I think that your concern re. moving parts is valid to a degree. All hunters must inspect all of their equipment to ensure that it is in working order at all times.
But a compound bow has far more moving parts than a traditional. Does that make it unsafe or less ethical?
I am a reasonably experienced bow hunter, who was a diehard fixed blade, cut on contact guy. The rear-opening slip cam design has made me a convert. The accuracy and wound channel is unlike anything I thought possible.
And I get NOTHING from anyone to say this. I agree that there are hucksters out there who will whore themselves out to any company, but I do not consider the D&DH staff to be among them. If they were, I would not be a loyal reader.
I agree a hunter should always inspect their equipment But he's the hunter not the engineer, the hunter can only see if the product is operable and operating safely he doesnt question design and shouldn't have to worry about design flaw that's what Quality control is for.
I've used both traditional longbow and compound bows and YES the level of failure is much greater with a compound but with proper maintenance and inspections the compounds have proven themselves to be just as safe.
I use fixed blades only, too many of my friends have had too many issues with mechanical broadheads for me to even think of switching. And like you I don't collect a cent from anyone to convey my beliefs about the products I use, I only share with others what I see and what I experience.
The wound channel? A Fixed blade broadhead will send any animal into it's afterlife just as quickly as any mechanical broadhead and the fixed blade broadhead doesn't ruin as much meat as the mechanical...
The D&DH staff have my utmost respect as does anyone who maintains as high an ethical standing in the hunting world.
A Fixed blade broadhead will send any animal into it's afterlife just as quickly as any mechanical broadhead and the fixed blade broadhead doesn't ruin as much meat as the mechanical...
This is an issue that can go back and forth all day long but there's no need to do that.
The bottom line is this, the believers have their reasons why they use them and the doubters know why they don't use them.
I'm glad the mechanicals are working for you gentleman, that's really all that matters.
The mechanicals have moving parts that can fail vs. the fixed blades that won't ever have that sort of problem.
but let me point out what may be another issue about the Rage rear deploy.
Is your arrow traveling SLOW enough to allow the broadhead to fully deploy before it penetrates an animal?
Take a look at the Rage Video (click thru the stages) to see the entire process of rear deployment before you answer, it's just another issue to think about when using mehchanical types.
But again I'm not trying to tell you not to use them I'm just pointing out where myself, along with many other hunters think there could be issues, but if you choose to use mechanicals, I will say, "I wish you all nothing but the very best of luck always".. and this is my last comment regarding the issue. Good Luck and as always, enjoy happy Safe hunting.
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