I started using the Matrix Target System back in June.  I really liked the idea of a long-lasting target that allows me to swap out the center module.  This distributes wear across the target.  However, several people said that the target wouldn’t hold up to broadheads (strange as it’s designed for broadheads.)  I wanted the truth, so I set out to see for myself what I could expect out of the Matrix Target System.

Starting back in June, I kept a journal on every arrow fired that hit the center module. It took me a few months, but I just hit the 500 mark.  You can view the three-minute video above to see exactly how it held up. Remember, with seven available modules in the Matrix, that means I’m not even at 1/7th of the target life.

My set-up was a 370 grain Gold Tip Kinetic Pierce Platinum including the 100 grain Ironwill vented broadhead.  I used an Athen’s Convixtion bow set at 70lbs.  The ranges were from 20-80 yards with an average around 50 yards.  Now I know some archers are using heavier set-ups than mine and they will probably wear a target faster. However, I know I can safely say that a Matrix Target System will outlast all the foam targets I’ve ever tried.  You can learn more here

(As a side-note, I used just three Ironwills for this test and not one failure or bent ferrule–that’s over 150 shots per head! While the Ironwills cost more than a lot of broadheads, they will also outlast a lot of broadheads– just saying.)

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Robby Denning
Robby Denning started hunting mule deer in the late 1970’s, only missing one season in 35 years. At 25, he gave up the pursuit of all other big-game to focus on taking the best bucks possible. He began hunting the West on a DIY budget hunting an average of 30 days a year for mule deer. Robby loves the hunt as much as the kill and the entire process from research to scouting to hunting. He’s killed four bucks over 200 inches in the last 15 seasons, mostly on easily-obtained tags. He owns a public-land scouting service and runs a private-land outfitting business helping other hunters in their pursuit of deer and elk. Robby has scouted and hunted literally thousands of square miles of mule deer country and brings a wealth of knowledge about these experiences with him. To him, the weapon of choice is just a means-to-an-end and will hunt with bow, rifle, or muzzleloader – whatever it takes to create an opportunity to take a great mule deer. He is also the author of "Hunting Big Mule Deer" available on Amazon. Robby believes all of creation is from God for man to manage, respect, and through which to know its Creator