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    Mechanical vs. Fixed Broadheads

    Currently preparing for my first elk hunt ever and plan to pack the bow. Wondering who has had experience with successfully harvesting an elk with a bow and what kind of broad head they used.

    I currently shoot mechanical but always have the thought in my head they could fail. I also only use these on whimpy whitetail and not arguably one of the toughest big game animals. So, what do you shoot and have you had success? What are your horror stories?

    I am sure there will be both but just thought it would be an interesting topic.

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    good talk... I see you are from Montana, still snowing?

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    My only horror story with mechanicals was on a doe I shot (hit ribs) at 20yds with a wasp jackhammer. The o-ring didn't let the blades deploy. I watched her fall, but I haven't shot mechanicals since.

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    I haven't shot fixed blades yet. I'm a rage guy for right now, but I am planning an elk hunt in NM for 2014 and will be putting on fixed blade broadheads for that. With an animal that big, I want a cut on contact broadhead that will give me more confidence on the shot. I know there are people that shoot expandables and there is no problem with that, but I won't get to go elk hunting very often so I really don't want a faulty broadhead to mess it up. If I have to blame something for messing a shot up, I want it to be me and not a broadhead that didn't expand or didn't penetrate well or something like that.
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    what brand of fixed broadhead do you suggest? those are my exact fears, I will make enough mistakes on my own on this hunt I just don't want the equipment I am using to make it worse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hornhunter View Post
    what brand of fixed broadhead do you suggest? those are my exact fears, I will make enough mistakes on my own on this hunt I just don't want the equipment I am using to make it worse.
    Use the search feature in the forum and search for "broadhead". That will bring up a lot of information for you. There are a lot of individuals on here that have been shooting longer than I have and have shot more broadheads than me. I'm shooting a 100 grain Muzzy MX3, but there area a ton of options out there.
    Now therefore, please take your weapons, your quiver and your bow, and go out to the field and hunt game for me.
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    I don't know how many times I've seen the mechanical vs. fixed broadhead debates on hunting forums. Usually turns into a Chevy vs. Ford typ of debate but I'll give my two cents. There is no one size fits all broadhead for archery. It really depends on personal preferance and also your setup. This year I will be shooting 4-blade Magnus stinger buzzcuts. They fly like field points, have an unconditional lifetime warranty from Magnus, and you can send your broadheads to Magnus and they will sharpen them for free.

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    I'm a slick trick fan, like the shorter broadheads to balance more like field tips.

 

 

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