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shooting rage broadheads into broadgead target?

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I was hoping someone could give me some insight on shooting rage broadheads into a broadheads target. I have a gander moutain foam target which is made up of layers of foam of differing density, lowest density in the front and highest density in the back of the target. It is actually pretty hard to pull my arrows out when I shoot my field tips, but has started to get better as it's getting broken in. I would really like to shoot my rage expandables at it to see how they are flying compared to the field tips but I am scared I will run into problems removing them. I am scared that if i try to pull them back out it will put so much torque on the blades because of the broadhead's design that I might break the blades. And I don't really want to be forcing them all the way through the target because thats hard on fletching. Anyone have any thoughts?

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Didn't you get a practice head w/ the set? I don't bother shooting mine after the first few times I tried them. Actually seem to fly even better than my field points.

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Just shoot the practice head that comes with it. Those heads are expensive enough already, I wouldn't practice with the real deal. I have done it myself, it shot the same as the practice head. You are right, it was a PITA to get out of the target. The blades practically make a barb when trying to pull out. I've heard replacing the blades is nearly impossible because the screws strip. Just stick to the practice head. I played around with Rages, and a number of other mechanicals but only for Turkey hunting. For Deer I prefer a fixed blade. Just my opinion obviously. Right now I'm getting perfect flight from Slick Trick Magnums and G5 Montecs and I've got no moving parts to worry about.

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PFUNK If you want you can always just push it out the backside and unscrew it and then pull your arrow

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Why shoot it? It's gonna fly like yer field point. That's waht mechanicals do. The company already did the testing for you.

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Well no doubt they test them on their own, but I'd like to test it to see how it comes off of my setup. I wish it was as easy as just taking the manufacturers word for it, but they had a lot of problems with their blades last year so I'd rather shoot a few myself. I'll give the practice head a try once. It just seems so blunt cuz it has dummy blades to make it shaped like a real one but obviously they arent sharp or anything so I didnt wanna rip up the target with a big bulky tip. They did the job fine last year but hey it never killed a guy to test them out a bit.

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I agree with eyeguy54. Why bother ensuring that your equipment works before heading to the field? Worst case scenario you wound a trophy animal and it goes off to tie a painful death from being gutshot. Who cares about that? Remember....like eyeguy54 mentioned, the guys taking your money always have your best interests at heart.

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Hubercita, a bit testy aren't we? But I agree with you. No way would I head into the field without trying my setup exactly as I will be hunting with it.

PFUNK, find some old styrafoam, put it in front of a good backstop and fire away.

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I always practice with my broadheads after using my field points. I would never even consider not trying my broadheads before going afield. If your target won't release your arrows well, push them through and then take the broadhead off and pull back out as suggested. I would also use the practice broadhead to see how they fly. I have been a fixed broadhead shooter for 30+ years and after watching a few of my hunting buddies use the Rage two blade, that is what I will be shooting this fall.

Awesome broadhead.

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As far as the rage heads are concerned- I shot a "live round" into a layer target, and it flew exactly the same as the practice head that comes with it, and field points. I didnt want practice with this type of head, but I needed to know how it would fly--So if its something that your concerned about and need to see for your self, u best shoot it- mine flew good, this doesnt nessarily mean yours will (this target was shot up bad, arrows comin out the back end, i wouldnt reccomend shooting them in a new target...)--Good luck!

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