Mechanical or fixed

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by Garet, Aug 8, 2016.

  1. Garet

    Garet Weekend Warrior

    Joined:
    Aug 4, 2016
    Posts:
    537
    Likes Received:
    226
    Dislikes Received:
    0
    Location:
    NW Iowa
    Trying to decide which to shoot this year. Anybody have any pros and cons or suggestions on a make and model they have had particularly good luck with?
     
  2. foodplot19

    foodplot19 Grizzled Veteran

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2014
    Posts:
    8,580
    Likes Received:
    9,454
    Dislikes Received:
    5
    Location:
    West Central Missouri
    I prefer the RAGE Chisel Tip 2 blade. I've had really good luck with them.
     
  3. BradC36

    BradC36 Weekend Warrior

    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2016
    Posts:
    141
    Likes Received:
    4
    Dislikes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Erie, PA
    IMG_1506.jpg

    hint......................not a fixed broadhead
     
  4. tynimiller

    tynimiller Legendary Woodsman

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2011
    Posts:
    12,074
    Likes Received:
    2,803
    Dislikes Received:
    5
    Location:
    Northern Indiana
    This has been 100% over discussed and dissected and far too many people are idiots when it comes to it.

    Bottom line: There is not a single broadhead on the market today that if the hunter does their job won't kill efficiently and swiftly and leave a blood trail anyone can follow.


    Stripped down differences between mechanicals and fixed are as follows:

    Mechanicals - Typically have a larger width of cutting surface, but not necessarily more cutting surface total. They perform amazingly well in organ hits. (They "typically" will suffer in bone connections in comparison to good fixed...but easily still kill their target)

    Fixed - Typically have a stronger construction style due to no moving parts. They perform amazingly well in bone hits due to their strength. (They "typically" will suffer in organ hits in comparison to good mechanicals...but easily still kill their target)

    A good shot, can easily harvest a deer with a field tip even :evilgrin:
     
    Last edited: Aug 24, 2016
  5. Garet

    Garet Weekend Warrior

    Joined:
    Aug 4, 2016
    Posts:
    537
    Likes Received:
    226
    Dislikes Received:
    0
    Location:
    NW Iowa
    Very well put. I guess that brings me to my next question. Which one is more accurate?
     
  6. WV Jess

    WV Jess Weekend Warrior

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2014
    Posts:
    224
    Likes Received:
    18
    Dislikes Received:
    0
    Location:
    West Virginia
    This pretty much sums it up.
     
  7. tynimiller

    tynimiller Legendary Woodsman

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2011
    Posts:
    12,074
    Likes Received:
    2,803
    Dislikes Received:
    5
    Location:
    Northern Indiana
    If the bow is properly tuned, I'd honestly say again nearly all broadheads on the market will fly great for nearly everyone depending on set up. :evilgrin:
     
  8. WV Jess

    WV Jess Weekend Warrior

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2014
    Posts:
    224
    Likes Received:
    18
    Dislikes Received:
    0
    Location:
    West Virginia
    As long as your bow is perfectly tuned for broadheads, they are both accurate. If you struggle to get your arrows perfectly tuned for fixed blade broadheads, mechanicals will win out. I suggest going the extra mile to get your complete rig tuned for broadheads, regardless of which model you choose, you will notice the difference shooting long range not to mention you owe it to the animal and yourself.
     
  9. tynimiller

    tynimiller Legendary Woodsman

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2011
    Posts:
    12,074
    Likes Received:
    2,803
    Dislikes Received:
    5
    Location:
    Northern Indiana
    Yup, honestly I think most fellas will never even notice if their bow is out of tune a little because most of us don't even or very rarely shoot farther than 35 yards or so.
     
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2016
  10. Garet

    Garet Weekend Warrior

    Joined:
    Aug 4, 2016
    Posts:
    537
    Likes Received:
    226
    Dislikes Received:
    0
    Location:
    NW Iowa
    All very good insight. I think the horse is finally dead now. Thanks!
     
