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Grim Reaper Razortip Review

Part of the reason I decided to do a Grim Reaper Broadhead review is because they are not the most popular. I know advertisement brings us outdoor programming but hunting shows are dominated with Rage Broadhead commercials. This is not going to be a sympathy post for the smaller underdog company. This is going to be a broadhead review for a lesser known head that kills deer.

Before getting two deep into the Grim Reaper Review let’s take a quick look at other broadheads I have tried.

Grim Reaper VS Rage and Others

  • In the 1980’s I hunted a lot with Muzzy Broadheads. The Trocar tip was a real bone buster(remember this for later). I killed a lot of deer with Muzzy’s but sometimes I felt the bloodtrail could have been better. The smaller entry and exit holes could be easily blocked with fat or other pieces from the wound channel.
  • I also killed several deer with Thunderheads. This head was very similar to the Muzzy’s and shot great. Still the only real complaint was less than impressive(consistently) blood trails. The shots were in the lungs so I hoped for more sign.
  • Larger cutting diameter means bigger entry and exit holes. I remember trying Rocky Mountain broadheads at one point. They were three fixed blades with a 2 inch cutting diameter. Trying to tune a bow to shoot these accurately was quite the chore. I never felt comfortable enough to take these broadheads hunting.
  • Not sure of the exact year but I decided to give expandable broadheads a try. I believe it was a Wasp head and it flew great. The problem was severe deflection on angling shots. A perfect quartering away shot might mean a very shallow entry angle and a wounded deer. This poor performance drove me back to Muzzy Broadheads were I stayed until 2009.
  • I continued to hear success stories about killing deer with expandable heads. Rage seemed to be on the tip of everyone’s tongue. Every commercial was talking about “throwing an axe” through a deer. Unfortunately I fell for the propoganda and spent $40 on a three pack of Rage. I immediately disliked the rubber band oring system. The head never seemed secure. It may have been induced by paranoya but I swear I could hear it rattling in the air. Those three broadheads killed deer but I had no plans to restock.
  • In 2013 I also gave Spitfire a shot. One reason I felt comfortable with the spitfire is because it is very similar to the GR. Both broadheads are great and there are really no reason you should not use either one. The best thing to do is read my NAP Spitfire Maxx Review and make your own educated decision.
Grim Reaper Razortip Extra Broadhead
Grim Reaper Razortip Extra 1 3/4″ Broadhead

Grim Reaper Razortip Extra 1 3/4″ Broadhead

I screwed on my first Grim Reaper Broadhead in 2010. Instead of basing my decision on commercials I decided to consult with the hunting public. Searching through deer hunting forums and archery forums left no shortage of opinions. I opted for the Grim Reaper Razortip 1 3/4″ broadhead. Three years later they are still on the end of my Carbon Express arrows and I have been more than pleased with their performance.

It is my recommendation to stick with the Extra model or smaller.  Grim Reaper does make a 2inch cut model but it is overkill and over sized for most bows.  I get much better penetration with the Extra 1 3/4 model and don’t think the risk is worth the extra quarter of an inch

No Rubber Bands for Grim Reaper

The Grim Reaper Razortip design requires no orings or additional hardware to secure the blades. The unique design is based upon a tension system spring that keeps the blades securely restrained until impact. Upon impact the blades will fold rearward. All entry holes that I have witnessed have been substaintial. It was more than evident that ALL blades had deployed upon impact.

Grim Reaper Blades Don’t Rattle

The tension spring system does a very good job at holding the blades in place. Broadheads in the quiver remained silent and rattle free. Arrows that were nocked and ready for the hunt were also silent. Bumping the arrow on a limb or tear did not result in any noise what so ever. The blades do open very easily with rearward force but normal bumps and movement have no effect on the broadhead. Deer hunting gear must remain silent and reliable and the Grim Reaper accomplishes both.

The Grim Reaper blades are slender and very rugged. I have never broken or lost a blade. This may be due to the slinder size and how they are fastened to the ferrule with a ring. Having one point of attachment may mean more flexibility and ultimate better durability. Several of my Grim Reaper Razortip Broadheads have killed over 4 deer.

Grim Reaper Broadhead Big Time Penetration

The blade design and arrangement also aids in penetration. The Grim Reapers are one of the best penetrating heads that I have shot. The thin blades have less surface area and thus have less drag. The swept back blade angle after deployment is the primary reason for incredible penetration. I have complete quartering pass throughs on bucks at yardages over 40 yards.

