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Old 10-15-2012, 02:09 PM
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Rage broadheads... i've always heard the horror stories!

i've shot many deer w/rage bh's. almost all have ran between 80-200yds, but had gaping wounds. the many animals i shoot w/muzzy fall w/in sight, but muzzy's don't fly true for me, while Rage mirror the flight of my field tips. sunday the 7th i shot a 5 1/2 yr old nine pointer w/6 kickers! 28 yards, center of body above the front legs. Looked like a great shot, it jumped, ran out to 50 yards and started looking around. i could see the blood, though minimal, and expected him to fall over. well, after 2 minutes the wagged his tail, looked left, right, left, and walked away. I snuck out an hour later and returned 9am the following day. found my 3 blade rage, arrow full of blood, 2 blades bent up, just a few feet from where i shot him. minute amounts of blood to the tree he stood at for 2 minutes. i have bled more from shaving with an old razor than from what was puddled where he stood for 2 minutes. i looked for him everyday for 4 days. no buzzards/crows/coyotes. well, i checked some other game cameras 3/4mi away, and he showed up on the 12th!! have 5 pictures of the exit side, center of the body, in the 'V', just an inch or two behind the shoulder. instead of a "Y" exit, there in a 'V', which means one blade did not open at all, the other two might not have opened until they hit the opposite side rib cage. i feel sick!! i know i'll go back to muzzy/fixed blade bh's, but don't like the deviation from fieldpoint zero. Wow, what an emotional roller coaster... if i get this guy i'll post all the pics. can't believe he's alive, he has lost ALOT of weight in those 5 days.
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Old 10-15-2012, 04:42 PM
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Re: Rage broadheads... i've always heard the horror stories!

skeeterboud,
Are you shooting the MX series of Muzzy broadheads? The MX series has a shorter ferrule and that's what's needed for faster shooting bows. Short ferruled broadheads are more aerodynamic and offer less surface area for wind planing.

I've been shooting Fuse Banshee, Slick Trick's Razor Trick and MX3 Muzzy with excellent accuracy, out to 50 yards. Same POI as my field tips, out to the same 50 yards.

I can put on a Thunderhead 100, Satilite Titan 100, Wasp Hammer SST and they will all drop 4" to 6" low, at any yardage. The ferrules are longer and it adds to the FOC balance and changes the aerodynamics of the shaft's flight charactoristics.

Using mechanicals has solved a lot of people's problems, but it's created some too. I don't care for mechanical broadheads for large game. Don't get me wrong, there are a lot of good ones out there. However, the biggest mistake most bowhunters make is getting too large of a cutting diameter and ruining their chances of a pass through.

Unless the bow that's being used produces plenty of K.E., there's a good chance of NOT getting a pass through. Think about it this way... You're hunting from a treestand and taking a downward angle shot. Don't you want the bottom exit would to leak blood? A bow kills by way of hemorage. Are you going to have a blood trail? How many bowhunting shows have you watched and you see the shot with about half of the arrow sticking out of the animal?
I have to ask myself... Could I find that deer, shot this way? I'd rather not attempt it. I'd rather shoot a smaller diameter cutting width, make the shot and find the deer via a decent blood trail, made by a sharp well placed broadhead.

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Old 10-15-2012, 04:52 PM
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Re: Rage broadheads... i've always heard the horror stories!

I tried to hunt elk with them but everytime I checked my quiver at least 1 or more blades were open. I went back to montecs after that.
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Old 10-15-2012, 09:52 PM
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Re: Rage broadheads... i've always heard the horror stories!

I have used the Rage 2 blade on three deer in the last year. I am using a Bowtech Invasion set at 56 lbs. 340 gr arrow at 309 fps. All three were complete pass throughs with blood trails that could have been followed by Ray Charles. The one that made it the farthest (100 yards) was hit quite far back and went at a downward angle through guts, liver and lung. The one that went the shortest, dropped at the shot and died within seconds.

My rig certainly isn't a high penetration set-up with the fairly light arrow but it zips right through. Many of my hunting partners use Rage 2 blades with similar effect.

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Old 10-15-2012, 10:31 PM
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Re: Rage broadheads... i've always heard the horror stories!

I have been using the slick trick magnums and I like them a lot. Had a complete pass through on an elk at 20 yds this year. Double lunged and he ran 30 to 40 yds and fell over. I could only imagine that they would knock the stuffing out of a white tail. They are about $26-$27 for a package of three and you can replace the blades. You should give them a try.
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Old 10-16-2012, 05:08 AM
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Re: Rage broadheads... i've always heard the horror stories!

picked up a couple packs of the mx-3's. the overwhelming majority of reviews(cabelas/basspro, etc) lean to good accuracy. Penetration and reliability are just about a given. some friends went from rage to strikers and are happy, and happy they won't ever have to worry about loose blades/failure/etc. seems like most people who shoot a 2 blade rage are satisfied, while the 3-blade users aren't. just an observation.
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Re: Rage broadheads... i've always heard the horror stories!

My whole group uses them every year. Muzzys don't fly for me either. I have a similar hit to what you described 2 years ago on my first real shooter buck. My brother and I looked for 3 days tons of blood. Finally ran into a neighbor kid and he took me to it, antlers were gone he pointed to another neighbor It had gone about 800 yards with a double lung shot, they are amazing animals. Sorry you lost him but you may just get another shot, remember to picture where your arrow will come out not where is will go in this has helped me for years.
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