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Old 08-02-2005, 11:32 AM
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I was wondering if anyone can give me some insight on wether to use fixed or mechanical broadheads? Im currently shooting a Bowtech extreeme VFT at 29" draw and 70lbs. Ive read numerous articles stating that mechanical broadheads are much easier to pattern but they tend to loose alot of killing power on contact. Whereas fixed heads kill alot more efectively but because of the speed of the bow are much harder to pattern.....
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Old 08-02-2005, 05:09 PM
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Default RE: BroadHeads... Fixed or mechanical?

Depending upon your arrow weight, you should have enough energy to use Mech heads on game such as deer or even some larger game, as long as itswithin reasonable shot distances.

However, fixed blades get a bad wrap. A well-tuned bow can spit them out with Field Point accuracy. Dontoverlook fixed blades. Many quality ones on the market.

Sorry this is so short, butthere are lots of threads about this, and if you doa search,Im pretty sure you could find moundsof more info about this.

Good luck---Matt
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Old 08-02-2005, 05:17 PM
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Default RE: BroadHeads... Fixed or mechanical?

get fixed blades they are better than mechs on any day at any time get slick tricks or cabelas F3 they fly just like field tips
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Old 08-02-2005, 05:22 PM
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Default RE: BroadHeads... Fixed or mechanical?

I use fixed because I have a basic distrust of anything with moving parts ...
Seriously though , while I haven't tried mechs I won't rule them out .
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Old 08-03-2005, 03:08 AM
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Default RE: BroadHeads... Fixed or mechanical?

http://www.broadheadtests.com/MECHANICALVSFIXED.html
Read through the info on my link and then go to the tuning and FAQ pages. They should help get you started and to make a more informed choice.
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Old 08-03-2005, 01:37 PM
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Default RE: BroadHeads... Fixed or mechanical?

Just had the same problem two weeks ago. Go w/ fixed, I had mechs malfunction on 2 deer and i lost both of them. I just did a personal test: http://forum.hunting.net/asppg/tm.asp?m=1143448

I found it was pretty easy to tune my bow, and i got my groups w/ broadheads to be equal to that of my field points. Why have more moving parts where something can go wrong. Plus, its hard to beat fixed for penetration. And as far as im concerned id rather have a complete pass through than a wider cut dia
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Old 08-03-2005, 01:40 PM
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Default RE: BroadHeads... Fixed or mechanical?

I personally would never use the expandable heads but that is only my opinion. You can get the Slick Tricks or Magnus Stingers to fly just like your filed points so there is no need to take a chance on a expandable failing. Good luck.
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Old 08-03-2005, 02:39 PM
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Default RE: BroadHeads... Fixed or mechanical?

I prefer the fixed ones myself.
I just like things to be solid and foolproof.

Fixed blades are not that bad to tune.
They will however always plane more in the wind.
No big deal, just don't go out when it's blowing 30mph, or keep your shots shorter if it's windy.

I would definitly consider a mechanical head for Turkey for the larger cutting diameter, but I like fixed for deer.
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Old 08-03-2005, 06:13 PM
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Default RE: BroadHeads... Fixed or mechanical?

pick a broadhead for the game you're hunting. I use mechanical on whitetail deer, turkey,coyote, and other small game. I use fixed for elk and mule deer!There are some very reliable sharp mech. broadheads available. Sounds like you've got a set up that wull produce plenty of KE to use what ever you choose!
It still cracks me up when mechanical broadheads are blamed for lost deer! Yet when deer are lost using fixed heads, the fixed heads don't get blamed[]
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Old 08-03-2005, 06:49 PM
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Default RE: BroadHeads... Fixed or mechanical?

You got enough power behind the arrows to shoot either.

However, with the huge number of fixed blade heads available today that will fly every bit as good as any mechanical there really is no reason anyone needs to shoot a mechanical to hunt big game.

Ten years ago mechanicals really caught on when the best flying broadhead was a Muzzy. These large heads could be a real pain in the arse to tune. But with todays shorter and more aerodynamic fixed blade heads a mechanical just isn't needed any more.

Some of the newer fixed blade heads such as the NAP nitron and Rocky turbo actually have far less blade surface area expesed than many mechanicals do. It's no wonder that they fly so good now.
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