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 Posted: Mon Jan 26th, 2009 03:48 pm
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hello - Talk about old  school  versus  new  tech - they've developed awesume new broadheads  to go with the new  bows - I find it hard to change - I used  bears   for  years  /with bleeeders   then moved  to thunderheads  on  to  muzzy .  Now  after  watching the new  Rage i may have to just  give'm  a go !

 



 Posted: Mon Jan 26th, 2009 05:40 pm
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I have been shooting aftershock archery broadheads and have been very pleased with them. They have a great expandible line as well as fixed blades, I have killed with both and they perform very well.



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 Posted: Mon Jan 26th, 2009 09:15 pm
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here's one of the newest  on the market

http://www.smokebroadheads.com/



 Posted: Mon Jan 26th, 2009 09:16 pm
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here's another one that just hitthe market

 

http://www.epekhunting.com

Last edited on Mon Jan 26th, 2009 09:17 pm by elkaholic



 Posted: Mon Jan 26th, 2009 09:38 pm
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I gave the Rage's a try this past season and I was IMPRESSED to say the least. They'll be stuck on the end of my arrows next season.



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If I start bow hunting again, I'll probably stick with my Thunderhead 125s.



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IF-  ??   - thats  all i try to hunt anymore - seems to be the best time in the field -season wise -  and  never  have to worrry  -(to much )- about  some  idiot banging  away  at  500+ yrds, when I'm  making  a stalk!



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I love those 2 bladed rage broadheads.They are really impressive.Great penatration,great arrow flight,and huge entry and exit wounds.They rock.



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These days they all a pretty good broadheads. Some places don't like you using expandable broadheads. The Sonic broadheads are very small but make a large hole.  Many may be just as good, but I've never seen one penetrate harder.



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I wouldn't hunt in a place that did not allow them.



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I shoot the steelforce phatheads. They have field point accuracy and the main blade is .080 thick. I killed over 20 animals with them the last 3 yrs. We cant use expanders here in Idaho but when i hunt out of state i use them! Idaho's laws are very strict. No expanders, no lighted nock or anything electronic attached to bow, just barely got to 80% letoff from 65%



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Before we start thinking I'm a hater....I ain't. What I am interested in is consistently killing big pigs. Consistently. Please read through this and just ponder. Do what you want to do, scream and yell at me. That's fine. I run a 3,000 acre ranch in South Texas and LOVE ARCHERY. Friends, family, my crazy teenagers and I killed 61 pigs in 2016.........dead. 40% archery, mostly from setup stands over bait. So we are getting good shot angles. Once the pigs are on bait, they stay around!

When expandable heads first came out, I thought "This is the end of all broad heads, fixed blades are going the way of the abacus." We loaded up and went out. Initial results were outstanding.
But there was some penetration weirdness, as in repeatable, regular, weirdness. In particular, clients and friends who had failures and they almost always said "I hit it perfect and it just stopped, the arrow looked like it hit a brick"
I started to get concerned about the "stopped" thing and started taking a few notes.

Boar Hogs over 150!
1. Its either a blood bath or NOTHING and gone - 50% at best.
2. Penetration was cut in half on standard, well placed, rib cage hits. Near Shoulder or any moderate bone. BONK - pig gone.
3. I can't prove it but we've had more than a few pig hogs "catch" the expendables. They just kind of stop in all the hair, meat, shield, etc. So what I can't prove is the broad head punches in and the blades can't open. Or they possibly torque shut, but it kept happening as in we got the whole arrow back with a bit of mud on the broad head..
3. "Levering" on quartering shots. By design if the broad head hits quartering one of the blades is going to open first. It's microseconds, but the speed and forward momentum drastically increase the leverage and 28+" of arrow becomes just like a nail you don't hit square. On boars over 150 we've had inserts blow completely out sideways. 7 to be exact. 6 pigs and one on a big buck. zero penetration - animals no worse for wear.

I was finally able to catch the expandable "stopping like a brick" on video.
Shot is 17 yards, I am in a tent blind, completely level, pig is very calm. 65 lb Switchback XT, 28 1/4" ICS 400, 2 blade expandable, pig is 220 pounds. I killed him 2 weeks later and put him on a scale.

Here's the video:
https://youtu.be/tseOVNEeXzs

For consistency, killing pigs over 150, I would suggest a cut on contact broadhead like a Magnus stinger or Black Hornet, Phathead (above) etc. For sows and pigs under 150, shoot whatever. I still recommend COC or fixed.

Please remember my premise here. For killing consistency. Shoot mech's but when weird happens. Just remember the Ranch Fairy. He's a magical creature.



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