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shoot through mesh

Has anyone ever used a mechanical broadhead through a mesh window? and how did it work?

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Mechanicals do not work well through mesh. I have heard that Rage broadheads will work, but personally have not tried them.

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redrider wrote:
Mechanicals do not work well through mesh. I have heard that Rage broadheads will work, but personally have not tried them.

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Redrider is correct. The mesh will cause the blades to deploy early and it will not fly the same. Rage never talks about this but I recently bought a ground blind that warned in their instructions to only use fixed broadheads to shoot through the mesh windows. I prefer Rage but use Muzzys when I hunt from a blind.

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There was an article published in the July, 2009 "American Hunter," which discussed this topic for rifles and shotguns, as well as archery equipment. It was a well put together DOE (Design Of Experiment) with controlled methodology. They experimented both with and without the mesh in all of their testing.

In summary, the rifle and shotgun performed with acceptable results. However, the results with the archery gear had different results. The fixed blade broadheads showed acceptable performance out to 25 yards. Accuracy was affected somewhat at all ranges, but not enough to remove the mesh prior to that point. However, the results beyond 25 yards were unacceptable.

The expandable blades had unacceptable results at all ranges. The blades opened when hitting the mesh inconsistently and greatly affected the accuracy. Therefore, I would suggest that one should not shoot through the mesh with expandable heads.

As a side note, one of the expandable heads used during the trial was in fact a "Rage" head.

I hope this helps everyone.

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Not that I use or planned on using it anyway, but I had to chuckle the first time I set up my pop-up ground blind with its "shoot-through mesh" that the salesman had raved about....written on the tag of the mesh

"Do not shoot through the shoot through mesh"

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Well there you have it. i pulled the mesh completly off of the blind.

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I love the mesh deer cant see me ever I just killed one 2 weeks ago with a cheap 10 dollar fixed blade allen broadhead hit the heart made a complete pass thru at 18 yards,doesnt take a "name brand" broadhead to kill a deer i mean come on back in the day they would kill them with a sharpend rock,just buy you some cheapp fixed blades.

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I love the mesh deer cant see me ever I just killed one 2 weeks ago with a cheap 10 dollar fixed blade allen broadhead hit the heart made a complete pass thru at 18 yards,doesnt take a "name brand" broadhead to kill a deer i mean come on back in the day they would kill them with a sharpend rock,just buy you some cheap fixed blades.

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