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Posted By: Kingoftheforest-
01/29/2013 8:54 pm
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I've always used fixed broad heads for bow hunting and I was wondering what some of the pros and cons of mechanical broad heads were. I am thinking of making the switch, but just want to hear from other hunters about their experiences. I would be hunting mainly whitetail, and possibly black bear too.

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Reply By: SKHunter74
01/29/2013 9:27 pm

I have tried both. Now reading my other post about the Swhacker, I really like the product for non-fixed. I have tried Rage they do nice work but the blades are pushed out instead deploying inside the animal. Plus the thin blades break alot. If you look at cost vs effect. I would say Fixed heads are the best cause they do what they was ment to do. KILL and your not paying 30-50 bucks for three broad heads. I can buy a pack of Muzzy broadheads and get 10 for $25.

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Reply By: mrbusybusy
01/29/2013 10:51 pm

I use Grimm Reaper mechanical broadheads.  It's a 3 blade setup with a 2" cutting path and they inflict A LOT of damage.  In the end shoot what feels like you have the most accuracy with because regardless of the broadhead you choose if you shoot it in the ass you're not bringing home the bacon anyway.

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Reply By: Daniel-Howard
01/30/2013 8:56 pm

I use the carbon express f-15. They fly great and do the job nicely. I also use the g5 t3 which leaves a nasty exit wound. I tend to stay away from the the two blade mechanicals because sometimes the ribs deflect their shot.

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Reply By: PaulyHunts
06/15/2015 4:37 pm

I'd agree on the F-15s...They fly awesome, penetrate well and leave a big blood trail.  That being said, I will also carry a couple expandables in my quiver for shots in windy conditions or if a long follow up shot is needed...

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Reply By: Hunter
01/31/2013 1:56 am

I'm learning a bunch here. Nice posts guys.

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Reply By: etammik
01/31/2013 9:09 pm

check these out I just picked some up..NAP Bloodrunners best of bothe worlds..Haven't used them hunting yet but i have shot them at a target and they fly true...way better than G5's and some other fixed 3 blades iv used.

http://www.newarchery.com/products/mechanical/bloodrunner-6/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DT36MEE72I

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Reply By: mrbusybusy
02/12/2013 1:24 pm

Here is a good article comparing 5 different fixed and 5 different mechanical broadheads.  I think it's a good read for anyone starting out or if you're thinking about crossing over from one to the other.

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Reply By: SKHunter74
02/12/2013 6:02 pm

Told ya Shwacker rocked! :P

Not much diff between the fixed broadheads but Muzzy gets more bang for your $$.

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Reply By: mrbusybusy
02/12/2013 7:25 pm

With a name like Shwacker it's gotta be good ;-)

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Reply By: Wheels
03/01/2013 4:00 pm

Muzzy 100gr 3 blade

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Reply By: mogwai
02/24/2014 10:51 pm

I picked up a three pack of muzzy 100gr 3 blades today, they ripped up my "ghetto DIY" target, can't wait to see what they do to a pig.

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Reply By: mrbusybusy
02/25/2014 9:00 am
What arrow are you screwing those into for your pig hunt?
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Reply By: mogwai
02/25/2014 10:01 am

Gold Tip Traditional Hunter 5575/400.

I only have a roughly 5-7 yard practice range set up in my side yard because of lack of a big property. I was planning to go to the range today to try them out at 20 yards, my youngest daughter is sick tho, so I might need to wait til tomorrow.

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Reply By: mrbusybusy
02/25/2014 10:18 am
Hope she feels better soon! Have fun when you get out to the range.
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Reply By: mogwai
02/25/2014 10:27 am

Thanks MrBusyBusy. She'll be fine, she's a tough cookie.

I'm aware that my recurve can't shoot mechanical heads and it was even recommended that I stick with 2 blade 100 gr heads, but both the Muzzys and the cheapo pack of 3 blade Naps are properly weighted and line up perfect with my fletchings, so I'm giving them both a go. Half a dozen arrows and two different manufactures of broadheads should at least give me a better understanding of how things work.

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Reply By: NEIA4LIFE
03/02/2013 10:44 am
I don't like the weakness of the construction of most mechanicals. I shoot the montec by g5 solid as can be construction and can be sharpened most mechanicals have replacement blades that cost!
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Reply By: Headhunter
12/25/2013 9:38 am

I've been using Grim-Reapers  1.75 and 2 in cut dia out of my Darton Viper SS Xtreme crossbow for a little while now.  It's clocking a 22 in at 360fps more or less. I have to say they do a pretty good job but like most mech they are a one and done. Especially if you have rocks around like I do. They do fly a little different than my field points out of my bow and I need to re-sight in. I out of 5 or so deer and 1 turkey, I have had one blade not deploy out of the three blades and 2 times I have broke 1 blade inside the deer. They are pricy also. So, Im switching to Trophy Ridge Hammerheads and Sidewinders. If you go to cabelas reviews the hammerhead is the number one customer rated broadhead. Im trying the sidewinder first because it's a 1.5 cut and the Hammerheads were out of stock. $24 is also nice instead of $40. Im thinking a 1.5 cut is a little stronger when hitting ribs or the back part of the shoulder. im a believer that you must have a exit hole to facilitate finding your game.  Just my fyi.

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Reply By: mrbusybusy
12/27/2013 3:38 pm

Good info, thanks for the post!  I agree, no exit hole and your chance of finding game drops if they take off.

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Reply By: mrbusybusy
02/06/2015 12:03 pm

Anybody tried a hybrid broadhead yet?  I came across these and it does look like the best of both worlds.  Haven't shot any yet so I don't know how they fly.

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