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jay83196

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So this must be the 3rd or 4th time I've had an expandable not open on a deer. This time it was a grim reaper on a 30 yd pass through shot. The deer only went 40 yds but the shot was almost perfect, had it been off who knows. Ive used several brands, is this just the chance you take? Too much velocity? 

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Any chance the blades flipped back over pulling the arrow out of whatever it was stuck in?  So the blades open by hand before using?  It doesn’t look like there should be an issue just going off the pic since they’re partially deployed.

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I agree with Wanderer.  The blades go back to the forward position when pulled out of something.  Look at the holes in the chest cavity to see the real story.  BUT, if you believe you've had problems with them so many times, why not go to a fixed blade and have one less thing to worry about?

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Thanjs for feedback, they didn't go back, there's no blood on and blades halfway down and fur in hinges from being mostly closed. Yeah I've heard and thought that they could have closed but how would they close, forward momentum would keep them open and going through both sides of the hide and hitting the ground should keep them open. I'd like to use mechanical for the same reason anybody does they fly better than fixed,  less drag etc on longer shots. But maybe I need just go back to fixed. 

Thanks! 

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@jay83196 yah, it looks weird with the hair pinched in there, I’ll give you that.  Just too hard to tell without having broad head in hand.  Those front deploying/over the top heads should swing open petty freely once released from whatever is holding them in.  Does your style use an O ring or pressure springs in the head?  I used Spitfires before and they have the pressure springs.  Once dirt or crud get in them they have to be totally disassembled and cleaned to work right again.  If the head went into the ground at all, the blades will pull back when you pull it out.

 

Any chance there was dirt in the ferrule before the shot?  Probably not but have to ask.  O ring retainer?

 

Donbo is right on about checking the holes in the chest cavity to see the true story.

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All good questions, they were new in the quiver. Arrows was in weeds tip in dirt but not barried and pretty confident didn't close. These have no o-rings or rubber bands. Was just mostly curious if others had issues with these or anybody had different ones to recomend. 

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The best way to tell if they opened is to look at the entrance and exit wound. If they did not open you would only have a bout a 1 inch hole. If it did expand pull the blades back and check the diameter. it should be larger than if they did not open

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Yep see fishhunts comment. That's the tell tale info you need.  No way for us sideline QBs to know,  but is very likely they opened. 

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