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Better arrow penetration means more pass through shots and pass throughs mean better blood trails. The three blade 1 3/4″ Razortip leaves a fairly impressively wound channel. The Grim Reaper slogan is “watch em drop” and I have seen most of my deer drop within site of the tree stand.

After nocking the arrow be sure to test each blade and verify that it can open with minimal fingertip pressure. You are just making sure that debri is not blocking the movement of the blade or the tension spring. This is a very easy check to perform and a heck of a lot better than dealing with orings and rubber bands.

Think about all those hunting shows when the Rage only penetrates half way through the deer? The three blade Grim Reaper has never had any trouble making it through the rib cage.

2011 Grim Reaper Broadhead Buck
2011 Grim Reaper Broadhead Buck – 42 Yard Pass Through

Grim Reaper Broadheads Fly Great

Tuning the head is a no brainer. It shoots just like a field point. The profile of the practice head is exactly like the real head. This is a very important point to keep in mind when shopping for a broadhead.

Replacing the blades on a Grim Reaper Razortip is very easy. Simply unscrew the broadhead and remove the spring tension cup and slide the blades off the ferrule. Replacement blades are pretty inexpensive and can be purchased directly from the Grim Reaper site.

Grim Reaper Cons

The only downside I have seen with the Grim Reaper Razortip is the aluminum ferrule. The design is solid and dependable but can be expensive if you hit shoulder bone. The tip of the GR is very similar to the Trocar tip of the Muzzy.  The broadhead will still kill the deer but will likely bend and become impossible to reuse. The head never broke in the animal.

UPDATE SEPTEMBER 2014

Season opened here in NC last week and my dad has been focused on filming a deer hunt. He finally had good light and everything lined up this week. He is an xbow hunter and the Grim Reaper Xbow broadhead did some serious work. Below is a picture of the entry wound.

grim reaper xbow entry wound
Grim Reaper Xbow Broadhead Entry Wound
2010 Grim Reaper Broadhead Buck
2010 Grim Reaper Broadhead Buck

Grim Reaper Broadhead Review Conclusion

That brings us to the conclusion of my Grim Reaper Broadhead Review. Hopefully it gives you something to think about before selecting a new broadhead. At a minimum I hope you remember to keep an open mind and not just follow the masses. There are a lot of great products out there and Grim Reaper is not well known but they make a heck of a broadhead.  I still recommend Grim Reapers to my hunting buddies.  They are worth every penny and have Never let me down.

If you have questions about Reapers please post them below and I will do my best to answer them.  If you have experience with these broadheads then please leave a review if you have minute.

About Jeff

Deer hunting is a great sport and is one of my passions. Between September and January you will probably find me in a treestand with bow in hand. My hope with this site is to share my experience to help you have a more successful and enjoyable deer hunt.

44 comments

  1. Your review hits the nail on the head. The Grim Reaper is solid and is everything the other high priced broadheads are not….these things are great

  2. I hunted with Grim Reapers for several season and they are great broadheads. They are very durable through ribs but will not be reusable if you hit shoulder. The deer will still be dead but you will be out $10. Penetration is off the charts!!

  3. Spot on review. I shot 2 different deer with Rage 2 blades, and found very little blood and lost both deer. The last 2 seasons with GR I have shot 4 deer, none have gone further than 75 yards.

  4. Been using thunderhead 125 on 2117 xx75 for 30+ yrs. Only lost one deer. Getting old now and had to lower draw weight to 48-50. Bought a new Diamond Infinite Edge to accomadate and thinking about switching to carbon with grim reaper broadheads but a friend told me they won’t penetrate properly up under 60+. Is this true.

    • Jim
      Good question. To provide an accurate answer we would need to know the KE(kinetic energy) of the bow.

      Kinetic energy is the energy of motion. Any object which has motion has kinetic energy. Total kinetic energy depends upon two variables: the mass of the object and the speed of the object.

      But without knowing the exact speed and weight of your arrow I would say you could shoot the 1 – 3/8″ Grim Reapers. The smaller cutting diameter may be better suited for your set up. Your bow may be much faster and able to handle a larger cutting diameter head but I would want to weigh the arrow and shoot it through a chrono.

      Hope this helps
      Jeff

      • Shot a young 5pt using 125gr 1-3/8″GR on a 5575 Gold Tip carbon arrow with my Infinite Edge set at 51# 29″ draw. Broadside shot, pass thru both lungs at approx 23 yds. Worked fine. Just thought I’d let you know.

        Jim

    • My thirteen year old daughter shot a doe and got a pass thru.
      She was shooting a 53# mission riot,fmj arrow and 1 3/8 Grim Reaper.
      Worked like a champ!

