Mechanical head premature opening test (Graphic heavy)

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Re: Mechanical head premature opening test (Graphic heavy)

Post by racking up points » Thu Mar 19, 2020 10:46 pm

Great thread, thanks for all the info. I’ll add that I’ve been using FOC’s out of my Matrix 410 for 5 seasons and I have yet to get an open entrance wound and I almost always get pass-thru’s with a 3” gaping hole. I double band them as close to the tip as possible. Furthest recovery was 70y, all DRT’s. But what made me switch to the SWAT’s was the lack of blood trails my FOCs produced on shots that didn’t pass thru. I haven’t tested the SWATs on a live animal yet, but I can’t wait to see what they do.
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Re: Mechanical head premature opening test (Graphic heavy)

Post by xcaliber » Thu Mar 19, 2020 10:54 pm

racking up points wrote:
Thu Mar 19, 2020 10:46 pm
Great thread, thanks for all the info. I’ll add that I’ve been using FOC’s out of my Matrix 410 for 5 seasons and I have yet to get an open entrance wound and I almost always get pass-thru’s with a 3” gaping hole. I double band them as close to the tip as possible. Furthest recovery was 70y, all DRT’s. But what made me switch to the SWAT’s was the lack of blood trails my FOCs produced on shots that didn’t pass thru. I haven’t tested the SWATs on a live animal yet, but I can’t wait to see what they do.
I too tried them, but only had one shot, a small 4 point. Anyway, I got them specifically for the Axe. Went with the A4-Mini, and have shot them to 40 yards, very accurate, leaves nice entry hole, but it's got the follow up blades as well. I can't wait to get one through something!
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Re: Mechanical head premature opening test (Graphic heavy)

Post by Ankh » Thu Mar 19, 2020 11:23 pm

Once again, thanks for all of your testing. I would send you a swacker, but PA just shut all non life sustaining businesses for 14 days (so far) and I'm hoarding my last 3 heads (I was going to try the new excal. ones this year) in case I need to use on the neighborhood deer.

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Post by Riflemanz » Fri Mar 20, 2020 7:34 am

I shoot the rocket hammerhead 3 blade 2” cut heads double banded out of my matrix 355 with no problems.
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Post by paulaboutform » Fri Mar 20, 2020 8:25 am

Wow, absolutely fantastic!!! Thanks for all your time testing and posting. Great info! :thumbup:

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Re: Mechanical head premature opening test (Graphic heavy)

Post by drywallerdave1 » Fri Mar 20, 2020 2:16 pm

Thanks again. I use swat broadheads and was hoping that they would test well. And they did!!! Mine shoot exactly as my field points.

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Re: Mechanical head premature opening test (Graphic heavy)

Post by Normous » Sat Mar 21, 2020 10:13 am

DuckHunt,

The Blob is a well performing broadhead target but hard on mechanical BH's. I use the softer/self healing Morrell High Roller target which I am pleased to mention has not damaged any of my mechanical s to date , not even a bent blade.
Even more impressive the M. High Roller target stops arrows with BH's before burying the fletching, even at 490 fps.
I unscrew the BH before removal.

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Re: Mechanical head premature opening test (Graphic heavy)

Post by janesy » Sat Mar 21, 2020 1:47 pm

Normous wrote:
Sat Mar 21, 2020 10:13 am
DuckHunt,

The Blob is a well performing broadhead target but hard on mechanical BH's. I use the softer/self healing Morrell High Roller target which I am pleased to mention has not damaged any of my mechanical s to date , not even a bent blade.
Even more impressive the M. High Roller target stops arrows with BH's before burying the fletching, even at 490 fps.
I unscrew the BH before removal.

THANK YOU KINDLY for your testing!
Cheers!
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Re: Mechanical head premature opening test (Graphic heavy)

Post by xpert1111 » Sat Mar 21, 2020 9:21 pm

Without video documentation is this actually an accurate test?

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Re: Mechanical head premature opening test (Graphic heavy)

Post by Normous » Sat Mar 21, 2020 10:36 pm

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Re: Mechanical head premature opening test (Graphic heavy)

Post by doegirl » Sun Mar 22, 2020 4:14 pm

I'm sorry, but I don't think these tests prove a thing. The NAP Spitfire was tested with bows as little as 4lbs to ensure the broadhead will open. So what actually opened these broadheads, the inertia of the shot or, most likely, hitting the sheet of paper? The only way to be 100% sure is with slow motion footage.
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Re: Mechanical head premature opening test (Graphic heavy)

Post by janesy » Sun Mar 22, 2020 9:54 pm

doegirl wrote:
Sun Mar 22, 2020 4:14 pm
I'm sorry, but I don't think these tests prove a thing. The NAP Spitfire was tested with bows as little as 4lbs to ensure the broadhead will open. So what actually opened these broadheads, the inertia of the shot or, most likely, hitting the sheet of paper? The only way to be 100% sure is with slow motion footage.
You think the banded spitfire opened on paper too? Proper slow motion footage would certainly be a deciding source, but not everyone has access to that gear. Regardless the paper test has been used for years to test a mechanical broadhead during flight. I don't think the OP was going for a super scientific result here. But he achieve what I would consider to be some interesting results from a relatively untested bow(by the public).
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Re: Mechanical head premature opening test (Graphic heavy)

Post by xcaliber » Sun Mar 22, 2020 10:07 pm

I have always done my testing to verify the blades opened! I figured they stayed closed because the accuracy proved that. :eusa-think: I think a picture is worth it to prove the theory. :eusa-popcorn:
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Post by Boo » Mon Mar 23, 2020 7:18 am

I am.very appreciative of the OP's efforts, time and willingness to share.
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Re: Mechanical head premature opening test (Graphic heavy)

Post by robertyb » Mon Mar 23, 2020 8:09 am

If you are shooting 30 yards or more and getting good accuracy with your broadheads and they are opening in flight then what is the problem? I had one that I suspected would open in flight and shot it at 30 yards anyway and it flew about 20" high over the top of the target. Now I suspect in that case only one blade opened which made it fly erratically but if both blades pop open in flight and the head flies true I would never know it had happened. I do now put either one or two dental bands over my blades depending on which bow I am shooting but I consider that to be extra insurance only.
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