View Full Version : Mechanical or Fixed?
12-28-2001, 06:18 AM
Im new to the forum here, but there seems to be a lot of knowledge out there! ###I was just wondering what ya'lls opinions are about mechanical vs. fixed broadheads? ###Any thoughts? I've heard its easier to tune up for mechanical broadheads since they are much more similar to field points? ###Thanks guys!
12-28-2001, 09:50 AM
You might want to refer to this thread too. ###http://www.jesseshuntingpage.com/cgi-bin/i...7&topic=113 (http://www.jesseshuntingpage.com/cgi-bin/ikonboard//topic.cgi?forum=27&topic=113)
I bounce between both for no particular reason. ###Just like to try different things out. ###
You just need to know the limitations of yourself as a shooter and the limitations of your equipment.
12-28-2001, 03:17 PM
hey kahuna... That topic is a bit like religion. Lots of guys feel really strongly one way or the other. You hear guys say that the mechanicals can lose energy if the arrow comes in on an angle. Most will agree that tuning with a mechanical is easier. Personally, I like to keep it simple with fixed bh. Sharp stick hits animal. Animal dead. No moving parts required.
so cal hunter
12-29-2001, 03:09 PM
Kahuna i have used both types and i am now using rocky mountain gator's the only problem is they will not pass the d.f.g. reg for size so i modified them to pass all i did was mix up some j.b.weld and pack it in the slot that the blades are in so they can only close to 1'' and this work;s great and thay fly just like field point's i have shot a 350 l.b.s. black bear and 2 buck's and have had n problem i did miss a buck this year in azusa ca. this year and slammed this setup in to a rock wall at 20 yds. and the carbon shaft shattered but the broadhead ###only bent the tip which you can change . i have also used muzzy's and they are very strong also so i would get as much info as possible and draw your own judgement and while your at it if you look in the bowhunting mag's several broadhead mfg. will send tou a sample to try if you send them one of your old one's so try that option also ###good luck
12-31-2001, 06:35 PM
Kahuna - it's fixed blades for me. I like the Thunderheads. I will admit though my friend who is a bow smith is trying to get me to switch to mechanicals. What works for me I usually stick with. Both of my bow kills were through the head on mule deer(not bragging it just worked out that way).The Thunderheads worked great; one penetrated the spine & came out the mouth. The other one penetrated the skull above the left eye and came out the back of the head.
01-07-2002, 11:50 AM
I will always be a Muzzy fan. I have shot the 4 blades for years and recently switched to the 125gr 3 blades and love them. They seem to have the biggest chisel points to them and complete pass thru's is all I have seen using them. I haven't shot anything bigger than a deer with them yet, but they have put meat in my freezer everytime. I like the idea of the less moving parts you have, the fewer problems you will have.
01-07-2002, 04:05 PM
after 30 years of bowhunting it is only fixed for me and i like to keep it simple when it comes to a good broadhead.
145 grain SNUFFER
very accurate and short heavy bloodtrails
(Edited by Gun Docc at 8:07 pm on Jan. 22, 2002)
01-08-2002, 08:17 AM
Try Steelforce Sabertooth 100grn. ###Very sharp and with my arrows they fly straight.
01-08-2002, 10:36 AM
are mechanicals legal in California.
01-10-2002, 02:03 PM
Yes, mechanicals are legal. ###But the broadhead has to be minimum 7/8" . ###My local proshop told me so. ###Also, check the ###DFG regulations.
01-19-2002, 08:59 PM
I agree with Gun Docc i like to keep it simple, i use fixed broadheads. Muzzy 125 grain 3 blade.
01-20-2002, 08:50 AM
I too prefer a fixed broadhead. I'm using a 3-blade 125 grain INNERLOC broadhead, it's vey stout. The blades slide into the ferrule and are locked inplace by the tip shaft which treads into the base of the ferrule. The blade is then held tight over the entire length of the blade. Mechanicals are legal in IL. however they must have a minimum open cutting diameter of 7/8". You know what they say... "what can go wrong usually does". So like Gun Docc says.."keep it simple".
01-20-2002, 12:50 PM
(Edited by knobby at 9:47 pm on Feb. 17, 2002)
01-20-2002, 07:08 PM
I think I'm going to try mechanical this year. ###I have always used fixed, but I'm going to try turkey hunting with my bow this year. ###I have read that this is the way to go when turkey hunting with a bow.
01-22-2002, 09:19 AM
I still think that there is no way a mechanical head could be as effective when shooting a quartering away shot at an animal. The physics just don't jive to me. I would think you would lose too much energy when the one side hits bone first and opens before the other side does and causes the arrow to twist. Maybe I am wrong though. Just think about it though and visualize it. I am sure that broadside they would work fine but it is not worth risking it to me if the shot of a lifetime ever comes and it is quartering away.
I switched to mechanicals four years ago because I could not get fixed blades to fly properly out of my new faster bow.Since then I have shot 14 deer,wounded none ,missed none.All but one passed through with energy to spare.It was hard to get away from using cut on impact broadheads,but I don't have anything to complain about.
02-20-2002, 03:57 PM
My personal preferance.......NAP Spitfires!!!!!!! great mechanical broadheads. Will not fail.........well lets just say they havent failed me. Bone, trees, rocks well the rocks actually did a good job of stopping them. Ive tried a few different mechanicals and these are the only ones ive found that are even worth trying. If your a turkey hunter.........NAP Gobbler getters. Ive shot a few turkeys with these....they are identical to the Spitfires with the exception of a rounded tip instead of a chisel tip. ###These babies make a cool sound when they hit that big old turkey.....makes tears come to your eyes.
02-27-2002, 12:43 PM
I think the Muzzy corporation explains it best. If you go to this site they will explain the whole issue and it makes sense to me.
02-27-2002, 12:51 PM
I would think you could kill a turkey with a rock. Or even a field point. But, like my pro shop guy says,"If your bow is properly tuned, broadheads and field points will fly exactly the same." It makes no difference which broadheads or fieldpoints I put on my bow, they all fly straight and the same. I don't tune it myself though. Some people like to screw things up themselves. I buy enough stuff from his shop so he keeps mine tuned up for me. I guess I got tired of changing my sights every time I wanted to try a new product.
06-12-2002, 06:48 PM
GUN DOC IS RIGHT. IVE BEEN BOW HUNTING SINCE I WAS 13. I'M 32 NOW. MECHANICAL BLADES ARE FOR PEOPLE WHO DON'T WANT TO SPEND THE TIME TO LEARN THIER EQUIPMENT.THEY ARE EASY TO TUNE BUT ARE NOT AS EFFICIENT AS FIX BLADES. THEY USE A LOT OF ENERGY TO OPEN. DONT GET ME WRONG, THEY 'RE DEADLY WHEN THE DEER IS PERFECTLY BROADSIDE AND 20 YARDS AND IN. BUT AFTER THAT PERFORMANCE DECREASES. NOW HOW MANY TIMES DOES MISTER BUCK COOPERATES? HOW MANY TIMES HE OFFERS THAT PERFECT SHOT? NOT MANY. CUT ON IMPACT BLADES ARE THE BEST OF THE FIX BLADES. NO WASTED ENERGY.BETTER PENATRATION.
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