  5. I just got into bow hunting 3 years ago, shot 4 deers with GR. 1st one went 20 yeards (6 pointers). 2nd one went 50 yards (8 pointers). third one walked 5 yards and dropped, while blood were pouring/glushing out (8 pointers). 4th one got hit in the spine from 3 yards away, it dropped and was trying to craw away, i had to finish it off with another shot to the lungs (small 8 pointers). Don’t know if its GR that brought me luck or due to its quality that gives me confidence to hunt harder. Either way, from now on, the only thing attach to the end of my arrows will always be GR.

  6. One more thing, the spine shot did not damage the broadhead. The tip penetrated into the spine. I got the head out and planned to shoot another deer with it soon. Nothing to fix or replace.

  7. Great Reviews Guys!
    I appreciate you taking the time to post your opinions

  8. I used the GR 100 Gr. 3 blade razor tip this October on the end of a gold tip series 5525 carbon arrow released from a HOYT Spyder 30 compound bow killing machine. Got complete pass thru on a doe @ 20yds & all blades deployed along with a blood trail & deer ran 60 yards & fell. Grim Reaper does not need commercial time on Outdoor Network to prove its worth. Sometimes the path less traveled is better than popularity. I’m a Mfg.Engineer & know that all things must have fit, form, & function. The Grim Reaper does all 3 mechanically sound. I would rather use a product that is not well known that is lethal, than to be a part of the masses just to brag.

  9. This is my first season using GR’s, i was a little hesitant being that i’ve only used muzzy fixed broadheads, however after reading all these reviews and watching your video Jeff, I am fully confident that i made a good buy. I really appreciate the reviews.

  10. I experienced the same thing as you. Started with muzzy in the 80s, tried rage among others, then settled with Grim Reapers. Thanks for the review.

  11. Don’t waste your 40 dollars! I bought these broadheads and since I was reading all these great reviews I went and got them. Two already broke and I have one more for deer season but why use It if it’s going to lesson my chances of getting a good shot?! I shot both of them under a dozen times and they both broke. The cap on the bottom cracks and the ring that holds the blades on bends. and I can say that they DO NOT shoot like a field tip! I had to change my sight all over. They have good cutting diameter but I don’t know why everybody else loves these heads for but I can say I would never buy them again.

    • Taylor
      I was tempted to delete your review and comment because I think you went about your testing in the wrong way.

      Grim Reaper broadhead packages all include a practice head. In my experience the practice head was a good representation of the actual head.

      Like I mentioned in my review, I have killed a bunch of deer with GR and have been very satisfied.

      I have a GR Broadheads in my hunting room that I will give you for the 2014. Just email me or respond here and I will send you a few more to try.

      I am not on the pro staff team but I have seen them in action and they work.

      Let me know
      Jeff

    • sounds to me like you are a amateur..im shooting my 2 inch grim reapers out of my hoyt carbon zt turbo with out a mark on them…and if your bow was tuned properly they will fly true

    • Alex Lindekugel

      sounds like an out of tune bow. and bad luck.

  12. Ok I read this review and went and bought the gr 3 blade 2 in cut I was looking for the 1 3/3 cut but they didnt have them and the guy told me dont worrie my tenpoint ss has enough kE to support the 2 in cut and I was going to love them well my first three shots didnt go well my practice tip flew just like my field tips but the first shot I made none of the blades opened up I know this because it went right threw my target with no slivers around the hole it flew straight though. My next shot didnt fly staight my first thought was it opened in mid air I think I was right because there was one sliver front and back of target.the third shot I felt the same like it opened in mid air I ghink I was right 2 slivers around the front hole all three around the back.WHAT AM I DOING WRONG? ??

    • Jason
      There is a slight possibility the velocity of your xbow might be causing the standard GR heads to open in flight.

      My dad shots the xbow Grim Reaper heads and has never had one open prematurely.

      I am not familiar with your crossbow but I would be sure that my equipment is all matched properly.

      I would also not recommend wasting REAL heads on target practice. I think the Grim Reaper Target head works just fine

      Jeff

  13. I used GR in 2011 and harvested 2 bucks one was 20 yds quartering away arrow stopped in opposite shoulder, arrow broke but broad head was reusable. The other was 24 yds complete pass through the buck went 75 yds. Hunting heads fly just like practice blade.

