Lets not turn this into another "My Rage works - you suck " post that used to happen on the other site. If you want to hear about my own personal RAGE failure which swore me back on Fixed blades forever - PM me please. I have quite a few years of experience under my belt, like Hammer4reel does. On this site, we just laugh about it. Lots of good hunters on here shoot RAGE, but we don't take it personally. Shoot what you feel most confident in - always. But don't discount real live experiences from VERY experienced hunters. Anything mechanical (including the bow itself, a release, etc) can fail.
And why would you say let’s not turn this into “my rage works-you suck”? Is it because I disagree? For sure nothing I said could trigger this type of response.
Now back to the subject. I don’t really need any anecdotal stories about problems in the woods. I happen to have a very unique and extensive experience with broad heads in general which adds up to pretty good, statistically significant data, unlike the one or two stories passed along by people using something else. One of the properties I hunt is a lease I hunt with 12 to 15 guy and prior to this I was a member of another lease with bow hunting only, also 12 to 16 hunters. As you can imagine with that many hunters we have a good representation of fixed blades and mechanicals including Rage. I have tracked way too many deer on bad or marginal shots made with fixed b.heads to accept anyone’s opinion that fix blade is better or more reliable. Usually very little blood and consequent no recovery. I have yet to recovered a gut shot with a fixed blade. On the other hand rage gut-shot opens up the stomach and the animal is in too much pain to move with its entrails hanging down to the ground. Again my opinion is not based on one or two stories. It is based on a significant numbers derived from 10 years + involving many hunters and many broad heads.
In the last 5 years I shot 23 deer with a rage Broadhead. I lost one deer due to very high shot, missing both vitals and the spinal cord. Last season I killed 6 deer with a rage and two of them were 40 yard buck shot which are hanging on my wall. One went 25 yards the other one dropped in place on a double lung shot which hits his opposite shoulder. Also last season in Florida I shot a pig at 40 yards, again double lung shot and I recovered it where I shot it, the pig never made one step. Two bear I killed in New Brunswick Canada did not even make 20 yards while my Magnus Stinger partner’s Bear on a very similar shot went almost 100 yards. Rage is devastating and more forgiving on bad shots than any fixed blade on the planet. On good shots animals hardly ever go beyond 20. I will never even try to talk someone from using whatever works for them but I will always chime in when someone is telling me something I know from my vast experience to be wrong.
Like I said before, with rage you are putting an axe through the animal instead of a clean, surgical and small cut of a razor blade.
Here are some rage action for your, can a fixed blade do this? :