View Full Version : Testing Rage Broadheads and Easton Arrows vs. Ballistic Gel

Prairie Dog
01-29-2016, 12:54 PM
By now everyone has seen ballistic gel testing with bullets. Now, courtesy of GY6vids, we get to see what an arrow looks like plowing through ballistic gel in slow motion.

GY6vids used a Rage Chisel Tip 3-blade broadhead and an Easton Carbon arrow for the test. Heís also shooting it from a HOYT Carbon Spyder ZT Turbo with a 60-pound draw. Itís a fairly common setup that most bowhunters would use for medium-sized game. However, the results were not something you would want to see in the field.

The arrow-broadhead combination performed flawlessly through the bare ballistic gel and it penetrated and impressive 16 inches. However, once a slab of beef ribs was placed in front of the gel block, things started to go wrong. Every time the broadhead struck bone, there was a catastrophic failure of both the arrow and the broadhead. The arrow shafts shattered after skipping off the bone, leading to reduced penetration. The broadheads themselves also failed when the cutting blades separated, yielding a much smaller wound channel.

These results were pretty surprising



Looks pretty hard on arrows.

01-29-2016, 01:14 PM
I'm not completely surprised, but a beef rib is a lot more heavy duty than a deer..... Some guys at the archery lane swear by Rage expandables. I haven't tried them, but was shooting Grim Reapers instead. After arrowing a coyote through the spine, I'm not convinced mechanicals are the way to go, and have reverted back to 7/8" or 1" fixed mini broad heads. They aren't totally bulletproof either when it comes to striking bone, but you don't have to worry about them opening up and I find the in flight advantage of the mechanicals isn't that great over the small fixed blade. If you really want a tough broad head for big game I'd say one of the big Muzzy's or a Montec one piece are probably the best bets...
Anyway, once you hit a good solid bone anything can happen. I've even seen a rifle bullet do some really strange things on a quartering shot into a deer, bordering on Kennedy magic bullet territory....