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Broad heads for cross bow #6656190
11/03/19 10:36 AM
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La Crosse, WI
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Last spring I I won nice Mathew's cross bow.. Figure to maybe use it this fall if I fill my gun tag early switch to crossbow stay in the woods.. Anyway the bow came with almost everything need to go case, scope, 3 bolts, cocking rope...zero in at 20 yards really easy and probably take it out to 30-40 before go in woods with it.
What I don't have is a quiver and broad heads.. Quiver for bolts I can figure out may make one from one of old compound quivers. Just because think I can..
What I'm really lost on is what broad heads to get. Seems from what little I've check has to be cross bow heads or they will just come apart when fired. I like things simple but it seems like a lot of the heads are mechanical?
I'm not sure about all the how many grains weight and all that. Bolt are 22 inch and I'd like a simple solid 3 or 4 blade head..I don't need expensive or fancy just need solid and functional. My compound I was shooting the old satellite titans if that tells you anything.
What are guys out there shooting???
I got no idea what to do.. and of course shop here recommends all expensive stuff.


Mac


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Re: Broad heads for cross bow [Re: Macthediver] #6656196
11/03/19 10:47 AM
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Shoot some sort of expandable blade. You can sight in with your field points, then just screw them on and go hunting. They cost more but there is no comparison as far as performance. One deer and youíll be hooked. Youíre shooting a top of the line crossbow, donít skimp on the most important part!

Re: Broad heads for cross bow [Re: Macthediver] #6656237
11/03/19 11:51 AM
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i shoot rage cross bow blades.


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Re: Broad heads for cross bow [Re: Macthediver] #6656242
11/03/19 11:59 AM
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La Crosse, WI
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I guess there is that being able to site in with filed points which I have, not shoot couple blades to site in..Just hard to change my old ways and go modern with mechanical blades. Not like I'm going to shoot this bow that much, but then your right why shoot crap.. I only got $20.00 in it whole thing now as that is what I paid for the raffle ticket.. Sure hate that 3 bolts with lumin-nocks are like $60.00. Been told I'm really going to want them lited nocks..Never had them on any regular arrow. Guess I've seen enough videos to get why people like them.
Then ya got to screw on a $20.00 broad head on each bolt..Then probably loose bolt even if ya hit the deer and blow threw..
Guess got quit thinking like a cheap old man?

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Re: Broad heads for cross bow [Re: Macthediver] #6656249
11/03/19 12:14 PM
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I was just about to ask this same question. I just got my wife a crossbow for our anniversary, and was wondering what broadhead to get her. I am a fan of the Rage with my compound so I"ll probably stick with something like that for her crossbow.

Re: Broad heads for cross bow [Re: Macthediver] #6656282
11/03/19 01:12 PM
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I use standard 100 grain slick trick broadheads in both bow and crossbow

Re: Broad heads for cross bow [Re: Macthediver] #6656291
11/03/19 01:26 PM
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Rage , all the way for me. the orange expandables , used the same one on four deer so far ,just spin the little collar to a new setting ,rake a diamond file on it a time or two and good to go.

Re: Broad heads for cross bow [Re: Macthediver] #6656294
11/03/19 01:30 PM
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Fixed blade. Seen to many mechanical failures cost people trophies. Not looking to argue, but between deer, bear and elk, I'll stay fixed.

Re: Broad heads for cross bow [Re: Bear Tracker] #6656315
11/03/19 02:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Bear Tracker
Fixed blade. Seen to many mechanical failures cost people trophies. Not looking to argue, but between deer, bear and elk, I'll stay fixed.


Do you buy like 6 then practice shoot 3 hunt with 3?
With my stick bows and old compound I used to buy 12 heads shoot 6 for target and carry the other 6 in woods.. Think I even had some that came with a couple matched target points?? I really haven't done much with the bow hunting stuff for several years other than shoot carp.. So I'm way out of the game on all these fancy new broad heads they sell.
I don't recall to many of them blades I used to use costing as much as they want for one of some of the newer points.

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Re: Broad heads for cross bow [Re: Macthediver] #6656322
11/03/19 02:26 PM
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Muzzy 100 gr. for me, they work just fine.
And they come with practice blades.

