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Old 05-16-2017, 09:13 AM
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Question Mech vs fixed

During a recent discussion, I want to get a feeler or opinion on a shot on a buck I had made. The shot was around 40yrds, downwards. I shoot 70lbs. I was shooting a mechanical broadhead.

My question is, mech vs fixed. Would it have made a difference??
This pic was taken about 6 weeks afterwards.
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Old 05-16-2017, 09:17 AM
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if that was the exit side then you missed the vitals probably a hair another direction you would have got lungs or spine.
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Old 05-16-2017, 09:23 AM
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No would not make any difference, solid shoulder hit. Regardless from shooting mech or fixed you have to avoid bigbone (shoulder is still big bone, ribs are not) with an arrow...the ODD time you get lucky but that's the exception not a rule.

Just an example not sure if this was the case, but either way you need to be hitting down a few more inches. If the shot was downward from elevation and you range 40 yards (for example)...that's linear direct distance not taking into account the angle, likely off by 5 yards...35 yards would have been the ticket.

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No would not make any difference, solid shoulder hit. Regardless from shooting mech or fixed you have to avoid bigbone (shoulder is still big bone, ribs are not) with an arrow...the ODD time you get lucky but that's the exception not a rule.

Just an example not sure if this was the case, but either way you need to be hitting down a few more inches. If the shot was downward from elevation and you range 40 yards (for example)...that's linear direct distance not taking into account the angle, likely off by 5 yards...35 yards would have been the ticket.

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I figured I had shoulder blade
Lefty do you have much experience with those range finders with the "angle" compensation?? With what your saying in regards to the angle that 5yrds diff was the downfall to the shot.

Im still what I would consider new to archery (coming up on season 4) Always learning stuff lol. Do you have a recommended book/website ect I could check out in regards to shooting angles and that type of good stuff??
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Depends if that is entrance or exit. If that's exit, it was too high and most likely just over the spine (muscle) or possibly just under it (top lung with no major blood vessels hit). Wouldn't matter.

If that is entrance with no pass through, you caught the shoulder blade. No one can say for certain if a fixed would have done better, but popular theory holds that it may have, and I tend to agree.

Nice buck, good to see he made it.
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That is entrance I am guessing.

Generally, shooting downhill/uphill I take off 5-10% depending on the angle. Many rangefinders do not compensate for angle and the ones that do seem to do it well. The shot looks to be in the upper 3rd which should never be a point of aim, always strive for lower 1/3-1/2 as that's the sweet spot with the largest kill and chance at success.

I do my best to avoid shoulder at all costs... regardless of bow speed/ IBO /poundage or broadhead choice.

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That is entrance I am guessing.

Generally, shooting downhill/uphill I take off 5-10% depending on the angle. Many rangefinders do not compensate for angle and the ones that do seem to do it well. The shot looks to be in the upper 3rd which should never be a point of aim, always strive for lower 1/3-1/2 as that's the sweet spot with the largest kill and chance at success.

I do my best to avoid shoulder at all costs... regardless of bow speed/ IBO /poundage or broadhead choice.

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I did feel the shot was good, Looked good from where I was. After not finding him until a few days later on the hoof, it made sense not finding him the first 2 days in the area. Good thing is, hes still alive and will be bigger this year
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Shots can feel good, but our eyes and minds can lie to us. You never know what truly happens until you find your animal....alive or dead.

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I think a GK would have faired better giving a pass. Shot placement not good but I believe with a solid 2 blade he would be harvested with your setup and that hit.


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I think a GK would have faired better giving a pass. Shot placement not good but I believe with a solid 2 blade he would be harvested with your setup and that hit.


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I think it was a two blade rage. Too many variables we don't know. One of the most overlooked, proper bow tune...an arrow flying true with enough momentum can do amazing things. A porpoising or tailing/kicking arrow can glance and deflect in the same situation.

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