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Why I like Slick Trick
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Contributors to this thread:
smarba 24-Sep-18
tobywon 24-Sep-18
ground hunter 24-Sep-18
midwest 24-Sep-18
Brotsky 24-Sep-18
bowbender77 24-Sep-18
Buffalo1 24-Sep-18
wyobullshooter 24-Sep-18
WapitiBob 24-Sep-18
wildan 24-Sep-18
Trial153 24-Sep-18
DConcrete 24-Sep-18
DConcrete 24-Sep-18
mrelite 24-Sep-18
Dale06 24-Sep-18
PaLongshank 24-Sep-18
Ben Farmer 24-Sep-18
Rockymtnshooter 24-Sep-18
JTV 24-Sep-18
Billyvanness 24-Sep-18
Charlie Rehor 24-Sep-18
midwest 24-Sep-18
wild1 24-Sep-18
Buffalo1 24-Sep-18
12yards 24-Sep-18
btb 24-Sep-18
bowhunter55 24-Sep-18
DanWesson357 24-Sep-18
JTV 24-Sep-18
Mark Watkins 24-Sep-18
Scrappy 24-Sep-18
BIGERN 24-Sep-18
hdaman 24-Sep-18
smarba 24-Sep-18
spike78 24-Sep-18
YZF-88 24-Sep-18
stealthycat 24-Sep-18
Hawkeye 24-Sep-18
GF 24-Sep-18
DMC65 24-Sep-18
Tonybear61 24-Sep-18
Ironbow 24-Sep-18
Cheesehead Mike 26-Sep-18
deerslayer 26-Sep-18
Mike-TN 26-Sep-18
Nick Muche 26-Sep-18
Cheesehead Mike 26-Sep-18
JTV 26-Sep-18
T Mac 26-Sep-18
badbull 27-Sep-18
JTV 27-Sep-18
Deerplotter 27-Sep-18
ground hunter 27-Sep-18
Brun 27-Sep-18
Cheesehead Mike 28-Sep-18
JTV 28-Sep-18
Bowmania 29-Sep-18
Bowmania 29-Sep-18
Bowmania 29-Sep-18
wild1 30-Sep-18
wyobullshooter 30-Sep-18
wild1 30-Sep-18
Bowmania 01-Oct-18
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Bigpizzaman 01-Oct-18
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From: smarba
24-Sep-18

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I've been using Slick Tricks since Gary introduced them (RIP Gary).

I started with what is now called the Magnum (125 grain) and have since transitioned to the Viper (125 grain).

Numerous critters have fallen to my Tricks over the years and I've never had any issues tuning them to hit with field points to 80-yards. Everyone I've steered to Tricks has echoed the same.

I have no affiliation with Slick Trick, but appreciate that they have sponsored Bowsite for years.

The attached photo is from my most recent kill: a large boar black bear 40-yard shot broadside entrance behind the near front leg, completely shattered the upper leg bone (humerous - the one just below the shoulder blade) on the opposite front leg. The BH did not actually exit but was just underneath the hide after destroying the hefty bone in this bear. In hindsight I wish I would have taken a photo of the bone but by the time I got to that point during butchering it was past my bedtime, I was tired, and I didn't want to take off rubber gloves and dig out my camera for a photo. But the bone was at least 2" diameter and stout.

I took photos of the BH with my cell phone, so the quality isn't that of a better camera, but given that the BH passed through the chest cavity of a large bear and then shattered the humerous, it's in very good condition. The blades have some minor edge damage, but none are broken and the ferrule spins true.

Just wanted to share my experience. If you want to bash Slick Trick or thump your chest that your BH is better, go start your own thread. But for anyone considering "new" broadheads I'd recommend giving Slick Trick a try.

Happy hunting.

From: tobywon
24-Sep-18
I've never shot a slick trick before, but I honestly cannot remember ever hearing one negative thing about them. That says alot about them right there. I may have to try them out.

24-Sep-18
when they first came out, I tried them a 125 grain one, put a hole in a deer like a shotgun slug,,,,,, although I have another I prefer, its a great head, and has stood its ground, among all of the bh's that have come out

From: midwest
24-Sep-18
The only improvement they could make would be to make the blades out of knife grade steel but then we couldn't afford them.

From: Brotsky
24-Sep-18
My family and I have killed many critters with slick tricks from standards, to mags, to vipers. I no longer use them as I have found a better option but I would never discourage anyone from using them. Solid head that will get the job done.

