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G5 Striker Question

Post by CT.HNTR » Sun Apr 06, 2014 8:28 am

I have done some test shooting with the G5 Strikers, they group very well and the POI is very close to me field tips. I am shooting an Exocet 200 with FMJ bolts. The blades seem very sharp and I like the cut on contact tip. The only problem I am having is that one blade always seems loose. No matter what broadhead and bolt combination I try I cannot get all three blades to lock up tight. No matter what I do one blade always feels loose and has some play. Is there any way to fix this?
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Re: G5 Striker Question

Post by turbo » Sun Apr 06, 2014 8:40 am

I shoot the Strikers out of my 380 and like them very much.They are very accurrate and the new blades are good n sharp.I have 6 of those broadheads and all blades are tight and secure.I would take them back to where you bought them,you dont want one to malfunction when you heed it.
I use one as my target arrow and after many shots in the block the blades stay tight.When you figure it out please let us Striker users know what the problem was.Thanks
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Re: G5 Striker Question

Post by CT.HNTR » Sun Apr 06, 2014 9:10 am

Hi Turbo,

At first I thought I may have picked up a bad batch so I purchased another three pack but got the same results. I screwed all three heads onto several FMJ and Firebolts with the same results. Two blades always lock up firmly with no movement and the third blade is loose and can be wiggled around. It does not feel so loose that it is going to fall off but it is clearly not locked up like the other two. I assumed others have noticed the same thing but if that’s not the case I will need to see what the problem could be on my end. I have only tried the 100 grain and have not tried the 125 grain yet. What weight are you using?
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Re: G5 Striker Question

Post by paulaboutform » Sun Apr 06, 2014 9:21 am

That sounds very strange. I would guess a couple of things. One, are you assembling them properly (no offense meant), and two, they made a faulty lot. Maybe something happened in the machine when they were making them and there's a bad batch. Either way, I wouldn't be shooting anything that wasn't perfect. Contact the company, I bet they take care of you...and they should throw in a little something extra for your troubles of back and forth and so on. Keep us updated.

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Re: G5 Striker Question

Post by turbo » Sun Apr 06, 2014 9:45 am

I am using 125gr broadbeads,I checked again and all blades are secured :)
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Re: G5 Striker Question

Post by CT.HNTR » Sun Apr 06, 2014 10:25 am

This is now going to drive me nuts until I figure it out. I am going to pick up another pack of both the 100 and 125 grain heads and try them again. I am also going to check the face of my front inserts in my bolts to make sure they are perfectly square. I’ll report back my findings.
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Re: G5 Striker Question

Post by turbo » Sun Apr 06, 2014 10:44 am

keep us posted, this is interesting and confusing :?
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Re: G5 Striker Question

Post by Hi5 » Sun Apr 06, 2014 2:11 pm

I have used the Magnum version for a few years now. I've never noticed the problem you describe.

It has to be either the slot for one blade is a bit too long, or, the blade is too short for the slot.

I presume you bought new blades and tried them. Is it the same slot that is always loose, or did you pay attention to that aspect?

My guess is one slot got machined too long. Get a replacement. If a blade doesn't fit TIGHT, if that blade hits bone, it may get forced out of the slot. You may wind up with a two blade broadhead that corkscrews off path.
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Re: G5 Striker Question

Post by xcaliber » Sun Apr 06, 2014 2:41 pm

I have tried several brands that are very similar, and look to be made by them for Bass Pro, and Cabelas. I would suggest you use a broadhead wrench to tighten them up, very tight! I have noticed a slight amount of movement, and even after snugging down hard, it was barely noticeable, but the heads had great flight, and POI was the same as field points to 50 yards. Those blades engage into the ferule a good distance, so they will not fail on impact! I think you will be fine them. I have a friend using Slick Trick heads of about the same size, and this condition is also evident on a few blades. If you want a bit of piece of mind, mark the loose blade with a felt tip marker, and reposition it in another slot on the ferule, also mark the ferule if possible. My guess is the slot in the ferule is a few thousandths larger.
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Re: G5 Striker Question

Post by Boo » Sun Apr 06, 2014 3:30 pm

Look at the brass washers that the rear of the blade backs up onto. With repetitive shooting the rear of the blade will put a dent into the brass washer. It that is the case then you will get some slop. Turn the washer so that the dents are between the blades or flip them so the dents point toward the front insert.
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Re: G5 Striker Question

Post by CT.HNTR » Sun Apr 06, 2014 3:47 pm

Hi All,

Thanks for all the good advice. I had not thought about marking the slot and blade and then changing their position to see if the issue repeats but will do so next weekend. It very well can be that a slot is a few thousandths to long. I really want to use these heads but need to get this issue resolved before I will have confidence to do so.
I will post back with my results.
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Re: G5 Striker Question

Post by massbow » Sun Apr 06, 2014 7:15 pm

strikers are my go to, very good heads! Hope you figure out your problem
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