Using mechanical broadheads is a very controversial issue and has been for over twenty years. I started shooting mechanical broadheads back in the late 80s when Greg Johnson brought out the Rocket and Buck Blaster. They had three fixed blades and three mechanical blades with 3″ blades and a 3″ cutting diameter. They were devastatingly effective and weighed in at 100 grains.
I remember the first big game animal I took with this broadhead was a wary ole Gobbler in Kansas and it was unreal. I shot that Gobbler broadside and cut off one wing – it looked like I had hit that Gobbler in the body with a chopping Ax. On its way out the other side, the arrow cut off the other wing.From that point on, I was hooked on mechanical broadheads .
Now, I know there is a faction out there that is dead against the mechanical heads but one must remember that mechanical broadheads have been proven over the past 22 plus years. Personally, I have taken bull elk, mule deer, huge whitetails, nilgai, eland, zebra, kudu and many other big game animals with mechanicals and have had very few losses.
Some things that I do highly recommend for new & old bowhunters.
(1) Make sure your bow is tuned to your arrows and that you’re developing at least 60 foot pounds of kinetic energy. Kinetic energy is important. Don’t let anyone kid you!
(2) Make sure that when you’ve decided on your favorite mechanical broadhead (I really like the Mathews Edition Grim Reapers in 100 grains and with 3 blades and a 2″ cutting diameter, I like big holes and lots of blood on the ground) they fly like your field points. You may have to change your bow sight for your broadheads only. I also make sure that I spin my arrows with the mechanical broadheads on the arrow to make sure they spin true. If I have an arrow that is wobbling, I go to work and make sure that arrow is spinning straight, this could be caused by a bad insert, nock out of alignment, or the broadhead is not lining up with your fletching. Be sure to check all of these.
(3) When you’ve returned to camp or home after each hunting excursion, pull each and every arrow out of your hunting quiver and check each and every mechanical broadhead, as these blades that are sitting in your quiver can collect dirt, grim, grit, weed seeds and could alter you flight and not open. It’s very important and your obligation to check your equipment each night after hunting no matter how tired you are.
(4) Like I said, I really like the Mathews Edition Grim Reaper broadheads. But there are some really great mechanicals on the market today and you will have to find the one that fits your style