In 2017 Thorn Broadheads was created, and its main objective was to develop broadheads with field point accuracy. Developers at Thorn Broadheads can honestly make this claim! All of the Thorn Broadheads I have shot fly precisely like my field points, creating devastating damage to the game they hit. I love the variety of broadheads that Thorn had to choose from.
Time for A Change
I have been a mechanical broadhead fanatic for over a decade. One of the reasons I used mechanical broadheads was because they are easy to tune and fly like field points. In the spring of 2022, I heard great things about the Thorn Crown fixed broadhead. I searched YouTube for a video to learn more about the Crown.
Jackpot! I found multiple videos about the Crown broadhead and the other broadheads that Thorn designed. Intrigued by the design of the Crown, I ordered a 3-pack. While on their website, I also ordered one pack of the Thorn Rift 2.2 expandable heads and a pack of the Thorn Rift 2.2 crossbow heads for my children. I was excited to get the broadheads and test their field point accuracy claim.
Thorn’s Fixed Blade Crown
It had been years since I last shot a fixed-blade broadhead. The Thorn Crown is unique because of its design. A screw-in titanium tip is just the beginning. The broadhead has four individual replaceable blades that vary in size from the top down. The first blade measures 5/8 of an inch and sets up the helical blade shape. The next blade measures 3/4 of an inch, followed by a third blade measuring 7/8 of an inch. Finally, the fourth blade is one inch. Adding all of these blades together gives it over a three-inch cutting diameter.
Carefully, I put each blade into the correct place and separated them with the provided ball bearings. The bearings ensure that the blades remain in the exact position. After putting three Crown heads together, I went outside to test the accuracy of the Crown broadhead. Would it live up to the hype of being field point accurate?
Standing at twenty yards, I drew my Darton Spectra E32 and floated my HHA pin on the center of my target. I released the arrow and watched the red Halo Nock fly directly to the target. My arrow hit the center of the bullseye! Was it a fluke, or was the fixed head dead on with my field tips?
I pulled the arrow out and went back to shoot again. Three times in a row, the Thorn Crown pounded the center of the bullseye. My heart raced with excitement from what I was experiencing.
Thorn Rift 2.2 Expandable
The Rift 2.2 is an expandable two-blade broadhead with a 2.2-inch cutting diameter. Hidden blade technology is what Thorn has created. This broadhead has sheer pins that keep the blades hidden inside the ferrule until impact. The titanium “rip-tip” allows the broadhead to fly more efficiently.
I headed outside and shot the Rift 2.2 multiple times into my foam target. My arrow hit precisely where my field tips did, and I was confident the Rift 2.2 would be in my quiver in the fall. I returned to my basement and put the sheer pins in the rest of the Rift 2.2 broadheads. I also set up the Rift 2.2 crossbow heads for my children.
On the evening of October 8th, I was in my treestand watching a hidden clover field. My Spypoint Flex camera had taken many photos of mature bucks hitting my mock scrape. A beautiful eight-point appeared on a trail behind my stand. I released my Black Eagle Rampage arrow, and the Thorn Crown blew through the buck’s front shoulder and out the other side. The deer only went twenty yards!
My son, Samuel, hunted out of my stand the following Saturday. Five mature bucks tormented him as they fed in the clover out of crossbow range. A nine-point came to the mock scrape, and Samuel placed a Rift 2.2 crossbow head in his vitals. Samuel watched the buck go down in the field.
On the morning of October 30th, I was in a new stand in northeast Ohio. Not long after the sun came over the trees, I watched a buck follow my scent trail. The eight-point walked to the treestand, and I put a Rift 2.2 in his boiler room. The broadhead anchored him, and he crashed after bolting fifty yards.
I love the broadheads Thorn has created. There are other broadheads that Thorn offers on their website. Thorn makes 100 and 125-grain broadheads for hunters to choose from. Check them out for yourself at www.thornbroadheads.com.