  14. I’m in my second season of bow hunting at age 55. Both me and my son shot big bucks in Kentucky last year with Rage broadheads. We found neither. We are getting ready to make the trip again, so I went broadhead shopping. The GR was recommended. To test them, I shot a doe last week. She basically fell in her tracks and was not breathing within 1 minute. However, this is the 2″ and even though it went through, it remained in the body. It was a 20 yd shot on a not real big doe. I’m shooting a Mathews that’s about 8 years old and set at 55lbs. Do you think I need to use the 1 3/8? Don’t really want to because of wound size, but don’t want to lose deer. I’m also considering the purchase of higher grade arrows as mine are the entry level from Bass Pro.

    • The 2″ cut Grim Reaper…or any 2″ cut…takes a lot of energy for full penetration.
      I would give the 1 3/4″ razortips a try before moving down to the 3/8. I love the 1 3/4 Grim Reapers.

      • I use 2″ heads I made a very bad shot on a big doe we found her. I love the the reaper broad heads a lot of heads would not have left enough blood to track but these did . Which cutting dia would be best for my parker bow iam pulling about 60 pounds

  15. Purchased a new hoyt charger last year and the gr broadheads were recommended to me by the staff at the shop. No shots last year but just killed an 8 point last Monday. He barely made it 40 yards and I could see him fall dead from my stand. On my setup the broadheads do fly just like my field points. I am very satisfied with their performance.

  16. I just put on my first set of Grim Reaper 2″ heads after growing to hate Rage. Rage rear deploying are complete junk in my book. Every time I glanced Rage, it seemed that at least one blade was hanging out from just a bit of movement while knocked and the bow in my lap. low and behold, first day with the Reapers came. as I get my climber to correct height, I look down to see my bow, 5′ below me with the string I use to pull it up wrapped around the sights! Having gotten set up, I decided to go ahead and hunt. I had bee, rattling and a nice tall 8 pt came running in at 6:49. he walked to 25 yards (in the middle of my estrus wicks) and turned broadside. I took the shot, excited to see the huge entry wound telling me that I hit my first trophy deer, yet horrified that it looked to be a gut shot (the rope on my sights disrupted the windage by bending the sight. the arrow had flown perfectly true thru the air though. I watched the buck bed down at about 60 yards. get up, and bed again at about 70 yards. I waited 2 hours before beginning my approach. as I got near him, he was barely kicking, but I took a lung shot to end the animals suffering. Had this been any other broadhead, I don’t believe I’d have gotten to claim my deer. I have bagged deer during rifle seasons that had been gut shot and would have probably ran forever had I not shot them. I believe this is a testament to Grim Reapers. I will NOT shoot anything else from now on. Performed flawlessly!

  17. The packaging of the Grim Reaper says “watch em drop”. 2 of the 3 deer I’ve shot with them actually dropped in their tracks. Sure, they kicked some, but they dropped. No spine shot. No bull. I can’t argue with the results. The first was with a 2 inch, the second with a 1.75 inch.
    I’ve never had a bow shot deer drop in their tracks from any other broadbead without a spine( and one accidental head) shot.
    I don’t know that they are drastically different from their competitors but I can’t argue with the results I’ve had.

  18. I love the 2″ GR it has never let me down. My wife is a first year hunter shooting a Mathews Chill SDX at 50# and was wondering if the 1.25″ would work

  19. I shoot a Mission Venture by Mathews. It was tuned by Hadley’s Archery, Akron, Ohio and I can shoot it well. I started with Rage mechanicals 2 years ago. I shot both a buck and a doe. The doe dropped in her tracks and it was a pass though. The buck had poor penetration and I was not able to recover him due to a poor blood trail. Last season, I switched to Grim Reaper razor tip 100g 1-3/8″. I was lucky enough to have a 14 point buck pass by my stand one morning. My 25 yard shot hit him good and he only went 25 yards before he laid down. I could see him from my stand the entire time. It was a pass through shot and the blood trail was very evident. I’m sticking with the Grim Reaper broadheads. My advice to Taylor is to have his bow tuned by a professional. A tuned bow will put arrows with either field tips or GR practice tips in a paper plate at 50 yards. I do not practice with the hunting broadheads.

  20. I am very impressed with the Grim Reaper broadheads. Not only the mechanical ones but also the Hades fixed blade. I have found the only broadhead I need. If it’s deer ,turkey or hogs then I have doubt if I do my part them then my Grim Reaper mech will do it’s part. If I am after black bear then it’s the Hades and I know it will do it’s part as long as I do mine. The mechanical may work just as well guides Dont allow them . In my opinion the best line of broadheads on the market.

  21. I also use grim reaper 100grain razor tip on deer. Have harvested every deer I shot at.Can you tell me your thoughts on using them for elk.

