ORIGINAL: Marc Anthony
I agree with WW on several items mentioned. First, he's correct in saying the Rage has more of a chance to fail than a fixed broadhead. It's a no brainer. Anything that depends on multiple parts or movement to fulfill it's duty, has a greater opportunity to fail. Shot placement is also critical, so the shooter has the responsibility to place that shot in the vital area on a LIVE animal, which is totally different (stress wise) than on a foam target animal. ...
Just for fun.
If you are defining failure as not killing a deer, then I don't think you can say that the moving parts of the Rage give it a greater chance for failure unless you are comparing it to a 2 inch fixed broadhead and I haven't seen too many of those around.
The question regarding failure is two part, will the Rage blades open, and will the hunter put the arrow where it belongs. I would say that hunters making poor shots occurs with greater frequency than Rage blades not opening. So... the Rage broadheads with their greater cutting area provide less opportunity for failure because they allow for greater error in shot placement. The potential failure of the moving parts of the Rage is more than made up for by its' larger cutting area given the performance of today's hunters out in the field, making them the better choice for most hunters.
(disclaimer: I've tried Rage broadheads, they don't fly like my fieldpoints, so I don't use them.)
Again, just for fun.
As for arrow placement on a big buck - pretty much like everyone else has said, the vital areas are the same.
The Rage broadhead is ineffective unless it opens, period. Now given that it is designed to open, when it does, the Rage has been known to leave gapping holes in the animals that come in contact with it. Having said that, Muzzy Phantoms leave even a greater hole if you were to ask me because I've shot both. But I don't want to turn this discussion around and away from the original idea here and that is the mechanical aspect of the Rage. Simply put, if you were to shoot the Rage and another brand of broadhead, side by side, both being perfect vital shots, the Rage has more risk of failing because of the fact IT MUST OPEN and they simply don't always do! It's a simple fact of engineering, the more moving parts, the more a product depends on the parts to function in order to fulfill its task. This is why you have multiple back-up systems in aircraft because it's inevitable that something will probably go wrong, sooner or later. I also disagree with regard to the Rage's larger cutting area. Measure the surface area of a 3 or 4 blade broadhead, not the diameter and see what you come up with!
Again, the shot placement is still the same on the larger deer as the smaller deer, just the equipment used should be heavier...IN MY HUMBLE OPINION