Woods Walker wrote:Tell you what, hit one in the guts or the front shoulder and then get back to us on how well it worked. THEN I'll be impressed!
I have! Actually I've had 2 front shoulders and 3 gut shots with the Rage-2.
The front shoulder shots were not good. The first scapula shot was on a mature buck who was actually so intent on responding to my rattling that he only ran a short distance after being hit, then limped back and gave up a second shot. Thank God my aim was better on the second chance and I double lunged him. The autopsy showed the Rage-2 to be so deeply imbedded in the scapula that I could not pull it out but it only made a dime sized hole in the actual chest cavity. The second scapula shot was on an adult doe. She ran off with the herd, only slightly limping. I tracked her for three hours but lost blood in standing corn. After that I walked the rows and edges for another 4-5 hours. I never found her and suspect she may have survived.
My gut shots have all led to recoveries. The first was a horrible case of buck fever on a 2.5 year old. I flinched on the shot and hit him closer to the back legs than the front. While he was able to walk a considerable distance, the cutting diameter of the Rage-2 had opened his belly widely. I waited all day and was able to follow blood across a bare pasture and found where he had actually lost gut crossing a fence and recovered him. The second was a simple failure to stop a doe before shooting and I hit her too far back. I gave her several hours, followed blood through the woods until it quit, turned down hill and recovered her in a creek bed. My last experience was a large doe in an open bean field. I misjudged the range and shot just under her chest, clipping her belly right behind her sternum. Again, the wound was so large that her stomach literally dropped out of her body and hung down. It was a terrible sight but I knew she was going to die without crossing a fence. I spent a sleepless night and recovered her in the morning.
Obviously, I share these stories at my own risk. I may appear to be a reckless hunter but I assure you each of these bad shots have troubled me greatly. They have also been spread over a decade of frequent bow hunting with the Rage-2, so they are statistically rare (thank God). It also may appear that I am endorsing the Rage broadhead as a substitute for proper shot placement. I am not. I'm simply pointing out that bad shots do happen and I believe that the Rage-2 does make those bad shots that hit soft tissue more lethal. As for bad shots that hit the scapula? Not so much.
Take all of that for what it is worth and make your own decision.