Very interesting JPH. Glad you take such careful notes. I should be more like this, but don't have the time or patience I guess. I guess this shows both are pretty lethal, but I'm still looking into ballistic gel and plan on doing some field testing this winter in the off time. I still don't like the amount of complete pass throughs for mechanicals. Just makes me cringe and wonder if those 8 had good blood trails or if they piled up within site for ya. Maybe I can add some more data to the mix when I'm finished. I think this would be the proper place for it.
Excellent questions! Let me be clear, I really do not have a vested interest in this. I think it is pretty clear that I am sold on the rear opening mechanical, but I just want to offer honest data for others to look at. That is why D&DH pays me the big money! If Rage wants to offer me a better deal I might beat their drum a little louder (seriously Rage, call me).
Let me briefly describe the 8 non-pass through blood trails one by one:
10/17/05 - Mature doe at 33 yds. Double lung with broadhead exit on the far side. The deer sprayed bright blood out of both sides for 50 yds. and dropped dead.
10/23/05 - Doe fawn at 20 yds. Double lung with broadhead striking far side leg joint. Heavy blood for 40 yds. where the deer dropped.
11/10/05 - Mature buck at 8 yards on the ground. Quartering away, liver and one lung with broadhead exit on far side. Entrance and exit holes were plugged with fat and the blood trail was very sparse. Small drops but the deer was recoverd about 100 yds. away after a dilligent search.
11/09/06 - Mature doe at 35 yds. Low double lung with broadhead striking the far side leg joint. Wide blood trail. Arrow came out after 50 yards, then the trail became excellent. Deer found dead at 80 yds.
11/03/07 - Mature buck at 15 yds. Quartering away, double lung, with the broadhead striking the far side scapula. Arrow shaft snapped off after a few strides. Very sparse sbood. Deer died just out of sight, at 60 yards.
11/07/08 - Mature buck at 20 yds. Scapula hit. The broadhead penetrated the scapula and actually made a slight hole in the chest cavity. The deer bled, slowly but left a slight trail as it continued to walk. The deer was killed by a second, double lung pass through.
11/13/08 - 2.5 year old buck, hind quarter shot, at 30 yds. The broadhead passed through the right ham and exited the belly. The deer left sparse blood untilit crossed a fence several hundred yds. away. At this point the deer's intestines were torn on the barbed wire and the deer bleed heavily until it died 50 yds away. (This was not my finest moment as an archer but I am proud of the 8 hour tracking job.)
10/27/09 - Mature doe at 15 yds. Slight quartering toward shot with the broadhead entering high on the back, passing through both lungs and exiting in the belly. The deer was spraying blood from the high back wound but the belly wound was clogged with fat. The blood trail was wide, until the deer began to run out of blood. She covered 200 yards but bled very little for the final 50 yds. This was an overnight recovery.