    Thank you

    • Sorry John but I have not had an opportunity to elk hunt. My initial gut feeling is the 1 3/8″ GR would perform great on elk. I would be very hesitant to use any 2″ mechanical on elk

      good luck
      Jeff

  22. I have a pse full throttle and the ibo is rated at 370. Ok know it isn’t shooting 370 but is shooting I. The 340s. Do you think I will have a problem with them opening early? Also my son has a diamond core that is drawing about 45. Should he shoot a fixed blade or mechanical? Thanks

  23. I SHOT THE THUNDERHEAD 100 GR FOR YEARS AND HAD GOOD SUCCESS. I SWITCHED TO THE GR 100 2″ CUT 3 YRS AGO AND HAVE KILLED A 12 POINTER THAT WENT LESS THAN 75 YDS WITH COMPLETE PASS THROUGH. I SHOT A 10 POINTER THAT WENT LESS THAN 40 YDS WITH COMPLETE PASS THROUGH. I SHOT A DOE THAT WENT 60 YDS WITH COMPLETE PASS THROUGH. I SHOOT A MATHEWS HELIAM SET AT ONLY 60#. THE GR IS AN OUTSTANDING BROADHEAD IN MY OPINION. EVEN THOUGH THE THUNDERHEAD IS A GREAT BROADHEAD, I THINK THAT THE GR LEAVES A MUCH BETTER BLOOD TRAIL.

  24. Has anyone tried the GR hypbrid broadheads. Even though I shoot the GR 2″ mechanical broadhead and love them, I was just wondering if anyone has had good luck out of them or not. Thanks and good luck to everyone hunting this year and please be safe.

    • Alex Lindekugel

      i havent had great luck usen them in an x bow but. at slower speeds im sure you would be happy with them.

  25. I USE A 1/38 CUT GR. DO YOU THINK GOING TO A 2 INCH GR WOULD CHANGE MY ARROW FLIGHT.
    USE A HORTON COMPOUND 26 INCH DRAW & USE 250 CARBON ARROWS.

  26. I’m shooting a 358 grain total weight arrow and tip combo at 278fps. So around 61 ft/lbs of KE. Which size of the Grim Reapers would you suggest? 1 3/8 or 1 3/4?!

  27. Just had to put on here absolutely love my reapers always found my deer I have shot with them all but one was a pass thru and it didn’t cause it hit the opposite shoulder

  28. Decided to go with the 1-3/4″ Grim Reaper this year strictly based on I liked the looks & how they assemble. I am sure now that I made the right choice and going to stick with GR. I had a shot yesterday evening with my Excalibur crossbow at 29 yards and the results were awesome. Bolt entered the top of the left leg, sliced thru the chest & lungs and exited the right leg. I knew the deer was injured bad from the way it was running and ran 40 yards and fell dead in it’s tracks. Very large blood trail and blood was everywhere. I recommend Grim Reaper to anyone who is serious about severe tissue damage and recovery of their game. Made a believer out of me!!!

  29. Going on my second year of deer hunting and I was sitting in a ground blind when a nice 8 pointer came strolling by. Me being inexperienced and shaking like a leaf decided to take the shot with out stopping him. I made a bad shot with my tenpoint Titan xtreem crossbow and hit him in the neck. He leaped forward and fell dead thanks to grim reaper crossbow broadheads. Now I use the old muzzy broadheads on broken arrows as decorations in my garage. Nothing performs better in my opinion.

  30. Alex Lindekugel

    i only have exp with gr hydrid heads ill start by stating that. my set up is a mission 320 mxb x bow. andi cant say im to happey with them i love to hybrid idea and its a very solid built head but is wissiles when i shoot. despit what gr says i dont think there really ment to go that fast. accurecy wize im avraging 3 in off of my feild points. normaly thats good but my x bow is a tac driver so i know i can do better. and my toxics that i use in compond are feild point accurate. but the x bow version has left alot to be desierd. im trying a diffrent bolt set up tomarrow to see if its cuz of foc issue or the vains dident put enuff spin on it. the x bow is in time and in till. its as perfictly tuned as i and my bow shop can get it. so if i cant get the resalts i want. i think im just going to go to use the razorcut gr for x bow. ive persnoly never heard of a blade fail deployment with gr and with the hybrid its always deployd. just havent seen the accurecy i require.

  31. 46# 24″ draw.. Will the GR work at 75g weight. Or should she stick to fixed. I shoot swackers.. But would like to find her a 75g mechanical

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