From: bowbender77
24-Sep-18
I'm on the same page. Tricks are good gear. Love my tricks !

From: Buffalo1
24-Sep-18
They are good BH’s and blow an enormous holes.

24-Sep-18
Been using ViperTricks for 2yrs. I’ve been extremely impressed.

From: WapitiBob
24-Sep-18
I shot my WY bull with a slick trick last week, 2nd bull with the head. Zero blood for the 2nd time, although he did die in 60 yards. I won't use them again.

From: wildan
24-Sep-18
They look just like "thunderheads",have used them for years.

From: Trial153
24-Sep-18
Slick tricks are a good head, viper tricks especially.

From: DConcrete
24-Sep-18

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Zero blood for me too with slicks.

From: DConcrete
24-Sep-18

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From: mrelite
24-Sep-18
I have had good luck with them.

From: Dale06
24-Sep-18
I have used them on some deer and African game. They worked well.

From: PaLongshank
24-Sep-18
Love slick trick magnums......never had one issue and am a big fan! always a good entry/exit and very ample blood trails.....many Whitetail, a large Mule Deer, and an Antelope have fallen victim to a 100gr ST Magnum.....Ferrules can be easily stoned and ready for another round by just replacing the blades.

From: Ben Farmer
24-Sep-18

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I’ve been using slick tricks for years! Absolutely love them!

Tried the new wicked trick out on a doe Saturday evening. 12 yard shot. She quartering away hard, arrow went in high toward the back and exited out her chest between the front legs.

I only shot these out to 50 yards but they fly perfect and hit with my field points.

24-Sep-18

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I shot a bull this year with a slick trick 100 magnum on the 20th. Arrow was a comp!ete pass through lung shot. The recovered arrow showed i lost a blade. I did hit a rib on both entry and exit. The bull went about 100 yards with not a drop of blood we could find.

Between my son and I we have shot multiple elk with Slick Tricks with this being the first damage to the head and the first poor blood trail. The picture is the head from this year which also happens to be the same ferral from the bull i shot last year.

Still a slick trick fan.

From: JTV
24-Sep-18
Been using them since before they were popular.... 12-15 years now ... Killed deer with the Mags, Standards, RazorTricks, ViperTricks and now the WickedTricks ... my absolute favorite fixed head brand.... now using the Viper/Razor and Wicked Tricks ..

24-Sep-18
Started using them in 2007 and have had great results. They’ve saved me on some marginal hits I’m sure, most notably a bighorn ram. I did have a bull die quickly with a high lung hit and never saw a drop of blood like wapitibob, but I also had that happen with a thunderhead once. Who knows... Bottom line they fly like darts, usually leave 2 holes and a bunch of trauma.

24-Sep-18
Any change in quality of materials with the new owner?

From: midwest
24-Sep-18
"They look just like "thunderheads",have used them for years."

No offense, but they don't look anything like a Thunderhead. Unless Thunderhead is making a one piece, solid steel, short ferrule, 4-blade head now.

From: wild1
24-Sep-18

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I've used them exclusively for over ten years, for every species. One testament to their effectiveness and accuracy, is how many other broadheads in the market, have copied their design.

From: Buffalo1
24-Sep-18
When The Outdoor Group bought ST their promise to customers was to maintain the same high quality that Gary Cooper adhered to when he owned the company.

As you know Outdoor Group owns Elite Archery, Scott Archery, CBE Sights, Slick Trick BH and some other companies. All quality equipment.

From: 12yards
24-Sep-18
One of the fixed heads I would definitely use. Heard very little negative about them.

From: btb
24-Sep-18
I have been using Slick Tricks for many years and I have no reason to try any other broadhead. I have a special tool to sharpen the blades too.

From: bowhunter55
24-Sep-18
I also have been using Slick Mags since 2006. Always have a couple of them in my quiver along with my VPA Terminators. Love them slicks!

From: DanWesson357
24-Sep-18
Standards for 8 years Magnums for the last two. Have killed with WASP and Magnus Stingers also. Five Arrow Quiver and on opening day my 5 arrows will all have Slick Trick Magnums. The tricks do the trick for me, but I would also never hesitate to nock an arrow with a Magnus Stinger or just about Anything from WASP.

From: JTV
24-Sep-18
Slicks are no where near the looks of a Thunderhead .... not even close ... Thunderheads are a 3 Blade... Slick- 4 Blades ..

From: Mark Watkins
24-Sep-18
Charlie, to answer your question, I've used them for 6-7 years with great results (on both flight and lethality).

