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

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  1. Trophy Specialist

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    I never shot the Spitfires more than once without installing new spring clip and blades. Even if you are shooting them with rubber bands, I'd still test them repeatedly to see if they are functioning properly. Also, rubber bands degrade over time and when exposed to the elements, it happens fast. I had problems with Rockets with band failures and will never use them again.
     
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    Yep, they were tested repeatedly, no issues with the bands. The bag i got for a couple bucks had a few hundred rubber bands in it so no worries swapping out

    Still, it's something else to worry about. That's why I'm switching to fixed blades. No worries about deployment in flight or weird stuff happening on deployment
     

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    How many FPS are you shooting?
     
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    Spitfire. Shot a big buck last year and hit him a little far back. Ended up liver shot. Found him about 60 yds away. Complete pass thru at a quartering angle. Impressive.
     
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    I haven't chrono'd but its 340 FPS advertised
     
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    You may be fine at that speed, but the new crossbow I got is a lot faster and seems to steal over the limit of the Spitfires. I dont know if adding a rubber band would make a.a difference. I'm not going to mess with them any more. The fixed blade Hellrazors flew perfectly. Im going to do more testing with them when I get home. I'm done deer hunting for the year, so no big rush.
     
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    I use 2 bands at 430 fps. New bands each year.
     
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    Thread got me to thinking. I shoot a vertical bow but wanted to compare broadhead performance. From 30 yards, I tested a used 100 gr. Spitfire, a Thunderhead 100, and a 100 gr. Muzzy MX-3. The Muzzy was given to me as a gift long ago, but never opened the box.
    All shot identical for me!
    Decisions! Decisions!
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    A perfectly tuned bow will do that!!!
     
  10. ckosal

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    New CB user this year. My vertical prime had a string failure the sunday before the opener on my final 3d practice before the 1st. I shopped like crazy to get a Cross Bow as i knew it would be the easiest thing to sight in and get comfortable with versus buying a new vertical.

    I had been kicking around the desire to buy a CB; this just accelerated the decision. I got a Ten Point Nitro XRT. It is super fast! 435 fps through chrono. Based on that speed and some research i went with the Rage Crossbow X as shown above.

    Two deer already this year. Both 8 pts. I let my dad use the CB when i got my vertical back. First night he had it he shot a very nice 8pt. And the wounds (entry and exit) were amazing! The entry.... was like Mike Meyers took a Filet knife from the front leg back. The hide was actually flipped over open just hanging there with a blood trail like a red carpet about 25 yards where the buck was piled up.

    SOOOO...i was super excited and convinced i was now a Rage guy (note G5 in my signature block). Last Friday i shot a buck with the cross bow. Caught on video. Looks like almost perfect shot. Little blood.. never found arrow (think it stayed in him as he ran). drip here and there. Found the deer two days later after it died a very slow death. Looking at entry/exit... good spots but pencil size holes. It sure appears the blade didn't open? Can't say for sure what happened but it wasn't a pic worthy gash for sure.

    So, i am now on the fence with them. I am going to try them again for Doe hunting we are doing this weekend. I am not concerned so much that if one of or two monster target bucks happens to jump out that i would be afraid to shoot. BUt, i do think i want more experience with these on does to give me confidence in them becoming my go to choice.

    I also bought the Ten Point blades. Packaging isn't super cool, but i hope Ten Point did a bunch of testing on them before slapping their brand on them?

    Will report back if i connect with does (or even one of the two target bucks i am focused on).
     
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    Used a grim reaper xbow head this morning. Actually broke part of the shoulder blade closer to the heavy bone and made a really nice exit hole before sticking in the ground about 7" deep. Tons of blood and nothing bent or broken on the head. Very pleased. Rated to 400 fps+ and no band required.
     
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