Broadhead Review – Muzzy MX-4 & MX-3

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Muzzy MX-4
Specifications »
Weight: 100 Grains
Number of Blades: 4
Cutting Diameter: 1.125″ (MX-4)
Blade Thickness: .025″
Ratings »
Accuracy: 3.5 out of 5
Construction: 4 out of 5
Ease of Use: 4.5 out of 5
Penetration: 3.5 out of 5
Price: 5 out of 5
Sharpness: 3.5 out of 5
Strength: 4.5 out of 5
Bonus Points: 1 out of 5

Muzzy is such an iconic broadhead.  In many circles, fixed-blade broadheads have become synonymous with “Muzzy”, in the same way that internet searching has become synonymous with “Google”.  When any product rises to the status of Muzzy, you wonder if it got there because it is the best, or simply because it is the most well known.

The newer MX series from Muzzy shares a nearly identical design as the original Muzzy, but with different proportions.  In the MX series, the ferrule size has been scaled down, and the cutting diameter has been scaled up – it is just the type of design change that I thought would be beneficial when I took a look at the original Muzzy for the first time.

Accuracy – The Muzzy MX flew very true out of my setup, but I did notice that in comparison to several of the other heads, the groups from the MX series did tend to open up more at distances of 40 yards and greater.  I had slightly better long range accuracy with the MX-3 than I did with the MX-4.  The MX series will be plenty accurate for most whitetail/treestand hunters who are taking shots at 30-35 yards or less, and I would also guess that those hunters are the primary user of the Muzzy heads.

Construction – Nearly everyone is familiar with the construction of the Muzzy heads.  They have a great fit and finish, good tolerances, and very solid blade lockup when installed.  Every Muzzy that I have shot has been very tough, and both the MX-3 and the MX-4 came out of the plywood tests looking like new.

Ease of Use – I think that Ease of Use is one of Muzzy’s greatest strengths.  The assembly process is very easy to understand, and they also supply a broadhead wrench to help in assembly and disassembly.  If the Muzzy heads came pre-assembled out of the package, I would probably give them 5 stars.  Overall, Muzzy gets it right.

Penetration – The MX-3 and the MX-4 did a good job on my penetration tests – not bad, but not great.  When analyzing the data and measurements for all of the broadheads in this review, both the MX-3 and the MX-4 fell in the middle of the pack.

Price – Muzzy is the only broadhead in this test to get 5 stars in the price category.  Not only is their MSRP one of the best, but they can often be found on sale for a great price.  I didn’t give Muzzy 5 stars for the price alone, but also factored in the “small things” that help make Muzzy a good value. Muzzy takes the extra steps to include a broadhead wrench, a blade case, and a free set of practice blades with the MX-4.

Muzzy MX-4

Sharpness – The stock edge of the blades is fair out of the box.  A little attention to the blades with a sharpening stone will go a long way, and give you a much improved edge.  I wouldn’t say that the edge has to be sharpened out of the box, because most users probably don’t take that step.  However, I like my blades scary sharp, and therefore some extra sharpening was required.

Strength – As I mentioned in the Construction section, both the MX-3 and the MX-4 came out of the plywood tests looking new.  There is no shortage of reports about Muzzy broadheads failing, but I tend to think that this is due to the sheer number of Muzzy broadheads on the market, and those who are dissatisfied tend to have the loudest voices.  In every test that I have put a Muzzy design through, it has come out performing great.

Conclusion & Bonus Points – I will give muzzy a bonus point for being a good value head that is easy to use.  In my opinion these are the reasons that Muzzy has had so much success in the market.  Most bowhunters don’t go into in-depth reviews and comparisons, such as this one.  Most bowhunters don’t analyze every broadhead on the market.  Most bowhunters just want to walk into the store and pickup a broadhead that is easy to use and affordable, which is the great strength of Muzzy.  Are there are better heads out there in terms of cutting diameter, accuracy, sharpness, and materials/build quality? Sure.

Muzzy isn’t the best broadhead on the market, but it is the most popular fixed-blade among casual bowhunters for good reason.

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  • Sheldon Bane

    I have used MX-3s in the past and they have always performed well for me.

  • Jared Patton

    What about “Innerloc” broadheads? I have used both and I think they blow Muzzy out of the water; especially in strength and construction. Try to get some to review and put them up against the rest of the pack.

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  • Omar

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    I use the mx-4 and have taken several deer with them. You’re evaluation sounds right on, I would add that I have never had the best blood trails. They do leave nice holes it’s a wonder I can’t get much blood. Also most of my recovered broadheads bent on the shaft due to bone on exit. They kill deer that’s for sure, haven’t lost one yet.