The only quality difference that I have noticed with the new owners is a positive....that the blades are actually sharper...scary sharp.

Hope this helps,

Mark

From: Scrappy
24-Sep-18
I have tried them twice over the years, they fly great but the animals I have shot with them heve left very little blood. The last doe I shot it was the early season and it was hot that evening. Due to the thick foliage I didn't see her fall she only went about 80 yards. Took over two hours to find her due to lack of blood. Perfect double lung just hardly no blood at all. Not me never again.

From: BIGERN
24-Sep-18

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No blood trail? I'm guessing it could happen with almost any head. This bull left a 75 yard trail a blind man could follow, 125gr magnum.

From: hdaman
24-Sep-18
Consistency. From one head to the next, package to package, they shoot the same.

From: smarba
24-Sep-18
I'm with you Bigern. Most of my kills have had great blood trails. Some haven't, but animals have gone down quickly for the most part. I suspect a hit with any head can sometimes not produce a great blood trail for a variety of reasons.

There are numerous good heads on the market, many of them thanks to Gary's revolutionary BH design. Difficult to define ANY head as the best, but ST should be in list of the top handful anyway IMO.

From: spike78
24-Sep-18
I’m finding it hard to believe any head is at fault for a poor blood trail. I always had a good blood trail with Tricks. If it is not check the cavity for pooled blood. Slick Tricks are so damn sharp their is no way possible it is the heads fault more likely placement and how high or low it hit and if a pass through or not.

From: YZF-88
24-Sep-18
I’ve always had good luck with the plain old 100 Standards for elk and deer.

From: stealthycat
24-Sep-18

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pic's say enough ... 250# Kansas whitetail, 20-25 yard shot, did not aim for the neck but his this buck on the first vertebrae off the skull ..... head doesn't look at all damaged

From: Hawkeye
24-Sep-18
I wouldn't shoot another fixed blade head. Excellent broadheads.

From: GF
24-Sep-18
I must be missing something....

‘Cuz I always figured that if a Broadhead cut two holes and left a poor blood trail, it was because the holes were in the wrong place....

From: DMC65
24-Sep-18
Love em ! Viper trick 125 grain . Super sharp and fly great. Best I have used. Plenty good blood trails for me . Except for the high lung shot on a broadside bull elk from the ground. He bled out standing in the tracks he was shot in. He never knew he was even hit.

From: Tonybear61
24-Sep-18
Started using them this year since Muzzy no longer makes the 1 1/8" 4 blade, 115 grn I was using for over 20 years (finally ran out of replacement blades, straight ferrels). Will see what happens..

From: Ironbow
24-Sep-18
Started with them in 2007 and used them every year since, although I have shot 2 deer and a coyote with Wac ems. I have used standards, magnums, Razortricks, Vipertricks and Grizztricks. Fly great, super tough, cut nice holes.

Twice I have put them through the leg bone of a whitetail buck just above the knuckle, breaking the bone with the head coming out the other side, unscathed. Few heads will do that and hold together. And I don't mean poking out the hide, they completely penetrated and came 6-8" out the other side.

Sure, some blood trails are better than others. That depends on a lot of factors and no one head will always leave a great blood trail. Read an article where the guy used the mighty Rage and said he had a very spotty trail but he heard the animal fall and walked to it.

26-Sep-18

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Slick Trick Standard 100. No blood trail for me on my bull this year either...

From: deerslayer
26-Sep-18
"He bled out standing in the tracks he was shot in. He never knew he was even hit"

To tell you the truth I think that's one of the advantages of a lower profile head.

From: Mike-TN
26-Sep-18
I have been using ST for several years and have taken several elk with them including a NM bull a couple weeks ago. My bull fell within sight so I did not look for a blood trail. I have seen multiple elk kills that were very good lethal shots that did not result in heavy blood trails. I’m not sure if it is because of their size, thickness of hair or what but always watch carefully after you hit an elk and mark the last spot you saw them. There may not be a great blood trail. I really like slick tricks and have had very good luck with them on Elk, deer and Moose.

Mike

From: Nick Muche
26-Sep-18

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My wife shot this little fella with a slick trick. Worked great too!

26-Sep-18
Looks so soft and cuddly Nick... ;^)

From: JTV
26-Sep-18
her or the bear ?? ;0)

From: T Mac
26-Sep-18
I had a very similar experience like scrappy did with them. I shot a doe years ago and thick green grass and foliage and the lack of blood was puzzling. Double lung 75 yard retrieve and very little blood.

