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Choosing The Right Mechanical Broadhead
If you remove the wing from the front of the arrow, or reduce the size of the wing, you eliminate or reduce the possibility for a problem. That is not an opinion; that is aerodynamics 101.
The goal then becomes a combination of two tasks: make the wing as small as possible and get the bow, arrow and your shooting form as good as possible. The smallest wing is no wing, and that is the only reason some bowhunters shoot mechanical broadheads
Selecting the Best Size Broadhead
Once again, here is one bowhunters opinion. He wants a small mechanical broadhead that opens to roughly 1 1/4 to 1/2 inches. He can understand why you might want a bigger style and he has spoken with many die-hard super-serious bowhunters who use mechanical broadheads that open to two-inches, or more. His arrows possess enough energy to shoot a mechanical broadhead that opens up like a pair of steak knives. That would be great on soft-tissue hits, but when you do have a slight bauble and hit the animal in the shoulder, you still need penetration. You get better penetration with smaller broadheads. Bowhunters want to be able to kill a deer that was accidentally shot in the shoulder. With a smaller broadhead you increase the odds of a clean kill.
How the Broadhead Opens Makes a Difference
When a mechanical broadhead opens from the back forward, it acts more like a fixed blade broadhead on impact. Less of the arrow’s energy is needed to open the broadhead blades and more of it is available to penetrate the animal. If the broadhead blades open from the front back (the way most of them do) the shorter blades used in the smaller designs that some bowhunters favor will rob much less energy.
Some bowhunters, if they had to choose between a conventional mechanical broadhead (one that opens from the front backward) with short blades or one with long blades and the same cutting diameter, they would choose the short blades. That is because short blades don’t spread (and push outward) as much when they pivot open so they take less energy from the arrow. If they are sharp, the deployed cutting angle of the blade (they will be chopping more than slicing) will not hurt you. The broadhead will still do a good job of cutting tissue.
Mechanical broadheads give bowhunters the best chance to hit them in the boiler room. As long as there aren’t any downsides (or minimal downsides) associated with the style, you can bet this bowhunter will be using them and he is. That is why bowhunters likes mechanical broadheads – they hit what they are aiming at.