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Re: Broad heads for cross bow [Re: Macthediver] #6656329
11/03/19 02:38 PM
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I used to Test for Beman arrows back in the 90's. And the deal about sighting in wit field points is Not a Good Approach. Take 1 broadhead mechanical or fixed and sight in....check the Point of impact Any time you change a Variable.
Its easy to be Cheap at the End after investing hundreds in time and Money but Only using the same head will you know for sure what the arrow/bolt will do shooting at the animal.

I always buy 6 heads, practice with 2 and have 4 ready sharp.
Same grain does not mean same POImpact.

Test test and try it out.


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Re: Broad heads for cross bow [Re: Macthediver] #6656332
11/03/19 02:41 PM
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I quit shooting field point about 5 yrs ago. I only practice with the broadhead I will hunt with. Just put new blades in the ones I been practicing with if I need them to hunt with.

Re: Broad heads for cross bow [Re: Macthediver] #6656333
11/03/19 02:42 PM
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I started with expandables with my Parker crossbow. I ran out of them and used some fixed broad heads which I hand laying around. I shot them into some thick Styrofoam and witnessed no difference in point of aim at 20, 30, 40, and 50 yards compared to the field points which I used to set up for use of the expandables which I used to use.
The fixed broad heads on a crossbow bolt are devastating to a deer it you hit where you aim, and I worry less about quartering shots than I did with expandables.
I never had any problems with the expandables on deer when I used them, but I had heard about horror stories.
I can't say that fixed blades will fly right for every crossbow or bolt configuration, but it is worth looking into.

Re: Broad heads for cross bow [Re: sanfo008] #6656334
11/03/19 02:46 PM
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Originally Posted by sanfo008
Shoot some sort of expandable blade. You can sight in with your field points, then just screw them on and go hunting. They cost more but there is no comparison as far as performance. One deer and youíll be hooked. Youíre shooting a top of the line crossbow, donít skimp on the most important part!





this is ignorant! while mechs generally fly like a fieldpoint it is stupid to just assume and go hunting without testing first.


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Re: Broad heads for cross bow [Re: Macthediver] #6656342
11/03/19 03:05 PM
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I shoot schwacker 3 blade, they even come with a practice tip and 3 real tipss. I have used them the last 3 years and have always been happy with them, longest kill was 40 yards and complete pass through * Lungs and opposite shoulder) Like following a paint trail. Hope it helps


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Re: Broad heads for cross bow [Re: skippyturtle] #6656345
11/03/19 03:12 PM
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Mac, it sounds like we have the same crossbow. We also have the Rage orange expandable broadheads, but haven't really tried any other kinds, so we cannot make a comparison there. Our broadheads came with a field tip that was supposed to be matched to them for sighting in. We still shot a broadhead at a target just to be sure they matched and sighted in the same. They did.

No matter what you use for broadheads, never scoff at the cost of Lumenoks or any lighted nock! That is the item that will get you your entire $40 back. I have shot a number of deer from in a blind, and shooting parallel to the ground can result in the bolt flying under the ground cover after a pass-through - where I never would have found it. With the Lumenok, if I don't see it right away, I wait until dark and it looks like a spaceship has landed. Too much fun!

When we got the crossbow, Zim laughed at my need for the Lumenoks because I would tend to buy anything that looked like fun, but we've retrieved every arrow, he now is on board with my love for the Luminok. laugh


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Re: Broad heads for cross bow [Re: Patrice] #6656349
11/03/19 03:24 PM
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I have an old horton crossbow that I shoot with rage cross bow heads , the do come with a practice head that looks just like the actual broadhead . I have had great luck with them and they do make a wicked hole and blood trail. You still have to hit the deer properly no matter what broadhead you use. They are pricey, but I only use one a year

Re: Broad heads for cross bow [Re: Macthediver] #6656364
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My go to fixed blade is a G5 montec

Mechanical broad head, you canít beat grim reaper broadheads.


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Re: Broad heads for cross bow [Re: Macthediver] #6656405
11/03/19 04:47 PM
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Anyone ever use a de-cocking bolt for up close small game.. looks like would knock em on their butt?? Used to shove a empty 06 casing or something similar on old wooden arrows when was a kid make blunts. Knocked more than one bunny over with them..

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Re: Broad heads for cross bow [Re: Macthediver] #6656417
11/03/19 04:56 PM
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The orange Rage are awesome. leave blood trail a blind man could follow.


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