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cnalder
03-31-2012, 08:02 AM
I shot 3-blade for years and now hunt with a 4-blade. Anyone went back and forth also. What are your experiences?

Montana
03-31-2012, 09:12 AM
I actually went to the 2 blade Rage and have had excellent results. i would post some pics but not sure how everyone would feel about that... It is educational... thoughts? Referring to showing the cutting diameter.

Fink
03-31-2012, 09:58 AM
I actually went to the 2 blade Rage and have had excellent results. i would post some pics but not sure how everyone would feel about that... It is educational... thoughts? Referring to showing the cutting diameter.

It's a hunting forum, surely people wouldn't be too upset with a few entrance/exit wound photos?

RUTTIN
03-31-2012, 12:11 PM
Post em up Montana, its a hunting forum, I for one love to see what a broadhead can do. For me I also shoot a two blade, Magnus Stinger.

8750
03-31-2012, 02:30 PM
Thanks for starting this thread CNALDER. I am about to start testing out flight and accuracy for a 4 blade slick trick magnum against a three blade fixed of some sort, but not sure which one yet. I will post my results. Im really only concerned with accuracy at this point. With an accurate shot I believe it wont matter if its a three blade or a four blade; blood will flow.

Montana
03-31-2012, 03:15 PM
ok... Here they are. Sorry to offend anyone but this has to make a believer out of some. Here is what the Rage 2 blade has done for me. I know it's just deer and elk is a whole other discussion. Both shots were either quartering to or away but seriously unreal.

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Jon Boy
03-31-2012, 09:38 PM
Montana I was thinking of switching from g5 montecs to the 2 blade stingers because I hear they have great penetration and I shoot a slower bow with a short draw length. You definitely just solidified my decision. How do you they fly?

amp713
03-31-2012, 10:19 PM
I shoot a three blade and would not add another blade for anything personally, If anything go to a tight expandable of some sort. I have seen 4 blades and even found a few and they all plane WAY worse than any three blade i have shot... But hey something i hate might be someone elses favorite thing!

cnalder
04-01-2012, 07:27 PM
I like the hole the 4blade leaves but they are sure difficult to tune for some reason. They have to spin perfectly on the shaft, nocks perfectly rotated, then the big issue of making sure my bow is perfectly tuned. I shoot a fixed micro tune rest and every time I shoot my MX4s I end up making some slight adjustments. I haven't shot the 4blade slick tricks but would like to compare between the MX4s.

Montana
04-01-2012, 07:46 PM
Montana I was thinking of switching from g5 montecs to the 2 blade stingers because I hear they have great penetration and I shoot a slower bow with a short draw length. You definitely just solidified my decision. How do you they fly?

Pretty much the same as a field point...

Joe Hulburt
04-01-2012, 09:40 PM
I switched from 3 blade Shuttle T's and Thunderheads to 4 blade Slick Trick Magnum's last year and I won't be switching back to either of the 3 blades I mentioned. The Slick Tricks fly better and resulted in an outstanding blood trail.

I don't know that means I prefer 4 blades but for now the one I prefer has 4 blades.:)

Fink
04-02-2012, 08:00 AM
ok... Here they are. Sorry to offend anyone but this has to make a believer out of some. Here is what the Rage 2 blade has done for me. I know it's just deer and elk is a whole other discussion. Both shots were either quartering to or away but seriously unreal.

31303129

I have real mixed reviews on the Rages.. I love the way they fly out of my bow, just like field points out to 50-60 yards, but I have NOT had the same experiences as you have Montana.. I have now shot a whitetail doe, a coyote and yesterday a turkey with Rages. I shot the whitetail first, at about 10 yards, right through both lungs. She left barely any blood, and I felt lucky to find her after 2 hours. The coyote was shot from about 15 yards, again right through both lungs. Zero blood, none at all. Didn't even find the dog.

Yesterday, I smacked a tom, the arrow went in right at the base of the wing, and out at the other base. He ran about 75 yards and stood there for about 30 minutes before I got tired of him standing around. He couldnt move very quickly, and he certainly couldnt fly, so I ran him down, and fishined him of with another shot.

All three of these shots were about as perfect as you can get, and I did recover 2 of the 3, but I don't feel like the head performed like it should. I can't in good faith shoot a Rage at anything again, not when I have a quiver full of Montecs... But, I felt like I had to give them one more chance to change my mind.

cnalder
04-02-2012, 08:19 PM
I shot a 2 blade years ago and had similar experiences with limited blood trails. I posted elsewhere but will again here. The following simple test will let you know the differences in holes you leave in an animal from a broadhead. Take a phone book and select 1 sheet. Pull it tight and push broadheads through different pages. Now stick your finger through each and compare. Thats why I've went to 4-blade. They leave a huge hole.

Jon Boy
04-02-2012, 11:46 PM
I shot a 2 blade years ago and had similar experiences with limited blood trails. I posted elsewhere but will again here. The following simple test will let you know the differences in holes you leave in an animal from a broadhead. Take a phone book and select 1 sheet. Pull it tight and push broadheads through different pages. Now stick your finger through each and compare. Thats why I've went to 4-blade. They leave a huge hole.

The difference is penetration. If you shoot a fast bow then there by all means shoot a 3 or 4 blade. But for me I shoot a fairly slow bow and would rather have holes on both sides of an elk with a 2 blade than one hole with a 3 or 4 blade. Thats why im making the switch to a 2 blade.

Montana
04-05-2012, 07:42 AM
The difference is penetration. If you shoot a fast bow then there by all means shoot a 3 or 4 blade. But for me I shoot a fairly slow bow and would rather have holes on both sides of an elk with a 2 blade than one hole with a 3 or 4 blade. Thats why im making the switch to a 2 blade.

Very interesting... For what its worth, my bow is set at 58 lbs. Considered slow in these days I think.

Fink
04-05-2012, 08:29 AM
The difference is penetration. If you shoot a fast bow then there by all means shoot a 3 or 4 blade. But for me I shoot a fairly slow bow and would rather have holes on both sides of an elk with a 2 blade than one hole with a 3 or 4 blade. Thats why im making the switch to a 2 blade.

I had mixed results on penetration as well.. The Rage's blew through the whitetail and the coyote, actually embedding into a log after passing through the whitetail. The first shot at the turkey almost passed through, but was still hanging on by the fletchings. The second shot on the bird went through the back, and still had about 8 inches of arrow sticking out of the back side.

cnalder
04-05-2012, 10:27 AM
Check out these websites. They test broadheads including penetration and durability.

http://www.american-hunter.com/broadheads/broadhead_test.htm
http://www.broadheadhunter.blogspot.com/

hoytnut
04-05-2012, 02:47 PM
Three blade fixed.

BigSurArcher
04-05-2012, 06:39 PM
Here are a few of my Rage holes on blacktails. I really like them, but I like to put a narrow piece of scotch tape around the center to make sure the blades don't open at the shot. Another broadhead I like is the G5 T3. I've never hunted much with fixed blades.

http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/bb207/tharney/Bzone013.jpg

http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/bb207/tharney/DSC01415-1.jpg

http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/bb207/tharney/026.jpg

sjsmallfield
04-05-2012, 07:03 PM
I just switched to the T3's last bow season and I love them. I have taken a deer and a turkey with them so far and can't find anything bad to say about them.