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Which is better, Fixed or mechanical broadheads? I'm getting into bow hunting and was looking for which is better to use on deer?

Question by GrandSlamDreamer. Uploaded on July 05, 2012

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from tennesseedeerhunter wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

IMO a mechanical broadhead works better because you get a hole the size of a half dollar vs a hole the size of a quarter and ive lost less deer to a machanical broadhead rage and spitfire works for me

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from fezzant wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

Mechanical broadheads tend to be more accurate and less affected by wind due to their smaller cross section. They also usually create a wider wound channel.

Fixed blade broadheads are much stronger and will do a better job of punching through if you hit something hard.

Mechanical broadheads are more prone to failure - under certain conditions, the blades just don't deploy properly. This can be cause by cold and wet weather, dust and dirt, and with some broadheads, the angle you hit the target at.

I prefer fixed broadheads myself. I shoot Muzzy MX-3s.

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from whitetailfreek wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

You will have differing opinions on here about mechanical and fixed blade broadheads.

So far, I have spent half the time using fixed blade, and half of my hunting life with a mechanical. The last half has been all mechanical broadheads. I have killed many deer with fixed blade. The main goal is to hit the deer in the vitals, with a razor sharp broadhead, and hopefully get a clean pass through.

About half of the time with a fixed blade broadhead, I would get a complete pass through. Every time with a mechanical broadhead, I have gotten a complete pass through. Also, more often, I have deer travel less distance with better blood trails to follow. And by blood trails, I am talking "blood highways".

My new favorite broadhead is the NAP 2 Bladed Bloodrunner. Its a full proof design that works on a spring piston. Plus it has one of the best cutting diameters at a full 2 1/16's inch.

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from DEER30 wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

RAGE baby! I shoot a 3 blade expandable and love it! They really do live up tp the hype of flying like a field tip. So there is no adjustment needed when moving from the target to the hunt. Plus the blood trails are incredible. They are durable. I shot 3 deer in one year with the same arrow and broadhead. All three were complete pass throughs.

I used to shoot fixed blades. I really have no complaints except that they didn't match my practice tips so I would have to adjust my sights before I hunt after practicing all summer. I did not get as consistant arrow flight and so my groups were not quite as tight. That being said, they still killed deer and did their job.

I think you should try both styles and find out which perform best with your setup.

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from Gator7777 wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

I like expandable broadhead because they usually fly like a field tip. I like Wasp's Jack Hammer SST. They have been around for a while and proven very effective.They also are a lot cheeper than most of the new ones out there. Good Luck!

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from 007 wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

I personally prefer fixed blade G5 Montecs, I don't trust mechanicals to always function.

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from WI Hunter 33 wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

Well...the native americans used rocks attached to sticks and they killed many buffalo and deer with these....if its sharp and flies straight your good.

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from buckhunter wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

I would suggest anyone truly interested in this subject read the studies conducted by Dr. Ed Ashby. It is a very detailed, scientific and thorough a study as you will ever find on arrow and broadhead mortality. The details can get painstakingly boring but overall, it is a brilliant study of hundred of big game kills all over the world with bow and arrow.

I would be happy to share the results of the study but would hate to disappoint the hoards of mechanical users who visit this site.

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from WI Hunter 33 wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

it was a joke buckhunter just trying to lighten the mood

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from BippityBoopityMate wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

Well mates, i personally like to use fixed blades because i don't want any mechanical faliures when i see a buck standing 20 meters away.

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from dhopper wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

I shoot fixed 4 blade muzzys and have mad shots through shoulders that look like u shot it with a gun but a mechanical blade can be more accurate at longer distances but may fail... a mechanical that cuts well even if it doesnt deploy is probably your best bet. although I love my muzzzy...

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from Treestand wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

I like a Fixed Blade out of my Cross Bow, Less shaft wobble to 40Yd.

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from buckhunter wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

WI Hunter, No worries. Never even saw your post until after I hit enter. Nothing wrong with a little levity.

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from GrandSlamDreamer wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

The responses align themselves with what I was expecting, fans on both sides. I decided to take on the advice of DEER30 and went out and shot both styles. I liked that the mechanicals flew more like my field tips so I'm going to try them this year and depending on my experience with them in the field I might try fixed next year. Thank you everyone for the amazing input!

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from buckhunter wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

Grand, Good luck this season. Shoot straight and everything will be OK.

