what is your take on expandables with an x-bow?

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  1. omegasniper86

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    Spitfire maxx 125 grain for me. Absolutely zero issues and are deadly. I only use the cut on contact tip. I buy the regular ones and they fly like a field tip.
     
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    I'm a new crossbow user as of this season and opted to go with the 125 grain Spitfire Maxx mechanical with the chisel point. In target practice these flew exactly like my field tips with no sight adjustments required. Have filled one tag thus far and all I can say is it is a devastatingly wicked head that opens up large entry/exit wound holes.
     
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    I use the rage pictured above. Fly nice and really nice wound channel, lol
     
  4. solo hunter

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    I shoot trypan 100grain out of my xbow drop tine and my mathews monster mr5. I never use the red collars only the grey ones. They fly true never i mean never do not open and always stay closed in flight. Was a bad shot on my part but 35yards threw 2 ribs cut the rear leg bone and blades are straight. Had 1 last year straight down spine upper ribs then out the lower rib cage cut the knee cap in half only went 35 yards. Just my input good luck out their.
     

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  5. jiggin is livin

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    Same! They put the rages that I was shooting (same as others have posted) to shame. The wounds are very easy to tell apart. I actually shot two does about 10 minutes apart. One with the rage and one with the shwacker. I will see if I can find the pics I took for the difference.

    Mine came with an identical field tip that doesn't deploy, much like the rages do.

    Haven't had an issue with blades bending.
     
  6. Joe Archer

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    In my opinion anything over 1.5 inch cutting diameter is over kill. Sure, you CAN get pass throughs with larger cutting diameters, but what happens if you don't get the perfect shot?
    Personally, I have seen great results with 100 grain Spitfires shot from crossbows. Individuals that I have recommended these to always get pass throughs, and excellent blood trails.
    I was so impressed with their crossbow results that I tried a 100 grain 1.5 inch Spitfire with my vertical this year.
    I could see blood spraying like a garden hose as she ran, and watched the doe go down at 40 yards. Could see her from my stand. No tracking required.
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  7. textox

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    Yep Joe, I too think 1 1/2'" is more than enough and lessens the chance of blade breakage and deflections.Way back in my trad. bow days a 1" wide 2 blade accounted for lots of deer. 2" cut unheard of!!
     
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    From the early 80's up until this year I always used a Thunderhead 1 3/16 inch cut fixed blade!
    DEADLY, and may have been the best broadhead ever built!
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    Me too ,lost count on kills with Mathews Rival pro w/ Beaman ICS 340s and Thunderhead 100gr.Killer set up for me..
     
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    And all the NAP line ,good products!!
     
  11. Jimbos

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    Take it for what you may from a crossbow amateur, I've shot two deer with my crossbow, a 6 and a 7 both roughly the same size deer. The 6 was two years ago with a G5 Montec just before dark and I never found that arrow and I heard him crash on a hillside approximately 60 yards away. I got lucky and found him in the now dark and walked right up on him.
    The 7 was two days ago and I had a 27 yard quartering towards shot and I'm pretty proud of myself for putting a IMO very nice well placed kill shot that took out a lung and sliced the heart on a pass through. The exit hole was two inches wide. He ran maybe 25 yards if that and crashed. I used a Rage Crossbow X, both blades were open, one was bent to hell, but from the look of the entry hole it was a nice clean cut, I don't believe that it opened upon being shot. They improved that rubber cup that keeps the blades closed upon shooting, and I'm very impressed with the accuracy.
    I'm still not 100% convinced and confident in the mechanical aspect due to will it open and function as advertised but I do like the accuracy.
     
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  12. BlackRhino

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    Id have to disagree, during the 80s i thought the same. Then i got a little money in my pocket that I could afford to shoot these into targets. They planed miserably. Never hit the same spot. That was with oniedas, pse baby g, and mathews lx.

    Once I got a grip on this, I tried muzzy 100s. Those flew straight and deadly. Shot a lot of deer with those.

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    Up until this week I would have recommended Spitfires since I had been using them for over 10 years with good results. Then I got a new crossbow that shoots 400 fps. I tested a couple shots with the spitfires and they seemed to fly straight. This week though I shot a deer and the hit was way off the mark. I got lucky and recovered him, but I was baffled, so I did more testing using a bag target and the spitfires. The blades were opening erradically before hitting the target and on one shot it threw it off by 12 inches. I had some Hellrazors so I tried those and they flew perfectly and I will now be using those. I will not use expendables again in a crossbow, especially Spitfires and I hope you all do thorough testing to really see how yours are working before shooting at a live target.
     
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  14. o_mykiss

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    I found that shooting them repeatedly wore down the retaining clip on my crossbow. I think NAP even says that somewhere. Not to shoot as the clip doesn't retain blades for too many shots. Solved that with a dental rubberband. Works like a charm

    Of course, I'm going to fixed cut on contact anyways but spitfires were pretty solid once the rubber band was on there
     
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  15. Bucman

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    That's what I found also. As long as the detent on the blade was good We had no problems.