Originally Posted by bigbrother
I agree with a lot of your statements but this clearly points out two differing thought processes that we typically see no matter the type of hunting. And btw, am not intending to ruffle anyone's feathers here. But again there are two theories:
Use a tougher broadhead so you can shoot the animal no matter the angle (shoot the biggest gun you can) or wait for a good angle and apply precise shot placement. (the people shooting light caliber guns)
I wholeheartedly agree that a more robust head will help the average hunter because that's where the statistics are coming from but broadhead design will never make up for poor shooting ability, lack of practice, and lack of patience. (It doesn't matter how big of a gun you gut shoot an elk with....it's still gut shot.)
Not exactly. If you'd look up the little bit of research that has been done, or collect enough yourself; you'd see that even great shots often suffer from crappy broadheads. Some collections of data indicate substantial failure rates when the shot was a 'prefect' broadside shot and all the broadhead hit was a rib.
And unlike the gun side, it's not a trade off. You can have it all with a bow. The only things you can't have together is speed/flat trajectory and heavy arrows. But you can still make precise shots with good, tough broadheads.
I'm not suggesting shooting better broadheads so you can take bad shots and not worry about where you hit. I'm suggesting it because with archery there is a high chance that it could be a 'bad shot' no matter how good you are.
This isn't like arguing big gun vs small gun. This is like arguing hunting bullet vs using light varmint bullet for big game. Yes the 55gn Nosler Ballistic Tip in a 243win will kill deer more than half the time, but it doesn't make it a good choice, and it sure as hell doesn't negate the fact that it will often fail to penetrate vitals and cause a wounded mess.
Ex: I had 4 reports of rage 2blade broadheads hitting nothing but ribs and failing to go into the chest cavity in 2010. This is unexceptable in my book. P.S. one of those customers killed the deer latter in the year and brought the rib with the broadhead stuck in it by the store. Sad.