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Old 04-07-2011, 04:36 PM
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Fun little Vid

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Old 04-13-2011, 01:28 PM
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Yeah kinda like proofs in the pudding kinda video.
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Old 04-13-2011, 01:59 PM
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I shot an elk with my Wacems and it blew straight thru the elk and into a tree 10 yards behind the elk and buried into the tree a long ways. The broadhead is still in the tree along with the insert. It was probably 28 to 34 yards to the elk and 10 yards further to the tree.
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Old 04-15-2011, 04:35 PM
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No way on the expandables/mechanicals. I'll bet my annual salary you will have a problem with them hunting elk. My bet is anyone who has shot more than 10 elk with an expandable/mechanical has had a problem. I'm guessing a lot will try to forget the times they had problems with them. I actually visited with a manufacturer of one of them. He said its just a matter of time before you have a failure. Every single mechanical/expandable will fail eventually. Thats right from the mouth of one of the manufacturers of them. Why risk that trouble on a possibly once in a life time shot at a big bull.

Oh one more thing to chew on. I went for many years not allowing expandables/mechanicals in camp. (nine wounded animals in one year) Many folks didn't like that and even had some hunters not come because of my no mechanicals policy. However, I became justified very fast when I decided to let folks use them again. I had lots of folks brag up the rage 2 blade. In two seasons I had 4 archers insist on using them because they are so great. I decided to give them a chance and let 4 hunters use them in 2 seasons. Honestly, 2 of the 4 wounded animals and did not recover their game. Thats really bad odds. Worst of it is, 3 of the 4 were professional hunters that were sponsored by rage. Sorry guys, mechanicals get a thumbs down from me.

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Old 04-15-2011, 09:57 PM
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Sorry turkeyward but I call BS on just about everything you just said...

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Old 04-18-2011, 03:47 PM
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turkeyward; If you like you can pm me so I can get your address to collect your annual salary. I can do a cashiers check, money order, paypal or even a transfer.
In all seriousness, I have never had a broadhead problem, and I have killed a few more than 10 with mechanicals..specifically Grim Reapers.
In addition I have found the majority of hunters try to blame failures on mechanicals...after all there is no way they could have made a bad shot....yeah had to be the broadheads fault.
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Old 04-18-2011, 04:29 PM
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I've watched hunters have problems with their mechanicals while they were still in camp. It's just not worth it to me. There is not a person on this forum that hasn't heard of or experienced a problem with expandables. It's not worth arguing over, everyone should use what they want. But when I go up, I will have 125 grain Muzzys. I have never heard of any hunter having a problem with Muzzys, tried and true.

For what it's worth, Turkeyward runs a good outfit and I believe every single word of what he said. Just saying.....
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Old 04-18-2011, 11:36 PM
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Expandables are illeagle here in Idaho, for any game. Another vote for Muzzy, I have never had one fail!

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Old 04-20-2011, 10:55 AM
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I shot my cow with a rage 2 blade and mathews drenalin set at 70 lbs. The shot was 55 yards and i was up above her on a clay slide. The entry hole in the hide was huge the hole going through the ribs was big enough to fit 2 fingers in, however i had no exit hole and once she threw the arrow the entry hole was so high there was absolutley no blood. she only ran 80 yards but I walked in circles for 2 hours before i found her pilled up in a ditch. The rage did the job but i dont think i will use anything but muzzys from now on. just my .02 cents

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Old 04-20-2011, 01:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Colorado Luckydog View Post
There is not a person on this forum that hasn't heard of or experienced a problem with expandables.
The only place I have ever heard of or "experienced" any kind of a broadhead (mechanical or fixed) failure is on the internet. Needless to say I dont put too much stock in it. If I did I dont think there would be a broadhead out there that I would shoot.
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