  11. killer chill-r

    killer chill-r Weekend Warrior

    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2016
    Posts:
    466
    Likes Received:
    91
    Dislikes Received:
    0
    Took this doe at 37yds with a Rage X-treme 2.3" cut with my Chill-R set at 62# on a GT Velocity with an arrow weight of 374gr. ImageUploadedByBowhunting.com Forums1470711439.458703.jpg
     
  12. Jpeeples

    Jpeeples Weekend Warrior

    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2015
    Posts:
    161
    Likes Received:
    0
    Dislikes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Barnwell, SC

    Well put. Let me add also that another difference between the two is that a mechanical uses some of the arrows kinetic energy to deploy it's blades and and a fixed blade uses all of its KE for penetration.

    With that said, I prefer using a fixed blade because I want all of the KE I can get for a pass through. Two holes are better than one. I shoot the 125 gr Ramcat. I killed 4 good deer last year and not a one of them crashed outside of earshot. Plus they fly exactly like my field points.

    It boils down to preference. Just like Chevy vs Ford vs Dodge...
     
  13. elkguide

    elkguide Grizzled Veteran

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2012
    Posts:
    6,482
    Likes Received:
    7,406
    Dislikes Received:
    6
    Location:
    Vermont

    GMC is better!
     
  14. joshcalhoun18

    joshcalhoun18 Weekend Warrior

    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2015
    Posts:
    359
    Likes Received:
    20
    Dislikes Received:
    0
    I personally like fixed blade just in case I hit the shoulder but it's all personal preference.
     
  15. pitzer25

    pitzer25 Weekend Warrior

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2014
    Posts:
    275
    Likes Received:
    1
    Dislikes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Western PA
    i shoot rage 3 blade and love them. mechanical are easier to shoot if your bow is not properly tuned. but as everyone else has said all the broadheads on the market will do the job if you can make a good shot
     
  16. Rampaige

    Rampaige Die Hard Bowhunter

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2011
    Posts:
    1,244
    Likes Received:
    136
    Dislikes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Ledyard, CT
    I've used fixed blades since 2002, with the exception being the 2011 season I used Rages. In 2011 I shot a deer with the Rage and the blood trail was absolutely incredible. There was no need to look for blood, even in the dark. It was everywhere. I have killed several deer with fixed blades (Muzzy, Slick Trick, G5 Montec) and none of them provided the blood trail like the mechanicals. This season I am switching back to a mechanicals. Opening day of last year I arrowed a nice buck at 9 yards. The hit was perfect but there was almost NO blood. I was fortunate the deer only made it about 60 yards because if he had gone any further I never would have found him. I have had very poor blood trails with most of my deer with fixed blades so I'm going to try Spitfires this year.
     
  17. JesseHunts

    JesseHunts Weekend Warrior

    Joined:
    Dec 1, 2015
    Posts:
    485
    Likes Received:
    106
    Dislikes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Highland, Minnesota
    GMC is a Chevy Product just my 2 cents ;)
     
  18. frantzracing0

    frantzracing0 Weekend Warrior

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2012
    Posts:
    508
    Likes Received:
    1
    Dislikes Received:
    0
    I personally shoot the NAP Killzone (trophy tip) for the past few years but I tune my bow with standard muzzy 3 blade heads. I wouldn't hesitate to shoot a fixed head if its all I had at the time.
     
  19. CoveyMaster

    CoveyMaster Grizzled Veteran

    Joined:
    Aug 7, 2013
    Posts:
    9,884
    Likes Received:
    3,063
    Dislikes Received:
    18
    Location:
    MO/KS state line
    Definitely fixed, anyone that shoots mechs is an idiot. :evilgrin::throw::spam:
     
  20. tkaldahl2000

    tkaldahl2000 Weekend Warrior

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2014
    Posts:
    873
    Likes Received:
    541
    Dislikes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Hardin, MT
    Definitely mechanical. Anyone who shoots fixed has small hands (you know what Rubio says) and has probably been clipped. ;)
     

Share This Page