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expandable broadhead question....

I recently bought my first crossbow. I picked up a used Tenpoint Titan which appears to be in excellent condition for $250. I've also decided to use expandable broadheads for the first time ever. I know they are SUPPOSED to fly like field points, but do they? Not looking for a debate on brands; I decided to buy some Rage 100grn crossbow heads which come with a practice tip. Will I need to shoot the broadheads too, and should I use a field point target or a broadhead target?

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Re: expandable broadhead question....

I would sight in with the practice head but before you hunt with them I'd shoot the actual broad heads. I'd use a broad head target but I believe you'll probably ruin the blades on the broad head since most are fairly thin. Mechanical heads look good but I had trouble with them opening up en route to the target so I went back to fixed heads. Good luck and keep your fingers below the string.
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Re: expandable broadhead question....

I always buy at least 2 pkgs when I decide on a broad head
That way I can practice with at least one and have enough virgin heads for my liking.

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Re: expandable broadhead question....

Some will fly like field points and some will not. I great flying head out of one bow may not fly so well out of another. I have found that the practice heads are usually pretty close to the hunting heads but I always take a few shots with the hunting heads to be sure.

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Re: expandable broadhead question....

My dad uses the Rage 2 blades out of his Parker Tornado and the practice tip flies just like a field point. He has not shot the broadhead into a target since I sheared a blade off of 1 of mine shooting into a Block with my Mathews. I think you will be fine using the practice tips.
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Re: expandable broadhead question....

i use the NAP spitfire 3 blade out of my parker crossbow.

they fly like field points, have always opened with out fail and are accurate.

just my opinion. i also shoot the practice head exclusively for practice. i found out in the beginning that the broadhead will fly the same.

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Re: expandable broadhead question....

First and foremost a little bit about my equipment. I am using an Excalibur Matrix 380. I use both Slick Trick Magnum 125's and mainly Rage Extreme 125 crossbow heads with the shock collars.
Here is my thoughts on things with your crossbow:
#1-Make sure everything is tuned to manufacturer specs. prior to beginning your shooting.
#2-I always figure that since I do not hunt with target tips I do not practice with them.
#3-I make sure my arrows are in great shape and screw a Rage practice head on and shoot and have adjusted my scope accordingly to get things drilling the bulls eye at 20-50 yards bench shooting.
#4-I have purchased multiple packs of heads to have plenty since I love these. Plus you get a practice head in each pack.
#5-Once I am satisfied with flight and accuracy I sacrifice two broad heads. I shoot these into a broad head target to make VERY sure they are flying and hitting exactly where and how I want them to.
I also WILL NOT debate broad head choices. What I can and will do is to share with you what I use and my results.
Since Rage has went to the shock collars and as long as the user correctly uses them aligning the shock collars I have had absolutely great results using them. I have taken several deer using them and none make it far. Blood trails that a man that is darn near legally blind could follow. Absolutely huge entry and exit wounds. I can say without ANY bull crap that while using these heads I have literally dropped at least two different deer in their tracks using them. For me I plan on continuing to use these heads as I have had NO failures such as opening in flight, No failures such as not opening. I have had nothing but great luck with them and highly recommend them to others seeking a mechanical head. I love my Slick Tricks but I also love the Rage Extreme 125 crossbow with shock collar heads for deer. Absolutely devastating head on whitetails.
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Re: expandable broadhead question....

I can't say how a rage practice blade flies but I can attest that a muzzy with practice blades can certainly fly differently than one with regular blades when shot from an untuned compound.I'm not a crossbow expert but I did buy one for my son and his slicktricks shot exactly the same as his field points.I make him take a shot or two with his broadheads every time he practices just like I do with my compound.I definitely wouldn't assume any BH will fly the same as a field point so you should always regularly shoot one.All it takes is a little bit of string stretch to through the tuning off and I assume that's the same with a crossbow.
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Re: expandable broadhead question....

OK--just to satisfy things--last night I put a new string on my Matrix and wanted to play so I screwed two Rage practice heads on and two real Rage crossbow 125 extremes on--shot at 20, 30 and 40 yards. They are impacting pretty much exactly the same. Hope this helps. Man--they will wreck a decent broadhead target pretty quick--Ha Ha. I've been using a Rinehart made for this but--I did a good bit of shooting already into it. Broadheads will eat up a target at a fast pace.
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Re: expandable broadhead question....

I use Rage Hypodermics (with a compound), and I have used Rage 3-blade in the past. The shock collar change in the Rage heads is a good one, and they shouldn't give any trouble with premature blade deployment.
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