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from FirstBubba wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

I like the Montec GS4 fixed blade. But then, that's why there are Fords, Chryslers and Gov't Motor Corp!
There are +'s and -'s for every piece of equipment out there.
One mans "piece of cake" is another man's "nightmare"!
We had a middle aged gent come in our store once with his left index and middle fingers bandaged. Seems he was shooting the old "razor" insert type blades. While field dressing his deer, he reached into the chest cavity to remove heart and lungs. He felt a sharp pain, but his hand were covered with blood, so continued the chore, thinking he was feeling a bone splinter. About the third "ouch!", he finally figured out a lot of the blood was HIS! He showed us the small fragment of "razor" insert stuck in the rib that almost cost the man his fingers! I've shot "fixed" blade ever since!

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from Shells n lures wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

It also depends on the poundage you shoot. Most of the time you have to be shooting a fairly high poundage in order to get expandables to penetrate once they open. Fixed blades however tend to penetrate fairly well no matter what poundage.

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from DakotaMan wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

I've had good success with fixed blades. They shoot very accurately as far as I care to shoot. If the weights are the same as my field tips, I need no adjustment. I used mechanicals for a couple of years when I thought the data sounded interesting. I had a little trouble with them snagging brush and popping loose from that. It wasn't a serious problem but I had to watch them like a hawk stalking in brush so I finally gave up on them.

My personal feeling is that bow hunters need to focus on accuracy and making a GOOD shot. They need to quit worrying about broadheads or arrow rests, etc. thinking that some magic piece of equipment will make up for their lack of skill.

Last year I fruitlessly helped about half a dozen different people try to find their severely crippled deer, saying, "It should be dead, I hit it with a Muzzy (Rage,... etc.)"! When you hit them in gut, the jaw, the legs, etc. the brand and type of broadhead is a mute point.

On the other hand, I've seen dozens of different, and even crazy, fixed and mechanical broadheads kill deer effectivley if they hit the kill zone. Get a broadhead you like at a price you can afford and practice until you are ready to put it in the kill zone 100% of the time. You won't be dissapointed.

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from william E. wrote 1 year 39 weeks ago

in my opinion, the fixed are better, you dont have to worry about them not opening, because that has happened to my dad and on some pretty big bucks

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from Red Salas wrote 1 year 36 weeks ago

I prefer fixed

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from Don Milosch wrote 1 year 33 weeks ago

i like the expandables, but you want a set that comes with a practice tip. Even if the grains are the same as your field tip, they may fly a little different.

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from fezzant wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

Mechanical broadheads tend to be more accurate and less affected by wind due to their smaller cross section. They also usually create a wider wound channel.

Fixed blade broadheads are much stronger and will do a better job of punching through if you hit something hard.

Mechanical broadheads are more prone to failure - under certain conditions, the blades just don't deploy properly. This can be cause by cold and wet weather, dust and dirt, and with some broadheads, the angle you hit the target at.

I prefer fixed broadheads myself. I shoot Muzzy MX-3s.

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from whitetailfreek wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

You will have differing opinions on here about mechanical and fixed blade broadheads.

So far, I have spent half the time using fixed blade, and half of my hunting life with a mechanical. The last half has been all mechanical broadheads. I have killed many deer with fixed blade. The main goal is to hit the deer in the vitals, with a razor sharp broadhead, and hopefully get a clean pass through.

About half of the time with a fixed blade broadhead, I would get a complete pass through. Every time with a mechanical broadhead, I have gotten a complete pass through. Also, more often, I have deer travel less distance with better blood trails to follow. And by blood trails, I am talking "blood highways".

My new favorite broadhead is the NAP 2 Bladed Bloodrunner. Its a full proof design that works on a spring piston. Plus it has one of the best cutting diameters at a full 2 1/16's inch.

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from DEER30 wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

RAGE baby! I shoot a 3 blade expandable and love it! They really do live up tp the hype of flying like a field tip. So there is no adjustment needed when moving from the target to the hunt. Plus the blood trails are incredible. They are durable. I shot 3 deer in one year with the same arrow and broadhead. All three were complete pass throughs.

I used to shoot fixed blades. I really have no complaints except that they didn't match my practice tips so I would have to adjust my sights before I hunt after practicing all summer. I did not get as consistant arrow flight and so my groups were not quite as tight. That being said, they still killed deer and did their job.

I think you should try both styles and find out which perform best with your setup.

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from WI Hunter 33 wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

Well...the native americans used rocks attached to sticks and they killed many buffalo and deer with these....if its sharp and flies straight your good.

