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mech or fixed blade broadheads

just wondering what every body prefers or if any body has had any trouble with the mech broadheads not opening.

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I have no experience with the mechanicals just because I haven't been brave enough to try them just because they are mechanical. Seems there would be room for failure with something "mechanical", but I have known guys that use them and have had no problem.

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I've really seen this subject cause some heated debates before. 2 big concerns about mechanicals seem to be that either they won't open or that they don't penetrate well.

I use 3-blade spitfires on deer. I've shot both WT and mulies with them and have never had any trouble. Back when I used one of those fast little solocam bows (that are so popular these days) the arrow would fly right through the deer without even slowing down, so I would think that penetration is not a problem. Although, most mechanicals obviosly take kinectic energy to open... conceivibly that could take away from penetration. I use an different style of bow now, and finger shoot, and the arrow doesn't tend to pass completely through these days, but ususally hangs up with the feathers inside the chest cavity. I wouldn't consider that a problem, though. I have never shot an elk with mechanicals, but I'm hoping to do so this fall. I'll let you know what the results are if I'm successful.

The big advantage of mechanicals is that (the ones I've used anyway: spitfires and gators) they fly like a field tip and don't wind plane. I have more confidence in the field when using them because I know my arrow is going to hit where I'm shooting. But all this is just my opinion of course, and we all know what opinions are like.

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I would sure like to try some mechanicals but they are illegal here in Idaho. Why, I don't know, but Idaho has some very uptight archery laws.
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For Big Game I would use Fixed. Yes

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I use Firstcut 100 grain. I took a 5 point last year and an 8 point this year with them. Both deer fell within 50 yards of the shot. Both were complete pass throughs. It all depends on the person, and the placement of the shot.

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Can you practice with Mechanicals in a target without ruining them?

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Can you practice with Mechanicals in a target without ruining them?

You can use them for practicing but I wouldn't use the one you use for practice in the field. The mechanicals that use the little rubber band to hold them together have to be fixed after you pull them out of the target but for strictly practice purposes I haven't had any issues.

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I have a buddy that uses mech. and every time he shoots a deer ( or at a deer) the blades are taost. Is that typical or can they be used for multiple kills?

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redrider wrote:
I have a buddy that uses mech. and every time he shoots a deer ( or at a deer) the blades are taost. Is that typical or can they be used for multiple kills?

Good question but complex. It depends on how the blades look. If the blades are banging away at bone as it enters or passes through they may not be good enough to use again. If it's a clean pass where just flesh was cut then the head maybe OK. You have to look at the head after you recover it. I've shot a few deer that after looking at the head it looked good enough to use again but for my own sake I always replaced it. I want to make sure my tips are as sharp as possible and would rather not take a chance. The last thing I want to be thinking when I'm sitting up in a tree is if my blades are OK when the big one walks in. Replacement blades are not usually that expensive which is something you may want to consider.

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I've always used fixed, and I'm with you on making sure the blades are razor sharp. I change the blades everytime I shoot at something. I have just never been sold on the mechanicals enough to try them, even though they are proven to work.

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