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What's the difference between fixed blade broadheads and mechanical broadheads and what is the pros and cons of both?

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  • What's the difference between fixed blade broadheads and mechanical broadheads and what is the pros and cons of both?

    What's the difference between fixed blade broadheads and mechanical broadheads and what is the pros and cons of both?

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    A mechanical broadhead is designed to open up or expand upon impact. They have moving parts. They often fly accurately due to a small aerodynamic build/profile prior to opening and can usually provide a larger cutting diameter than a fixed blade broadhead. That all sounds great, but with moving parts comes risks which could include a chance of opening while in flight, failure to open properly upon impact, and a chance of poor penetration depending on where the animal is hit. With a fixed blade what you see is what you get. No moving parts. In my opinion fixed blades are much more reliable. They often offer more penetration and strength. No possibility of them failing to open up. A con will be that the cutting diameter will probably be smaller on a fixed blade due to the fact that a large blade would decrease the accuracy of the arrow.
    -With modern technology mechanical broadheads are pretty reliable, but I personally have always used fixed blade broadhead("G5 Montec" are the ones I currently use to be specific).

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    • #3
      Originally posted by JM View Post
      A mechanical broadhead is designed to open up or expand upon impact. They have moving parts. They often fly accurately due to a small aerodynamic build/profile prior to opening and can usually provide a larger cutting diameter than a fixed blade broadhead. That all sounds great, but with moving parts comes risks which could include a chance of opening while in flight, failure to open properly upon impact, and a chance of poor penetration depending on where the animal is hit. With a fixed blade what you see is what you get. No moving parts. In my opinion fixed blades are much more reliable. They often offer more penetration and strength. No possibility of them failing to open up. A con will be that the cutting diameter will probably be smaller on a fixed blade due to the fact that a large blade would decrease the accuracy of the arrow.
      -With modern technology mechanical broadheads are pretty reliable, but I personally have always used fixed blade broadhead("G5 Montec" are the ones I currently use to be specific).
      JM, very well explained, that should cover the whole thing and save further words !

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      • #4
        Originally posted by JM View Post
        A mechanical broadhead is designed to open up or expand upon impact. They have moving parts. They often fly accurately due to a small aerodynamic build/profile prior to opening and can usually provide a larger cutting diameter than a fixed blade broadhead. That all sounds great, but with moving parts comes risks which could include a chance of opening while in flight, failure to open properly upon impact, and a chance of poor penetration depending on where the animal is hit. With a fixed blade what you see is what you get. No moving parts. In my opinion fixed blades are much more reliable. They often offer more penetration and strength. No possibility of them failing to open up. A con will be that the cutting diameter will probably be smaller on a fixed blade due to the fact that a large blade would decrease the accuracy of the arrow.
        -With modern technology mechanical broadheads are pretty reliable, but I personally have always used fixed blade broadhead("G5 Montec" are the ones I currently use to be specific).
        Couldn't have said it any better. No other explanation required.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by JM View Post
          A mechanical broadhead is designed to open up or expand upon impact. They have moving parts. They often fly accurately due to a small aerodynamic build/profile prior to opening and can usually provide a larger cutting diameter than a fixed blade broadhead. That all sounds great, but with moving parts comes risks which could include a chance of opening while in flight, failure to open properly upon impact, and a chance of poor penetration depending on where the animal is hit. With a fixed blade what you see is what you get. No moving parts. In my opinion fixed blades are much more reliable. They often offer more penetration and strength. No possibility of them failing to open up. A con will be that the cutting diameter will probably be smaller on a fixed blade due to the fact that a large blade would decrease the accuracy of the arrow.
          -With modern technology mechanical broadheads are pretty reliable, but I personally have always used fixed blade broadhead("G5 Montec" are the ones I currently use to be specific).
          Hmmph. I would like to add... nothing, maybe back up JM a bit. I went through a mechanical phase and went through some of the big names. Foam and straw might not be the best test media but I failed to find any that would open reliably, evenly, and hold together reliably upon impact. It is rare that I break a fixed blade.

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          • #6
            My friend shoots a legal crossbow in New Jersey. Every buck he shot with a fixed broadhead passed through the animal. One year, he changed over to the Rage broadhead, thanks to the Outdoor Channel commercials.
            He shot at a eight point buck and hit the deer in a killing spot but it did not penatrate. The bolt only went in two inches. The head must of open premature or he hit a small sapling causing it to open before impact.
            He will never use mechanical heads again.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by JM View Post
              A mechanical broadhead is designed to open up or expand upon impact. They have moving parts. They often fly accurately due to a small aerodynamic build/profile prior to opening and can usually provide a larger cutting diameter than a fixed blade broadhead. That all sounds great, but with moving parts comes risks which could include a chance of opening while in flight, failure to open properly upon impact, and a chance of poor penetration depending on where the animal is hit. With a fixed blade what you see is what you get. No moving parts. In my opinion fixed blades are much more reliable. They often offer more penetration and strength. No possibility of them failing to open up. A con will be that the cutting diameter will probably be smaller on a fixed blade due to the fact that a large blade would decrease the accuracy of the arrow.
              -With modern technology mechanical broadheads are pretty reliable, but I personally have always used fixed blade broadhead("G5 Montec" are the ones I currently use to be specific).
              Hi...!!


              I concur...Never anything other than fixed blades...!!

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