally presented with a shot, I could hardly get my bow up on the deer. When I released, I pulled. You can see where I hit in the picture, a lot farther forward than I would have liked to! The arrow blew right through and exited just in front of the far shoulder. Forty yards later, deer number two of 2016 was down. As you can imagine, the blood trail was a breeze. The broad head basically punched a triangle shaped hole through the deer, and left a monster of a blood trail. 

THE CONS

The only downside I saw with these broad heads is that the blades did get very dull after I killed one deer with them. Sharpening the blades might be possible, but to do so you'd have to take the whole thing apart. That would be very tedious and time consuming work. Replacement blades are available, and depending on where you get them, they usually retail for just under $20. Now, that is to be expected of pretty much every broad head out there, so some of you may not even really consider it a con. I wouldn't ether, if the replacement blades were cheaper. Twenty dollars for replacement blades seems pretty high when a pack of brand new broad heads is $29. 

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OVERALL

Between the solid design and the wound channel these produced, I have to say I was very impressed. I would say they are worth every penny, especially since they are $10 cheaper than most other broad heads out there. They are tough. They are accurate. They are deadly. In a world of $50 broad heads, the $29 price tag is a breath of fresh air. I would without a doubt recommend the Trocars to anyone looking for a good fixed-blade broad head!

-Andrew Maxwell