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from DakotaMan wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

I've had good success with fixed blades. They shoot very accurately as far as I care to shoot. If the weights are the same as my field tips, I need no adjustment. I used mechanicals for a couple of years when I thought the data sounded interesting. I had a little trouble with them snagging brush and popping loose from that. It wasn't a serious problem but I had to watch them like a hawk stalking in brush so I finally gave up on them.

My personal feeling is that bow hunters need to focus on accuracy and making a GOOD shot. They need to quit worrying about broadheads or arrow rests, etc. thinking that some magic piece of equipment will make up for their lack of skill.

Last year I fruitlessly helped about half a dozen different people try to find their severely crippled deer, saying, "It should be dead, I hit it with a Muzzy (Rage,... etc.)"! When you hit them in gut, the jaw, the legs, etc. the brand and type of broadhead is a mute point.

On the other hand, I've seen dozens of different, and even crazy, fixed and mechanical broadheads kill deer effectivley if they hit the kill zone. Get a broadhead you like at a price you can afford and practice until you are ready to put it in the kill zone 100% of the time. You won't be dissapointed.

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from tennesseedeerhunter wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

IMO a mechanical broadhead works better because you get a hole the size of a half dollar vs a hole the size of a quarter and ive lost less deer to a machanical broadhead rage and spitfire works for me

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from Gator7777 wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

I like expandable broadhead because they usually fly like a field tip. I like Wasp's Jack Hammer SST. They have been around for a while and proven very effective.They also are a lot cheeper than most of the new ones out there. Good Luck!

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from 007 wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

I personally prefer fixed blade G5 Montecs, I don't trust mechanicals to always function.

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from buckhunter wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

I would suggest anyone truly interested in this subject read the studies conducted by Dr. Ed Ashby. It is a very detailed, scientific and thorough a study as you will ever find on arrow and broadhead mortality. The details can get painstakingly boring but overall, it is a brilliant study of hundred of big game kills all over the world with bow and arrow.

I would be happy to share the results of the study but would hate to disappoint the hoards of mechanical users who visit this site.

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from WI Hunter 33 wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

it was a joke buckhunter just trying to lighten the mood

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from BippityBoopityMate wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

Well mates, i personally like to use fixed blades because i don't want any mechanical faliures when i see a buck standing 20 meters away.

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from dhopper wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

I shoot fixed 4 blade muzzys and have mad shots through shoulders that look like u shot it with a gun but a mechanical blade can be more accurate at longer distances but may fail... a mechanical that cuts well even if it doesnt deploy is probably your best bet. although I love my muzzzy...

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from Treestand wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

I like a Fixed Blade out of my Cross Bow, Less shaft wobble to 40Yd.

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from buckhunter wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

WI Hunter, No worries. Never even saw your post until after I hit enter. Nothing wrong with a little levity.

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from GrandSlamDreamer wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

The responses align themselves with what I was expecting, fans on both sides. I decided to take on the advice of DEER30 and went out and shot both styles. I liked that the mechanicals flew more like my field tips so I'm going to try them this year and depending on my experience with them in the field I might try fixed next year. Thank you everyone for the amazing input!

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from buckhunter wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

Grand, Good luck this season. Shoot straight and everything will be OK.

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from FirstBubba wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

I like the Montec GS4 fixed blade. But then, that's why there are Fords, Chryslers and Gov't Motor Corp!
There are +'s and -'s for every piece of equipment out there.
One mans "piece of cake" is another man's "nightmare"!
We had a middle aged gent come in our store once with his left index and middle fingers bandaged. Seems he was shooting the old "razor" insert type blades. While field dressing his deer, he reached into the chest cavity to remove heart and lungs. He felt a sharp pain, but his hand were covered with blood, so continued the chore, thinking he was feeling a bone splinter. About the third "ouch!", he finally figured out a lot of the blood was HIS! He showed us the small fragment of "razor" insert stuck in the rib that almost cost the man his fingers! I've shot "fixed" blade ever since!

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from Shells n lures wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

It also depends on the poundage you shoot. Most of the time you have to be shooting a fairly high poundage in order to get expandables to penetrate once they open. Fixed blades however tend to penetrate fairly well no matter what poundage.

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from william E. wrote 1 year 39 weeks ago

in my opinion, the fixed are better, you dont have to worry about them not opening, because that has happened to my dad and on some pretty big bucks

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from Red Salas wrote 1 year 36 weeks ago

I prefer fixed

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from Don Milosch wrote 1 year 33 weeks ago

i like the expandables, but you want a set that comes with a practice tip. Even if the grains are the same as your field tip, they may fly a little different.

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