NAP splitfire fail?

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  1. DVO

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    I posted in the crossbow thread too but no responses. My dad shot the bucks of a lifetime on Sunday. The deer went 200 yards and tipped over and with the snow it was easy tracking. But when he went and looked for the bolt he found 75-80% of it at the impact location with only 1 blade left on the head. The other two were blown right off. The arrow was laying on the snow so they didn't blow off from hitting the ground. The fletching only had blood on about 1" of the 3" vanes and was laying farther away. Temps were single digits below zero with wind chills in the -20 range. The hole in the deer is between the size of a quarter and half dollar. It honestly looks like sharp field tip killed the thing. He didn't hit any major bones. Both holes are right behind the front shoulders.

    Anyone have an idea of what happened. He said the sound the arrow made when it hit the buck was very loud. But it was also his first archery deer so he might not have expected that crack from the arrow hitting home.

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    I would say some type of broadhead failure. Seems like it had to hit bone to cause the blades to break off. Either way, it got the job done on a beautiful buck! Congrats to your dad


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  3. Western MA Hunter

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    i'd agree w/ Protector... I've shots dozens of whitetails w/ Spitfire Maxx broadheads. Some have broken... some have been fine...
    However, after I kill a deer with one, it becomes a practice head for me anyway. They do the damage, but the blades are one and done on killing in my opinion.
     
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    Our worry was more how it seems the two blades blew off on impact with the hide since there is no evidence they made it into the body cavity. Just seemed odd so I wanted to see if anyone else had a similar experience.
     
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    Thats a beautiful buck I am glad he was able to find him. I wasn't there but generally that loud sound is indicative of a solid bone hit. The blades shearing off too would indicate that.
     
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    I hear ya... not sure what could have happened... I have never experienced that...
     
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    I haven't either. I've been shooting 3 blade 100gr Spitfires from my CB since 2002 and have never had any issues at all, and that's after about 20 kills. Love em.
     
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    He is happy he found the deer and with the snow the blood wasn't hard to follow but it just seemed to me that for the shot placement the hole should have been the size of a baseball and the deer should have only made it 60 yards not 200. He is nervous about using them again next year especially in the super zero temps.
     
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    Dandy! Where was entry and exit? Looks like a lot of fat on the arrow


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  10. Parker70

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    Great deer. I've never had an issue with spitfires even on bone. I had one pass through a deer and lodge in a tree root and not so much as a bent blade. May have been a defect? I'd give NAP a call. They may have an answer.
     

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