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Do mechanicals work with crossbows?

Old 12-05-2010, 04:16 PM
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Default Do mechanicals work with crossbows?

Do the mechanical heads work with crossbows? If so which one's, does swhacker work?
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Old 12-05-2010, 04:54 PM
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I used Meat Seekers and they work just fine. Huntr2
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Old 12-06-2010, 05:20 AM
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Some mechanical do fly well from crossbows some don't. Problems generally involve premature deployment of the blades due to the sudden surge of a crossbow. I avoid any that have to be banded. Only way to tell is to test fire them, preferably with paper stretched in front of target to see if they were deployed when hitting paper.
Spitfires have worked well for me. But my go-to head is the Slick Trick or Grizz Trick, not mechanicals but good flight, awesome terminal performance. .
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Old 12-06-2010, 03:29 PM
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I use Firstcut mechanical and have had great success with them. I have taken 5 deer in the past 4 years using them and all but one only ran about 35 yards. They produce a well defined blood trail. I have a Horton Legend LS that is about 10 years old.
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Old 12-06-2010, 06:26 PM
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I shot 2 Tick Toters this yr with Spitfire 100 both pass-throughs both good blood trails
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Old 12-07-2010, 08:09 AM
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My Dad and Uncle uses splitifres, I use Bloodrunners, nobody has had any issues with premature deployment.
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Old 12-08-2010, 06:54 PM
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I would have to say from a physics standpoint the mechanicals are more likely to work out of a crossbow than a compound bow. Most crossbows have more kinetic energy than a traditional compound bow due to the speed and the weight of the arrow which is being fired.
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Old 12-09-2010, 05:16 AM
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Most of us use the Rage 2 blade and they work great from our compounds and Joe's Tenpoint crossbow. The stay closed until they hit target and then they expand.
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Old 12-10-2010, 10:47 PM
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I shoot rage 2 blade or spitfires. I have had great success with both out of a Horton Legend XT 175.
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Old 12-12-2010, 12:32 PM
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I use Spitfires and Shockwaves. No problems with either.
I take more deer with these than w/ my 30-30.
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