Woods Walker wrote:I fully understand the need and desire for some to use mechanical heads because that may be the only way they can get decent arrow flight from a super fast, "touchy" bow. Obviously the arrow has to accurately get to the target first before any kind of head can do it's job.
I've always used fixed blades....
Other than arrow flight, what other possible reason would there be for anyone to gamble on the chance that the head will not perform as designed when a shot presents itself?
We've had this conversation before but its always a fun one. I won't speak for anyone else but WW's reasoning is exactly why I went to a mechanical. Fixed blades planed too much. Mechanicals flew like darts!
Now by your own admission WW, you've never hunted with a mechanical. You cannot really fairly assess them. I've hunted with both, so I'd say my assessment is more accurate.
So here is the kicker. If you handed me a fixed blade head that flew like the mechanical I use, I would NOT use it! I have seen that head open ghastly wounds that I never saw with a fixed blade. I have also seen that mechanical quickly kill deer after I messed up and put a poor shot on them. Blood trails are bigger and my recovery rate is higher. It is a superior design.
Now I will specify that I have only hunted with a 2 blade, slip-cam mechanical. I will not vouch for or criticize any other design because the only thing I know about them is second hand.