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what broadhead do you prefer for elk

I'm a kansas whitetail hunter and i like to use expandables i like the rage but i have problems with them opening up in my quiver and think that there is way to much brush and trees where i hunt in colorado to be using the rage. a buddy of mine talk me into using G5sfixed blades because he thinks a expandable may break off on a rib and won't get any penatrion  and i think they will be okay but i still would rather have a expandable. Is there anybody out there that can help me find a good expandable for elk that would hold up.

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Actually, I know no one who

Actually, I know no one who users expandables for elk...I use Magnus 125g 2-blades! Yes

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I wouldnt hold your breath on

I wouldnt hold your breath on someone telling you it is OK on using expandables for elk.  On an elk you are talking alot bigger(obviously) animal and alot more bone to deal with.  You will be doing yourself a favor by practicing with fixed and consintrating on shot placement.  This is coming from someone that hunts whitetails with nothing other than rage 2 blade expandable so I do love them, just no place for them in the elk woods if you ask me.  I use Montec G5s myself.

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thanks for the reply the g5s

thanks for the reply the g5s do shoot good and i will probably stick with them but i just wanted to see what u guys think since u hunt them more then me

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Use what shoots the best !

I have to disagree with the others here. The rages have been blowing some serious holes in elk for us the past several years, but the one I like the best now is the Blood Runners they are seriously wicked on elk. My brother shot his bull with them this year (after I talked him into using them) and it left a serious hole in that bulls heart at 30 yards. He made it 15 yards and fell over and to add to it my brother was a serious G5 fan.

So shoot what works for you and good luck on your hunt.

Quinton

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One thing nobody has brought

One thing nobody has brought into this discussion is arrow weight.  You can talk broadheads all day, but if you do not have the weight behind it, you are not going to get the penetrartion.

Get a good broadhead, as some have suggested, but make sure you are backing it properly.  No lightweight arrows.

 

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I'm in the guys camp that

I'm in the guys camp that would not use expandables on elk for the exact same reason they stated.  The elk my friends have taken out there over the last 6 or 8 years have all been with good fixed 3 and 4 blade heads.  As mentioned, weight is also a definite consideration and they obviously must be fine tuned to each bow just like sighting in a rifle with the proper bullet you're going to use in the field.

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Thanks never thought of that,

Thanks never thought of that, it does make sence

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broadheads for elk

I've only shot one elk with an arrow and it was with a Bear two blade with an insert.  It cut an X going in and was just a slit where it went out.  But that was back even before they invented compound bows.  A 3 or 4 blade Muzzy would work fine if it hit in the right place.

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This is crazy !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

There are some awesome, amazing, and VERY knowledgable people on this sight and I would share a hunting camp with probably every single one of you guys and gals, BUT there are way to many people reading articles, magazines, and watching these hunting shows and believing everything these people do and say. I for one have learned thru many wonderful years of experience.

As far as a new hunter asking a question and steering them in the correct way is a wonderful thing, BUT I have been killing  (LOTS of) elk over my short 27 year hunting carreer. I here about these amazing elk that are so strong that unless you have these SUPER .30 caliber plus magnums and 140 grain broadheads and a 500+ grain arrow these SUPER elk will not go down ESPECIALLY if you make a POOR SHOT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Archery is all about shot placement.

Now that I have gotten that out and calmed down you all must have learned even in a simple hunters safety course that arrows kill by cutting. I have never needed a super heavy arrow to shoot thru an elk and I have shot almost every arrow made since the mid 80's. I have shot long ways thru an elk with the 1980's flutted alluminum shaft and a 125 grain Thunderhead and they were extremely light while only shooting 63 pounds at 230" per second. People have been killing all types of animals all over the world with long bows and recurves long before people were coming up with kenetic energy and weight of arrows and broadheads.

I am sorry guys about the rant, but this cuts me to the bone. I have been shooting expandables for years now and have not had a problem bringing down an elk.

Good luck on your decision and make sure whatever you decide that you can put that arrow where it needs to go.

Quinton

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I have found where

I have found where expendables are concerned you will find a two or even three types of hunter.  The first one is the ones that have never use one, such as me.  Two are the ones that will shoot nothing else.  and three are the ones that have had problems with them.  As I said I have never shot one or even thought about it as long as the broad heads that I am shooting are doing their job but will have to admit that the wound channel pictures that I have seen of hunters using them is amazing and I have never heard of one bouncing off of a rib.  Now a front shoulder is another subject but then a shoulder shot is a bad shot even with the best of the broad heads and may bounce off. 

The best thing to do is if you want to try them then try them.  The most you are going to do is kill a elk or a deer and the least you'll do is miss one. 

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