New for 2022
I am always looking for new products to use while I am hunting. For over a decade, I have used Grim Reaper Broadheads with plenty of success. Early in the year, I started looking at some of the new broadheads on the market. One of the companies that caught my attention was Thorn Broadheads.
In 2017, Thorn Broadhead Company wanted to create a line of broadheads with field point accuracy. The veteran-owned company has since created a variety of expandable broadheads and a wicked fixed blade head. After visiting their website, reading reviews, and listening to personal testimonies, I couldn't help myself. I needed to get my hands on some of their broadheads and test them. So far, I have been pleasantly surprised with the field point accuracy and can't wait to use them on whitetails.
The Thorn XV Broadhead can be purchased in 100 or 125 grains. This two-blade mechanical head flies amazingly and is easy to set up. The XV has a 2-inch cutting diameter and is made of 70/75 aircraft-grade aluminum. The two blades are held in the closed position by an orange sheer pin. You can practice with the XV heads if you shoot them into a foam target. Thorn gives you six sheer pins in each package of 3 broadheads so you can have extra pins for future use. Here is a short video I made about the Thorn XV.
Thorn Rift 2.2
The second broadhead that I wanted to test was called the Rift 2.2. This mechanical head is designed a little differently than the XV. The Rift 2.2 has a hidden blade technology that still uses sheer pins. The head of the Rift 2.2 is made of titanium and is called the "rip-tip." These broadheads come with a small collar that can be placed under the rip-tip so it can be shot as a practice head. After testing this broadhead, I was astonished at how well it flew and how deep it penetrated. The Rift 2.2 has earned a place in my quiver this fall. Check out the video about the Rift 2.2.
Thorn broadheads have one fixed blade head, and it is an engineering marvel. The Crown head has an impressive 3.25 inches of cutting surface. This head has four individually placed razor-sharp blades. The first blade, located behind the titanium tip, measures 5/8 an inch. Next in line is a blade that measures 3/4 of an inch. The third blade measures 7/8 of an inch, and the final blade is exactly one inch. The blades are placed in a helical pattern so the head will fly like a field point. After shooting these heads into my foam target and watching them penetrate deep, I knew the Crown would be the other broadhead in my quiver. You can learn more about the Crown Broadhead from this video.
Pennsylvania archery season is a little over a week away, and I can't wait to test the Thorn Broadheads on some deer. A few tips about the broadheads you must consider. The first tip would be to carefully handle the Crown head. All of those blades make it easy to cut yourself. Secondly, make sure you use the correct color sheer pin. The orange pins are for compound bows, and the black pins are for crossbows. Lastly, make sure you shoot the heads a few times to ensure that they are hitting where your field tips are hitting. If they are not, take a few minutes to properly tune your bow. I hope to have some kill shots on film for the next blog. Happy hunting, be safe, and always identify your target.
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