Looking for better blood trails

Zac

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Well, I have to add my experience now. Shot two different pigs with a big two blade head and neither one of them left a very good blood trail. One was pretty sparse and the other, which was a lung hit, left basically no blood. I don’t remember have this problem when I was shooting a three blade head or a two blade with a bleeder. Time to go drink some different kool-aid for me.

Edited: I have to admit the shot that left blood was low and forward. The lung shot was as high as you can get lung.
I would say that a higher further back hit will render more blood with more cutting surface. However a 2 blade will leave plenty of blood if you hit forward lower 1/3rd. This is a difficult subject due to all the variables, and will ultimately come down to proper broadhead selection based upon poundage and shaft weight. In the end a low poundage short draw archer with a 2 blade COC is going to have to make a more precise shot than, a high KE setup with a larger cutting surface.
 

Bill V

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It's going to depend on shot placement of course, but we've been getting a lot of customers reporting great blood trails with our new Wide Series heads. The advantage over mechanicals in my mind is that I can take more shot angles without the chance of failure (shoulder bones, spine, frontal) and still get a 2 1/8" total cut. We just had a customer report a shoulder bone broke completely in two just above the knuckle and a complete pass through. The broadhead looks good and is still sharp.

 
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Don Qui Puncher

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I’ve killed 4 deer with Sevrs and watched them all go down but never found a drop on the ground, all of them I was 20+ft high and steep angle close shots, all but one passed through and when I got to them blood coming out the nose and cavity filled but seemed like the exit wound would stick back together and close. Small sample I know, I don’t really care if I watch them pile up. I’ve shot a few with rage and afflictor and looked like a Freddy crouger scene. Slick tricks I’ve had good and no so good trails, shot one with an iron will last year and it bled out good for a fixed head. Shot one with a montec good blood but bent the ferrule.
 

JayTx

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Blood trails are tricky it seems. Whitetail are fast critters and most will move in my experience which is why I switched to mechanical for them. I started using shwacker last year and have been pleased with the larger cutting diameter, 125gr. 2 1/4" cut. Blood trails aren't massive but there has been a trail to follow. Also all spun and shot true. I can't say that about some of the other heads I've tried such as NAP and grim reaper some just wouldn't shoot or spin out of the package.
 

Sanchez

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My experience is consistent with what Beendare observed

" The COC heads go through them effortlessly....many animals don't know they were hit. Contrast that to some of he short chisel or mech heads where you hear a clear "Kerplunk" sound when they hit....that gets those animals moving like their tail is on fire."

I use a very sharp COC (Two blade 125 gr magnus stinger) and the animals do not go far even if is not a perfect shot. I used to use thunderheads which seemed to cause the animals to run much further after the shot with long sometimes difficult blood trails. My recovery rate is much better with the COC head.
 

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Your more likely to have better blood when shooting from a tree stand than from the ground. Exits low on the body cavity let blood out faster versus having to fill the cavity to the level of the entry/exit hole first.
 

justin davis

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I prefer fixed blades. I’ve been shooting Ironwills. Majority of the animals I’ve shot fall within sight. No blood trail Needed.
I would also agree with the reaction of animals on fixed blade vs expandable hits.
 

WhatToHunt

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I shot fixed blades for years then went through a few-year phase of mechanicals before this past year going back to a fixed blade (Viper Trick). I took my time sharpening the blades to be shaving sharp. And although they may not be true COC heads, the two deer I shot with them this season bounded off a short ways after the initial hit (pass through on both animals) and then stopped momentarily before they tried to make their escape and died shortly from the spot where they paused. I am now a believer in what others have noted, less of a reaction from a sharp fixed blade is a good thing. Even though some of the gushing blood trails from a 2" mechanical were awesome, my focus is sharp blades and a pass through.

Edited to add that I agree with the OP on this: "I'm also trying to teach myself to shoot lower and further forward than I have in the past." I need to be better at this too.
 
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Will_m

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Reporting back on the low and forward approach. Shot a whitetail with 175 grain vpa three blade low and forward, actually got a piece of heart and lung. He went maybe 70 yards.
The broadhead completely broke the front leg bone, not the thinner scapula, and went through probably another 5-10 yards behind the deer. Blood trail was awful but couldn’t believe the broadhead cracked the bone like that and suffered absolutely zero damage.

One thing I feel confident about, VPA makes a great head.
 
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