The past couple seasons I have been shooting G5 Montec broadheads. Their performance has been great for me and in my mind they are one of the best fixed blade broadheads on the market. If you’re looking for a broadhead for the coming season you need to give these heads a try.
For this G5 Montec review I will cover the following.
- In the Field Review
- Ability to Reuse
I’m a simple is best kinda guy. Because if this I am a fixed blade guy as well. In the moment of truth so many things can go wrong. To add another potential malfunction or mishap opportunity doesn’t make sense to me. What if an expandable blade doesn’t deploy? What if it clips a branch or twig you didn’t see and deploys prematurely? What if the blade deployed to soon and you get minimal penetration. Any mechanical process will fail from time to time. It’s in possible to manufacture a failure free product. Why take the chance and risk what may be you’re only opportunity all year. The more moving parts a product has the greater the chance of a failure.
The design of these heads is one reason that I bought them. These broadheads are machined from one piece of steel. I like that for 2 reasons.
- Strength: With it being machined out of a single piece of steel this broadhead is incredibly strong. Whether you’re going after elk, whitetail, mule deer, mountain goat, bear etc you will not have to worry about a head breaking on contact.
- No Additional Components: Being a one piece construction the ferrule is threaded and will screw right into the insert. No bands, no spacers, no replacement blades. These heads are ready to go out of the box.
- Low Profile Design: Less drag due to the design makes these broadheads very accurate.
From my personal experience and research these are one of the most accurate fixed blade heads. That being said everyone’s setup is different and fine-tuned to their specific requirements so you may need to make more adjustments depending on your setup. Out of the box Montecs flew pretty well for me. I did have to make some slight adjustments and I found this video from John Dudley helpful.
Here are a couple more tips.
- Have your fletchings in line with the blades on the broadhead. Fletchings are what drive the arrow and having everything lined up will help the arrow fly better.
- Spin test your broadheads. Simple trick to confirm everything is squared away. Screw in broadhead and spin the arrow just like a top on a counter. If you see any wobble try a different broadhead to determine if the head or arrow is at fault.
- Lower profile fixed blades are more accurate. The more surface area you have the more drag on the blades.
- Form is key. I have noticed when I shoot broadheads if my form is weak I am further off target than compared to field points.
I shoot Black Eagle Outlaws with a brass insert and 3 fletchings. Before every season and a couple times throughout the season I will shoot my broadheads 2 or 3 times to confirm everything is still squared away.
In The Field Opinion
As for actual in the field evidence I have taken a couple deer with these heads. Here are a couple examples.
The first was a doe at about 15 yards. She had worked her way behind me and popped out on a trail that offered a great shooting lane. When the opportunity presented itself I was able to make the shot. The arrow passed completely through her. After the doe ran off I looked back at the point of impact and saw my arrow stuck in the ground. At the time I could not see it from the stand but once down on the ground my arrow was stuck in a branch under the leaves a little larger than a person’s forearm.
For the 2nd example of a deer I killed with these heads the shot was at 30 yards. I was hunting a pinch point of timber between 2 crop fields. The corn behind me had the first couple rows harvested so I could see about 40 yards into the field. Out of the corner of my eye on the edge of the cornfield I saw movement as a doe popped out of the honeysuckle. I could tell something had pushed it from the timber and a couple seconds later a bigger bodied deer emerged. At first, I couldn’t tell it was a large buck as branches obscured my view and his white rack blended in with the cornstalks that provided a backdrop.
It was a couple seconds later I saw the size of this buck. In a split-second I went from “It’s just another deer” to “Oh WOW”. Fortunately, the doe hurried back into the timber and made her way around in front of me. Watching the doe on the trail I made mental notes on shot opportunities if the buck would follow along the same path. Moments later the buck did just that and offered a broadside shot at 30 yards.
On the release the shot felt good and I could see the arrow arch on its path for the vitals. At the last second I could see my lighted nock dip low and off to the right. I had hit a branch and deflected my arrow. When I came back in the morning I found my arrow. It looked like a complete pass through. After some time and searching I was able to recover the buck. Upon investigation, my arrow had entered at an angle on the left side mid section and exited in front of the back right leg.
Looking back at this situation it could have been a different story had I not gotten a complete pass through. For one, the internal damage would have not been as fatal. This could have allowed the buck to cover more ground which would have made the tracking more difficult.
Also, only having an entry hole would have meant less blood exiting the body cavity. This would have also made tracking difficult with less blood to trail. Hunters will make the argument that with an expandable or mechanical you get a bigger entry hole. I can’t argue with that but personally I would rather have the energy used from deploying the blades put into internal damage and pushing through the body cavity.
We as hunters have a responsibility to kill as quickly as possible. Yes, it doesn’t always go as planned. To me it makes more sense to have internal damage paired with blood loss from an entry and exit hole rather than just blood loss from a large entry hole.
Resharpen and Reuse
This was another main reason why I use Montecs. The ability to use these heads multiple times is important to me for the following reasons.
- Practice: Being able to practice with the actual heads you hunt with is extremely nice. I know exactly how my arrow will fly. Also, it is great to compare you’re penetration on a target compared to normal field points.
- Personal Beliefs: The older I get the more I realize the impact of what I consume and how it can affect the earth. By no means am I perfect but I try use multiple use products. All humans create a footprint. I want to make mine as small as possible.
- Cost: Think about the cost if you have to buy broadheads every year because you can only use them once. After a while that will start to add up. These heads can be used season after season. Run them across a sharpening stone and they are ready to go.
As for how to sharpen Montecs I use a normal sharpening stone. G5 does offer their own stone but I purchased a generic sharpening stone and it works just as good. Key to remember is to always use a lubricant when using a stone. I will use oil and a couple drops will work for you.
Spread out the lubricant on the stone and place the head on the stone. 2 of the 3 blades will be resting on the stone. Pinch the 3rd blade between you’re thumb and index finger and push the broad head along the stone. Do this a couple times on the course side and do the same on the finer side to finish it off. Below is a video as well.
Fixed blade broadheads have been used for years. They worked for hunters thousands of years ago with a wooden bow and string. Paired with the technology and advancement in today’s bows these broadheads have no problem getting the job done. As the saying goes “If it’s not broke then don’t fix it”
As always when you can it’s great to support an American made company. G5 Montecs are made in Michigan. G5 is also the maker of Prime and Quest bows. If you’re looking for a quality bow without breaking the bank check out my review of the Quest Forge.
If you have any additional questions feel free to leave me a comment below. If you have used Montecs let me know you’re thoughts below as well.
Best of luck this season.