From: badbull
27-Sep-18
I have been using St vipers ( 125gr) for several years and like them for the reasons stated above but was wondering if anyone feels that there is a slick trick that is a better bleeder than the viper?.......,badbull

From: JTV
27-Sep-18
Wicked Trick .... same as the Viper, with a larger "bleeder" 1.25" ..... only in 105 Grs I believe ..

From: Deerplotter
27-Sep-18
Used ST mags have had good blood trails. This year two deer down with them, one went 20 yds the other 40 - little blood trail on both. Both kills one inch behind shoulder blade double lung pass through. Not sure why- No issues in the past.

27-Sep-18
MOST ST GUYS ARE AS PARANOID AS THE IRON WILL AND VPA GUYS, HAVE TO KEEP POSTING TO REASSURE THEMSELVES ON HOW GOOD THERE HEAD IS,,,, THE TRUTH IS THEY ARE ALL GOOD HEADS,, SHOOT WHAT YOU WANT...... BH THREADS ARE AD NAUSEUM

From: Brun
27-Sep-18
As others have stated, I don't think the blood trail has much to with the head. It's all about the placement. I have seen good and bad bloodtrails from lots of different heads. In my experience with STs they have dropped the animals fast in most instances, some with great blood, some not as much. I killed a bull this year with Magnum 125, complete pass through and I watched him go down so I didn't even look for a blood trail. I just walked over to a dead bull about 2 minutes after he was hit. He never even twitched after he hit the ground. I'm a fan.

28-Sep-18
JTV,

Yes...

From: JTV
28-Sep-18
;0) ...........

From: Bowmania
29-Sep-18

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Here's a slick trick I found in the chest cavity of a moose. It was in the sweet spot and probably took out one lung. Must have hit a rib on the way in, bent the 'h' out of one blade and ended the penetration - 6 inches. Pretty poor performance.

As requested I won't mention the broadhead that took out both lungs.

Bowmania

From: Bowmania
29-Sep-18

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Here's a slick trick I found in the chest cavity of a moose. It was in the sweet spot and probably took out one lung. Must have hit a rib on the way in, bent the 'h' out of one blade and ended the penetration - 6 inches. Pretty poor performance.

As requested I won't mention the broadhead that took out both lungs.

Bowmania

From: Bowmania
29-Sep-18

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Here's a slick trick I found in the chest cavity of a moose. It was in the sweet spot and probably took out one lung. Must have hit a rib on the way in, bent the 'h' out of one blade and ended the penetration - 6 inches. Pretty poor performance.

As requested I won't mention the broadhead that took out both lungs.

Bowmania

From: wild1
30-Sep-18
I'm pretty sure that's my SlickTrick you found in the moose. To be fair, I should tell you, that I shot it from 110 yards away.

I won't repeat my post three times though.

30-Sep-18
"Must have hit a rib on the way in, bent the 'h' out of one blade and ended the penetration - 6 inches. Pretty poor performance."

I'd say the fact a blade was bent rather than snapped off was anything but "pretty poor performance". You have no idea what caused the poor penetration. Could have been arrow weight, poor arrow flight, a deflection, wild1's 110yd shot, or a multitude of other variables. To suggest the BH, regardless of brand, was the culprit is a very long reach...at best.

From: wild1
30-Sep-18
wyobullshooter x2

That was exactly the point I was making - Bowmania's post offers no insight whatsoever.

From: Bowmania
01-Oct-18
It surely has no insight to anyone that thinks a blade ratio of 1 to 1 will out penetrate a broadhead that has a ratio approaching 3 to 1, which is a mechanical advantage.

Bowmania

01-Oct-18
Zero correlation as to what did, or did not, cause the lack of penetration in your pic.

As far as the mechanical advantage is concerned, dead is dead.

From: wild1
01-Oct-18
Bowmania -

The issue isn't ratio, it was the weak example you presented - like the broadhead you found was inferior because it was in a body cavity. Who knows what other factors led the that broadhead/arrow staying put in a body cavity - it proves nothing. You can debate the advantages of ratio (1 to 1, or 3 to 1), which is a valid issue, but your example was worthless because there could have been a million reasons.

From: Bigpizzaman
01-Oct-18

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No dog in the “debate” but yeah I just killed a Moose at 100 yards, with you guessed it a slick trick. Penetration was fine.

01-Oct-18
That moose thinks STs suck.

From: wild1
01-Oct-18
That's an awesome picture BPM !! ^^^^^^

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