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1. When do you retire your broadheads?

 

I officially have used all the broadheads to take a deer. I use Muzzy 3 Blade screw ins. I've cleaned them all up and some of the blades are showing some usage, so I'm just curious when others would retire the blades.

 

2. I was thinking of switching from 3 blade to 4 blade. Is there a difference? What are the pros vs. cons.

 

3. Can I use the same broadhead that I use for deer for bear?

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I also use the 3 blade muzzy and change the blades after each kill

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I also use the 3 blade muzzy and change the blades after each kill

 

Ditto. You should always have shaving sharp blades.

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I will replace a head either when I loose an arrow/head combo or if I bend the tip or ferrule. Most quality all steel heads are designed to take a beating and still remain straight providing you do not hit rock after a pass through. I've used the same head and arrow combo for several seasons and it still spins true. I will wash the arrow and disassemble the head and wash out the blood and dirt, check the blades for nicks and straightness, then if all is good I resharpen the blades and mount the head back onto the arrow and then re check for a true spin and then put it back in the #1 position on my quiver. I use Slick Tricks 100 grain magnums four blade heads and have never had an issue with blade sharpness or straightness of a head right out of the package..

 

The three blade vs. four blade debate I think is a matter of personal choice and confidence based on past experiences both good and bad. I've killed several deer with 2 blade heads like the Grizzly heads and the Simmons Land Sharks using both a recurve and a longbow without the bleeders and have always had good blood trails. The bottom line is about good shot placement. I have however heard a strange and bizzar rumor from a good friend though that Muzzys do not leave a blood trail....cough cough...:whacky: :D

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Answer to your questions.

1. Broadheads get retired if they show signs of damage. Blades get changed if used for a kill, or after hitting the ground/rocks/etc. I do resharpen them myself and will reuse them if they do not show any external damage.

2. Not a huge difference between them. I have used the 4 blade, but only because it flew better from my bow. 4 blade sometimes have a slightly smaller cutting diameter, and on Muzzy's, the blades interlock differently than the 3 blade models. IMHO, the 4 blade system on Muzzy's is stronger than the 3 blade. But that's strictly academic.

3. Deer and black bear, no difference in what is needed to kill either. For the bigger species, personal preference would be to stay away from mechanical and small diameter heads.

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I love the 3 blade muzzys and change the blades after it hits a deer not worth taking a chance of a blade failer.I could not get the 4 blades to group very well after 30 yards never had a problem with the 3 blades

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